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A Little Bit of Kansas City Nature Jul. 22nd, 2008 @ 01:36 pm

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

Recently I went to the Kansas City Zoo. I took quite a few pictures. It was a very bright and super super hot day. I think this caused my focus (manaul, due to the cages) to be a bit off. This really upset me later once I got home. More recently than that I did some macro photography for a Mission24 mission. I hope you enjoy.

Goats at the Zoo

July 20, 2008 : Goats at the Zoo

Bird Feeding

Bird Feeding

Taste the Flower

July 21, 2008 : Taste the Flower

Be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you think.


A Photographic Journey of Loneliness Jun. 30th, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

Just recently I decided to shoot loneliness for an entire week. I wanted to shoot many different kinds of loneliness. I wanted to get creative, have some fun, and bring a needed spark back into my photography. I’ve certainly been feeling lonely here in KC, MO. Things are going decently, I’m just lacking a real connection to anyone. And thusly I present to you, my photographic journey through loneliness.

June 22, 2008 : Empty Loneliness

June 22, 2008 : Empty Loneliness

June 23, 2008 : Insecure Loneliness

June 23, 2008 : Insecure Loneliness

June 24, 2008 : Desolate Loneliness

June 24, 2008 : Desolate Loneliness

June 25, 2008 : Alienated Loneliness

June 25, 2008 : Alienated Loneliness

June 26, 2008 : Disconnected Loneliness

June 26, 2008 : Disconnected Loneliness

June 27, 2008 : Friday Night Loneliness

June 27, 2008 : Friday Night Loneliness

June 28, 2008 : Not So Lonely Loneliness

June 28, 2008 : Not So Lonely Loneliness


Lacking Vision Jun. 16th, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

Lately I’ve felt a creative lull. I’ve been working on my Picture A Day project now for over 6 months. I have yet to miss one single day. I feel proud of that fact, but I also feel like I’m in a bit of a rut. When I first started this project I saw my photography skills jump quite often. Now, not so much. I’m still learning new things, it just isn’t happening as fast.

This my be in part due to the fact that I’m stuck in a dorm room (with a roommate) for the summer. I wasn’t able to bring all of my equipment (which isn’t much, but helped) and I don’t have much room with which to work. There is also the fact that the people surrounding me are not the creative or artistic types. They are beer drinking sports guys, you know guys guys. Which is cool and all, I know personally that the dose of masculinity has been good for me. The problem is that I can’t find much inspiration around me in the dorm. I would love to get out into Kansas City and explore the arts, but I can’t find anyone who is willing to do this with me. Meeting people that I really get along with has been a constant problem in my life. I don’t think I’m social enough to meet people in a ‘cold’ environment. In some circumstances I’m fine, but most I’m just terrible. So for now, I continue on clinging to that last little bit of creativity I have for the moment, but I’m lacking overall vision. In many many ways I feel like I’m lacking vision. So tonight, in the midst of all my goings on, as well as some strange looks, outburst, and laughter, I shoot this photograph. I hope you enjoy. I hope you feel. I hope you see.

Lacking Vision

June 16, 2008 : Lacking Vision


I’ve Got Ants in My Pants Jun. 11th, 2008 @ 09:02 pm

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

I’ve been waiting to get some good pictures of ants for some reason. Today I finally got some shots of which I can be really proud. Take a look for yourself and then leave a comment anywhere you like.

Hold Still For Just A Moment

Hold Still For Just A Moment

Ants In My Pants

June 11, 2008 : Ants In My Pants
[try viewing this one extra large]


My New Hat Jun. 2nd, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

I got a new fedora over the weekend. Check it out. I’m so effing cool.

Black and White Self Portrait

Black and White Self Portrait
[see more self portraits]

June 02, 2008 : My New Hat

June 02, 2008 : My New Hat
[from my "Picture A Day" project"]

All in all, I like my new hat. What do you think?

