My external hard drive fell off a table in the middle of this past semester, causing me to temporarily be without some 49,000 photographs that I had taken over the years. Luckily, a genius at a tiny computer store was able to recover all of them.
Getting all those images back right before the new year, I thought this would be a great opportunity to look back on what I’ve done this past year.
It’s been an amazing year and I’m thankful for everyone who has made it so special.
This slideshow isn’t meant to be a portfolio. Rather, it’s a collection of my favorite images from my most memorable and enjoyable moments this year.
Happy New Year!
The Quindecim published its seventh issue of the year last Friday, completing an unprecedented semester for this publication.
Last week also happened to be the week before finals, so we were all swamped with essays, presentations, projects, and exams to prepare for. I’m not quire sure how we pulled this together by deadline time on top of all that, but we did. What’s more, the content is just as strong as any other issue we’ve put out this semester.
In fact, thinking back, it’s amazing that we got these newspapers out so regularly, given our busy schedules.
Hitting these deadlines cost me lots of lost sleep and added stress, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything. The lessons I’ve learned have been incredibly valuable, and it’s exciting to think about continuing next semester.
I took a Video Production class this semester. In light of the huge number of vandalisms and alcohol or drug related incidents on campus this semester, our final project for the class was to create a video public service announcement addressing one issue of the problem.
We decided to shoot a 30 second spot advising people to abstain from drinking Four Loko, the popular alcoholic energy beverage that has recently been banned in several states including Maryland.
We had four people in our group, so we decided to dress as “The Four Lokos” ourselves. We also wanted to mimic the style of John Landis’ 1986 film, “The Three Amigos.”
I think we did a fine job, considering our tight budget which was strictly dedicated to those ridiculous sombreros and mustaches.
I’m told that when I saw New York City for the first time as a little boy, I looked out the window and said something along the lines of, “What is this pile of junk?”
Obviously, my thoughts have changed since then.
Yesterday I was sent to New York City to speak on a panel for Goucher College. The reception was at the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle.
Amidst the crazy schedule I had, I found a few moments to walk through the streets with my camera. I wish I could have stayed out there and shot all night. The city is so alive. It’s got an energy that I sometimes feel Baltimore lacks.
So, I take it back. New York City is definitely not a pile of junk.
I was only able to shoot the first half of this dress rehearsal, which I was pretty upset about because it seemed like the second half was going to make for photographs that were much more visually interesting.
Which is not to say that the first half wasn’t visually interesting. It really was. The costumes were elaborate and the lighting was dramatic. I just couldn’t seem to shoot much that I was that happy with.
It being the end of the semester, I’m working on a lot of things right now. I’ve also been feeling under the weather this week, which hasn’t helped. I don’t think my head was totally into this shoot last night.
I did like this frame, though.