Tuesday, September 02, 2014

SPC - August - 'Back'

Back of the book
Fixing my Back Bike Brake
Back at the mountain bike trails...

SPC - July - 'Enclosed Spaces'

#1 - "Cave"
Man - Cave
#2 - "Vehicle Trunk"
#3 - "Van"
If enclosed one must be...
#4 - "Book"
Stuck in a book
#5 - "Playground Turtle"
Playing "Turtle-Turtle" in our T-shirts
This specific playground turtle, to be exact:
...and an accidental bonus - 'enclosed' in a marketing campaign by Coca-Cola:

SPC - June - 'Rainbow'

Rainbow Ride
Rainbow CDs

SPC - May - 'Barely There'

Barely Reflected

Catching up...SPC - April - 'Album Covers'

I've still been shooting themed self portraits for Self Portrait Challenge.  I've been posting regularly over on Flickr, but have gotten behind here on this blog space.

The challenge theme for May was "Album Covers"


Fast Forward
Moby - Play - Front
#2 & #3

These two were inspired by a Flickr group called Sleeveface and also by a couple of vinyl records found at Goodwill on a 50% Saturday.
The Importance of Being Franco
Tilt your head

Finally, the last two (#4 & #5) were originals:

Do Not Adjust
Open The Blast Doors

Saturday, April 05, 2014

SPC - 'Instruments' - #3 & #4

Class of '92

Class of '92

The instrument I'm holding in the photo is a tenor saxophone. This was the horn I played throughout high school - marching band, etc. The horn belonged to my Uncle before it was handed down to me. When it came time to choose an instrument (5th/6th grade), my Dad made some calls and discovered that two saxophones that belonged to my Uncle were stored in an attic at my Granddaddy's farm. These were retrieved so that I would have a choice other than my Dad's trumpet/coronet. There was an alto sax case and a tenor sax case. When I opened the tenor sax case and saw that it was silver, the choice was made.

The "smokin' sax" poster belonged to me. I carted it to this photo studio twice (long story) to get this shot.

If you have a dictionary from around 1992 and you look up "cool" in it, you might just find this photo. :-)


  Photographic Instruments
Photographic Instruments

Hard to believe that in a photographic group such as this, that no one (else) interpreted the "Instruments" theme to include the optical instrument with the ability to record images that we all use week in -- week out - the camera.

The kids and I visited our very local State Park three times last week (their Spring Break) for various activities. On Sunday, the activity was a photo scavenger hunt. We succeeded in capturing most of the ten items (or our interpretations of them, at least). Most of the time, I had each kid with one camera body and spent my time watching them explore a bit. One objective was for them to build a shelter. We found this fallen limb and I threw my coat over it and they got in. I took both cameras and they thought it would be funny for me to take a picture of myself taking a picture of them in their 'shelter.'


Saturday, March 22, 2014

SPC - 'Instruments' - #2

Un poco piano...

I play piano like I speak Spanish. I've received instruction to do so and passed classes that require a certain level of proficiency; I hear it better than I speak it; some passages are quite familiar while more elaborate passages elude me; I understand much of the vocabulary, yet the intricacies of the grammar are beyond my abilities; I know that with practice and study, my skills would improve, even today, but I don't spend the time. In both cases, I have a level of literacy but lack fluency.

Monday, March 10, 2014

SPC - 'Instruments' - #1

Red Pen

So, I'm teaching a class at my alma mater, Anderson University. The course is called -- wait for it -- "Legal Aspects of the Music Business."

We look at contracts that get used in the business and learn major (and subtle) points of negotiation; how to avoid pitfalls (even when the language appears benign) -- all the while, learning plenty about the sometimes tricky language and structure of contracts.

OK, I know you all want to...take it easy, now -- no shoving -- form a single-file line!!

Yeah, it's a class that *I* took when I was there. Pretty exciting. :-)

Despite my background and experience dealing with much of the course material, it takes me longer than I would care to admit to feel prepared to stand in the front of a classroom (something I've never done before) and give what most would describe as a -- ahem -- lecture.

I *do* believe that the course was valuable in my education and I hope that my students do (or, at least, someday will) believe the same.

Minus the anxiety that I feel as time each week dwindles and my feelings of unpreparedness grow, I have enjoyed teaching the class. The very little feedback I've received from my students, so far, has been mostly positive. I'll have to wait until the end of the semester for mandatory anonymous student evaluations.

I believe that if I have the opportunity to teach the class again, that I'll be able to refine and focus the material and approach. I am learning lots. I am certain that this will be a good example of the so-cliché-it-sounds-like-an-Onion-headline, "Teacher learns more than students." :-)

It's a two-credit-hour class, but only meets one time each week in the evenings. To my knowledge, it's always been taught by an adjunct professor. Until very recently, it's always been taught by an instructor with a full-time job! :-)

The photo is me grading papers. I apologized to my class for using red pen all over their papers, but I figured this might be my one and only chance to participate in yet another teacher cliché!

For Self Portrait Challenge - The challenge theme for March is 'Instruments.'

SPC - 'Favorite Songs' - #4

Head Over Heels

Using Tears For Fears' 80s classic for my final entry this month because - even after seventeen years - I'm still 'Head Over Heels' in love with this girl.


For Self Portrait Challenge - 'Favorite Songs'

Here's an alternate:

I've always been amused at the counterintuitiveness of this idiom. "Head Over Heels," usually is the normal state of affairs, but its meaning is precisely the opposite. A quick glance at my ever-ready American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms says, "This expression originated in the 1300s as heels over head and meant literally being upside down. It took its present form in the 1700s and its present meaning in the 1800s."

This is my...
Four Leaf Clover

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SPC - 'Favorite Songs' - #3


Every once in a while, I have to load this video on Youtube and listen to Foo Fighters play their entire album "Wasting Light" in an even more "raw" form than it comes across in all of its analog glory in the studio recording. Love to see Grohl's emotion come through so viscerally and to see Taylor Hawkins absolutely *wailing* on the drums. I don't tolerate much "scream" in vocals on the music I listen to, but I could listen to Dave Grohl scream/sing just about all day and not get tired of it.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that "Walk" is my favorite song on the album, but it was the one that occurred to me that I could easily portray visually for the SPC contributions.

If you don't have the 49 minutes to watch the entire thing, here's the start point for "Walk" on that video and here's the goofy music video.