>> May 24, 2008
I learned about the town Cheshire and the Gavin Power Plant way back in my freshman year when I took an Environmental Geography course. It's a crazy story. This power plant was emitting ridiculously unhealthy levels of sulfur dioxide and it was making life for the residents in the area dangerous and the acid rain that the coal-fueled power plant produced would travel all the way up to the northeast corners of the U.S. In 2002, American Electric Power reached a deal with the citizens of the village and basically paid them twice whatever their property value was so they could go find somewhere else to live.
This family lives just outside of the corporation limits and they were not included in the buyout agreement.
>> May 23, 2008
I went to New York City last weekend with some friends for the VII Photo Agency Seminar. I normally would not post this ridiculous amount of pictures, but I think my parents would like to see them. I tried to take photos that were as least touristy as possible. I also just noticed I forgot to size them down, but I'm going to bed.
>> May 15, 2008
One of these portraits was for Southeast Ohio Magazine and one was not.
This is Dave Palmer, the GM of the Southern Ohio Copperheads, a minor league team that plays in Athens during the summer. I got assigned to do this story on the Copperheads and its due next week, but the problem was their season doesn't start until June and none of the players arrive in town until then and there are no tryouts and there are no meetings and there was no nothing to photograph. So I shot a portrait of their GM. We were going to shoot it at the baseball fields, but it was pouring down rain. So we shot it in an office. Not even HIS office. Lame. He was a good sport about it at least.
>> May 9, 2008
I drove around Athens county this afternoon and explored.
And then I went to Warehouse Tire because when I saw it from the highway, all I could see was stacks and stacks of huge tires. I thought it would make for an interesting portrait.
It's been a crazy week. I've been shooting tons and tons, which is great. Here are a few frames from a pottery studio in Nelsonville. Jennifer L'Heureaux is the owner and her 22 month old daughter goes to work with her everyday.
Still tryin' to try with some portraits. This is Chuck Shields, who runs Chuck's Body Shop at his home in The Plains, Ohio. Cool guy. I was driving to the pottery studio when I passed a piece of land with a guy standing out in the field with some cows. I swerved off the highway and pulled up to his property. When I got there, there was no guy in a field to take a photo of...because Chuck had moved into his body shop to do some work on his cars. I told Chuck if my car ever fails me, I'm coming to him. I love just driving around all these little towns in the region and finding people like this. So many interesting folks.
I also found out this week that I will be interning at The Sandusky Register next spring (09), so that means I will be going to Scotland for 30 days this summer. I am so excited for both opportunities. Things have worked out well and working my butt off is payin off a little bit.
>> May 5, 2008
Just some stuff from feature hunting today.
I took about 20 photos of this baby, and this was one of the only ones where he didn't look straight at the camera. I kept trying to hide it, then shoot a frame once he thought the camera was out of sight. He had a good eye.
Brother Micah and his clan of crazed street preachers came to Athens today to inform us that Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr, and Mother Teresea are all in hell and that if we listen to rock music (or that "LL Cool J rap"), we will follow in their footsteps.
Here is Brother Rick.
>> May 3, 2008
Went up to the Ohio State Medieval Faire on Saturday with some friends to work on some stuff for class.
Right now, if I had to pick my biggest weak point or something I'm not really comfortable doing, it would be portraits. I need to get better, and this is an attempt. (I could also use a strobe, but I'm too cheap to buy one now. Send a 580EX my way, Dad.)
That's all for now.