The College Fest That Never Was

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Both the city and the university police were out in force to keep the partying under control, but were left with little to do.

I do believe that I have some sort of curse when it comes to Kent State’s annual College Fest. My freshman year, I skipped the drunken festivities for a more laid back gathering with some friends. I only found out later that I had missed photographing a full-on riot complete with couch burning in the streets. So, sophomore and junior year, I spent all night wandering the roads of Kent for fear of missing another such event, only to be disappointed by routine college debauchery. Senior year came around, and I was bedridden with a particularly nasty flu virus. When I checked my Facebook, it was populated almost entirely with posts and photos about a student body being tear-gassed by local police. My friend, Phil, took a photo of the event that was nationally syndicated.

This year, I wandered the more party-centric areas of Kent for hours, only to see a Kent that was almost barren. Nothing. Not even a game of beer pong. Imagine my shame at the university that seems to prioritize academia over destroying the town.

Now, for the sake of link-bait, I give you a bonus flower gallery:

Remote Camera Workshop

A former professor of mine invited me back to Kent State University for a free workshop while we were at the book signing together. Of the two possible workshops, I chose to attend the presentation by the Columbus Dispatch’s Kyle Robertson on setting up remote cameras for sports photography. It served well as an intro to the concept, covering the basics of mounting, rigging the wireless triggers, as well as how best to get clearance for setting up cameras for events. The best part came at the end when we all got some hands-on time with the gear. I hope this becomes a regular thing.

-Just to get some practice for working under a deadline, I gave myself half an hour to edit the photos, write the intro, write cut lines, and post this piece.

‘Lost in Oscar Hotel’ Book Signing

As I stated in a previous post, Lost in Oscar Hotel has officially been released! For those of you who don’t know, Lost in Oscar Hotel is a book on Ohio aviation I collaborated with some classmates and professors with over the past two years.
I and all of the rest of the collaborators got together for a book signing at the university bookstore. It was fantastic to see everyone together again, talk shop, sign each other’s books, and talk everyone who came out to support us.  Joe, Gary, Phil, and Laura are some of the most talented people I know, so go follow those links to see the rest of their work.

If you’re interested in Lost in Oscar Hotel, you can find it over on Amazon. We only have two reviews so far, but I would love to see more. I normally write book reviews, but I think reviewing this one would create a slight conflict of interests. So, if any of you think you have a solid, well written review, send it off to me, I’d love to see it.

Working on this book has been nothing but fantastic from start to finish, and I can’t express how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity. Now, I just want to start work on the next one.

Lost in Oscar Hotel is Out!

Hey­­ everyone. If you follow the site, you’ve probably seen me post work I’ve done for the book Lost in Oscar Hotel. I’m excited to announce that the book is now out in both hardback and digital formats on Amazon.com.  We’re also running a giveaway to win a copy over on the Lost in Oscar Hotel Goodreads page.

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For those of you who may not know Lost in Oscar Hotel is a book on aviation in Ohio, and is a collaborative effort of a group of students and professors, spear-headed Kent State Professor Gordon Murray (check out the project’s main site here http://www.lostinoscarhotel.com/ ). The book primarily follows Murray and his fellow Cub Cadet pilot, Ron Siwik, as the two attempt, “The first, longest, slowest and most peculiar flight to Wright Brothers Airport ever made,” landing at an airport in every county in Ohio, culminating at the historic Wright Brothers Field. Murray writes,  “For nine days, from sunrise to sunset, we flew. We spent 36 hours and six minutes in the air, tracing a 1,809 nautical mile route over Ohio’s countryside at a thousand feet above the treetops. Sometimes, we would fly low and slow enough to shout a greeting to farmers waving at us from the fields below. For a short while Ron and I, along with photographer Gary Harwood, brother Mike, old Tom and a handful of family, friends and students, all unwittingly became Ohio’s good will ambassadors of flight—honoring the legacy of the Wrights in the Birthplace of Aviation. We were good enough.”

While Murray and Siwik were in the air, the rest of us were covering the state, exploring Ohio’s living legacy of flight through the men and women who have devoted much of their lives to the ideals of freedom and adventure that inspire flight. I saw planes passed down through generations, teams of people who gave literal hundreds of hours to restore classic aircraft, and the fraternities of pilots united through the singular experience of flight.

If you live anywhere near Kent, Ohio, come out to the Kent State University book store to meet me and all of my fellow collaborators for a signing Wednesday, April 9th  from 12pm-2pm. They’re all fantastic photographers and writers, and I was so lucky to get a chance to work with them. We all put a ton of work into this labor of love, and I can’t wait to see where Lost in Oscar Hotel takes me now that it’s been published.

 

 

Fashion Week-Friday

Here we go, Fashion Week, round two! If you haven’t seen part one, go get caught up.Seriously, if you haven’t seen that one, the plot’s not going to make any sense, and the big reveal just won’t have the same impact.

As much fun as these are, they’re going to be the death of me. It’s five hours of shooting, then another few hours of solid editing through hundreds of photos. Still, I think the results are worth it. What do you think?

Fashion Week-Thursday

Kent State has one of the biggest fashion schools in the country, and this time of year, they’re always doing big things with student projects. As with the concerts I  shot previously,I’m happy to help the school since I’m still in the area. In lieu of a normal runway show, the event took place at the 157 Lounge, a local bar. Models stood on platforms in the middle of the bar, allowing guests wander through to examine the students’ work. It’s a clever idea and gave me some photographic opportunities outside the standard runway shots. Of course, the fact that the outfits were as awesome as they were didn’t hurt either.

As a bit of a post script, lighting in places like this can be hard, so it never hearts to keep an eye on the environment for ways to set your white balance properly. grey wall

Of course, barring that, you can always ask for a little bit of help with your grey cards. grey card