Category Archives: Photography
Last weekend I headed to the Armory Show 2009, an annual art fair where expensive works are put in a huge gallery and sold off if prospective buyers are found. Rather than shooting the art, I noticed lookers and buyers easily got tired from all the walking, so here’s a short photo essay on the various methods they took to unwound themselves.
Photography is keeping me involved in journalism school, and almost keeping me dissolved in the real world. Amidst all the researching, interviewing and writing I do for class assignments, photography is the one activity that I derive the most pleasure from. But it also sweeps the bank clean, because this tech-heavy venture cost as much to sustain a basic living expenses.
Ann Arbor today reeled from a 14 hour snow storm, causing church service to be canceled, and also making the day’s winter commencement for the latest graduates and their families one to remember for life. Total snowfall was easily over 30cm and even walking was hard.
Instead of dutifully revising for the Finals, I grabbed my camera and tried to capture whatever mayhem was to be found on the streets. My poor fingers nearly dropped off from all that cold snapping, and I found myself going in and out of school buildings to thaw off and then run right out into the white battlefield. Sure one of my aims was to get good photos, but on the field I slowly felt journalistic instincts kicking in. It became more of capturing the moment and its circumstances, rather than to create some form of visual art.
If memory serves, there have been similarly bad storms since I came to Michigan, but even so, they’re still rare. Perhaps the last storm I’ll get to experience here. To see more photos, go here.