photography

The Day of Good Fun!

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Yesterday I got to spend a whole day with my best bud, Conner Jones, taking photos in the woods, and downtown Indy.
Here are some of my favorites!

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get that shot

look at that focus

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GQ: Man of the Year

oh ya

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those colors

tho

Y'all are the best.

Tomorrow we release the MF NEW VIDEO FOR GOOD DAY, BAD ME!!!

I can't wait to hear what you think!

 

Cheers,

Nick

LS - Cool Wall

There's this super cool wall that I saw in the Belmont area, connected to a store called Draper James, and I wanted to take a picture of people there, so I snagged Aaron, and Zach, and we headed that way!

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Turns out Reese Witherspoon owns this store. She probably didn't paint this wall, but it's fun to imagine she did.

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There's a super cool music store right next door and across the street, called Corner Music, so we had to stop in, and touch beautiful instruments.

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The sun was in a cool spot as we were leaving, so I had Zach give me one last pose as we passed this temple.

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Life can be pretty cool sometimes, I hope yours is going pretty well!

 

Cheers,

Nick

LS - Nashville, TN Farmers Market

To push myself to get outside of my comfort zone more often, I wanted to start challenging myself to start trying to find beautiful locations, and taking photos of the things I like there. I don't really know what to call this experiment, so lets go with "Location Shoots" or LS for short!

Neon gets me goin'. This was at a really cool ceramic booth outside.

Neon gets me goin'. This was at a really cool ceramic booth outside.

My first trip led me to The Farmers market in Nashville, TN! I was drawn in by these giant corncobs out front. They reminded me of all the corn from back home in Indiana.

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I came in during lunchtime, so it was hella crowded, and I felt weird shooting towards other people, so my attention went up, and I started getting really into the way this place's ceiling looks!

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They also had some super dope Edison bulbs hanging around everywhere

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this last shot is my favorite. The ceiling was super tall, and I was mesmerized by the conflicting bar/beam patterns.

What a good looking place

What a good looking place

They also had a tooooon of great food. I ended up getting a Chicago style gyro, and buying a ton of food stuff from the international market!

Definitely stop by this place, if you're ever looking for a nice place to eat, and admire.

There's a garden section I didn't have time to explore, so I'm definitely gonna have to revisit when it's not as cold!

 

Cheers!

-Nick

Creative Outlets

Hey there. I know it's been a while, and I haven't posted near as often as I wanted to when I first started up the website.

To be honest with you, social media gives me a ton of anxiety. I find it really hard to stay connected with even my closest friends on twitter, facebook, instagram, etc. I was loathing trying to maintain an active social media presence with this band, because I felt like I wasn't interesting enough to post daily.

Then came photography. 

Picking up a camera every chance I get has done worlds for my anxiety. Any time I'm in a social scenario, where I start to feel that tight grip around my throat, I'll pick up the camera, and start taking some pictures. It's given me a way to let off my steam creatively, and it feels incredible. I always have content to post on social media now. So I effectively, and creatively killed two birds with one stone.

If you struggle with similar anxieties, don't be afraid to step out of your creative comfort zone, and try to do something different for a change. I thought it'd be awkward to just whip out a camera and start taking pictures of my friends, but all of them have been very supportive of me. Some nights it even became a sort of event, where we end up experimenting with various lights, and we make a shoot out of it.

Here's one from when I first started taking pictures.

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This came from a night back in September where we were all drinking, and having fun, and I started to feel a little overwhelmed, so I grabbed the camera. I had just gotten this Halloween laser light, and I started taking pictures of people who were coming in to see the light. As I showed them what it looked like, they started suggesting ideas that we could try. One idea, was to use the long exposure to show a relationship, where one person was head over heals for the other, but the other was having an affair in one snap, and then in the release of the long exposure, the person who was having the affair, is now head over heals for the person he was cheating on, but she wanted nothing to do with him now. All the while, the mistress is weighing over top of them. 

There's a million different ways to take control (however temporary) of your mental health. Some will work better than others, and some flat out won't work at all. You're stuck with yourself for forever, so find something that works, even if it's short term. Photography has been crucial for my happiness lately, and I'm having a blast getting better at it. Find something new to be YOUR photography!

It's almost the New Year, folks!

Cheers!

-Nick