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Just got back from the darkroom. I had to print a few things for my Arts & Administration class.
Not fun.

But the prints were pretty interesting. Untraditional. I added things like my hand, my camera, a stray negative, all contributing to the idea of the Process of photography. The process is the art form.
I think any fine art photographer would agree with me. For example, when I shoot street, I use it as a way to relax. It’s like a zen state.
Same for the darkroom. I can spend hours in there (Days, I’m sure, but they won’t let me).
Art is the process, not necessarily the outcome.
And it certainly isn’t about the subject.

Ok. Have to go write about this in a 2-3 page final paper. Kinda scared. Left it to the very very last minute.
Fuck it.

Oh. By the way, the Emerald is back.
We’re still on “strike”, but we’re working. The staff must just love the paper too much.
I do too.
The EIC and the managing editor are meeting with ODE board of directors later this week I believe. Hopefully an agreement can be met.

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“The Independent Newspaper at the UO”

No, it’s no longer the Independent Student Newspaper at the University of Oregon. Instead, it’s written by a bunch of journalists known only as the AP.
That’s right. Instead of losing an issue of the Daily Emerald, I guess the Board of Directors decided to release a student newspaper with 0% student involvement.
The front page reads “Wanted for war crimes in Darfur: Sudan’s President”
I love how relevant this is!
It was written by Mike Corder for the Associated Press in THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS!

Seriously?

And below the fold, of course, is the Campus news. Tim Fought for AP Portland writes about Emerald News Staff Protest.
Well at least there’s some recognition.
Also in the paper is the Daily Emerald BoD statement, and a statement from Independent Journalism, the blog that the news staff is writing on to cover the events and talk about the protest. (independentjournalism.wordpress.com)
Of course, since there was no student involvement, whoever wrote the paper today made a mistake on the front page. I’m too lazy to read the rest of it to see if there are errors, but I thought it was funny that under the board’s statement, it is signed:

-TH4E BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Whoops.

So basically this issue is shit.

In other news, I’m going to see Sound Tribe Sector Nine tonight at McDonald Theater, but I’m not bringing my camera (Can’t bring it in). I would attempt to get a press pass … but …

ODE News Staff Strikes

Last night as I turned in my photographs of a hate lecture to the photo editor, the news staff was planning to strike. Sadly, since their demands were not met at last night’s board of directors meeting, the staff is on strike. This doesn’t include me, since I am a freelance photographer, and not officially part of the staff, but I am behind the ODE staff 100%.

The situation is a gigantic mess of conflicts of interests, morals and ethics, and student independence. It’s best for you to read the article written by the Editor in Chief and the Managing Editor instead of listening to me reproduce the article.

ODE Article

The bad news, since most likely the Emerald will not come out tomorrow (Which, I believe is the first time in all 109 years of ODE history that the staff failed to produce a deadline), my photo will not come out either. Dang. Well, I’ll keep you updated on that front.

Pre-Shoot

I woke up today, got an email about a freelance job. Quickly pounced and called the reporter, and got the job.

So I’ll be shooting some lecture or something tonight at 6.

I’ll have photos on here soon after I think.

I’m going to the ODE office (The newsroom) at like 3 or 4 though, because apparently I can borrow some lenses! I’m going to grab a 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM if they have it. The lighting in the location is kinda poor. Same place as the Condom Fashion Show.

This is a big shoot. I’m very excited. Seems like there’ll be a big turnout of people, and I’ll be the lone photographer.

Awesome.

Senator Wyden comes to Campus

 

Oh what a night last night.

Went to Salem to visit my friend Kenny from OC.

Lets just say it was fun.

 

Yesterday Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) came to the UO campus to talk to students about financial aid and scholarships, etc. It was very interesting. 

There were two other photographers there. One from Lane Community College’s newspaper “The Torch,” and one staff photographer from ODE. I wasn’t shooting for ODE or anyone, just for fun and my portfolio.

