January 22 – The Details #1 – Where It All Began

One of the things I wanted to start doing on the blog is posting some of the macro photography I shoot. I started shooting close ups, details, macro…whatever you want to call it in 2008.

My first college photography teacher told me once that he could tell I felt stuck by looking at what I was photographing at the time. It was a landscape project and, looking back on it now, it was very claustrophobic. Bill Fraizer taught me a lot and even though I haven’t spoken to him in years, I still remember a lot of the things he taught me and the things he said.

When I started shooting these types of photos, I wasn’t really in a great place. I hadn’t touched a camera in over a year, maybe close to two. That’s a story I believe I told somewhere else on this blog, so I won’t go into all the details now. Long story short, I was examining myself and all the little details that made me who I was…who I am. I didn’t go into this project with that consciously on my mind, but no doubt my subconscious guided me. Once I made the connection, I decided that I really shouldn’t stop the self examination and I haven’t stopped the detailed photos either.

Here’s one of the first shots I did. This is still on of my favorites. It’s not exactly macro, but it’s definitely a smaller detail of a complete image and inspired me to get closer. This was taken at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego.


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