Capitol Hill Photowalk and Some Thoughts on "Street Photography"

Street photography is my most favorite genre of photography to look at it. To me it is the purest form of photography. It is a little bit less about technique and a little bit more about capture the person, the moment, or the location. I also believe it is very historically significant…maybe I should try to define street photography first.

Unfortunately, like a lot of things in photography, people get pretty angry and strict on how they define street photography. I really don’t want to get into all that, I think it is kinda stupid. For me, street photography is simply trying to capture the essence of a city through photographs. Buildings, streets, details, cars, and of course people all make up what a city is. Street photography captures a moment in history in a particular place.

Within that overarching genre there are so many individual styles of shooting. I am a fairly shy person and am therefore not great at some of the more aggressive styles, though I am working to get better. I think that is the beauty of it though, everybody views and approaches it differently and views the city differently. I have SO much room to grow, but one of my dreams would be to be remembered as one of the photographers that helped capture the Denver area and its changes through the 2020’s and 2030’s. I know that is a big dream, but it is what keeps me motivated.

I was downtown yesterday after work and had my gear with me so I decided to walk around. The light was pretty bad but I needed a break anyways. I decided to walk around the Capitol Hill area just south of the capitol and found all these really wonderful Modern and Art Deco buildings that have been cleaned up and turned into apartments. I am not super stoked with any of these pictures really, but I did find quite a few places that I would love to come back to when the light is better.

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Are Blogs Dead?

Do people still read blogs? When I first got in to the internet everybody had a blog and they were the primary way of communicating on the internet. Then came Twitter and Instagram and Facebook and it seems the blog isn’t as important as it used to be. I for sure have replaced most of my online communication with these services, but I think the blog might still be more important than we realize.

I think the thing that has me most nervous about abandoning the blog and embracing social media 100%, is that social media is fleeting. We have absolutely no guarantee that any service we are currently using will even exist in a couple years. I am all for using these networks but it makes me think we should also have a steady online presence of our own that will stand the test of time. Networks can come and go but hopefully a website will exist forever. I don’t think it should be taken for granted.

A Week of Black and White

Last week my brother and I decided to challenge ourselves and shoot only black and white for an entire week. It was a very interesting challenge for me. Going into it I knew it would be difficult, but I didn't anticipate how much I would fall in love with it. About halfway through the week things just "clicked" and I really started to love it. 

All photography is an abstraction of reality, but monochrome gives images an added layer of abstraction that allows express feelings in a way that the more literal color photography does not. I still really love color, but I have fallen in love with what black and white allows me to do. 

After this week I have decided to mostly dedicate my X100f to black and white. It is my little rangefinder "loaded with Tri-X" that I can grab and shoot at any moment. I think you will see a lot more black and white in my portfolio moving forward. 

Hello

Welcome to my portfolio. I want to start off first by saying that I do not much like writing these. I think a big part of why I am a photographer is that it gives me a way to express myself that does not involve writing. But I will do my best here. 

I am a husband, dad, and wedding photographer based out of Denver Colorado. But this site is not about that. 

I have always been a massive fan of sreet photography. It is, to me, the purest form of photography. It is simply capturing the world around you. It is beautiful and very important. In looking around I noticed that Denver does not have many very good street photographers. There are a few, but not too many. 

I am not going to pretent I am any good at this yet, but I think I could be. This website and blog will be a journal of my attempts to capture Denver, and Northglenn (my home suburb) in a beautiful photographic way. 

It will probably be mostly pictures, for the above stated reasons, but I will throw in my thoughts as much as I can as I go. I really appreciate you checking out my site and I will try my best to give you some awesome photographs as we move forward.