Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Des Moines

For work I travel around the country managing the photography for the Color Me Rad 5k fun run. On these trips I like to run the course the day before, mainly for the exercise, but also because I get to see some really cool places, and you just don't get that same experience driving in a car. On this day in Des Moines I was almost done with the run (I did a variation on it to log more miles) and the sun was just setting at the right time and it was perfect. The only thing though, was that I was a mile from my camera, and the sun had about 15 minutes before it set. I clocked the best mile I have ever run. It's amazing what a little motivation can do for your run.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Relative Existence Continued!

My body of work that I did for graduate school is entitled "Relative Existence" and it's kind of an interesting name and was suggested by one of the members of my graduate committee. I'm the kind of guy where I really don't like to name things and put labels on them, I just like to make art. Heck it was hard for me to name my kids. I guess these images are like kids, except it took a little less work to get them here (well not on my part, my wife does all the work with bringing the kids into the world, except for my small contribution).

 My artist statement regarding this was whittled down and re-examined multiple times (such is the life and toils of a grad student) and it wasn't until after I kind of snapped one day and finally wrote down what I was feeling about my work and avoided all the art speak crap, that I came up with something that actually meant something. It was eventually refined, and brought to a very concise and understandable few sentences, but I am looking at adding an addendum. 

 The artist statement I had for grad school worked for that time, and it felt complete and good at the time. But since then I have come to realize that an artist statement truly is a living, breathing document, and can be adjusted and added upon as the work progresses. Here is my original statement.

" The imagination is the tool of creation. Before something can exist physically, it must first be envisioned mentally, as an idea. Fantasy morphs into a reality and I am transported to a realm where I can walk along canyon floors and grapple peaks. I am forging these worlds…my primordial creation."

I liked it, but now it seems too concise. I want to say more, and I am starting to understand what I want to say. It's funny how grad school gets you started and it isn't until after grad school that you really start to make sense of what happened to you the past three years. I haven't quite figured out how I want to say the rest of it, but it kind of goes like this,

"Creation and science work hand in hand. One does not defeat the other. Creation defines the why, while science explains the how." That's really pretty rough but the gist of it is that I am a firm believer in God, but I am also a very practical human being and I look at the world scientifically. Science is fascinating, and Creation is inspiring. Then why can't the two work together? It's not a question of who is right and who is wrong, it's more about what is truth. My goal is to try and open up a dialogue between people of faith and the atheist community and let them discover common ground. There will be differences, obviously, but currently there is such an attitude of disrespect on both sides and it really bothers me. This is where my work stands now, by using myself as an example of creator and ultimate scientist when I create these worlds. Enjoy!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Food Photography

After I moved to Provo I thought that most of my contacts up in Logan would forget about me and find someone else. Turns out they still love me. I got a call from my friend Laura. She owns a company called Vivian's Live Again (formerly wheat free nutrition) and she needed some shots done of her products for her labels. Then after we did that she was so happy with my work that she invited me back to photograph more product and some recipes as well. She specializes in gluten free food and is also moving into Dairy free as well. It's really a cool business, and the food tastes great. So if you happen to be a non-dairy person, or if you have Celiacs, I highly recommend Vivian's Live again. Look at some of the photos and how appetizing this stuff is.
The one thing I am not really happy about is how much reflection is on the wood. Other than that I am pretty content.

Little Artsy Potato Shot. I highly recommend food stylists.

This is a photo, of a photo, of some food that I shot for some labels. Yes, I shot the photos for the labels. If you are in Cache Valley, you can find these at Lee's.

No I am not paying homage to Warhol, well kind of, but we needed a shot of a traditional label for her website. She's trying to educate people as well about Celiacs and what to look for on food labels.

For all of these I had the opportunity to work with a food stylist. It was Laura's brother Paul (I don't have his last name right now, but if you want it, I can pass it on to you). He made the day so much more productive. He's a chef who used to work at the Restaurant up Millcreek Canyon. Great guy and very talented. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Working three jobs

So I have been pretty busy lately, mainly because my wife is in grad school and in order to support the family while she is otherwise occupied, I am a stay at home dad who works three jobs in his free time.

So you already knew that I taught Graphic Design at Stevens-Henager College, but I recently got another job designing sports apparel for a company called Fit Athletics (www.fituniforms.com), and another job photographing 5k fun runs for a company called flo-foto (www.flo-foto.com). I've had a great opportunity to expand my portfolio, meet some really amazing people, and travel all over the country. Below are some samples of my recent work.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Walking Dude animation.

That's what he is. I wanted to see if I could animate a dude walking (in Flash), and I did it. I learned a little bit when I did it. Of course it's not perfect, but when you're using inverse kinematics it's not exactly an exact science (at least it isn't for me yet). I took about a half hour and put this thing together (drawing it in Illustrator, setting it up in Flash, and animating). This is something I want to do a little bit more of in the future. I really like animation and it's something that I wanted to do when I was little. Kind of a dumb story but I decided not to go after it when I was a sophomore in my High School careers class. We looked up the salaries for the jobs we wanted to do and animators were like in the lower echelons of pay scale (like $10 an hour, it really sucked) and that changed my career path to, well nothing at the time.  But it wasn't animation which is sad because I really wanted to do it. I spent most of my younger years drawing all the disney characters, and, like any talent if you don't use it, I lost it, or at least most of it. I can still kind of do it. 

Anyway, the animation was just kind of an experiment, but I can do a lot of other things as well. Making someone walk is pretty difficult (well to make it look natural is difficult).  Since my focus before has been on photography, it's been a real learning curve working in graphic design (Oh I don't know if I said this before, but I am freelancing as a graphic artist). I mean I know all the principles and how they apply, and also all the software, but actually putting it into practice is something else completely. I have a huge respect for the full time graphic artists. It's hard work.

Here's another one I did. Most of these were done as examples for lectures in my classes, but it helps the students get the idea of what they are supposed to do.

The above video was just a quick one I did (in Flash) for Stevens-Henager College just to put on their video displays. We needed some recruiting videos for the graphic arts programs (everyone was going into medical specialties) so we made this one and it worked, the program grew.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mountain Bike Photos

My students at the college are working on an advertising project. They decided to focus on a specific bike pedal that allows the rider to both clip in and use a platform. So in order to do that they needed some images to create their layouts. I brought in the photo gear and they art directed the photo shoot. It was pretty awesome and I think they did a good job. I'm excited to see how their final project comes together. 

Xtremeguard Promo Video

I haven't posted in a while because I have been so busy. As much as I wish I was busier with more work, it sure is fun to spend some time with the family. But when I made this video, I really was pretty swamped. I was teaching 4 graphics classes, as well as freelancing graphic art and photography. I was originally going to turn this down, but thanks to my wife she convinced me to do it. And because of that I could go out and buy a new bike. I didn't use all the money for it, just a little.
Some other fun news that has me stressing a little bit (just a bit) is that my wife was accepted into grad school, so we have to move. This means I have to leave my job teaching and follow her to pursue her passions, and I am totally cool with that, because she did the same thing when I wanted to do grad school. It was tough, and it probably will be tough at first but we are excited for this opportunity. Anyway, enjoy the video. I made it for a company called Xtremeguard. They make screen protectors for cell phones. Great company to work with and very accommodating.