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rockahoola.jpg I took a quick pre-birthday road trip up to Utah this week. It was spectacularly beautiful there and a refreshing change of scenery since I hadn’t been anywhere for quite a while. On the way home, we made a pitstop at this abandoned waterpark. Fascinating place although a couple of meth-addled “security guards” ended up making it one of my more nerve-wracking photo expeditions!

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I’m one of those photographers who rarely, if ever, photographs people. I also do my best to keep narcissism at bay and the selfies to a minimum. That being said, I’ve just completed an e-course in conceptual photography and, as it turns out, self-portraiture has been a key element of the exercises we’ve been working through.

I now see the value of coming out from behind the camera and am fascinated by the secrets and symbols that can be incorporated into a photograph. More importantly, I find it intriguing that even the most personal image can conceal as much as it reveals.

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IMG_2828Another shot from my quick trip to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The sun would eventually come out but this one was taken early in the day while it was still overcast.

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IMG_2858I managed to squeeze a refreshingly tranquil, if brief, photowalk into an otherwise intense weekend. I hadn’t been to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in years and it was even more beautiful, and the plant life more varied, than I remembered. Lovely!

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ImageDispA 35mm image taken a while back during a misty-morning visit to Lake Fulmor. It’s been a while since I’ve been out on a photo safari but it’s looking like Saturday is going to be the day. Stay tuned! :-)

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ImageDisp-15It’s been a while since I’ve posted here so I thought I’d stop in and at least say hello. I’ll admit I haven’t been taking too many photos lately but have instead been consumed with the curating/printing/framing end of things. I do hope things settle down and that I’ll be able to remedy that soon.

In the meantime, here’s a film image I took a while back at the Riverside County Fair with my old Brownie Hawkeye (lens flipped) and Fujichrome Velvia 100F 120 color slide film. Have a great weekend, folks!