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Plastic Lens Portraits

Some casual portraits of family and friends… Enjoy.
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Summer Storm 2013 – Canon 20D and Holga Lens

Summer Storm 2013 – Canon 20D and Holga Lens

I found these in last year’s folder… Sometime last summer I spent a month shooting almost exclusively with my Canon 20D and a plastic Holga lens. I remember having a project in mind when decided to lug around and shoot with a 10 year old DSLR, but I can’t remember what it was. I shot these on Highway 6 south of Woodside and north of I-70, and never noticed the lightning bolt in the final image until this morning.

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Classic Camera Tote Bag

Classic Camera Tote Bag

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Cataract Canyon 27-31 May 2014 with Tour West

Cataract Canyon 27-31 May 2014 with Tour West

Some images and a short video from my last Cataract Canyon trip… Enjoy.

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Wandering in the Uinta Basin

Some photos from the last few weeks…

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Elmo. Titan of a Trash Pile.

Skulls and Elmo – Photos From the Uinta Basin

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I spent some time in the Uinta Basin last week working… While wandering around the desert looking for fossils is amusing, we sometimes come across huge piles of garbage left abandoned in the desert. Often they’re a mix of old and new, as if they’ve been used for years and years.

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We came across this garbage pile last fall, but there was a bunch of junk added to it this time and there were more dead cows. It’s an odd place.

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All shots made with my Ricoh GR, that I got cleaned in an earlier post. I love that little camera. While I usually prefer to process to black and white with photos from the GR, this time I used color – mainly because the shot below of Elmo really lost something in black and white.

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Trapped. Impish smirk wiped from his face by desert winds. His last tickle the smell of rotting flesh doing a delicate dance around his sun-bleached head.

 

Thanks for looking.

DISPATCH Tour Almost Finished- Only 5 More Stops!

DISPATCH Tour Almost Finished- Only 5 More Stops!
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A little over a year ago I (we – Leah’s been to most of them too) started a project we casually called the DISPATCH Tour (Deseret Industries Super Photo Adventure Tour – gotta call it something, right?) A year later, we’re close to being finished. We’ve only got 5 stores left to visit and we’ll have been to every Deseret Industries. If you laid every used Barbie Doll end to end, it would reach from here to…

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Someone on Tumblr asked me a question, and I thought I’d post the answer here:

Why are you visiting a chain of Mormon church owned and operated thrift stores?

A few reasons: First and foremost, I’m from Utah, I’ve scored tons of vintage cameras and dozens of flannels there.

Second, there’s always characters there. Deseret Industries (DI) has sort of a cult-following. There’s a crowd of hoarders, collectors and families at the doors every morning itching to get in and find a deal.

And third, the main reason I decided to do the project: I was casually chatting with an acquaintance at work and the subject of Salt Lake City and thrift stores came up. She said “I won’t shop at DI because it’s owned by Mormons.” I thought that sounded bigoted and petty.

Who cares? It’s recycling. It’s cheap. And if you look hard, you find cool stuff. I don’t care who sets it up, Catholics, Mormons, Baptists, Atheists, Capitalists, Communists, etc. Just because Mormons run it is a stupid reason to dislike it.

I decided to visit them all. At the time I didn’t know there were 43. I thought  there were… I don’t know 12? No way. There’s 2 in Seattle, one in Sacramento, and 4 in L.A. Also Phoenix and Tucson. I’ve been to almost all of them now, and I’ve been saving Salt Lake City stores for last. So yes, I’ve driven to the Seattle ones, the Tucson one, and the San Diego one. I see the same junk at every single one. I could do a very long commentary on possessions and the fleeting nature of ownership, but that’s an answer to a different question.

It’s been an interesting project, one I started a year ago this weekend, and hopefully I’ll finish it in another month or so.

Thanks for asking, it was interesting to actually think about the start of the project again – it helped alleviate a little artist burn-out. Only 5 more to go!

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I’ve had a few interesting suggestions about publishing a book of of some of the photos. Someone recently suggested I create a photo book and have the initial release party in the parking lot of a DI – I like that a lot. Any other suggestions? Free used crutches? A swatch of DI flannel with each book? I wish I could package the smell – that’s what really says “Deseret Industries” to me… maybe a line of thrift store cologne?

Thanks for looking.

Also, Leah’s been doing a pretty brisk business in the leather goods lately – if you haven’t checked out her stuff yet, now’s a great time. If you don’t have slim leather wallet, there’s no better time than spring. People in Belgium are even getting on board!

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My Ricoh GR – Returned and Clean!

My Ricoh GR – Returned and Clean!
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I finally got my Ricoh GR back from C.R.I.S. camera. I say “finally”, but it was only about 10 days. I sent it back because it had a dust speck on the sensor. It cost me twenty bucks in shipping and insurance, but hey, it’s cheaper than a new camera and the cleaning was covered under the warranty. Thanks Ricoh! Good customer service, and a prompt cleaning and return by C.R.I.S Camera in Arizona. They cleaned the sensor and seemed to un-gum the front wheel. It’s clean, and there’s no readily apparent dust on the sensor right now… It’s nice to have it back again. Nice enough that I ran out to use it a little.

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We’d never been to Eye of the Whale Arch before. It was a fun drive on a rough road to get there. It was a great partially overcast day, but unfortunately it was a little too cold to stay for long.

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Of course there’s nothing like a little lunch from Milt’s after a morning in the park.
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Thanks for looking. Don’t forget to check out my photography designs on stickers and t-shirts at RedBubble!

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