Posts Tagged ‘catie’

Reuniting (in the park again)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

It’s been an exciting and hectic week, punctuated by Catie’s arrival to NYC as well as major interviews at both Parsons and SVA. The tennis season at Trevor is in full swing (ha ha), and whenever I’m not coaching on court or doing conditioning runs around the Reservoir with my players, Cat and I have been trying to “do” as much New York as possible to get back into the rhythm of the city.

We’ve also been trying to reconnect with all of the friends we still have here, and we were able to hit a couple more of those proverbial birds with one stone yesterday by meeting both Tristan (whom Catie had not seen in quite a while) and Mitch (whom neither of us had seen in quite a while) in Manhattan and spending the afternoon wandering around Central Park. (Two Minnesotans + two Alaskans = a day in the park, invariably.)

New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)

Photo taken in New York, NY on March 12, 2011.

My obsession with black and white photography carries on. I tried to switch my camera’s picture control settings to vivid color again, but I hated the look of my first captured image on the LCD screen, and quickly switched back. I’m addicted to the visual acuity and drama of high-contrast black and white, and color just seems to take away from that punch.

New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)
New York, NY (Mar 12, 2011)

Photos taken in New York, NY on March 12, 2011.

Alaska: an ideal escape

Monday, March 7th, 2011

After working basically nonstop for two months over the holidays on my graduate school applications and portfolio, I was completely burnt out. I needed to run away for a while and relax, and luckily Catie and her family were happy to have me come up to Alaska for just that purpose. We did what we always do – eat far too much of Linda’s exquisite cooking, play board games whenever we can find a third player, and play outside with the dog (and the sister, and the sister’s dogs) whenever we can’t. I tried to keep my computer packed away as much as possible, and I am rather proud to say that I did not do more than an hour or two of work the entire three and a half weeks I was there. (I work hard, and I laze hard, I suppose.)

Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)

Photo taken in Anchorage, AK on February 4, 2011.

I’ve had a few people ask me recently what Alaska is like in the winter… I guess I still don’t really know how to answer that question. It is beautiful, above all else. There is always a good deal of fresh snow on the ground, and the mountains absolutely shine. It’s true that there isn’t much daylight, but, being a lifelong night owl, that doesn’t really bother me. Plus, it just means that a good portion of the day is filled with magic-hour light from a recent sunrise or an impending sunset!

Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 3, 2011)

Photos taken in Anchorage, AK on February 2-7, 2011.

A (black and) white winter

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I feel like it has been a long time since I enjoyed a true snowy winter. Last year, Catie and I were riding elephants through the (particularly un-snowy) jungles of Nepal on Christmas (an event – and an entire country! – which I promise will be photo-blogged about someday). The year before that, we were living in Manhattan, where the entire city seems to shut down over just an inch or two of fluffy precipitation (and not much more than that ever sticks to the asphalt ground beneath your feet). We were due for a quality cold season this time around.

Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)

Photo taken in Anchorage, AK on February 10, 2011.

We were not disappointed. I enjoyed record-setting amounts of snow while I was in Minnesota (admittedly mostly by watching it fall outside my window while working on graduate school applications), and Catie and I (and Abbie) played outside as much as we could while I was in Alaska. I haven’t been taking a huge number of photos over the last few months, but I did bring my camera along for a number of walks and snowshoeing adventures around Anchorage. A lot of those times, I kept my camera’s picture control settings on monochrome and slightly high contrast. It seemed to fit well with the vast white landscapes surrounding us.

Anchorage, AK (Jan 30, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Jan 30, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 10, 2011)
Anchorage, AK (Feb 14, 2011)

Photos taken in Anchorage, AK between January 30 and February 14, 2011.

