Recently I went to the NC Museum of Art to see the Ansel Adams exhibit. At the same time, they had an exhibit called “Art in Bloom.” Florists were assigned a work of art in the museum and created an arrangement inspired by the work. In these images, I tried to capture the echo of patterns and shapes between the artists’ works.
I love to travel and it’s a big part of my life. A little over a year ago, I took a photographic safari in Zambia and Botswana. I ended up with many amazing photos, including a charging rhino, a leopard with her cub, a pride of lions, and more elephants that you can count. This is just one series from that trip. Like all my series, I want to make sure it tells a story. One morning we came upon a pack of African wild dogs, also called painted dogs, who had cornered a single impala in a watering hole. .
We moved on before everything was over. We came back later in the afternoon, and the watering hole was still and quiet with just the hippo looking out at us.
From a photography perspective, I love the tension in each of these photos, even the ones of just a single animal you see the predatory look in the dog and crocodile and the alert wariness in the impala. We were also lucky to see this early in the morning – the light was incredible and the reflections of the animals in the water was beautiful. Composition can be a challenge on safari – you can’t move around to another angle because you are confined to the truck. You often have to make the best choice available to you and have a plan for cropping later. I should also own up to the fact that the single animal pictures were from different encounters, but I like the interest that they give to the series so I included them.
I’ve spent time recently looking at old LIFE magazine photo essays for inspiration for this blog. Here’s a series of photos where I “tell the story” of a spoon’s contributions to making hot chocolate. I’ve used some of the classic LIFE photo types in my composition. In particular, some detail shots of the spoons, a series that shows the steps or sequence, and several “portraits” of my protagonist, the spoon.
Here’s a series that shows one day in my life at work. In some ways, it’s an exceptional day because I was in training all day. In other ways, it’s a normal day. I spend most of my time working with people to elicit their knowledge and ideas for IT projects, so there’s always plenty of talking and lots of sticky notes.