As some of you may have read in my last “moments of light” post, lately I have been completely obsessed with documenting the light around me. As a photographer I have always been interested in light, but lately it has become the most important thing. I’m still not entirely sure why it is such a dominating factor for me (and my work) lately, but I don’t think it will fade at least any time soon.
Most of these moments get documented on instagram, since I always have my phone with me. If you want to follow along with this series the best way to do so would be to follow me on there.
And a little teaser of what I’ve been up to on instagram. You will notice that I’ve been focused on a few different things over the past few weeks.
There are more to come in the future I am sure, so keep your eyes peeled for more moments of light. Also, I will be home in Minnesota this weekend, so expect to see images of my precious nephew and other spring in MN related things soon!
I had almost completely forgotten about these images, but while doing some cleanup on my computer stumbled on them. Not long before spring break I went on a mini adventure to Pillsbury Crossing with my studio-mate. Pillsbury Crossing is a small wildlife area just outside of Manhattan. There are a few trails there, so we hiked around a little and scoped out some places for potential self-portraits in the future.
It had been almost a full year since I last shot a self-portrait, despite the fact that I have had the itch to create one for months. Last Friday evening I finally had some time to kill, and someone to assist, so we went out into the woods and took advantage of the perfect light.
I’ve been going back and forth on the editing of this one, so I may potentially post the original in the near future, as well as some others from the shoot that turned out, and maybe even some behind the scenes images.
Day 6 of our trip was, unfortunately, our last day full day in Arizona. We decided to try to pack in as much climbing and adventuring as possible, which resulted in a huge overload of photographs (meaning this will be a long post). We started the day climbing in the Prison Camp area again, since there were still a few routes there that we wanted to do in that area. After climbing until we were exhausted we drove higher up the mountain to catch the sunset. Unfortunately I foolishly deleted images on my SD card before I transferred them to my computer, so almost all of the sunset images are gone. If anyone has any miracles to recover files from a formatted SD card I would love to hear them!
Day 5 of our spring break was a day off of climbing for all of us. It was also a day off from photography for me, with the exception of a few phone images, which I will share here. We drove into downtown Tucson and spent the day there. After eating lunch at a delicious local brewery, we headed to Museum of Contemporary Art of Tucson. It was a difficult place to find, and we wandered around it for a little before finally finding the entrance.
We saw this sign while trying to find the entrance (it wasn’t next to this).
The museum is a pretty unique place. It is located in the old fire station headquarters, and the old garage area is now an exhibition space. Unfortunately the work in the garage was being taken down, so we were only able to see the one exhibition that was inside.
After finishing at the MOCA I really wanted to visit a more traditional museum, so we headed to the Tucson Museum of Art. When we arrived, we were told that it would be free in 15 minutes, so to kill time we visited the cafe and each got an Italian Soda (they were delicious). Photography isn’t allowed in the gallery spaces (of course) so this was the last shot I got of the day, but it was a wonderful, inspirational day for me.
Day 4 started as a nice, lazy day. We had camped the night before, and after waking up just lounged around the campsite for a while; we drank coffee, ate what little food we had left for breakfast, and enjoyed the sun. Eventually we got rolling, and drove up a bit further into the mountains to climb at a new spot. Scott and Ben were pretty exhausted from the day before, but decided to climb anyways. Unfortunately, the route ended up being not as easy as expected, and so they had to bail and leave it unfinished. As I result, I didn’t get many pictures that day, so this will be a short post.
This post will need a bit of background, so I am going to quickly go back to January of this year. At the beginning of January (January 2nd to be exact) I had surgery on my elbow to fix nerve damage there. I had injured it while climbing last spring, and essentially had a pinched nerve for about 8 months. The surgery moved the nerve from the outside of my elbow, where it typically sits, to the inside of my elbow where it is more protected and freed from being pinched.
The day of surgery, shortly after I arrived home.
Since surgery I have obviously been in recovery mode. After lots of physical therapy I felt like I was finally getting back to normal (somewhat at least). I had just started climbing again about a week before our trip, and even though I knew I would have to be extra careful while in Arizona I was still fully expecting to climb almost every day. However, Tuesday morning of our trip (day 3), I woke up in extreme pain. I thought I was taking it easy climbing wise, with only 2 easy routes both days, and yet I could hardly make a fist my arm hurt so bad. The guys were wanting to do a multi-pitch (essentially climbing a route longer than one rope length) on Tuesday, and with the state of my arm I knew I had to take the day off. I went to the base of the climb with them, and hung out in a hammock and read while they were off climbing above me. I shot around a little bit, with my Polaroid and digital camera, but because of the position of the route I wasn’t able to get many shots (or any good ones really) of them climbing.
Day two (Monday) of our spring break was spent in the Prison Camp area again. We still had quite a few routes in that area that we wanted to try, so after cooking breakfast and making a quick run back to Tucson to get some more supplies, we hiked in and climbed for the afternoon. I don’t think this place could get old to me. I also shot some Polaroids here, but will share all those in one post once I get them scanned in.
Last week was our spring break here at Kansas State. Scott, our friend Ben, and I flew down to Arizona for a week of climbing, camping, and sunshine. I, of course, took a ton of photographs, and will share them based on the day that they were shot to avoid an incredibly long post.
We flew into Phoenix late Saturday night, and after picking up our rental car drove to Scott’s sister’s house in Tucson. We crashed there that night, and then Sunday woke up to get supplies and head into the mountains for a few days of camping and climbing. We camped at the Prison Camp area (Gordon Hirabayashi Campground) in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The great thing about the Prison Camp campground is that there is a ton of climbing just a short hike down from the campsites. It is a beautiful area in a little canyon with a cool view of the city in the distance. Enjoy day one, and be on the lookout for day 2 soon!
I hadn’t been out to the Konza Prairie for ages, and when it warmed up last weekend I jumped at the chance to head out there for a hike with fellow photography graduate student, Myra. I also hadn’t been out there with my new lens, so I was excited to be able to get a new perspective on something I have shot multiple times before. Unfortunately when we got out there it got super windy and a cold front started moving in, but luckily we still had sunshine and decent light for most of the hike.
Tomorrow evening I am off to Arizona for a week of climbing, camping, hiking, art museum visits, and of course photographing! I am so excited to get a break from Manhattan and share lots of images and stories here when I get back. If you want to keep up with our adventures during the week be sure to follow me on instagram. I will be posting lots there throughout the week, but posts here on the blog will have to wait since I don’t have room to pack my computer. Have a wonderful week you lovely people!