Friday, April 14, 2017

Zoo Blooms

As i begin to turn my attention towards departing Cincinnati and moving my personal world to Nova Scotia i can't help but take note of what a truly great city this is and what i will be leaving behind when i finally go. If you have been a follower of this blog in any regular fashion you must know that moving to Nova Scotia has been a longtime dream of mine that should come with no regrets, but that is not to say that i don't fully appreciate the place in which i currently live that i have called my home for almost 20 years now. There will certainly be things i will miss about Cincinnati.
Amongst the most awesome things this city has to offer is the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The zoo host many wonderful social events along with it's regular zoological programs and one that i really love attending is a concert series called Tunes & Blooms which takes place every spring when they also present Zoo Blooms, a focus on the botanical part of their name. The zoo becomes a riot of color, mostly thanks to a large display of tulips across large parts of the grounds. Yesterday i got to shoot Tunes & Blooms once again for the local paper, but it would be foolish of me to place all my attention on the musicians and audience and not take at least a few moments to stop and photograph the flowers on such a beautiful spring evening.

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Zoo Blooms; Cincinnati Zoo; Flowers; Tulips

Zoo Blooms; Cincinnati Zoo; Flowers; Tulips

Zoo Blooms; Cincinnati Zoo; Flowers; Tulips

Zoo Blooms; Cincinnati Zoo; Flowers; Tulips

Zoo Blooms; Cincinnati Zoo; Flowers; Tulips

Zoo Blooms; Cincinnati Zoo; Flowers; Tulips

Zoo Blooms; Cincinnati Zoo; Flowers; Tulips

Zoo Blooms; Cincinnati Zoo; Flowers; Redbud

This last image isn't actually a part of Zoo Blooms. As i was about to exit the zoo i came across this stand of redbuds. I had never encountered this tree before coming to Ohio, with its brilliant purple flowers that pop with color every spring and demand your attention whenever even your peripheral vision catches sight of them. Just one more thing i will miss about this region once i have left it...





Thursday, March 9, 2017

iGrieve

Yes i know, it does seem strange to put up yet another iPhonography post right on heels of the last, but i guess it's where my creative output is of late. I am, of course, still shooting quite a bit with the big cameras for work purposes, but for those slice of life moments in time when the confluences of light and shadow shape fleeting alliances of form and design, the camera at hand is, well, a handy solution. 
To be fair this walk through Spring Grove Cemetery was not so spontaneous that i didn't have an opportunity to grab my DSLR and there may have been a few moments when i regretted leaving it behind, especially as the clouds began to break and presented a particularly elegant quality of light on the late afternoon landscape of trees and tombstone. 
To be sure there is a different approach one takes when shooting images like these on a smartphone. It does seem a difficult difference to explain, but i do certainly feel it in action as well as see it in the results, at least when i manage to convince my little outmoded iPhone to actually capture an image as i have envisioned it. In many ways it seems to be derived from the limitations of the medium combined with a more simplistic and immediate operation of the capture. It might be an interesting exercise to one day producing side-by-side comparison shots to see how the impact of these images may or may not differ. 

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All Photos @David Sorcher 2017
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

My iYear 2016

Here it is the end of February already and i still have not posted any "best of" galleries of 2016. I suppose i am not obliged really, but it has been a tradition since i began the blog back in 2013. In the past i have ambitiously put out both a general favorites posting as well as one dedicated just to music photography. I believe one year i even did a separate one for food shots.  
Well...i'm just not sure i will get to it this year, but i do want to present 2016 in a way that doesn't always find a timely showing and present to you my iYear, that is to say, my year through cell phone photography. I'm still not using this medium in the generally popularized way in that i don't Instagram or post a daily (or even weekly) iPhoto and will often sit on an image for months before revisiting and/or re-visioning it. Last spring i coined the term Insta-nots, as they rarely appear in social medium in any immediate timeframe of their taking, unlike the vast majority of billions of twitted, facebooked and instagramed images published every day. I can't really say how or if that makes them different, it's simply my process.
 iPhonography acts as a form of visual stream of consciousness for me. These are rarely images that i take with much forethought or intention, but rather compositions that strike me as i go about my day to day activities, doing the grocery shopping, walking to the coffee shop, running an errand or grabbing a hammer from the basement. They are the transient things that grab me, fleeting moments of light and shadow that i react to rather than think about, at least not until after the fact of their passing. In many ways it leads me back to what the process of photography was originally about for me when i first picked up a camera.     

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