Friday, January 2, 2009

New Prospects and Projects

Some grad students outside one of the buildings on the Kellog Farm.
Both are in the Master's of Environment Educations at APU.

Somehow I have managed to squeeze in a few side projects on top of my mountain of responsibilities this fall. Hence why its been two months since I've updated my blog. In August I started working full time for APU, running their aquatics program for APU's Recreation Program. I had previously committed to teaching two beginning photography classes two nights a week for the semester and also decided to work part time ski patrol come the start of ski season. November was rough, as all three of these jobs collided into days on end of work. You want something done? Ask a busy person. In late October I was asked to shoot some photos for APU's website and some of their Master's program brocures. I so badly wanted to say no, but I couldn't refuse the opportunity. Photography is my dream job. In the end it payed off and sleep was the only thing I really lost.

Kikkan Randall leading the APU women's team during a practice at Hatcher Pass

Alaska is hosting the US Nordic Championships at Kincaid starting tomorrow Jan. 3rd. This event is a big deal for the Alaska nordic community. Many of APU's very own nordic ski team will be competing in this event and are expected to do very well. In preperation for the event their coach had asked if I could take some pictures of them practicing early season at Hatcher Pass. Here is one of the images that appeared of the front cover of Coast Magazine this month.

A view of the North dorms of the Atwood Center at APU in November

Grand Prize Photo for the 2nd annual Anchorage Press b & w photo contest

In June I shot a series of commercial pictures for my friend Josh, who owns a Landscaping business in Anchorage. This was taken from the top of the new J and L Tower of one of his employees watering the grounds. I immediately saw the interesting patterns that were created from the shadows of the vertical sculptures and I really like the contrast and the patterns on the sidewalk. I decided to change it to black and white and entered it in the Anchorage Press annual black and white photo contest. To my surprise I won the grand prize and it appeared on the cover of the Press in December.

Represents of the feeling of Night Skiing from Chair 1 at Alyeska.
Actually taken early in the morning prior to avalanche control work.

Throughout the month of December I had ten prints hanging up at the Java Haus at Alyeska. All were pictures of the Alyeska Ski Patrol hard at work last ski season. Thanks guys! I will miss these early morning control days.

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