We're going back to state!

Shooting photos at the Minnesota Boys Basketball State Tournament is an annual treat. Here are my favorite shots that I grabbed from the Target Center this weekend.

Vince Staples @ First Avenue

Last night's Vince Staples show was very challenging to shoot. The California rapper had an incredible light show behind him, but almost no light was cast on Vince himself. This made him really hard to auto-focus at times, so instead I focused on grabbing the most interesting figures that his shadows made.

Quotes to keep your creative gears turning

Notes from The Shape of Design by frank chimero (MCAD reading assignment):

  • The relationship between form and purpose  –  How and Why  –  is symbiotic. But despite this link, Why is usually neglected, because How is more easily framed. It is easier to recognize failures of technique than those of strategy or purpose, and simpler to ask “How do I paint this tree?” than to answer “Why does this painting need a tree in it?”
  • Creative people commonly lament about being “blocked,” perpetually stuck and unable to produce work when necessary. Blocks spring from the imbalanced relationship of How and Why: either we have an idea, but lack the skills to execute; or we have skills, but lack a message, idea, or purpose for the work.
  • The Shakers have a proverb that says, “Do not make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both, do not hesitate to make it beautiful.”
  • My work was flat, because it was missing the spark that comes from creating something you believe in for someone you care about. This is the source of the highest craft, because an affection for the audience produces the care necessary to make the work well.
  • When we build, we take bits of others’ work and fuse them to our own choices to see if alchemy occurs.
  • I find the best way to gain momentum is to think of the worst possible way to tackle the project. Quality may be elusive, but stupidity is always easily accessible; absurdity is fine, maybe even desired.
  • All design work seems to have three common traits: there is a message to the work, the tone of that message, and the format that the work takes.
  • “No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be….This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.” 
    — Issac Asimov

A Night With the Seshollowaterboyz

I have a confession... I have a real soft spot for some simple, dirty rap. And ever since I saw Bones' unique aesthetic for the first time, I wanted to see him live. 

After some DMing back and forth with Bones' brother/manager, I managed to slip backstage at his June 18th show and position myself for some good angles. There was just one problem... the venue was so humid, so steamy, that the viewfinder fogged up and I couldn't see a thing through my DSLR. I ended up tuning my manual settings through trial and error, and essentially shooting blind.

I still got some good shots; I like the grimy, imperfect qualities of some of the photos. I threw some Nik filters on some of the more crisp shots as well. On to the next, bigger show.

Expert listener

First of all, welcome to my blog. Squarespace is a really fun system, and I'm glad to be putting this site together with tons of customization at my fingertips. 

I needed something to kick off my first blog post, so why not turn the clock back to 2011 when I was on my third day of the job at the Minnesota Timberwolves? Rookie mistake: I missed the beginning of the media availability with Rick Adelman, but around the 0:24 mark I slide in the back and pretend like I'm listening. Stealth.