Ready for another adventure...even though I haven’t finished editing the images I shot from my time Iceland and Hawaii. Apparently I am more interested in the journey than the finished product 🤔🤫😎
I feel like a broken record but again I have to say that photography has taken me places and put me into situations that I never would have experienced otherwise. Like flying across eastern Kansas in a helicopter (shout out to pilot @matthew_bettmeng) a couple weeks back. Couldn’t help but make a couple snaps along the way. Until the next adventure...
Yesterday was special. From one of my favorite spots in the world with my oldest daughter making images together. This is the place where I made the first photograph I was truly proud of as an 8 or 9 year old kid. Yesterday my daughter and I made a few more images that I am proud of...together. 🤙🏻📷 ♥️
Haleakala Sunset. I am willing to bet the people around me thought I was having some sort of a seizure as I whipped my camera from left to right while releasing the shutter to capture this image. Not to mention I had a perfectly good tripod available right in front of me 🤷♂️ Some times I photograph to document a time and place, other times I make images to capture the feeling of a time and place, and on rare occasions both documentation and feeling are captured in a single frame. That is the elusive “victory” I am constantly chasing.
The Sea Cliffs of Molokai. Our last day on this island. Lots of adventures and experiences that I won’t soon forget. Thanks for following along friends.
Out in print. Earlier this year I had the privilege of photographing Judge Kathryn Vratil the senior judge for the District Court of Kansas for Trial Magazine. She was the first woman appointed to the Kansas Federal Court by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. I am no legal scholar or historian but there is no question she has created a path in her career that didn’t exist prior to her appointment. As the article notes she has worked at improving diversity and passing along opportunities to other deserving women and minorities. Rockstar level stuff in my humble opinion. My favorite moment of the shoot was when she took everyone to the top floor of the District Court Building to show us a video that was created to document the amazing stories of immigrants in the area who had become citizens at the courthouse. The stories of immigrants who volunteered to fight for America prior to citizenship or those that endured unbelievable challenges on their path to citizenship were truly inspiring. We all watched in respectful silence for a number of minutes. To see her heart in that moment was wonderfully reassuring in our current political environment.
Building off my recent "Why" still photography series from #thespeedproject a video collaboration with my friend, athlete, model, and engineering student @obiwanknoche. Quick thanks to #lululemonleawood for supplying the wardrobe! As much as I personally enjoy running and creating images and video content with runners my hope for the video isn't to try and turn everyone into a runner but to encourage others to find the thing that speaks to them personally that gets their body moving because I firmly believe that our bodies were designed to move! So whatever that activity is for you.....what is your why?
Long post alert. Feel free to just enjoy the images and move along with your life but there are always stories behind the photos and I am sharing the first image because it helps tell part of the story of one of the memorable adventures of our Iceland trip. We were into our third day and decided to head off the ring road to check out a waterfall that was highly recommended by our trusty map. The drive on an unpaved road was rough particularly in our tiny little two wheel drive camper van. The section of road I photographed was just past a stretch of road that was basically sand and I previously had the unfortunate experience of getting a "4 x 4" Jeep Wrangler stuck in sand so I had nearly stopped and turned around. Not to mention the Mars like landscape surrounding us gave zero indication of waterfalls or water of any kind. Dust was literally pouring into the van and my wife was starting to violently cough and as an added bonus I really had to use the bathroom. We hadn't scene any other vehicles on the road for a long stretch, basically we had reached that pivotal point where we had to decide to continue to push on or turn around and cut our losses....thankfully we pushed forward because no good story involves turning around and after several more kilometers of "Mars" dust and bumpy road we reached our destination Dettifoss. As we walked down to the waterfall we realized that the destination was without question worth the journey. A full rainbow stretched out from the base of the falls into the canyon. It was absolutely breath taking. Rainbows hold a lot of meaning in my family, simply put we see them as a positive omen. I will never forget seeing the rainbow and laughing out loud like a little kid. I am certainly not encouraging anyone to be foolish but this experience definitely reinforced my belief that magic happens outside of our comfort zones. There were several instances in Iceland where that proved to be true. More images and a couple stories to come...