Sharing two quotes from Gary Winogrand (famous street photographer): “It’s not lightning striking, it’s part of a process” and “a lot of photographers never reach their full potential because they are waiting for someone to tell them to go take a photograph.” You have to fail a lot to push yourself to learn and to grow.
Click here for a 360 of Tim and Julie’s “Another Fine Mess” architectural antiques and vintage items in Indianapolis (taken with a Ricoh Theta S). It is one of many rooms of treasures.
All are original iPhone photos and videos, mostly of Cuba. iPhone music videos were recorded with a Shure MV88 IOS microphone.
Exceptions: I used a Nikon for photos in Amsterdam, photos in Spain, a Halloween costume, Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, and the photo of the engineer in the center of the dish of the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia - the largest fully steerable radiotelescope in the world. The small engineer in the middle of the large elliptical dish reminds me of our small place in the cosmos. They shut down telescope operations for one day so that I could take photographs for them.
I included an electron micrograph of kidney nephrons taken at the Neuroanatomy Dept. of the Indiana University Medical Center where I processed electron micrographs, designed graphics and illustrations and assisted in research. They had both scanning and transmission electron microscopes. I also operated scanning electron microscopes at Indiana University, when taking college science courses while still in high school, and at Union Carbide where I was a technician in Research and Development.
I took the distorted photo of the stadium in Carbondale, Illinois with a Ricoh Theta S as the 2017 Eclipse was directly overhead. The friend on the lower left, Bob Moser, whom I went to see the eclipse with, takes few photographs but each one is sensitive and pregnant with meaning and has been a source of inspiration for my own photographs.
The plane was one of the vintage planes participating in the London to Sydney air race which marked the anniversary of the original race in the early 1900’s. Another plane with two women pilots crashed and the pilots were killed in this race. I flew to Arizona to take pictures of this plane and circled it on the tarmac to get this image (I couldn’t make an exact circle so it is slightly wobbly but the image was much smaller on the actual web page). We provided a website that kept track of the plane’s progress on a daily basis with the help of a journalism student who photographed and wrote copy aboard the plane. The adventures and stops along the way proved more interesting than the race itself. I used a background sky that I took from another panorama video vr (produced from original photographs). Not our original website but the story of Lyle Campbell is here.
The City of Chicago Democratic National Convention website, backed by Ameritech (now AT&T) for $250K and Apple, who supplied all of the equipment, was put together by a handful of serious people, including myself, people from Ameritech (AT&T) Human Factors, NBC and WXRT. Tom LaPorte, managing editor at WMAQ in NBC Tower, came up with the original idea of the website and pitched it. Tom LaPorte had been, at age 15 in 1968, the only person that Abbie Hoffman would grant an interview with (for Tom’s high school radio station). Without previous experience, I was suddenly a journalist during the day covering the many events taking place daily in Chicago as well as at the convention. We conducted celebrity interviews, took photographs, videos, wrote stories and made 360 degree quicktime vr panoramas. I was given use of the NBC helicopter to take photos and video around Chicago after we had completed the morning news. I made the first panorama ever taken using a helicopter as a tripod nestled in the buildings downtown. We communicated and coordinated with cell phones and pagers, found out what was going on and obtained necessary permissions. In the late afternoon and evening we would rush back to our tent at the United Center and code everything onto the site. Although common and expected today, we pioneered the first use of same day immersive media and received every major internet award. A month prior to the convention I was responsible for the history of Chicago section which I wrote. I went to Chicago historical locations and took original photographs and panoramas. I was on the production stand with the major networks directly across from the President when he made his final speech. The photo is cropped from an image I took of the celebration after the speech and the tail end of the convention. I wondered why Hillary, whom I had photographed a few days earlier, was not on the stand with Bill Clinton after his speech. I thought the girl by his side must be a campaign worker. I did not know at the time that it would be Monica’s unfortunate fate to be very well known in the near future. API photographers were laughing when I said I was photographing for the internet. A few years later they were all scrambling to do the same.
The Chicago Bean (Cloudgate) sculpture.
More scanning electron micrographs: Baby octopus and fruit fly eye taken when I was a junior in high school.
Exclusive access to photograph Wrigley Field and the State of Illinois Building for the DNC.