36 photographs

Back in September 2011, I fell into photography. Back story: I wanted to take some classes at UNR (University of Nevada – Reno), and I figured it would be a snap. After all, I had a degree and had therefore met the prerequisites for most classes. Or so I thought. Because of my student status (Graduate Special), the school would not evaluate my transcripts to determine if I’d met the prerequisite for taking a class. So here I was, admitted to the school, but my hands tied for taking anything that required that I’d even met the barest of requirements to take a class!   But there was a class I could take while I got everything straightened out: ART 141, Introduction to Digital Photography. And so I signed up.

Our first assignment, designed to get us used to using our cameras in manual mode, was to shoot 36 images in a row, as though we were shooting a roll of film. That meant, NO deleting, and no editing beyond converting to black and white. Here is my project. There is nothing spectacular about these photographs, but they are a slice of my life.

The first few images were taken at the Reno Air Races on Friday, September 16th. This was the day of the horrible crash and Sweetie and I were in the thick of it.

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This is where I put my camera away for the day. I had plans to do more shooting the next day. And then, during the last race of the day, all hell broke loose.*

We spent all day Saturday at home. Crying mostly. On Sunday we needed an escape, so we put the dogs in the car and headed up to Spooner Lake. The walk helped. There was an “art” event going on along the trail.

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Monday night on the university grounds.

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And to finish up the roll, as I was down to my final two days, I shot in my office and around the grounds.

This is my favorite photo of the set.

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At the duck pond near my work.

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Back on the grounds at work.

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*If any of you are interested in reading about our experience with the crash and the journey we took, here is a link to all my posts at my other blog.

http://bluelyon.wordpress.com/category/home-life/reno-air-races/

My latest post is first, so you’ll have to go back to the first post on September 15, 2011 and read in order from there.


10 comments

    • Thank you. Like I said, these are a slice in time, and I want to preserve that. The project was shoot and convert. Nothing more, and yet it has deep resonance for me.

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      • I often stress that portion of photography; the emotional connection to the place and time (I call it the ‘grandfather – or grandmother – effect” inhonor of grandparents and pictures of their grandchildren).

        You can look at photos of the same place (say, Hawaii), but if you snapped one of them, that one will resonate more because of the associated memory. The other photo may be also nice, but it’s part of someone else’s memory. There’s also that the photos you take represent your own creativity at work. They are in fact, a part of you.

        . . . wow . . . I almost sound like a philosopher . . .

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  1. Beautiful shots, and what a great idea for a theme! In today’s digital world, where you can photograph as many times as you like and ditch the shots that don’t come up to the mark, to force 36 back-to-back photos takes a very different mentality. Nice posting, Carissa! 🙂

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