Back in “the” city

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Well, somehow I’ve made my way once again back to New York City. After France, I spent a mildly painful (but extremely productive and satisfying) two months shut up in my room in MN preparing my portfolio and applying to graduate schools (namely SVA Interaction Design, Parsons Design & Technology, NYU Tisch ITP, and RISD Digital + Media). I took a short trip out East to visit said schools, and then ran away to Alaska for almost a month to relax / visit Catie’s family / remember how to be a somewhat normal social human being again. Somewhere along the way, Catie and I decided that we would come back to the city early this Spring so that while I (we) waited to hear back about whether I got into school somewhere, I could coach tennis again, start working on iOS projects with other people (and perhaps do a few photography jobs again as well), and hopefully make a little bit of money. (Nothing I do will even remotely register against my forthcoming graduate-school-shaped abyss of debt, but I figure I should at least try to scramble above zero before I take the plunge.) We have a temporary two month sublet set up for March and April, after which (if my hopes and dreams aren’t completely dashed four for four) we will find a more permanent living arrangement.

It’s odd being back in this place all of a sudden, especially on a potentially long-term basis… But, I love it here. I feel comfortable. The rhythms of NYC have obviously lain dormant and persistent inside of me during my absence, as they sprung back into action instantly upon my return. I know when to cross the street, no matter what the traffic signals. I pride myself in expertly weaving through shifting crowds on the sidewalk. I bask in the periodic breaks from the action above while sitting on the subway, listening to audiobooks and people-watching to my heart’s content. It all just makes sense to me.

Of course, I still can’t help thinking about all the other places I’ve been lately, and everything I’m missing by being back here… That’s a stupid way to think, I know – especially when NYC has so much. I’m going to try to just make the most of this place while I’m here this time, and trust that Catie and I will invariably find ourselves out and about in the world once again, someday soon, and that we will make the most of those new places when we find them.

In line with that optimistic proactive note, I spent yesterday afternoon camera-walking around Central Park with my old college friend and talented graphic designer Alex Berger. He recently upgraded from my old D70 (that I sold him circa 2006) to a D7000 (an upgrade of 100x, if you’re counting!), so we took it out for a spin, and I brought along my D3 as well.

New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)

Photo taken in New York, NY on February 27, 2011.

Although not a great deal of it has made its way onto this blog (yet), I continue to shoot a lot of manual-exposure high contrast black and white straight-out-of-the-camera JPG images… My whole photographic style seems to be evolving. Not only am I exposing images differently, but I find myself forming compositions that I probably would have despised two years ago. Maybe my eye is maturing as I get older (my 26th birthday was just a couple weeks ago), or maybe I just keep getting bored with myself. Either way, I find the shift interesting.

New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)
New York, NY (Feb 27, 2011)

Photos taken in New York, NY on February 27, 2011.

My last day in Lyon

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The day I had to leave Lyon snuck up on me much faster than I expected. I don’t feel like I was there for three months. It’s hard continually introducing myself to a new place to live. I feel like right when I start getting the hang of it, it’s time to move on again. It is great to see so many parts of the world and experience such different cultures. (I’m not sure I could name five similarities between Bangladesh and France…) But, I still don’t really have the hang of such a nomadic lifestyle, I think. It takes me a long time to warm up when I wake up in the morning, and similarly it takes me a while to warm up in a new city.

Catie and Emma gave me free reign on what we should do my last afternoon in the city. It was a beautiful day after a couple blanketed with rain, so I steered us toward the Parc de la Tete d’Or. (Just like a Minnesotan to spend his last day in a great city at the park.) Emma hadn’t been there yet anyway, so it was a good fit. The park felt different from the other times we had visited. The trees were almost all bare, and there was hardly anyone walking about, so the place felt very open. It was quiet, and a nice way to say farewell.

Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)

Photo taken in Lyon, France on November 16, 2010.

I will miss France. I wish I felt like I had become a bit “French” myself, but I don’t think I had enough time (or perhaps I have just too much “goof” coursing through my veins). Maybe Catie and I will make it back again someday, and I can try again (and maybe learn a decent bit of the language too, although Catie definitely has us covered in that department). In the meantime, I’ll be in MN for the next month and a half working on art projects and applying to graduate school, and generally enjoying the holidays at home for a change. (And unfortunately, I will probably be making a concerted effort to neglect this blog while I focus on those other things…)

I have no idea what is coming next… Domesticity? A hemispheric shift? Anything is possible…

Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)
Lyon, France (Nov 16, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on November 16, 2010.