Oh yea, Solar Eclipse 2k17 baby!

Couldn't forget to break out the camera this afternoon (which also doubled as a shield for my eyeballs).

Here in Virginia we didn't get the full effect, but pretty dang close to it!

Despite my very basic camera gear, mother nature pulled through with some light cloud cover here and there, which actually helped crisp up some of these shots and pull in a spooky vibe!

Super crazy experiencing this today. Will be cool to tell the future about one day.

Graduation Day

May 19, 2017 - Graduation day at Shillington College in Melbourne, Australia.

From our first brief to portfolio week, and all the tears (I mean beers) in between, we f*cking made it! 

And after drowning in graphic design for 585 hours, pixels came to life and these strangers became my family.

Love y'all and miss y'all! 

#shillomel #shillumni

Canon with Kodak TRI-X 400 film

White Night

No, it's not what you think. Every race and ethnicity was included.

White Night was an event put on by the City of Melbourne about a month ago. The mission was to light up the entire city for a whole night with elaborate and creative light displays 'til the sun came up. There were huge projection art pieces on the city's most iconic buildings, amazing street performances, garden displays, a few political protests, and of course, great food.  

I had school the next morning so I couldn't stay late for the really cool stuff, but I still brought my camera along and used my wide lens to capture some street photography of the people and the chaos erupting the city streets here in Oz.

(Disclaimer: Apologies for the insane amount of grain on these photos. Completely forgot my flash and relied way too much on a high ISO.) Regardless, enjoy!


The Big Apple.

Jonathan and I recently spent 30 hours wandering around New York City.

Some things that were involved:

  • trains
  • @archdad56
  • freedom tower
  • the oculus & 9/11 memorial
  • gyros
  • subways
  • graphic designers
  • the yotel
  • muscles
  • coffee
  • @briancason
  • dumbo
  • brooklyn bridge park
  • highline

As soon as we got to the city, I bought two rolls of film. Which may not make a whole lot of sense when I have a nice Canon DSLR.

The truth is, I've preferred taking my film camera on trips over my digital camera. (Don't tell that to my cameras. They already don't get along.)

When I'm only given 36 exposures in a city as large as NYC, my mind switches from tourist to artist.

Instead of taking pictures for documentation, I take pictures for aesthetic. It's a process of searching for what is beautiful and eye-catching rather than simply freezing a moment in time.

The best part about the process of shooting with film? When you find something super cool to take a pic of and you look through the viewfinder, you have to make a decision.

Is the shot worth it?

Will the image I capture be worth a spot amongst the other 36 exposures on the roll of film? Is the shot framed exactly the way I would want to showcase my subject? Oh, and is the camera properly exposed?!

These decisions tell the world what you, as a photographer, define as eye-catching. What you define as beauty. What you define as art.

And art is not a simple definition.

I've decided to spend my last semester of college taking classes that help me explore this realm of thought, including a film photo class. (Aka: more film pics coming your way!)

And while I'm finishing up my time here at JMU...

...(drum roll please)...

This guy (oh, back to Jonathan), will be studying graphic design at his new home here in NYC!

So here are some of the pics from the trip. I'd say Jmart wears New York pretty well.


Last week, I took a solo trip into Montreal.

Yea, that's Canada.

My current residing place in Burlington, VT is only 1hr 30min away. Perfect for a day trip. Despite how close the city is, I've never encountered such a drastic culture shock in such a short amount of time.

One word... French.

Montreal is the largest city located in the Quebec Province of Canada, and it is definitely French-Canadian. After I passed through customs and into Canada, I felt like I was back on my Spring Break European trip with Phil and Tobi. The road signs, the weather, and the landscapes were total deja vu, kilometer after kilometer.

And I loved it! Sure my Virginia license plates stood out a bit and speed limits were a bit confusing, but man what a rush.

Entering a city for the first time is always exciting, especially with a camera in hand. I build up an extreme fascination with designs, shapes, and structures that I don't normally encounter everyday. Usually these are not very interesting for working locals or busy tourists, but I like to think that everything in a city was created by someone with specific design decisions. For me it's like going to an art gallery, but one where people live and work in a harmonious relationship with their surroundings.

This solo trip was great for experiencing that.

Any of my friends and family that have traveled with me know that I tend to be on the slower side. I'm always playing catchup with the group and leaving them asking where I went or when we can we move on. Well, when you're by yourself, there's no rush!

I literally just parked my car and walked around the city for hours and hours. Got some French coffee, incredible food, and with the help of Google, circled around most of the city. And to top it off, skated a few local parks!

Here are a few spots that stood out to me as I ventured around.

The point of all of this is to hopefully encourage you to see the world from a new lens (or an old lens if you're broke like me and can't quite buy new camera gear). Photos or not, city or country, the hard work of honest and talented humans is beautiful. Be on the lookout for it. It is everywhere and constantly evolving.


May 9 - May 19

Four Pals + California

Those were the plans. Head west and enjoy.

Vegas, Mammoth, Yosemite, San Francisco, Morro Bay, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, and back to Vegas.


But what we found was much different than just a high-speed race around the west coast. The theme of the trip became centered around friendship instead of destinations. Enjoying time with each other before moving away and getting jobs. Celebrating the changing seasons of our lives. Meeting old friends and making new ones along the way.

Granted, after driving 3,000+ miles in a hot-sweaty rental car together, community isn't much of a choice. But, they were some of the best moments of my life.

See for yourself.

Below is a short film I put together to recap the entire trip (lens smudges and all). For an appetizer, here are some quotes from the trip that didn't make the cut.

  • “I’ve never been to Colorado, but I imagine it looking like this…green and tan.” - Phil
  • “Yea you can make that jump…phil, no no, do the big boy jump, you can do it.” - Ben
  • “Hey look what I found, it’s a switch blade…we should keep it.” - Tyler
  • “Hey Ben watch out there’s a car coming” - Tyler
  • “Watch out, I’m throwing a rock at you.” -Phil
  • “Phil no, no Phil” - Tyler
  • “Ugh, I’m so ugly.” - David
  • “Jimmy joop joop!” - David
  • “Hey, there’s hazardous cliffs over here!” … “perfect” - Tyler and Phil
  • “Phil, stop killing nature, you’re on film.” - Ben
  • “I’m gonna die, I don’t know how to stop this thing!” - Tyler
  • “YEEHAW PEEPAW!” - Everyone, all the time
  • “Ah look at you, you’re a surfer! Ahhh” - David
  • “Gotta have your hands free, it’s called the two hand technique…illegal in 12 states” - Phil
  • “You filming me sleeping?” - Phil
  • “Get a shot of my veins.” - Phil
  • “Can we listen to KYGO’s new album now?” - Phil
  • “Do something stupid-er, you look too normal” - Ben
  • “Am I gonna be famous on the YouTubues?” - Jmart
  • “This is chapstick”… “Yea you put that on sometimes” - Phil and David
  • “Why are these people rich? What’d they do?” - Phil
  • “Infrastructure? I hardly know her…” - Jmart
  • “I bet there’s food in all these trucks” - Tyler
  • “Ahh, yerrr uhhh gotta pee’n her butt! - David
  • “Mountains and trees, mountains and trees! I’m tired of it!” - Phil
  • “Yep, this just tastes like a Miller beer” - David
  • “That was the girliest throw I’ve ever seen.” - Ben to Phil
  • “Doop bop stop baa boo bee bop pop scoop poop” - David

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy our shenanigans!