Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

“We seem to be made to suffer. It’s our lot in life.” -C3P0

Stencil art in the graffiti culture is particularly interesting to me. I love its ability to convey the artists message to a wide audience. The Masterpiece is in the eye of the beholder. The vibrant colors, and rebellious attitude of Street Art is my style of Masterpiece. This art form is virtually unrewarding in any monetary fashion to most of the artists, and to me is one of the most raw forms of artistic expression in contemporary society.

Money is not the sole reason for the creation of these masterpieces. I admire that. The subculture of Graffiti that is stencil art has grown in popularity over the years. The amazing capabilities of modern technology are linking the artists via social communities on the internet. These temporary works live on through images broadcast through social media sites like Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, and the blogosphere. A skillfully created stencil is always going to catch my eye. Although the practice is considered illegal, I believe these masterpieces have a place in the urban landscape.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

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The Strong Do Eat

I love it when I get compliments on my photography from complete strangers. Truthfully, I am never completely satisfied with the level of my work. I have a lot of social interaction issues to get over if I want to take my photography to the next level. The only way I know how to do anything is by jumping right in. I quit drinking alcohol like that about three years ago.

I used to be a six pack a night kind of guy. Being hungover was my natural state. One day something inside of me just clicked, I came to the realization that I didn’t want to feel the pain anymore. I am looking for that a-ha! moment in my photography. I think I may be hindering myself with notions that people just don’t generally like me.

When I hear laughter I automatically assume they are laughing at me. I always get the sense people are sneering at me. I wonder if that has anything to do with years of mental abuse from the kids I went to public school with. Kids are painfully cruel to each other.

“The weak are meat the strong do eat.”― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

That pretty much sums up elementary school through 8th grade. In the eighth grade I finally couldn’t take it any more and beat the hell out of one of my regular tormentors in a bloody, snotty, crying fit of rage. No kid should have to go through that. Ever. Which brings me back to photography.

I want to tackle my fear and beat it into submission until it never comes near me again. I love taking pictures, I’m obsessed with it really. I’m looking for stories to tell. I’m looking for advice. I have ideas. I want to create a series of images of people with strabismus like myself.

I really want to try some nighttime street photography with a flash, but I haven’t purchased an off camera flash yet, and I’m actually a little worried I might get into a fight.

If I can’t get over this social paralysis my photography will never progress. I want to smash this obstacle and create something worthwhile.

I need a story. A reason I can give people who ask me why I’m taking their picture. Something to put them at ease and let them know I am not a threat.

Who knows? Maybe I am overthinking this, but it felt great to get it off my chest. I know what I need to do. I need to be bold and act like I know what I am doing. I need to be the strong instead of the weak.

We are all important, even those of us with low self esteem and mental roadblocks. Being human is complicated.

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The Strong Do Eat

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Bookstore Adventure
Imagination Challenge
Disconnect the Tech

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Colfax Avenue | Denver, Colorado

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Denver Pridefest 2013

More misadventures in film photography. I snapped this one off during Denver’s annual Pride Fest. This roll of film was left in the pocket of my pants during a wash and dry cycle. So if you were wondering, this is what happens when you wash your film on accident.

I know that my support of equal rights in this matter does not make me popular amongst my more conservative group of friends, but I hope that you could respect my opinion the same way that I respect yours. I believe that all human beings should be considered equal. In my mind there is only one race, the human race, and I don’t believe we should judge anyone for their sexual preference, the color of their skin, or the religion they choose.

I’ll never understand why some people cannot just live and let live.

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Denver Pridefest 2013

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South Broadway | Denver, Colorado

beauty in the grime
owner of a lonely heart
the rhythmic city

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South Broadway | Denver, Colorado

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Two Men in Chairs

Juxtaposition.
Black and white, skinny and fat
watching the world turn

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Two Men in Chairs

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