It’s an island, there is only so much space. When we landed I was unaware of the size of everything. I was expecting a full city, which it was, but the actual size of everything shocked me. We asked a friend where we should stay, so it was easier to get around. We didn’t want a car. We found a spot by Parliament that let us catch the Tube everyday and just walk the city. The amount of tourists was not surprising, we live outside of DC, and it feels there are more people visiting than who live there. I was intrigued by the signs and street markings the most over anything else initially. We did the normal tourist things, but I wanted a few “off the normal path” shots. This was the only usable shot I got of the London Eye. I didn’t want to have the typical travel shots this trip. I loved the streets, the people, and the way the light fell on this historic city. We loved walking everywhere and seeing the cultural differences. When we were able to “tap in” on the Tube with Apple Pay I was hooked on The Underground. The size of the cars are 1/2 of what I’m used to in DC, but I’m reminded of the limited space they have to work with. The brake dust and heat is something of a shock the first time you experience it. The amount of people in such a small area would have intimated me had I never moved out of NM. Since leaving and spending time wandering our city, DC, I’ve taken to street photography more than I thought I would have. I enjoy catching people being people. London offered a ton of those moments. The sheer amount of people walking the streets had to be captured. The tourist looking for things to do. The locals just commuting. The streets had a life of their own. The colors, shadows, and time of year we visited, late March, made for some sharp and drastic light. The color of the cabs versus the color of the muted buildings stood out to me with this one. The shops and tourists were everywhere. We walked right past every street shop without buying anything. I liked watching the clash of cultures combine. I had to take a shadow self portrait with this man’s boots. The bright white, the tan coat mixed so well with his black and red briefcase. One of my favorite personal shots from our trip. I wanted to catch a few people in alleys and side streets. This was just a quick grab walking down the street. I love the placement of the bus just leaving the frame. I love the red phone booths, the red buses, the orange cones, then the blue sky and green light. The foot traffic, and walkability of the city makes for walking and using public transportation easily. The use of mural and graffiti art worked well for this construction wall. I was inspired. We needed a rest break for a snack and a pint and found this gem. The decor, vibe, and location was one of a kind. I hadn’t seen FILA in the US in years. The fashion of the city has its own culture. I loved the Science Museum. The staircase reminds one of Harry Potter, and I loved the detail in the monkeys on the wall. We never took a cab, I would love to take one on our next trip. I would ask the driver questions about the roads, and find out why they became a driver. I typically had two to three cameras on me the whole trip. I was warned right away about knife and scooter crime. Being tall didn’t hurt, but everything was tucked away in my jacket, especially at night. We visited an abandoned church right in the middle of the city, St. Dunstan-in-the-East. The history and culture that was shaped post WWII was always something I was aware of growing up. I watched moves, seen documentaries, but seeing the buildings that were touched from the war was a bit surreal. This was from behind a rain covered glass wall on top of the Sky Garden. I wanted to see if I could capture a cool shot from this perspective. I was impressed with how this came out. The buildings, the street markings, the bus. It was all perfect. I wasn’t able to get great shots in St. Pauls. There was technically no photos allowed. I snapped a few that didn’t come out well. Our tour guide was a sweet, older, retired teacher named Sasha. What was going to be a 30 minute tour tuned into a 45 minute tour with all of her added stories. This shot will always remind me of our tour at St Pauls. We had missed a stop on the Tube and needed to turn around. The view from across the platform caught my eye and I snapped this quickly before the next cars came. The Tower Bridge was a very crowded tourist destination. Often confused with the London Bridge, this massive landmark is typically photographed from the same perspective. I took some shots while walking over the bridge and fell in love with this perspective. The colors popped in the neighborhoods past the Tower Bridge. The rain from the morning had passed, and everything was sharp in color and contrast. The city’s mixture of old and new blended so well together. The small buildings and streets with old buildings contrasted the newer, larger skyscrapers in the distance. I took many pictures of The Shard, and this was the keeper. I was obsessed with the Underground signs we passed. The Clock Tower that holds Big Ben was being repaired and painted. This setting at night was perfect. Tea time. We visited on the morning we departed and took in the smells, and booths opening for business that day. This was Borough Market. An outdoor food and goods collective similar to farmers market items and fresh foods. The color and location was stunning. Right in the middle of the city a few blocks from the Tube, and right under working roadways. I find this “liberated” collection of work fitting to close out the trip. The British Museum was gorgeous, and the collection of material, and historic artifacts were arraigned in beautiful exhibits. It’s a wonderful, small city, filled with amazing locals, food, and culture. We will return often.
September Project. Dublin in B&W film. I loved the color of the doors, but had to see it all in B&W. I wanted to be limited with the wide lens, and I needed a physical memory of our first visit. Shooting film, and processing it at home gave me full control from start to finish.
I wanted to capture the buildings and people in one frame. With my 80mm 2.8 on my Mamiya 645 Super, I was able to do just that.
I needed a sign that showed where I was. My wife said use the bike post. It was a perfect grab.
I had to get the juggler. This was a perfectly timed shot. I love the way it matches the framing of the tents behind him.
