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35mm.  fun couple.

35mm.  fun couple.

flashmob in the hospital atrium
iPhone 4S VSCOcam  |    f/2.4  |   1/201th

flashmob in the hospital atrium

these children danced and sang for us for over an hour.  easily one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever seen—brought me to tears. 
kigali, rwanda. 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II  |    f/3.5  |   1/160th

these children danced and sang for us for over an hour.  easily one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever seen—brought me to tears. 

kigali, rwanda. 

I’m writing a reflective piece on my trip to Rwanda and while browsing for inspiration, I bumped into this goldmine of wisdom and thought.  David Foster Wallace is considered to be one of the greatest American writers of his time.  This is a commencement speech that reflects on our thinking and awareness.  It discusses our most reflexive and unconscious cognitions, how that impairs our awareness.  I think this has tremendous application to any profession, educational level, etc.  Photography is no exception.  If you have 23 minutes today, please take the time to watch this video.  

For those of us that prefer shooting street photography, active seeing is paramount.  But our visual delights are rarely unfiltered by our own thoughts and prejudices. I’d love to hear the thoughts of those who follow this blog on how these ideas can carry over to Art and photographs. 

Part Two (try to ignore the hideous music at the tail end): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEjVnB7AeBQ&feature=relmfu

kid with ball.  rugerero, rwanda.  unable to have real soccer balls, these kids tie together pieces of plastic with rope to make a ball. 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II  |    f/3.5  |   1/1000th

kid with ball.  rugerero, rwanda.  

unable to have real soccer balls, these kids tie together pieces of plastic with rope to make a ball. 

the view from our lunch table—not bad!  a crater lake in uganda

the view from our lunch table—not bad!  a crater lake in uganda

this child was taking a break from carrying the load of sugarcane.  she spotted me and smiled.  rugerero, rwanda.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II  |    f/1.6  |   1/3200th

this child was taking a break from carrying the load of sugarcane.  she spotted me and smiled.  rugerero, rwanda.

a pile of tattered and bloodstained clothes belonging to the 10,000 that died at nyamata, rwanda.  
iPhone 4S  |    f/2.4  |   1/30th

a pile of tattered and bloodstained clothes belonging to the 10,000 that died at nyamata, rwanda.  

children’s feet.  kigali, rwanda
Canon EOS 5D Mark II  |    f/2.2  |   1/640th

children’s feet.  kigali, rwanda

mississippi river, minneapolis.  (from june, 2011)
this is a nice blast from the past, the image that got me into shooting textures and doing more “contemplative” photography.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II  |    f/2.5  |   1/640th

mississippi river, minneapolis.  (from june, 2011)

this is a nice blast from the past, the image that got me into shooting textures and doing more “contemplative” photography.