When I think of a country a certain variety of colours come to mind. For many people memories of places are often associated with a group of smells or sounds or any mixture of things that stimulate the senses. For me it . . . . . . . . Continued
This past November/December I had two dreams come true. The first was an opportunity to dance with The Royal New Zealand Ballet in one of my all time favourite ballets. The second was taking advantage of being in New Zealand and venturing off to explore the South Island. New Zealand is world renowned for . . . . . Continued
Eights years ago I took a trip that changed my life. In the spring of 2009 I discovered the city of Venice and it was clear I would never be the same. I have been traveling for many years but never really took many pictures until after moving to Amsterdam the previous summer. On that Venetian getaway I found my self consumed by the beauty and ambiance like never before. I simply couldn’t put my camera down as I felt I had to capture every moment. After arriving back home I quickly started going through the thousands of images, expecting to share a small selection with my friends and family back in The US. I was very disappoint as I felt none of them could capture the feelings I wanted to portray. I decided I wanted to buy a new camera and learn photography. Later that fall I began to start working on all my travel photos and I thought one day it would be really fun to gather all my best images and make a portfolio. I had no idea how long it would take but now that my ballet career is in its final years and I am freelancing full-time, I wanted to devote some time to my passion that is traveling and photographing it it all. Of course this is only the beginning but it is time to share with everybody my little project. Here is my 8 years of traveling. Thank you all so much for being with me in person and in spirit. Hope you enjoy!
- A still photograph taken while filming Amsterdam Skies -
For years I have been dreaming of making a time-lapse video. Having tested it out several years ago with my friend James, I finally took the opportunity this past fall to do it. I was out doing my usual fall photography when I decided to put my new GoPro to use. I put it down below my main tripod as I was shooting long exposures. After checking the results sever times I found my self picking locations based on doing time-lapse clips rather than stills. I also started putting the little GoPro on the big tripod and the DSLR down below. After learning a few tricks in Imovie it was time to put it all together. Mt first movie was done and I was so happy with the results I employed it as my main strategy to capture my subsequent trip to Mexico, The US, and Spain. On the second video I included a lot of stills to try something a bit different. Hope you enjoy and thanks for watching!
Seven years ago this summer I purchased a camera and began to study the art of photography. I had been living in Amsterdam for almost a year at that point and the urge to illustrate to my friends and family outside of Europe how beautiful this city is lead me on a mission. Now after 8 years I still love living here. The idea that I will one day make the perfect picture of this city is “mission impossible” but like many great quests I have enjoyed the journey and rarely thought much of the destination. I’m look forward to continuing for many years to come. One thing in particular that I find interesting to photograph is reflections in the canals. The idea is an obvious one as there is water everywhere; it's difficult to take a picture without a canal in it. I wanted to try something a little less common that would highlight the city in a subtle way. There are a number of ways to get unique images of the city but the most accessible wasn’t to change location, it was to look at it differently.
After years of planning and 3 previous attempts, I finally made it back to Andalusia! My first trip to the region was a quick stop in Seville with Nadia in 2010. We were on our way from Madrid to The Canary Islands and I have been dreaming of returning ever since. While Nadia was busy with other obligations I decided it was time to go for a fairy tale road trip through one of Europe's most famed regions for history, culture, architecture and landscapes. Renowned for its medieval history Andalusia is bursting with sights, sounds and flavours of one of Spain's most influential periods, The Reconquista.
After learning about long exposures we quickly realised how much fun it can be to capture light from objects traveling through the frame. As we briefly touched on in Motion In Stillness and Night Photography; with the shutter open any movement passing through the frame will leave in imprint on the film or sensor. If the camera is still and the objects passing through the frame are emitting light and moving in a repetitive motion they will look like rivers of light.
- The I-5 Mercer St Exit - Seattle, USA -
When we observe the details of any subject we are better informed as to how to deal with its challenges or take advantage of its opportunities. "Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details" - Heraclitus. It would be good for each of us to have our eyes on the big picture, but it is frequently small things that add up to big things. “The details are not the details. They make the design” - Charles Eames.
- Venetian Bust - Venice, Italy -
- Venetian Bust - Venice, Italy -