the landscape man

The days are getting longer. 

Spooky Woods at the Local 506

Yet another wonderful night of live music here in Chapel Hill.  Spooky Woods is quickly defining their sound and making a name for themselves around town.  Keep creating beautiful music y’all.

Photos taken on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. 

"You feel it more than you hear it." 

Cool assignment today - I climbed the bell tower on our beautiful campus.  That’s one of those bucket list items I never checked off the list as a student.  Did you know that one student is selected every year to serve as the Master Bell Ringer?  Yeah.  So I was asked to photograph him, nice kid.  The bell rang twice during our photo shoot (while inside the tower) and I remarked that it wasn’t as loud as I would have expected.  Patrick responded, “yeah, you feel it more than you hear it.”  

I like that.  go heels. 

Photos taken on Thursday, December 6, 2012. 

ugh. hate this shit. 


Just about every photo on my blog is an image of something I love or respect or enjoy.  Not this one.  I have walked by this construction site every day for the past year and while the noise and traffic detours are annoying, I mostly ignore it.  Until yesterday, when I was walking home from work, I looked up and noticed just how many stories this building contains - it TOWERS over the rest of Franklin St.  On either side of this monstrosity are local small businesses that have been here for decades and are no more than one or two stories tall.  This ridiculous development is such an eyesore for an otherwise charming and historic small downtown street.  And it completely ruins the skyline.  As a visual person and as a resident of this neighborhood, I’m pissed. It’s Greenbridge all over again and it’s stupid.  so stupid.   

Photo taken on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. 

Love this man and his music. 

Oh Seth, one of my all-time very favorite people to photograph.  I enjoyed listening to him play with the Sinful Savage Tigers at the Ackland Art Museum last night.  Bluegrass is the best, especially in the spring time.

Photo taken on Thursday, March 29, 2012.  

It’s the little things in life…

…like photographing beautiful children playing in leaves… can’t really go wrong with that one.  My friend and colleague, Rachael Murphey-Brown, is the mother of these lovely girls and I was happy to take a few minutes to step outside the office this afternoon (especially on this gorgeous day) to take some cute photos of them.  

Photo taken on Wednesday, December 28, 2011. 

fall from my office

Oh Chapel Hill in the fall - so hot right now.  I took this photo as I was leaving the office earlier today.  These trees are directly above the Old Well and they make it look even more beautiful than usual. 

I usually feel silly taking photos of leaves… but I like this one.  

Photo taken on Wednesday, November 12, 2011. 

let the beat build

So this is another shot from Players last night.  I’m posting this photo for the sole reason that it’s a good example of the power of my camera.  There was so little light I had to crank my ISO to 4,000.  My aperture was at 1.4 and my shutter speed was 1/80. can’t do that with a point and shoot.  

Photo taken on Thursday, September 28, 2011. 

turn the music up. turn the lights down. I’m in my zone.

Still think I’ve got the best job in the world (or in Chapel Hill at least).  Last night I went to Players to film the kick-off event for an electronic music festival happening all over the Triangle this weekend, called Signal Fest.  One of my friends from college once described Players as, “you know, that big club on East Franklin where everything is red…”  It’s true. They like their red lights.  I do too.  

Photo taken on Thursday, September 29, 2011.