I recently shot the regional high school wrestling tournament at Squalicum Highschool for Skagit Valley Herald. It was the first time I photographed wrestling and my main focus was to capture faces. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Their faces were smashed into the mats, into one another’s heads and rarely facing my direction if they did happen to be looking out. It’s the nature of the sport. But when they did look my way, or I ran to the other side of the mat in time, the looks of desperation and strength that I managed to photograph were intense!
While I was photographing the bouldering competition at Western Washington University, I decided the “dyno” competition would be a perfect chance to experiment with the in-camera multiple exposure setting on my camera. It’s one of the most entertaining parts of the competition because climbers launch themselves up the wall from one hold to another.
I shot climbers focusing on their goal and layered it with the jump to achieve these photos:
I covered the NC3 Bouldering Competition at Western Washington University a few weeks ago and had fun layering and trying to capture reactions rather than brute force. The lighting was a bit weird since they had colored spotlights on the climbers for the open finals. Sometimes the colors made the people a sickly shade of green, but other times the spotlights provided the perfect off-camera lighting I needed.Here are some of my favorite pictures from the event.
The debate for resources, jobs, environment, aesthetics and ecology seems to see no end. In Cajon del Maipo, Chile a proposed hydroelectric project would reroute the area’s rivers into a pipe to power the Santiago metropolis nearby. The region’s residents are split: Some welcome the influx of jobs that would come with the project’s development, and others want to keep the valley untouched to save the land for the native species that live there as well as continued recreation and tourism.
While I was living in Santiago, Chile this fall I had the chance to photograph three protests for the hydroelectric project as well as hike and climb in the valley to see the landscape the demonstrators were so passionate about.
More information about the issue: http://www.riosdelmaipo.cl/
One of the strangest landscapes in Patagonia are the forests of tree skeletons. The burned bark of the beech tree known as the lenga in Chile (Nothofagus pumilio) turns white after the black char has weathered off, making them appear even more like bones. Fires are strictly prohibited in National Parks in Chile, partly due to the catastrophic forest fires that have burned through Torres del Paine National Park. The most recent fire was in 2011 when the flame from burnt toilet paper blew out of control in the strong wind that is characteristic of the area. The forests are slowly returning, and the pioneer species that carpet the land soon after the fire keep the ground green. For now, the aboreal carcasses remind any hikers or climbers not to start fires in the area.