Beautiful photos are easy when the photographer is in a new and exciting place or some kind of change is happening like seasonal change or an event. When things are normal, it is hard to stay creative and motivated. Viewing “normal” in a new and creative way from behind the lens, is a great way to become a better photographer and appreciate surroundings. Here are some photos from around Dartmouth campus and a few from tapping at home in Vermont. Tapping is an event but the photos from campus definitely took a bit more energy to capture something interesting.
I created this poster for the computer science class that I took at Middlebury College this fall. I am happy with how it came out.
The background is very ascetically pleasing and fitting since the poster is about a cycling website. The translucent grey boxes make the text legible over the map. The text is positioned in the boxes with a focus on balance with subset text easily identifiable. The most important feature of the poster is the screenshot of the website which is centered in the poster and the biggest feature. Text size is related to importance and length of the content. The lines between the boxes, my favorite feature, indicate the flow that the viewer should use to navigate the poster, mimicking the roads on a map.
Bubble Expansion is a project I am doing at Middlebury College where I create videos that inspire students to get out of their daily routine and take advantage of the opportunities around them. icy footsteps is a video I created that not only shows an opportunity, a winter hike, but also shows how to get the most out of such an opportunity. The sound is raw footsteps on ice. The video shows both the overall progression of the hike and little details that can be seen on closer inspection. I really like how this video came out, I think it looks good and gets the message across subtly and well. It was difficult to edit because I had so much good footage to start with; it was sad to cut out tons of beautiful shots. This video made me even more excited for future videos.
Every day, I doodle in a sketch book dedicated to such activities. I rarely draw anything in particular, I just make a line or a scribble and then another and so on. Most of these drawings are from when I am sitting in class. Drawing keeps the visual portion of my brain active which helps me listen. I have found that this is a better strategy than attempting to take good notes. Drawing also makes me happy. I love creating things and doodles are some of the most judgement and plan-free creating I do.
The photos that are on the PHOTOS page on this site are photos from the past year or so. The are photos from daily life and what I see going through my daily life. Most days I try to take and edit photos just because it makes me happy. I really enjoy the creation process of photography and the final results that that process leads to. The PHOTOS page will update occasionally but for more frequent, nearly daily, photo updates, follow me on Instagram!
Last night, I remembered that I had some beautiful footage that I had shot during some early season snow. I challenged myself to finish a short video by the time I went to sleep, and I’m not a night owl. Below is the result! I cut down about two minutes of footage to just under a minute, adjusted the colors to give the feel I wanted, and set it to some christmasy music because an early season snow fall feels like Christmas morning.
I thought it was about time to get a new blog/gallery up and running especially since I am creating more content than ever. The videos page is populated with videos that I created for Bubble Expansion. Bubble Expansion is explained fully in the video below. I will write short posts about making the videos and other creative experiments I am tackling and post them on this blog. Check in to this blog once or twice a week in order to keep up with me!