 

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) speaks at the University of Oregon's Knight Library on Thursday.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) speaks at the University of Oregon's Knight Library on Thursday.

 

The lighting was really great. The room had a low ceiling that wasn’t 100% white, but had a small warming hue to it. 

 

Sen. Wyden speaks about how a UO financial aid plan can become federal law.

Sen. Wyden speaks about how a UO financial aid plan can become federal law.

I used my trusty 40D with 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM, and the 430EX external flash (with no diffuser) on a flash sync cord (handheld). Bounced the light off of the ceiling.

 

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) explains a financial aid plan proposed at the meeting.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) explains a financial aid plan proposed at the meeting.

 

Senator Ron Wyden speaks infront of the audience for the panel meeting. Approximately 20 students and staff attended.

Senator Ron Wyden speaks infront of the audience for the panel meeting. Approximately 20 students and staff attended.

Hope you enjoyed the photos.

-t

Not Really News…

 

I haven’t posted a blog in a long time, and I have the rest of the day to screw around so I decided to write one.

I got a new blackberry. I love it. I can get on facebook, deviantART and everything while at corps, or during class (or during tests haha).

I’ve yet to figure out most of its features though. I want to be able to sync it with my iCal on my MBP.
Thursday night was a great concert by The Helio Sequence. Opening bands were surprisingly good. The first band was Yeltsin (ok), and the second was Audrye Sessions. Sessions was great. They have a great setlist and are very unique. Their new album “Audrye Sessions” came out on iTunes today. I just bought it. 

 

Audrye Sessions guitarist Ryan Karazija and bassist Alicia Marie Campbell play at the WOW Hall in Eugene, OR, Feb 12th, 2009.

Audrye Sessions guitarist Ryan Karazija and bassist Alicia Marie Campbell play at the WOW Hall in Eugene, OR, Feb 12th, 2009.

I often change band photos to black and white to get rid of the disgusting orange lighting at the wow hall.

Still a great venue though.

 

Audrye Sessions drummer James Leste (Left) performs with bassist Alicia Marie Campbell (Right).

Audrye Sessions drummer James Leste (Left) performs with bassist Alicia Marie Campbell (Right).

 

Audrye Sessions guitarist/keyboardist Michael Knox plays in the dark at WOW Hall, Feb 12th, 2009.

Audrye Sessions guitarist/keyboardist Michael Knox plays in the dark at WOW Hall, Feb 12th, 2009.

And now onto The Helio Sequence.

It was another great show. very unique. I love their sound. The synth really creates a nice feel, and the drumming is simply amazing.

The Helio Sequence drummer Benjamin Weikel, a former member of Modest Mouse, plays at WOW Hall in Eugene, OR, Feb 12th, 2009.

The Helio Sequence drummer Benjamin Weikel, a former member of Modest Mouse, plays at WOW Hall in Eugene, OR, Feb 12th, 2009.

 

Guitarist/Vocalist Brandon Summers plays songs from their album " Keep Your Eyes Ahead," which was released January 29, 2008.

Guitarist/Vocalist Brandon Summers plays songs from their album " Keep Your Eyes Ahead," which was released January 29, 2008.

 

Originally from a suburb of Portland, the Beaverton, OR band has played nationally, and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Originally from a suburb of Portland, the Beaverton, OR band has played nationally, and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

 

The Helio Sequence drummer Benjamin Weikel performed with Modest Mouse for their album "Good News For People Who Love Bad News" before partnering up with Brandon Summers in 1999.

The Helio Sequence drummer Benjamin Weikel performed with Modest Mouse for their album "Good News For People Who Love Bad News" before partnering up with Brandon Summers in 1999.

 

Oregon Crusaders Jan/Feb camp

Oregon Crusaders Jan/Feb camp

In other news, the Oregon Crusaders are working hard to be the best in Open class this year. We’re working hard for No. 1.

I’m in the middle of that line.

