In addition to design, I enjoy looking at our world through the lens of a camera — whether it's a point-and-shoot, a smart phone, or my Nikon DSLR. I explore photography as a vehicle to deliberately look closer at the world around me and to augment my design work. The following galleries represent some areas in which I have found interest. I hope you enjoy them as well.
Even before I started down the road to a design career, I was photographing signage and interesting type all over the world. Once I started taking typography courses, my eyes were opened to the idea that Vernacular (or Found) Type was a rich visual genre unto itself. I applaud the work of designers like Molly Woodward, Tobias Frere-Jones, and Jonathan Lawrence who find genius ways of preserving, highlighting, and working with vernacular type.
I began exploring statuary as a way to break-in a new DSLR camera. Being new to Austin, it turned out to be a great way to discover the city and appreciate some of its art. The great thing about using statues as subjects is they hold their pose really, really well. It makes it so easy to experiment with your shots. I particularly enjoy spending time with statues at close range. I believe you walk away from the experience with a better appreciation for the artistry and talent of each sculpture and the hands that created them.
Road signs and informational signs are an art form in their own right. The following examples showcase some of the more unique and humorous I've come across.
Doors & Windows of Provence
The South of France has an alluring charm that seemed to radiate from the rustic doors and windows of their villages on the hills. Individually there is nothing significant about any of them. However, taken together, the repetition of their forms take on a striking beauty along with their colors that feel warm and inviting like the Provençal summer sun.
The Lure of Flight
The view from my previous office window at 40,000 feet was incomparable. Unfortunately, many of the best sights occurred too quickly to photograph. Some of them made it to film (or pixel) but just didn't do the moment justice. In between, I was able to get a few shots that capture the lure of flight and the grip it has on the hearts of those who feel at home in the sky.