I obsessed over the framing of this shot. I wanted that sign and building. I played with cropping out the Speed, but I love the add it gives to the shot.
July in DC, 2019. We had Protests, Projections, Celebrations, and Tourists. I very much enjoyed documenting some of the events DC had this past July.
Anne, from Cobh, with her Jack Russell Terrier in tow yelled, “hey, hey you- come here!” As we looked across the street wondering about who’s yelling at us I tell her, “I’ll be right over after the car.” Then with hesitation, I asked, “what’s up?” She proceeded to explain the city to us, and a few places to visit. We were so hesitant in interacting with a stranger, and she was excited to just share with us a few places to see and where to go in Cobh, Ireland. After name introductions, and her asking if we voted for Trump (we didn’t)…. cuz we live in DC, she shared information about a few more places to visit. Anne also shared that McKinney, our last name, is a “West Irish” name. This was a fun, quick interaction where we thanked her for the sight-seeing tips and went on our separate paths. Lesson learned, not all people are bad- most people just want to help, and not all strangers are here to harm you.
human beings a 4x6in photo ar gallery
when I was younger I would wait for people to leave a scene to take a photograph. I would wait for everyone to be gone to take that perfect shot. as I grew in my work, I realized that I was drawn to people. singers, creatives, artists, and causal, random shots. I hated the posed, planned photograph. as my style grew I settled in on natural light, candid, documentary, street, journalist work. as my career continued I focused on events, dance, and weddings, they all included people. my work started to tell the stores of others, they were photographs of humans. this project is human beings. this is work that is exclusively of people. the work, jobs, lives of human beings
this started as a monthly instagram personal project where I wanted to post pictures of only people for the month of august. each caption was the title of the photography, and the definition of the word. I wanted the image to represent the title of a person, vocation, or activity that a human being does. when I completed the month I had the idea to include a physical element. I wanted a silent gallery with no titles, words, or descriptions. I wanted the viewer to experience the human in the environment that they were capture in. then if the viewer wanted to explore further they could look at the photo with an ar app and see the title of the image and a date and location where the photograph was taken. I've enjoyed the use of technology and art, and with such a small image you have to really look at it, with an ar version you can still experience the event of being in the gallery, but can focus on the image in more of a personal space with your phone.
please scan the QR code below to download the HR Reveal app for iOS. this will allow you to enjoy an ar version of my work with the title and location of the photographs. I want to thank HP Reveal for making an easy to use ar app for bring your ideas to life.
use app to discover ar photograph with title and location data. tap on photo to make full screen, double tap to remove full screen. scan room for more ar information
I wanted to create a photo project that would keep me busy over a certain amount of time so that I was forced to create something. Most often I would go out and just shoot photos with no purpose in mind. Other times I would go out to shoot a very specific event, and I knew what I was looking for. This took me back to a time of learning, purposely going out with intent to make a creative project without knowing exactly what I was looking for.
These series of photographs were shot during the month of January in Reston Town Center. They combine early morning, midday, and evening shots all shot with a prime 85mm lens at f1.8. The title 30 were how many photographs are in the series. I initially set out to shoot specifically during lunch breaks, only better early morning and evening shots were needed to round out the story.
They're all edited in Lightroom on my iPad Pro. Because of the nature of the f1.8 lens I wanted to add a very high grain and drastic high contrast.
For my first attempt at a personal photo series in about 15 years I'm excited how this turned out, and I look forward to doing more creative projects to keep me going in downtimes between other creative works.
#Nikon #NikonNoFilter #85mm #f1point8 #RTC #DMV #StreetPhotography #DocumentaryPhotography #Photography #Journalism #NPPA #lightroommobile
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, Ephesians 2:14
I had fun exploring DC tonight! No matter what your affiliation, tomorrow will be a historic day. It was weird to see the street venders, the few people who were walking around. The quiet nature of such a large environment with no people around was eerie.
The Tiny Desk Contest Is Back!:
I love watching people I know live their art. It was nice to see these guys in a video for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest- follow the link above. I loved hearing Black Masala play at Sehkraft Brewing back in October.
I have a few new projects lined up to keep myself busy and creative going into 2017. I want to photograph more street portraits, use polaroids and mix them with digital elements, and try to stay with a fixed prime and one location. I think they'll be "location" based themed projects to start the year...
I like pairing my written words to photographs that I’m making. I think this blog will take form as it’s being created, I don't want to label it other than a platform for me to think out loud with the work I create, or my view on the creative world I see.
I've been thinking about the difference between what we use and the results we get. As creatives we see things differently. We all have an eye for the subject we see and want to share our view of the story being told. The tool we use to show that passion is just a tool.
I love to geek out with new tech, I just got a new 85mm 1.8 and love it. However, I feel I’m seeing more posts, blogs, and images of the toys more than the work being created by them. It doesn't matter what was used as long as your passion can been seen, or felt with the work created.
A new home, a new state, a new job, a new wife, life is amazing! Finding out my place and being creative while supportive is the journey this year.
I have a few projects in my mind to keep myself creative going into the new year. This blog being one of them, it'll include more photography and leadership with making a difference and affecting others in life!
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