Category Archives: Inspiriation

The diversity of a diverse city

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”- Maya Angelou Forbes magazine’s methodology in determining America’s Most Miserable Cities includes factors such as unemployment, tax rates, median home price, foreclosure rates and even […]

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Art and Craft

“Art is in everything, man. I went to a museum the other day. After you come out of that museum everything looks like a piece of art…you look at the paintings and yeah they’re pretty cool, but look at this guy’s face, look at this beautiful girl here – all these walking sculptures, you know […]

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Little inspirations

The first unofficial rule of photography (coined by my college photography instructors Dick Fleming and the late Andy Delucia) is: “Always have a camera”. You never know when or where inspiration will strike you. Even when I’m on assignment, I’ll be attracted to something that isn’t part of why I’m there. It’s fortunate that it’s […]

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The beauty of decay and the discarded

Seattle-based photographic artist Chris Jordan’s project “Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption” consists of pictures he made of piles of things that people have used and discarded. They’re of things that people don’t think of as inspiration of subjects of art: discard cell phones, tossed cigarette butts, junked cars and more. I know he’s […]

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In the flesh

In today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever to output a photograph where ever you want. Not just limited to a photographic print, you can put pictures on T-shirts, coffee mugs, birthday cakes, just about anything. All these things (save for the cake) could be done with film, but from the transfer of images to […]

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A quarter century

St. Mary’s High athletes Chelsea Gray, rear left, Afure Jemerigbe, Alle Moreno, front left, and Madeline Kennedy pose for pictures by family and friends before they signed letters of intent at the school (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens 17-55mm @ 23mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 400). Yesterday was my 25th anniversary of working at […]

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Careful with your creativity

A few months ago, Chase Jarvis, a photographer and director based out of Seattle, posted a video on how he uses an iPhone to keep his creativity fresh. My experience with my wife’s iPhone has shown me that it can be a fun device that can be used  with inventiveness and imagination. I’m looking forward […]

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Grapes of inspiration

Photographic inspiration can happen anywhere, you just need to keep your mind open for the possibilities and be ready for the opportunities. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200) I was washing some grapes in my kitchen sink before eating them when I noticed the morning light […]

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Fantasy Island

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 40mm. Exposure: 1/400th sec. @ f/4.5. ISO: 200) I close my eyes and I see a firey tropical sunset reflected off the ocean at an endless beach in Bali or Tahiti. I imagine long walks along the fine white sands, the warm water lapping over my toes. The […]

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Pink shoes

At the seventh annual shoe giveaway at St. Mary’s Interfaith dining hall in Stockton, there were thousands of used shoes of every kind. There were loafers, sneakers and sandals. Shoes with laces, buckles or bows. Shoes for running, basketball and hiking. There were dress shoes, casual shoes and work boots. There were Reboks, Nikes and […]

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