Thursday, April 30, 2009

Raw photography.

Ever since my first mission trip to Mexico in the spring of 1992, I've known that photography is most moving when you're shooting in a developing country. The rawness of it, the truth, the emotion. It's just a different world. As I traveled on Semester at Sea in 1998, I was lucky enough to have a photographer for a roommate. She was actually the apprentice to the ship's photographer and she worked in the darkroom on the ship. She taught me a ton about light and she revolutionized the way I took photos. But my photos were only as spectacular as the subjects and, somehow, the more forlorn the backdrop, the more authentic the subjects, and the better the photos turned out. Semester at Sea was like being on a 100-day shoot for National Geographic. It was amazing.

Since then, I haven't spent a ton of time in developing countries (six weeks in Nepal and a few other trips sprinkled about) and I've gotten used to shooting normal American photography. So today when I read Pastor Ryan's post about his recent mission trip to Honduras, I was taken back to that different world. And I love it. I long for bursts of it to shake me up and get me back to reality. Check out Pastor Ryan's photos here. Pastor Ryan is the one in the photos with the sleeves of tatoos. And the weird earrings. He looks like he should work in a biker bar or a tatoo parlor or something -- it tickles me that he's a pastor. In Cincinnati.

Somebody told me a few weeks ago that the Peace Corps runs a family program, where families can volunteer together. You better believe I was googling "peace corps family" as soon as I got my hands on my computer. Unfortunately, it appears that somebody was wrong. Or we'd be filling out the paperwork today. The thought of being back in a developing country, of doing something to make life better for people...that's the kind of life that makes me feel alive.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Swine Flu: Yet another reason not to buy meat from CAFOs.

Notice, I didn't title this post, "Swine Flue: Yet another reason to ban CAFOs worldwide." I think CAFOs should be gone, but not because of government intervention. They should be gone because nobody should be buying meat from an animal raised in a CAFO. It's disgusting meat and if you think about where the meat came from while you're eating it, you will start to feel nauseous.

Read about the possible involvement of CAFOs in the Swine Flu here at the Huffington Post article, Swine Flu Outbreak -- Nature biting back at industrial animal production?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I still love Lightroom

I so thoroughly believe in post-processing that I am convinced I would streak across my neighborhood wearing only my flip flops before I'd let any of my straight-out-of-the-camera shots be seen by anyone other than Libbie. While I love the photo of Brynn above, I just loath the flatness of the original shot. The edited version, with darker darks and brighter brights and highlighted eyes and face just does so much more for me. The subject's not bad, either. What a cutie pie.