This is part 3 of my history, written October 14th of 2010 during my final year attending UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI.
On my way back during my final full semester at Stout, I decided to really step things up and concentrate solely on one project. The project was originally called Teenage Wasteland and was a combination of photography and digital painting. The title changed to Even Nostalgia Isn’t as Good as it Used to be about half-way through completion.
My first experiment in this series.
Another example midway through the series.
Another example near the end of the series.
After this series and my final full-time semester at UW-Stout, I was ready to take another break. I knew I was onto something new and this series pushed me harder than anything else in the past. It gave me more questions than answers. I hit a wall and didn’t know where to go next. I knew I could never go back to the strait-off-the camera and a few tricks in photoshop/lightroom again. I knew that I had to keep evolving and work on something at a deeper level. Questions of money haunted me in all waking hours. How can I make money doing this? How can I continue to devote all of this time now that I’ll have student loans to think about…
Well, just as I was pondering this I was approached to do another commission glamour shoot, I wasn’t too interested at first but felt that the line Katie Holm designed was quite impressive and that I could take the images in an artistic direction. We worked together, Katie and I, on locations. By some kind of wizardry of the universe, I was having a family vacation in the Wisconsin Dells with my dad, mom, brother, and sister only minutes from our decided location.
One of the most successful images from the shoot.
Getting back to the massive amounts of images I took during my family vacation in the Wisconsin Dells, I composed a series called POV (Point of View) where I simply took pictures of my feet in what I thought were interesting places. Most of the images early on were taken from the hotel we were staying at where there were outdoor pools shut down for the season.
A diptych taken of me getting closer to the waters edge.
Part of a study on human interaction in the party scene.