This past weekend I was given the huge honor to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Society of Photographic Education's 2016 national conference. It was an amazing experience not only to learn from some of the greats in photography, but to be able to explore and travel in a new city. As I was shooting I realized that I wasn't going to be able to pack all of these images into one post. I decided to focus on three different aspects of my shooting in three separate posts. This first post is all about the street performers of Fremont Street. Fremont Street homes some of the oldest hotels in Las Vegas, as well as some of the old neon including Vegas Vic. It was very intriguing to watch some of these people work so hard just to have a snapshot taken of them and move on. My favorite of the bunch Eric, aka Elvis, had been performing on Fremont Street for almost 15 years and makes a living off being an Elvis impersonator. He said to me that he wouldn't take back a single day of doing what he does, because of how many people he meets from all over the world everyday.
What happens when you live in one place for a long time? Do you get too comfortable with your surroundings, or do you just become numb to what’s around you? I think it’s an understatement to say that people find comfort in their hometown. Even in that, I feel myself less motivated to walk around my city and shoot on an everyday basis. To be honest, the only times I do are when guests from out of town are here or when force myself to, which even then isn’t much. For me, to break that mold of not taking tourist-y pictures, yet make it worth my wild, is always a hard line to balance. But nonetheless, I feel that it is time to do something about it, hence this blog post. What I decided to do is start gathering and shooting images around Savannah to create a series called, Sometimes In Savannah. Now I know this doesn’t sound all too creative and you’re right. But to push yourself everyday to create something new not only keeps you active, but it helps your brain grow stronger and be able to tackle those day to day and even the bigger challenges easier. Think of it like this, this project is my brain exercise for the day. With that, I bring the first installment of, Sometimes In Savannah.
One of my biggest loves and motivators in life and photography is being able to travel and enjoy areas and landscapes you don't get to see often. Last weekend, I had the pleasure to go celebrate one of my closest friend's 21st birthday in Harrisonburg Virginia. Besides consuming a good amount of alcohol, I got to bask in the beauty that is fall weather. Since Savannah doesn't get below 60 until December, it was amazing to get to photograph all the fall colors around the area. Plus, I got the opportunity to pick up a new beauty, a Mamiya RZ67. That camera always makes me fall back in love with shooting film. Even though I probably drove over 1000 miles in three days, the trip and the experience was totally worth it.