Running Up That Hill

I’ve been walking through the Tufts campus near my home – for the exercise but also because the pay off is so worth it. Tufts is built in a hilly area that straddles Medford and Somerville. Once at the summit, you can walk out onto the roof of the library and be greeted with an expansive view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, some of the biggest sky to be found in the area.

Normally, the winters in Massachusetts are quite cold and snowy but this year, despite an early snowfall at Halloween and a few isolated show showers, winter never really arrived. Tufts Hill is also the prime sledding hill for the neighborhood. Bales of protective hay carefully placed in front of each large tree by the ever-busy Tufts maintenance crews just served as a reminder of how unusual this winter was.

The The Tisch Library rooftop garden and open lecture space is called Alex’s Place, named for a student who committed suicide in 2003. It is not an accident that the views from there are soul renewing and awe inspiring. The plantings and structures are simple and manage, at least in my opinion, to deftly tie this special place to the original brutal architecture of the library in an understated but perfectly conceived way.

Most of these images were just taken with my phone. I did bring along my new Nikon a few times. As this mild winter turns to spring, I will continue to trek up that hill and capture the changes. Maybe next year I’ll get to sled down.

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Lytro Walkabout

On Feb 6th, I got a chance to join with other Lytro owners-to-be on a photo-walk around the Prudential Center. The Lytro camera is a small light field camera that will begin shipping later this spring. It represents a completely new way to take pictures. The light-field lenses capture a much wider range of light, allowing vibrant photos to be taken in low light situations with no flash. What’s truly revolutionary, though, is the software that is built into the camera. It allows for re-focusing after the photo has been taken. Photos are designed to be shared on the screen and can be modified by the viewer.

Photos taken with the camera appear to have been shot with via a powerful zoom. I have ideas for setting up some interesting scenarios that play with this exaggerated depth of field, where perhaps as one’s focus changes the meaning of the image is altered as well.

One of my images from the photo walk was posted to the Lytro gallery. I’ll see if I can embed it here… (I can if I turn off the wysiwyg editor, the embed is in an iframe) Scroll around to some of the other photos, too, and see just how different this camera is!

Feb 6, Prudential Center

Hill Series Begins

Long Views and Mandalas

Hill Series. Print one. Currently nameless but I like where this is going. Collages inspired from source photos taken on walks up Tufts Hill.

Posterous

Posterous is another blogging/sharing engine that has been around for a while, and is used by many talented writers. Like Tumblr or Blogger, users can choose from a set of excellent templates and use easy posting tools to quickly get ideas and art online and follow other members of the rich Posterous community.

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african landscapes

Images from my trip to Botswana.
I tried to capture the amazing light of this beautiful country. Victoria Falls falls are in Zimbabwe. Getting to that spot was not an easy task, but it was worth it. It was the rainy season, so the falls were raging.
Images from 2006, 2007