Maybe its a cliche thing to do here in the beautiful PNW? But there is something mentally revitalizing from filling your body up with delicious glazed carbs, too much cream creamy coffee and some fresh PNW air that does a soul so much damn good. Not to mention it helps my wander prone soul to take a chill pill and get a mini fix.
There comes a point in the week for me, and I'm not sure if it's exactly at the crack of dawn on Monday or midway through Wednesday...but its the undying urge to go and get outside. To climb something, trek something, and capture it with every form of film possible + not to mention bring my babes along.
Something I have found recently, is that I am so intimately aware of color when I'm outside. I'm aware of how the lighting is changing the color, and how the image will look if I edit it a certain way. Color + lighting are constantly on my mind while I'm outdoors (even if there's no camera attached to my hand.)
The concept of color when it comes to my photography has been a constant struggle. I love black and white photography. End of story. It's classic + crisp...it makes the viewer look at what is truly in the image. However, color can be so powerful too! I really faced this struggle while I've been working on the photos I took while in Guatemala...the culture, place, + people were so colorful...but the black + white photos made you REALLY look at the people which was really important to me. So it was a 50/50 balance of what photos I kept color and which ones I chose to turn black + white.
But MOST photos I take of outdoors usually stay color. Its an inner struggle that I'm not sure I want to confront just yet. When I'm doodling, or playing with water color to just play hands on I am drawn to warmer colors like reds, oranges, and yellows but I also love me some Kelly Green's so my love for color is vast and strong in a lot of what I do.
While I was out on Moscow Mountain this past weekend, I gave my two own kids the same Fuji 35mm disposable cameras I had given my students this past week. I told them the same guild lines as I had given my students...which was nothing. Take pictures of what you deem beautiful, important to take pictures of and it became this wonderful morning adventure. There was hard lessons of not to take selfies with these cameras because you'll see blue and yellow dots, but there was also wonderful warm lessons of what my children found beautiful in the outdoor setting I myself was taking photos of. I learned a lot from their small POV and I'm still channeling this in my note book to help me when I get all the cameras back from my other students I handed out last week.
In the pursuit of learning film + stitching it together I started filming my fam. tribes mini adventures and splicing them together into something tangible while also working on the little rocket ship project I started last week. I've put them below so check um' out!