some food photography from The National, a delicious restaurant in Athens, Ga.
Let me introduce you to Ms. Kayla Hinson, a belly dancer, student and friend in Athens, Ga. She let me practice with lighting with her for some time.
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” -Edward de Bono
Patterns are everywhere. Math. Music. Words. Fabric. Nature. Much of our life consists of breaking, creating, and overlapping patterns. Here is a look at some of the patterns encountered in everyday life:
Shots compiled from class, assignments, workshops, and my travels in Cambodia and Malaysia:
On October 2, 2010 I got the opportunity to shoot the American Le Man Series‘ Petit Le Mans in Braselton, Ga., with the rest of my photojournalism class. We were told to arrive at 7:30am, given credentials and photo vests, and sent on our merry ways to shoot fast cars with big glass. We saw some fast cars, lost some hearing, experienced some crazy fans, and almost got blown up by a rogue fire work (really, check out the video). We had full access to the race and to the knowledge of some incredible photographers and editors from around the south east. It was a unique and highly rewarding experience– I’m pleased with my images and I learned so much. So, uh, when’s the next race?
For my documentary project, I am trying to show the university through the eyes of students with disabilities. I sat down with two students, Allison Moder and Chance Veazey, and talked with each of them about what their college experience is like.
Moder, 20, is a sophomore from Norcross, Ga., and has been in a wheel chair since she was 3 years old. On adjusting and having a disability on campus: “everyone handles it differently” “it doesn’t really make a difference to me” “I make wheelchair jokes” “I’m very open about it, I like to talkabout it”
Veazey, 20, is a sophomore fron Tifton, Ga., and was paralyzed from the waist down last year after a scooter accident on campus. On coming back to baseball and campus after the accident: “Coming back for the first home game against Presbyterian last year I felt like I was reuniting with the team. I was coming back to my second family.” “I, and everyone else, thought it was going to be tough watching the baseball games. God has put a peace over me. He has made it easier to watch and be around the game. I can still do that.” “Still have my strength. Since I was a past athlete, my work ethic has really helped me adjust.” “It’s frustrating to get around, it takes more time than it would have. I have to learn patience.”
Thursday I spent the day at the Augusta Chronicle shadowing one of their staff photographers, Rainier Ehrhardt. After three assignments, lunch, squashed tomatoes, and a cup of coffee I was still not deterred with my decision to be a photojournalist when I grow up (despite Rainier’s efforts). It was a lot of taking pictures of someone taking pictures, but a great learning experience.