One thing that is consistent in Lubbock is the weather. It’s dry and windy. In the summer it’s hot, dry, and windy. In the winter it’s cold, dry, and windy. In the spring it might be either, with the added loveliness of brown skies, or even a haboob. This March was different. We had much more (and much needed) rain than I’ve experienced in my three-and-a-half years living here, and this has contributed to a great more variety in the sky that the usual. The Lubbock Sky is big! The landscape is flat, the trees are short, and the skyscrapers are few, so there is very little to break up the pale, desaturated azure above. With this series, I’ve attempted to insert some drama into a sky that, for the most part, doesn’t change. I chose a filter that would inject some color, heighten the contrast between sky and clouds, and, through it’s vignetting, emphasize whatever was in the center. Enjoy.
This next series marks the first appearance by a guest artist on TFA. We began making music together in undergrad and that working relationship developed into one of the most important friendships in my life. Despite the difficulty of maintaining a friendship between Lubbock and Seattle, we have remained close. While he is also not strictly a visual artist, his aesthetic and artistic sensibilities definitely fit with TFA. He seemed the ideal first guest. The following are his remarks to introduce the series:
I’ve lived in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard for a year and a half. Late last year, I began running home from work across the Ballard Bridge, a nearly 3,000 foot long bascule bridge built in 1917. It’s currently being repainted the same muted mint green; you can see shots of that here.
Driving or busing across it gives you some appreciation for it - the view is pretty stellar going both north and south - but after running across it a few times, I quickly grew fond of its construction and character. When Rob asked me to contribute, it was the first idea I had. My goal was to ‘use all the parts of the animal’. I had fun exploring, shooting from a ton of angles, and making something that’s utilitiarian my subject. I had less fun standing on the metal grate staircase under the north side and feeling it hum as traffic passed overhead.
These were taken on a Samsung Focus with no flash and run through the Orton filter in Thumba cam with no other modifications. I chose Orton because it brings a firm saturation and with it, an intensity that you feel when you’re running home five feet from oncoming traffic. That filter helped me choose shots and I’m very happy with the spectrum presented here.