“Land Of The Giants” Project

The project I’m working on now is the “Land Of The Giants.” I’m photographing all the pieces of a civilization of Giants that live amongst us. Most have ignored all the sign that there is this civilization living in parallel with us. We’ve all seem these large everyday items and large beings in our travels. It’s just that we’ve never thought about them.

We’ve seen the large man at the entrance to the golf course or he’s holding a muffler at an auto repair shop. We’ve also seen a large donut on top of a donut shop or the large rabbit on top of a feed store or any of the large items we see. Most assume that these are only used as advertisements to attract people to their services. But, is this there real purpose? I don’t think so.

In 1985, I was photographing the Race Across America (RAAM) bicycle race. It’s a race from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States. The race follows a set course and the winner is the first one to the finish line. It’s a 3000-mile time trial. Since time not on the bike riding is time lost, most of the competitors would sleep on 2 or 3 hours a night. Photographing the race sort of required me to keep about the same hours as the competitors. My wife, who was driving or vehicle, and I were only sleeping about 2-4 hours a night. During the 10 days of the race, we only got one night in a motel and got 8 hours sleep.

It’s amazing what a sleep deprivation does to the mind. As we would see the large items across America we would discuss what they were and why do they exist. Suddenly it came to us. They were part of another reality that existed in parallel with ours. It existed between the blinks of our eyes and when our consciousness when we slept. It was during these times they became real when we weren’t aware. We only see them as inanimate objects because our time references are different.

In the end of December last year, my wife and I drove to Jean, Nevada to photograph a Giant prospector at a Casino there. There was a clearing storm that day and I was hoping that there would be a nice sunset with the clouds. By the time sunset arrived, the clouds had all cleared, but the sky was still pretty nice. It was cold, about 38 degrees with a good wind blowing. I was lucky to have my Voice Activated Light Stand (VALS) with me. My wife is a great assistant and allows me to perform my photography. It would have been more difficult if I would have had to move the light on a stand, but just informing here where to move made it much easier.

In the photos, you can see my VALS in a shoot take with my phone and the final shot of the Giant. So be aware when your out, you might just catch one of them if you cross into their reality.

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Welcome to my blog and my first posting.

I will be talking mostly about photography, but I will also talk about how my having Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has affected my photography. My MS limits my movement. Distances that used to seem close now seem to be a mile away. My legs get tired and pained after I’ve been on them for a short time. I also don’t have the energy and stamina that I had in the past, often an afternoon nap is the way I get through the day.

Photography is definitely much more difficult now that it was just 10 years earlier. Some of my friends, both with and without MS, wonder why I still want to photograph my world and share it with others. Why I just don’t take it easy and not stress my body and have the pain. Sure, it would be less stressful to  “take it easy”. But, I find the pain of not taking photographs to be worse than the pain of photographing. It’s what I love to do.

From the early 80’s until the year 2000 I was a sports shooter for magazines. But my MS had progressed to the point where I was unable to get around events to do what I considered an acceptable job. That’s when I scaled back my photography to only a few events of friends in the world of sports. As I’ve done less sport’s photography, I’ve replaced it with personal work. In the last year I’ve decided to take the leap into Fine Art Photography.

It has been a very pleasant journey into this new endeavor. Since sports photography is journalism, you were very limited in what you could display. You where there to convey what happened to your viewer in a way that most accurately reflect the scene. You could change your Point Of View (POV), the way you cropped, but you weren’t there to provide your vision of the event. I loved to that and having that taken away was very difficult for me.

I was a little apprehensive when I started moving into the world of fine art. I quickly discovered that I was now free to produce images that would project what I was seeing in my minds eye. There would be no limitations on what I could do. If I saw the clouds in the sky a green, I would now be able to use my skills to present that image to the viewer. As the saying goes, “The sky’s the limit.” My imagination has become super charged and I’m very excited to start this new journey.

I plan to share my knowledge of Photography, Camera, Lightroom, Photoshop and all the rest related to photography. I also want to share tips about how to not let anything handicap your photography. Please, join me as I document my world as a Fine Art Photographer who just happens to have MS.

20 million Years BC.

20 million Years BC.