Monday, November 29, 2010

"Don't Smoke in Bed"

My Grandma doesn't like it when I watch her smoke. and she likes it even less when I photograph her. and well, when I do both of them, she becomes livid.

My grandma is somewhat like Gloria Swanson's character in Sunset Blvd, if you know what I mean. If I met her on the street, I would swear that she was an actress from the 40's. If you've met her, I'm sure you would agree. Anyway, much to her dismay, I love to photograph her. She has such an Expressive face and she is so beautiful.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Death and the Maiden"

This is Holly Cram, my oldest sister. This picture was taken on the day of Lucas Ransom's funeral. I can't explain it any better than I can photograph it. If you know what I mean...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Blossoms and Blood"

Two weeks ago my available light class went on a field trip to Pear Blossom Highway. Craig, Pietro, Jason and I left at 4:30 in the morning so we could get some good sunrise images. It was pretty cold and windy there, and I loved it.this looks like the end of the world image to me.
we were suppose to shoot debris on the side of the road. we found this ditch that I got inside of, and there was glass everywhere, so I grabbed this decorative piece and shot it with the sun behind it.
Here is Clester, our teacher. He wanted us to photograph him for the assignment. this is the image I turned in.
This is Pietro.
This is Pietro too.
we were suppose to photograph signs along the highway
here's some more of that glass.
this is craig.
I just liked this picture.
here's another picture I took of Clester.

and more pictures of Craig.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Keep Luke

October 22, 2010 I came home from school and my dad told me my cousin was killed by a shark. When you get news like that, I think you sort of just don't know how to react, at least I didn't. and I still don't. My stomach hurts just writing about it, in fact.

Anyway, A week or so later we had the funeral. I'm not the sentimental type, in fact I always joke around about how I'm a robot because I never cry. But it seems I'm human after all. In fact I couldn't keep the tears from coming. Maybe this is too personal and I shouldn't be sharing this at all, but well, I feel like I should.

Lucas Ransom, the son of my father's Sister was killed by a shark on October 22, 2010. This is life, I guess. People have told me that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning then to be killed by a shark, and while that isn't comforting to me at all, it really makes you evaluate what's important in your life. REALLY.

So, anyway, back to the funeral. It was one of the most important things I've experienced in my life. Many days in the future I will look back on that funeral and think to myself how lucky I am to get another day, and that I must do something important for someone else and that I am important.

Here are the pictures from the paddle out on the day of the funeral.

That's All the proceeds go to a scholarship fund in Lucas' name. The scholarship is for underprivileged college students studying chemical engineering.

donate money.
this is Lucas' mom setting up the flowers on the beach.
Here you can see all the news stations filming and photographing the event. In the front is Lucas' mom and his soon to be sister-in-law, Angel.
On the right is Candace, Lucas' mom writing a note to Lucas on the green balloons.

that's what it feels like.
the boogie board they gave Travis, Lucas brother (you can see him in the image below, with Lucas.)
On both images Travis is on the outside, and Lucas on the inside.
Lucas on the sand.
people writing messages on their balloons to Lucas.

The Helicopter capturing the event.Lucas' mom tying his goggles to the balloons.There is his mom, Candace.

This is Travis, Luke's Brother.
a loose balloon.

one got away.
This is Holly, my oldest sister. Everyone put blue sunscreen on their noses for Lucas, because he always used to do that, and he looked ridiculous and amazing!
These are some of Luke's friends.

This is Luke's girlfriend.

The boy on the right used to swim with Luke, now he'll be trying to qualify for the Olympics, and Lucas' family is helping him make enough money to get there.


Luke's dad is on the far right, thumbs upping us.

good bye balloons.

and everyone one ran into the water!

everyone swam out.
the balloons made their way further and further away from us.
Lucas' mom celebrating form the Pier.

This is lucas' mom celebrating his life.

thats my dad watching everything form the pier.
everyone paddled out into a circle. click on the picture above or below to zoom in. (well any of them for that matter)

people looking at the news stations' helicopter.

this is a good description of what Lucas was like. He was full of energy. He wasn't scared be himself, even if it made him look childish.

Lucas McKaine Ransom. I will miss you.