Monday, April 23, 2012

Small Farms on Vashon Island

Last week I ventured out again to Vashon Island to explore some of the small farms. My first stop was at Kurtwood Farms, where I met Kurt Timmermeister to photograph him milking his beautiful dairy cows. This was my second time visiting with Kurt and it is always a pleasure to chat over coffee and biscuits about writing, photography, and small farms on the island. It was a typically rainy morning, but it made for some interesting shooting nonetheless. My second stop was at Langley Fine Gardens, where I met Leda and her husband Matt, who run a wonderful business growing and selling plant starts. The lines and colors that filled the greenhouses were fun to photograph as the workers made their way through the rows and rows of plants in preparation for an upcoming farmer's market. Here are some images from the day.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Funeral Services Program for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Several months ago I shot a pretty interesting assignment for The Chronicle of Higher Education on Beth Ann Grouell, a student at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, who is studying Funeral Sciences. I spent a couple of hours with her in class as she worked on her "death mask".
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Energy Efficient TV's for The New York Times

Some assignments just aren't as interesting as others. The task--photograph people shopping for energy efficient television sets at Sears. The problem--the only way to tell whether a television is energy efficient is a small orange sticker, and apparently no one shops at Sears when I decide to visit.....twice. After two hours of perusing the television aisles at two different Sears stores, with a total of two customers passing in front of my camera I realized I had about 500 images of television sets with orange stickers and about 20 images of customers looking at television sets. Unfortunately, you couldn't tell if the customers were specifically looking at energy efficient televisions. I guess you win some and you lose some, but now I have an excellent archive of energy efficient TV's to support my early retirement fund.