Tuesday, February 19, 2008

clearing my mind

... and crawling into bed

sorry about the dust ... quick scans ... as always

These were all taken last week sometime during a Tuesday maybe? I can't totally remember. The two on the top and the bottom were taken at basically the same time. The one in the middle was taken a few hours later. I was in the PCL looking for a book by Thomas Merton. I never found the book I was looking for, but I did take this picture in the midst of the stacks. Something about the vastness of it sort of go to me. Well, not really the vastness so much actually, more the fact that I was just standing there in the middle of it, and when I noticed that, I wanted to try and take a picture that somehow communicates that to myself and others. I take a picture like that as a sort of exercise in capturing a feeling that I hope to convey or, well, "preserve"(?) for later. Hmmm. Does that make sense? I don't know. I took a picture. It's a picture.

Anyway, the real question is: Why am I telling you all this? Well, the fact is that I am in a web publishing class this semester, and in this class we are expected to keep a blog. This is part of our grade. Well, I already have a blog, so, easy, right? Well, not quite. My professor (pictured below in the actual act of telling me what I'm about to tell you), Dr. Homero Gil de Zuniga feels that my blog posts need to be expanded on in order that I really do the assignment right. He and some other folks in the class suggested that maybe I spend a little more time talking about the photos and what goes in to them and what not.

Well, honestly, this is a little unsettling for me. Taking photos is the one thing I do where I DON'T ramble. Seriously. I would if I could, but I can't. And honestly, I already sort of think my photos ramble (in the way that photos can), so yeah, it's kind of bothering me that here I am RAMBLING right now.

BUT, I am intent on making good out of this, SO, I actually do think it's a good opportunity to maybe do a little explaining or actually even better, to do things like ANSWER questions or get FEEDBACK. That's the kind of thing I'd really love, and could maybe be on this blog. So please, let me know what you think about ANYTHING. Post comments, email me, ask me questions, give me suggestions - Help me be a better photographer and have a better blog. I'm looking forward to it!


Anonymous said...

I love it now!! Thanks for explaining what the pics are all about!

mark said...

I'm pretty sure I know who this comment is from.

Anonymous said...

hmm id say just do word association like at a psychologist office. doesn't even have to make sense--im not expecting you too :).

how was your vid at the awards? the tickets were sold out.

Anonymous said...

ps this is chelsey from web pub.

P Frank said...

Keep shooting the Austin stuff. It should be an interesting experience coming back to UT after working for the newspaper. Hopefully, you're seeing things that you didn't see a couple years ago.

Courtney Dudley said...

i usually cant stand pics on the comm plaza but love these. especially the last one.

Tina said...

I love your photos, and I'm so glad you're moving in this direction to say more about them. :-)

I actually mentioned you today in my own blog: www.xanga.com/TinaSO. (You can ignore most the rambling, you're featured in #1.)

Rob Strong said...

Now, I always love your ramblings, Mark, but I want to take a stand in defense of non-rambly photo-blogs. Viva la fotografĂ­a estoico! Picture's worth 1,000 words.

Ekki Kaharudin said...

nice perspective in #1 and #2.
and i like the shadow in #3. nice metering !