If you’ve been to Austin you might have noticed some unusual billboards around town that look like artwork instead of advertisements. These are the Austin Art Boards, a juried competition for Austin artists. This year I decided to enter, and it proved quite a fun challenge. I didn’t have an existing photo that would work for the required size, so I came up with a concept and styling and created something new. There were over 300 submissions, and I wasn’t chosen, but I’m excited to try again next year.
I found some old uncut film negatives and decided to play around with them. These are from a snowboarding trip in Telluride, CO, where I hit a patch of ice on the second run of the first day and broke my arm, because I’m graceful like that. It hurt to hold the camera, and I didn’t have a tripod with me, but I sort of propped it up and tried to take photos anyway.
I didn’t have anything specific in mind when I started this set, but at some point I decided to try getting the three main scenes – mountains in the daytime, sunset over the mountains, and fireworks over Telluride – all in one photo. That turned out to be harder than I thought, due to the film being rolled up in a box for years. It was like trying to pose a Slinky.
Anyone who knows me well can tell you how much I love almost everything that’s shiny or sparkly. I even once had a boss who called me “magpie.” Recently a friend of mine traveled to India on a business trip and brought these bracelets back for me. I immediately set them up next to a window to use them for two of my favorite things: bokeh and macro. Fortunately, I also have a piece of navy fabric with gold threads from India that provided a perfect backdrop and more bokeh in the background. The photos came out exactly as I’d envisioned, and if you’re a fellow photographer, you know that can be a major accomplishment!
My husband and I were walking to Austin’s Bat Fest 2012 when we came upon this colorful scene. I loved the red and yellow theme, the people relaxing and eating, and the super shiny food truck/trailer.
After Bat Fest we walked by again, and since the lights and neon sign were on, I took another photo.
As I turned around from that shot, I saw the sign with the name of the trailer…
Last year, my husband brought home these sad-looking, scraggly trees that were on clearance at Home Depot. I made fun of them for months. Turns out they’re Mexican Plum trees, and as soon as spring hit (in February!) all these little white blooms popped out. I love them now.
A couple of weeks later, we had a thunderstorm that swept the blooms away and left stems with raindrops all over them. Another photo op!