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From Buddha to Barbells

Five weeks ago the Crossfit Open launched for another year. In the past, this has been a fantastic opportunity for me to photography athletes pushing themselves and achieving new personal goals. I was looking forward to this year’s showdown, though before it could start, I would need to do some work in Japan.

After a week of meetings in Tokyo, I took a bullet train to Nara, Japan to experience the life outside the city. Nara is known as the city of deer, and the deer play different roles in the Buddhist stories. They are protected and have found a life where tourist come and feed them crackers as a pilgrimage to Tōdai-ji temple to visit the Great Buddha Hall.

My last day started early as I desired to watch the deer come down from the hills. In the frost, in the early light, the locals were starting to join me. A gentleman at a bench next to me began to chant, and the deer started coming down from the hills. With the chanting and morning light breaking through the trees, it created a beautiful spiritual space.

A few days later I would be in the warmth of home, jet-lagged and with family. That Friday I would be mentally preparing for a different type of photography. A Friday Night Lights of athletes pushing themselves to the breakpoint. As a Crossfit athlete, I have great respect for everyone that is apart of the Crossfit Open, we all do it for different reasons, though often it is to gauge our growth over the year.

Four weeks of Friday Night Lights brought various challenges to the athletes and the photographer. Barbells and bodies were flying to get in as many reps as possible. Which often ended with the competitors on the floor to regain their breathing and heart rate.

The human body is impressive. Each competitor brings something different, though their vision to see one push themselfs, putting their complete self into ten minutes is a sight to behold. There were many first in this open for people, overcoming their mind, with the energy and sweat, created a space of balance and personal work.

I am sad that this last five week has gone by so quickly, though my life will not slow down anytime soon as we look forward to another set of first, in the weeks to come.

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Ten years after Eyes of Tanzania

It has been ten years since I made that 42 hour trip to Tanzania. Where my mind was pushed to its limits, and my camera became part of my body.

I learned so much about the human spirit. I didn’t need anything but food and water, no more shiny things. A better understanding of what in life is needed and what our desires. Days and hours, where I met people and tried to capture their stories in the frame of pixels.

One of my goals was to process the photographs in a very limited fashion. A little sharping and white balancing, but nothing more.

The last few weeks I have decided to reimagine some of these images. As I did so, I wonder where some of these kids are now. I also, find a few of the photographs and have a new connection that missed the first time around.

Ten years have gone by fast. I am so thankful for the support of friends and the community during this project. It lives on.

 

 

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Days on the Mid Coast – 4 ideas

I just got back from a few days in Maine. We were lucky enough to spend some time on a small motorboat in John Bay.

Here are four versions of the same photo being processed in the digital darkroom a few different ways. Sometimes the hard part is not taking the photo but figuring out how to treat the image in post-production.

Mid-coast
Original Image
Version 2
Maine
Version 3
Final

 

If you would like to learn how I process my images and the different options Photoshop and Lightroom give us, sign up for one of my one-on-one classes.

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TOAPP Music Camp Portraits

This year I was lucky enough to be a part of the Three of a Perfect Pair Band Camp with my son. This was a great event of music, meeting people and for me being able to photograph some amazing musicians.  Here are a few images from the week.

The next few images were shot with my Petzval lens.

 

 

 

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Cape Ann Museum walking tour

Wonderful day to do a walking tour with the Cape Ann Museum. I worked with some great people and had some great questions about their cameras and photography.

Here are a few images that I had taken during the walk!