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Lightning through Westward Ho

The Phoenix area has been experiencing these storms almost daily and that the monsoon season is an exciting time for weather in Arizona because it helps to relieve the heat. ‘They come in real fast and dump a lot of rain, lightning and thunder in a short amount of time.’ APizm said. ‘This is shaping up to be one heck of a monsoon season, and I think I speak for a lot of Arizona residents when I say yahoo, keep them coming.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-640254

Hoover Dam Bridge Series – Jamey Stillings

To be honest with you I was quite jealous when, of all people, my old man showed a power point slide show of all of the photos from this series a few months ago. You could not ask for a cooler subject matter to capture. And because it was so close to my home I was super jealous when I saw them. I should have thought of this before he did. Argh. He got special access to the site, he could take photo’s of anything he wanted except the faces of the workers. Full Access to the Hoover Dam Bridge…now that is awesome.

Well the jealously faded and I finally got a free night to go checkout the Series over at the Phoenix Art Museum. Now I am a big fan of LARGE format photography and I heard that they were, but sadly the prints at the museum tonight were not.  In my humble opinion, They just weren’t big enough for me or the subject matter. I would have like to see them measured more in feet then inches. Due credit he did have a lot of them but I would have settled for less prints but larger. Composition was so spot on. Jamey really has a wonderful eye. He made mixing and combining man-made and nature look easy, believe its not. Ok back to the prints for a moment…again not happy with the prints. Im not sure where he had them printed at but they just weren’t as crisp as long exposure bridge work should be. Photographs are not made from the middle they are made from the corners. At the PAM until December 16, 2011

 Graded:

 Subject Matter: Hoover dam bridge-come on. A+

Presentation: Less and larger prints please. C

Composition: Genius. A

Technique: Corners. B

Cool: The presentation gave it the grade. B

Final: Definitely go see it if you are in the neighborhood AND its free admission. B+

                                                                                                  

 

 

Valley of the Sunflowers – Volunteers

 

The Valley of the Sunflower Project in Downtown Phoenix is continuing to grow (pun intended). You can see it in the soil as the sunflowers seeds have now rooted and are beginning to sprout. But more importantly, you can see it growing within the volunteers.

So far I have been focusing my photography on the changing landscape of the project but yesterday I decided to focus the lens on, in my opinion, the more important part of project,  the volunteers that continue to dedicate their time and effort.

As a photographer, you sometimes, for better or worse, tend to get a little tunnel vision when documenting a project. So yesterday, as I was focusing my efforts more on the volunteers I started to noticed something. They were all smiling and it wasn’t just when I said “Cheeeeese”. Moving bales of hay, in the Arizona heat, is not the most fun volunteering job in the world. But you could not tell that from observing the volunteers work. It was both awesome and inspiring to see.

 

Civic Center Park-Phoenix, Arizona

This project makes visible to the human eye the patterns of desert winds. During the day, sunlight projects patterned shadow drawings onto the ground and pedestrians on their daily paths. At night, the colored illumination gradually changes color through the seasons. The large three-dimensional multi-layered form is created by a combination of hand and machine knotting of recyclable high-tenacity colored polyester that is replaced in new color variations at intervals.

-from Janet Echelman

Sandra Day O’Connor Photo-blogged

PHX New TImes is doing a series called Imagine PHX asking artist to submit a piece of work that represents PHX and their thoughts about it. I chose this one cause I just moved downtown a few months ago and am trying to document some of the “cooler” things down here. The SDO courthouse is a really cool building in more ways then one. Take a read:

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2011/07/andrew_pielages_sandra_day_oco.php

p.s. Claire Lawton over at phxnewtimes is cool.

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