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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Top 15 Adventures of 2009

I saw this on another blog recently, and I was curious to see what my year highlights would look like. I started to put it together, and realized, I should just do it myself. So here is a list of my top adventures from 2009:

2009 Began the same way it ended: cold. I decided that I wanted to make use of this and start a small project photographing ice fishers. Be sure to look for more. It's cold once again.

Winter semester I took a black and white photograph class in which I learned how to use the darkroom. It was so exciting to make my first prints. This past fall I took an advanced black and white class in which I learned how to use a 4x5 view camera. It was hard, but I'd like to think I did some cool things.

In March Spanish Fork, UT hosts the highest attended Holi (Festival of Colors) in the country. Of course I attended, camera wrapped up in plastic and all.

I started experimenting with my Holga camera. I even started making it a large part of my business by incorporating it into weddings and engagement sessions. Now I won't leave the house without it.

In May my other brother got married. A good friend came down and we photographed their wedding in San Antonio and another in Houston within 3 days. It was crazy. But it was fun being on the other side of the camera, helping with picking out the wedding dress and getting to enjoy the wedding..but of course I kept picking up my own camera.

I moved to the Dominican Republic for May and June in which I lived with a fantastic family and got so many opportunities. Including the two months of bucket showers. I got to hang out at baseball academies and other people's families. The most exciting part was when I somehow landed a trip with the Travel Chanel for 10 days throughout the jungles and best resorts in the entire country. My favorite part was Playa Rincón out in Samana.

In July I started selling my photographs at the Provo Farmer's Market with two fellow art friends.

Summer heat=beautiful summer nights=night photography. I started in the summer, but recently I've been trying HDR night photography which I learned about in my digital photography class. Mixed feelings still.

The beginning of August handed me a spontaneous road trip to photograph some friends out in the Bay Area of California. I went with a friend and went from Provo through the weirdest night in Reno up to my favorite lake: Lake Tahoe and then down for tea in China Town and into weird museums in San Fransisco.

I got to hike the Subway down at Zion's National Park. Probably one of the more hardcore things I've done. It was intense. But don't worry, I'm taking up rock climbing this year, so get ready for more intensity to come.

In September I went to my favorite event of the year: The State Fair in Salt Lake City, which inspired a later project I worked on for my digital photography class involving characters from a freak show.

My fall semester was filled with classes, my new job, and art exhibits galore! I had art up at Juice n Java, the town hall, and then I created a show called Working Identities. It was in a community art show in Sugarhouse, then in the BYU library, and soon it will be in Saans Gallery in Salt Lake City. Stuff keeps getting stolen and it was extended, so I'm assuming people like it.

Thanksgiving was spent on a mini road trip through some south east parts of Utah. Took some photos, and just drove. Two of my current favorite things.

So I lied. The year did not end up being as cold as the beginning. That's because I ended it in San Antonio by going out to the big party downtown (which I have never done before). I highly recommend it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am so glad the subway made it on your list, super hard core.