Category: Photography

20 Bomb-Ass Reasons I haven't written a post in three weeks

20 Bomb-Ass Reasons I haven't written a post in three weeks
Hey, everyone! Hope your summer has been as fresh and funky as a 90’s sitcom.  When OSM returned in February (whut) I committed to a column a week, yet in August I only managed to post on the 1st and the 13th. WTH? SMH. So now I’d like to explain why OSM has been MIA, OK?... Read more »

America the (mostly) Beautiful: chronicling my great Amtrak adventure

America the (mostly) Beautiful: chronicling my great Amtrak adventure
Back on July 1st I announced my intent to share a photo essay a day for the month of July to chronicle my great Amtrak adventure of 2017: a round-trip journey with my 8 year old son aboard the magestic Texas Eagle from Chicago to Austin…and back! But on July 2nd I lost access to the internet for... Read more »

Oh Amtrak.... You had me at "All Aboard!"

Oh Amtrak.... You had me at "All Aboard!"
My dad hasn’t been doing so well in the past few months, so I knew that after my son’s last day of third grade we needed to get to Austin, Texas ASAP. There were several factors in my decision to take a two-day Amtrak train ride instead of a 3 hour flight, but the biggest... Read more »
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I have no idea why I'm so into taking pictures of baseball, lately. I just am.

I have no idea why I'm so into taking pictures of baseball, lately. I just am.
That’s not an entirely accurate title, but it’s the essence of a text I sent to a friend, today. The reason it’s NOT entirely accurate is because technically speaking I do know why I’ve been enjoying baseball photography so much: it’s like a meditation. I’m in the moment. I mean, if you aren’t in the moment with a camera... Read more »

Wonder Valley isn't looking for your approval #RespectTheWonder

Wonder Valley isn't looking for your approval #RespectTheWonder
(cont’d from yesterday’s post) The Mojave Desert’s ‘Wonder Valley’ is a tribal, earthy ride: don’t expect to leave with clean hands. For best results, arrive having lived long and/or hard enough to recognize that life is not always lived in a straight line, ‘cuz the Valley doesn’t think it’s the world’s responsibility to make you... Read more »

I finally got to experience the wonder of "Wonder Valley"

I finally got to experience the wonder of "Wonder Valley"
After years of hearing the stories my friend regaled about the provocatively named “Wonder Valley” in the Mojave Desert, I finally had the opportunity this past weekend to visit the place that holds a legendary status in my mind – sight unseen. And though my time there was too short for a proper introduction, I was... Read more »
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If 'bad suitcase packing' was an Olympic sport, I'd win a gold medal

If 'bad suitcase packing' was an Olympic sport, I'd win a gold medal
I suck at packing. If bad packing was an Olympic sort I’d win a gold medal, but then I wouldn’t be able to stand on the podium during the medal ceremony because I would have forgotten to pack my “Olympics” outfit. I always pack things I never wear. This last trip it was an orange sunhat... Read more »

Baseball: your ego don't sting when the game is your king

Baseball: your ego don't sting when the game is your king
I did a photo shoot the other day at tryouts for a men’s baseball league. Now this is ain’t your Daddy’s softball league: these guys play The Game. For two and a half hours I watched dozens of men giving it their all. Unfortunately, for some their “all” was… not so much. Time had taken its... Read more »

Doesn't God talk to everyone through Hallmark Channel movies?

Doesn't God talk to everyone through Hallmark Channel movies?
For me, turning on a random Hallmark Movie Channel is much like randomly opening an ancient spiritual tome and reading from the middle of the page: I’m always given some sage spiritual advice that is relevant to my current situation. It’s freak-ehhh. On tonight’s Hallmark Channel movie, Andrew McCarthy was a cowboy-hat-wearing recluse who lived on... Read more »
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My three wishes if the genie asked today

My three wishes if the genie asked today
If the genie popped out of the bottle – today – and asked me for my three greatest desires, I would wish: …for a long, happy life for my son. …for the singing voice of Natalie Maines. …that my son might someday know his Mother as the woman she’s always known she could be –... Read more »