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NOW SHOWING IN GLORIOUS WIDESCREEN

“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”  - Dorothea Lange

If I can get a little bit lofty, ponderous, philosophical for a second - which I think artists are totally allowed to do, right? - this quote does an incredible job of leaning towards what I love about photography. It isn't just about the literal scene in front of you. It can go so much further than that. Many of my favorite photos (my own, and from others) are beloved because they delve into the emotions and aesthetics of what's in the frame; letting the viewer's mind wander past the obvious and explore the experience of that image.

That's something I've been trying to create and find in my own work a lot lately. Showing some of my work in this panoramic format has been a super fun way to explore that. I think our eyes get so accustomed to the normal aspect ratios in our phones and "real" cameras, that moving to a panoramic format helps us escape the more literal view of the image. Ideally I think the superwide panoramic formats lend themselves to a more cinematic feel (probably because, you know, they actually are cinematic aspect ratios, ha) which encourages looking at the images as more than just an overt record of an event.

Anyway - I could ramble more, but really I just wanted to share a bit of an experiment in something different. As photographers, seeing things in a constantly different, new, and varied way is critical to keeping our work fresh and our minds free from burnout. Here's to finding inspiration in new places, and making photographs that see more than the immediately visible.

MANDY & JOSH

i've been waiting/wanting to post this one for a while. josh has been one of my best friends since we were just punk kids back in high school. i remember the first time he met mandy, and he told me that first week that he was going to marry her. he got lucky, and she's a fantastic lady, who has quickly become great friends with my wife and i. we love them.

it was a true honor to shoot their wedding at the beautiful alderbrook resort, in union, washington. it was also an honor to have sergio mottola come out and shoot with me. check his photos here. there's four of his photos sprinkled in here.

pause... PHOTOBOOTH.

Courtney and Tim | Green Bluff, Washington

this is one of quite a few awesome summer '09 weddings I still need to share with everyone. the High Country Orchard had to be one of my favorite places to shoot, this year. rolling green hills, sunshine, orchards, cowboy boots, fresh country details, and a lot of happy people.