Feb 032017
 

It happens to the best of us, those of us who labor to maintain a personal website: with so many social media outlets around, sometimes the personal blog is the last to receive some love. I used to have plugins here that would automatically repost my posts to whatever site I wanted – but then I started using sites that either don’t play well with repost plugins, or I simply didn’t want to have the same exact content on each site. And so here we are.

In my life as a photographer, things have become very complex in terms of how I share my work these days – but I’m not complaining. After many years of not using Instagram the way many do, I am now happily working on building up my image library over there. (Having a pretty good smartphone camera has made a huge difference) Most of the shots I post there are ones I’ve taken with my phone and processed with Snapseed right on the phone, before I even make it home to my trusty setup with Lightroom and color-calibrated monitors. It’s a great community, one I’m still getting acquainted with.

Then there’s Flickr, the granddaddy of them all. I’ve been a Pro user of Flickr since 2004, and while the volume of interaction has sometimes waned, I still enjoy my connections to the photographers I follow over there, and have even picked up some pretty cool endorsements from photographers I respect. As long as it sticks around, I’ll keep using it.

Facebook has also given me much enjoyment and exposure – admittedly, mostly to my friends, but some folks knew me without realizing how much of a big deal photography is my life, so it’s always a pleasure to post up shots or albums there and see who responds.

I’ve just begun playing around with offering merchandise with my work, such as at Society6 – mugs, rugs, pillows, and the like. It’s gotten me to think about what images work best in these environments and has given me a different kind of focus for some of my subjects.

All this to say – my exposure is plentiful and diverse, and I don’t always get around to posting every single shot or album here in a timely manner, so if you’re reading this (and bless you if you are, I realize I don’t get nearly as much traffic here as I do elsewhere, so thank you for being here), I hope you are also able to find me on these other places, if you frequent them.

A sampling of some of my favorite shots posted here and there:

A bitterly cold but memorable sunset on New Year’s Day 2016.

 

 

Jul 062014
 

A friend invited us to come take in the fireworks from a deck right on the ocean in Malibu…there was a barge that was anchored off the shore, just in front of us, so it lent itself to a phenomenal front-row-seat perspective. I played around with exposure settings so I could paint with light on some of them. Inspiring! Head over to Flickr to see the whole set.

Here’s a sample:

Fireworks Display

Nov 292011
 

November went by far too fast for my tastes. There we were, celebrating Halloween, and seemingly in the blink of an eye Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re staring down the barrel at the end of 2011. How’d that happen?

It’s been a year since I had my photo show, which affords me a chance to look back and contemplate the state of my photographic life. I had no lofty goals in mind for this passion of mine; just a chance to share the bits of this world that I happen to come upon through my lens. It’s been a rewarding and often humbling experience.

Recently I became enamored of the photographic community over on Google+, which at the moment seems to make up the bulk of the stimuli I’m experiencing over there. Casually participating in conversations with newbies and pros alike, it’s been a revelation to me to at last feel like I’ve found my peers. (Nothing personal to you, Flickr community; I still love you too)

In working to reshape the ways in which I share my work, and frankly, to make it more accessible to those who might actually want an image of mine hanging on their wall, I am pleased to announce that I have restructured my pricing for all my print work and have adjusted my online store accordingly. I enjoyed a small boon of sales last year surrounding my show, and while my main focus has not been on selling my work, I can’t deny the deep satisfaction in knowing someone who likes my work enough to want to invest in it. And so it goes.

If you’re at all inclined, head on over to my store to see what’s offered. There are the usual prints, along with gallery wraps, floating prints for the wall, and desk stands. (Those floating pieces are so cool…I’m thinking I may want one for myself soon!) I’ve expanded the galleries a bit, adding shots I had previously kept private, and moving things around so that they reflect the galleries I keep around the Web on Facebook, Flickr and Google+. Please feel free to leave a comment on a shot or a gallery if something strikes your fancy. I’d love to hear from you!

I’ve been allowing my DJ life to simmer on the back burner a bit in the last couple of months, after my flurry of activity at the end of the summer. I worked hard on synchronizing my photographic expression, but now it’s time to return to a sense of balance, and I have a few delicious gigs coming up that are worth mentioning. At the moment, they are:

– Dec. 10-11 – Moontribe Full Moon Gathering (invitation-only; location private)

– Dec. 21 – Opening set for Luminous Movement (hosted by J Brave of the Luminaries) (Zanzibar in Santa Monica; see here for details)

– Dec. 31 – 2012 Awakening New Year’s Eve (Hummingbird Ranch in Simi Valley; see here for details)

That’s all the news I have for now – thanks for reading!

May 032011
 
Joseph Chad Hill, 1979-2010

We honor the memory of our dear friend.

A dear friend and fellow photographer, Joe was remarkable for not only his eye, but his entire philosophy of making every day of his life count. He knew his time was limited, due to a degenerative condition; his gusto for exploring new realms was commendable. Most recently, in October/November 2010, Joe returned to Ghana for the fourth time, to capture its essence and to bring back hand-carved djembe drums for good friends. Shortly after his return, Joe’s health declined rapidly and he died in December.

When I had my own first photography show at Whole Foods last November, Joe made a point of coming to the opening reception, even though he was literally on his way home from the airport and jetlagged. It meant a lot to me to have his support. My partner, Dave, arranged for Whole Foods to host a retrospective of Joe’s work, including some of the shots from his recent trip to Ghana. I’ve been honored to lend assistance to this project, and Joe’s work will be on display through May 18. If you’re in the Venice area and would like to see some beautiful work, stop by during Whole Foods’ operating hours, 7am-10pm 7 days a week.

Whole Foods Venice
225 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

Apr 262011
 
Salton Sea Ruins

A former motorhome on the shores of the Salton Sea.

 

Recently I spent a day in the Salton Sea area of California with some photographer friends. In all its desolation and desperation, there’s a certain level of ingenuity evident from those who choose to eke out an existence in those harsh circumstances, and it’s permeable if you pay attention. It’s not a life I could envision for myself but I admire those who can. I’ve posted the shots to a set on Flickr.

Nov 182010
 

Just in time for my show this evening, I am pleased to announce that my online photo store is open for business. If you are a fan of photography and haven’t checked it out yet, head over here to see what there is to offer. I’m still working out a few things so there may be some minor changes occurring in the weeks and months ahead, but it’s ready to be seen. I hope you enjoy.

If you like what you see, please consider sharing the link with your friends and loved ones – I believe heartily in the power of word-of-mouth. Each photo page has a “Share” button for this purpose. Holiday season is fast-approaching and I hope you’ll keep me in mind when shopping for holiday gifts. A photograph might just be the thing your loved one would enjoy receiving.

Oct 312010
 

It brings me great pleasure to announce the launch of this new¬†Website for my artistic endeavors under the mantle of Softly Lit Studios. Why Softly Lit? It describes a mood, or a favored lighting technique. It’s also a bit easier to spell than my last name. I happen to just like it too!

Welcome, and have a look around. The Photos link will take you to my portfolio, which will be a fully functioning store just in time for my upcoming photography show on November 18. The DJ Mixes link will get you to all of my (freely) downloadable mixes of chilled beats and pastoral soundscapes for your relaxing and recreation. You can find out a little more about me on either of the “About” links. There will probably be some more content added as things settle in a bit, so I invite you to bookmark this site and come back for a visit now and again.

I also have a mailing list set up for all announcements related to photography and DJing/music. Sign up here.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy what you see and hear!