 

Oregon Crusaders 2009 Drumline

Oregon Crusaders 2009 Drumline

I didn’t take these photos (since I was marching), but Papa Q used my camera (Rebel G + 50mm 1.8).

Shot on Tri-X 400, developed by me in HC-110 (b).

If you know of any trumpets interested in marching this summer, send them over to http://www.oregoncrusaders.org. We need trumpets, and this year is going to be great!

Or, if you know anyone interested in marching at all, we can teach them how to play brass (I didn’t know how when I joined in 2007!).

It’s a great experience and it will change your life.

 

I also went skiing a few weekends ago. Brought 3 cameras. It worked out very well, and it was a lot of fun.

 

Brandon Lee lands a jump at Willamette Pass.

Brandon Lee lands a jump at Willamette Pass.

I’m going to try to take more skiing photojournalism. It’s a lot of fun to shoot while moving so fast.

 

Riley Grubb lands a jump at Willamette Pass

Riley Grubb lands a jump at Willamette Pass

These aren’t edited…btw.

Really just for fun.

 

Riley Grubb jumps off a small ledge at Willamette Pass

Riley Grubb jumps off a small ledge at Willamette Pass

 

Willamette Pass is located on the east side of the Oregon Cascades, south of Mount Bachelor (Pictured)

Willamette Pass is located on the east side of the Oregon Cascades, south of Mount Bachelor (Pictured)

 

That’s about it. Hope everyone is having a good week. Try not to get sick like I am. It sucks.

Have a good one~

Front Page News

I stayed up late last night and looked at the Daily Emerald website (UO’s Campus Newspaper) to see if my photos were posted yet.

However, I didn’t expect to get on the front page.

It’s a small paper, but hey, that’s still useful for my resume.

I sent in 7 photos, two got in (because of space issues).

I’m really happy with the outcome, and I hope the Drag Troupe loves the photos as well 🙂

Fabulanzaa Woo St James, 30, from Salem, Oregon, performs under the lights of the LLC Performance Hall Friday night.

Fabulanzaa Woo St James, 30, from Salem, Oregon, performs under the lights of the LLC Performance Hall Friday night.

This is the large one that is on the front page. I like it a lot because of the light in the top left. Hopefully that made it pop.

I was having a lot of problems with lighting that night. The ceiling (as you can kinda see) is low, so it’s not about distance to bounce the flash, but the ceiling is a dark aluminum I think…so not a very good reflective surface.

I used straight-on flash, with a diffuser. I also got a flash sync cord so I can get different flash angles, but that was too difficult, and didn’t produce good shots. I’ll use the cord on street or portraits probably.

Ruby Woo, 25, from Salem, Oregon performs her second drag queen routine for the night.

Ruby Woo, 25, from Salem, Oregon performs her second drag queen routine for the night.

This wasn’t published….a little too “Not safe for work” probably. I like the lighting on it though.

It was a fun shoot. Just wished I could get the flash right.

It was either blurry or blown out. Only a few shots came out.

Diva Simone Slaughter, 39, from Eugene, Oregon, performs her final routine of the night. Diva Simone was the MC for the event as well.

Diva Simone Slaughter, 39, from Eugene, Oregon, performs her final routine of the night. Diva Simone was the MC for the event as well.

The second of 2 images published on the front page and the website of the Emerald.

Probably one of my favorites. Also on deviantART:

here

 

I’m hoping to get a few more shoots lined up. Just don’t know what to shoot.

The “Tim & Eric Awesome Show; Good Job!” is coming to Eugene soon…with other celebs I hear.

I might try to get some shots there.

Being a paparazzi is bittersweet. It sucks but it’s a job either way.

Let’s just hope portrait sessions and shoots like the drag show outweigh pap shots.


Tom Walsh

is a photographer in Eugene, OR. Mainly focusing on street photography and social documentary. He shoots bands and portraits as well. Tom goes to the University of Oregon where he intends to graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography.
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