Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Help Save the Blue Like Jazz Movie

I am working on a second post but in my Recovering Abandoned Places project, but in the meantime I wanted to write a quick post a little off the nature and subject of this blog but important to me. It all starts with a book, one that is at once brilliant, hopeful, honest, and at least a little controversial, a book that stirred someplace deep in the hearts of many Christians - particularly of my generation. For me it helped redefine spirituality and blurred my "black and white" beliefs with lots of healthy grays. I'm talking about Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz. I've known for sometime that Don was in the midst of transforming it into a movie (he wrote A Million Miles in a Thousand Years about this process), and his blog and tweets kept us in the loop as to much of the progress. A few weeks ago I and many others read a disturbing and saddening post on his blog: the movie, which had a full screen play and casting completed, was on hold indefinitely due to a lack of financing. I couldn't believe it. Today I learned that a few fans of Don put together a movement to try to raise the remaining funds from fans and friends and social networking. We have less than a month to raise the money before filming is due to start. I wish I could give more, but all God's given me to work with is prayers, twitter, facebook, and the humble blog post. This is a movie that needs to be seen, as story that needs to be told.
Sorry for the longwinded post
Please visit: Save Blue Like Jazz
If you are unfamiliar with Donald Miller, read his blog HERE

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Recovering Abandoned Places

I had a moment of inspiration (its actually the reason I started this blog) to find abandoned areas, places in the shadows of the empire so to speak, and take photos there. To me its something redemptive, reclaiming something forsaken. I couldn't think of a more appropriate spot to start this adventure, this is a place I drove by regularly while I was in school at TFC, and the rain provided the perfect mood. So this is the first in, hopefully, a series of shoots in these locations. Enjoy:
(All photos taken with Nikon D200 w/ Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 in available light)

The Beginning...

I've been toying with the idea of creating a blog for a while now, but wasn't sure what I would "blog" about or if anyone would want to read it (still not sure about that one). I'm also at the point where I want my photos to be seen by more than just me, Whitney and a few others. This became more true after I photographed my first event, Kathleen and Spencer's wedding (you can see the book below), which was a lot of fun. So this is the start of my photo blog, hopefully this will inspire me to shoot more often and more creative photos and projects, and find stories worth reading about. Now to those very few who will read this: Thanks.