Other entries
» The Worst of Kansas City

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

Plastic Trash

Plastic Trash

Plastic Trash

May 24, 2008 : Plastic Trash

Old Buildings

Old Building


» Sephia Portraits

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

So I decided last night to do some sephia toned portraits for my Picture A Day project.
I took the images in color, converted to black and white, adjusted for contrast/brightness, and then added the sephia tone.

I really like they way these turned out. I ended up liking the second hat better because it was a lighter brown color and showed up a little easier.

Hat 1

Hat 2

May 12, 2008 : Antique Self Portrait

As you can probably tell I enjoy taking self portraits. It’s not that I’m in love with myself (but seriously, who isn’t in love with me?), it’s just that I can really control everything. I am patient while I work out the lighting. I can always pose just the way I want. I don’t get nervous in front of the camera. I don’t have to talk myself into a pose or a shot. I know the exact look I’m trying to get. Also, I’m awesome!

Leave a comment and tell me what you think. The first picture isn’t on flickr, but the second one is, so you can comment on it either here or there.

While you’re at it, why not subscribe to my Picture A Day project and get updates automagically!


» The Handkerchief Necktie

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

I’ve decided to start a new trend. It’s a little bit steampunk, a little bit power punk, and a lot of rock and roll.

Introducing the Handkerchief Necktie by John Wayne Hill

Handkerchief Necktie

The Handkerchief Necktie is exactly as it sounds. Using a handkerchief as a necktie. Simply don your button down shirt, place your necktie around your neck, tie semi-tight, tuck underneath your collar, and fluff a little at the nape of the neck. This creates a sophisticated yet trendy look. All sorts of handkerchiefs can be used, but preference should be given to those with a small pattern on top of a solid color.

May 08, 2008 : The Handkerchief Necktie

Alternate Look

As with many great fashion trends, there is also an alternate look for the handkerchief necktie. In place of a collared shirt trendy persons can instead use a t-shirt and jacket. This creates a lower key look. In this version the handkerchief necktie can either be puffed up around the neck to create a sort of collar, or it can be pushed down to have very little volume. This alternate look would be best suited for more casual settings or perhaps with jeans. Hats also suite this alternate look well.

Handkerchief Necktie


» Rainy Days

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

Today there was rain, lots of rain. In fact, you could easily say that there was a flood of rain today; but we won’t.

I’ve never really liked the rain. It always decides to cling to my glasses and screw with my vision. Damn you rain, I need to see. Today, it also messed up other things. I had planned what might be my only camping trip of the summer (sad, I know) for tomorrow. However, due to the flooding rains (that are set to continue tomorrow), I will not be camping. I’m terribly sad for this. I miss the great outdoors, especially considering that I’ve been sick with bronchitis for the past three weeks. I just want to go and explore, hike, enjoy nature, and shoot some photographs. What’s so hard about letting me do that nature, huh?

So, even though great Mother Nature has decided to thwart my plans to enjoy her beauty tomorrow, I did manage to enjoy a bit today. The rain was long and hard. It made me sad. And as I was looking out my window, I saw my sadness reflected. Here is that sadness captured and held in ransom until Mother Nature gives me back my camping trip.

There’s Sadness in the Rain

May 07, 2008 : There's Sadness in the Rain


» It’s a Sad Sad World

Originally published at The Glass People. You can comment here or there.

Over the last couple of days I been working on a photo project depicting depression.
I’ve posted my photos on Flickr [like always], but I thought I would post a couple here as well. I would like to start a transition of this blog into a photo blog. I don’t post too much text anymore. In fact, I don’t really write much anymore. I guess writing just comes and goes like the phases of the moon. So, without further ado, here are two pictures from my depression series.

It’s a Cold and Lonely World

May 03, 2008 : It's a Cold and Lonely World

Breath Is Just A Clock Ticking

May 02, 2008 : Breath Is Just A Clock Ticking


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