Costumes, Casinos, and a Cause – “Photo Booth” @ Raising the Stakes for Noble of Indiana

Fundraising events are necessary for any philanthropic/non profit organization.   The more engaging the event, the better.   Last week I was asked to provide my photography skills for Noble of Indiana, and organization that “creates opportunities and provides learning disability services for the developmentally disabled to live meaningful lives in Indiana.”

“Raising the Stakes” is an annual event with a casino feel filled with a variety of staple casino games, and also includes a classy dinner and multiple raffles/auctions.   This year they added a “Photo Booth” where people could let loose and wear a variety of ridiculous costume items.   My job was to snap the photos, of course.

I’ve done the “Photo Booth” at several events around Indianapolis and I am continually surprised at how excited people get to pose for these pictures.   It’s a great addition to any event, raising the energy level and enthusiasm of everyone present.

I’ve provided a link  to the pictures on my Facebook business page below.  Take a quick look…I’m sure you’ll have a couple laughs.  Congrats to Noble of Indiana on a successful event.

“Photo Booth” @ Raising the Stakes for Noble of Indiana

Branding the Presidents: An exercise in political design

A fun exercise I found in political design…which is your favorite? Mines the Kennedy one.  Be sure to look through them all, although the author left out Obama down through H.W. Bush.

Branding the Presidents  http://brandingtheuspresidents.tumblr.com/

Amazing Stop Motion – The Joy of Books

One of the first video projects I ever did in high school was a stop motion video.  Mine was about the Iron Chef.  It was terrible.

This stop motion video, however, is top notch.  Sean Olhenkamp and his wife, along with an army of volunteers, spent countless hours moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West, (416) 366-8973).

Check it out.  I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I was.

Indoor clouds – Weather as Art

It’s cloudy outside, why not blog about the clouds inside?

Photoshop…as many of you know…is my tool of choice.  I therefore can be quite skeptical about the authenticity of a beautiful image, especially if said image looks completely “photoshopped”

My skepticism was in full swing when I saw photos from artist Berndnaut Smilde, depicting nimbus clouds floating in an indoor space.   Surely this had to be the work of a Photoshop master.

How wrong I was.

By controlling temperature and humidity, the Dutch artist plays the role of a sort of gallery god…and the pictures are astounding.  Check out the full article HERE to read more and to see a video of the installation.

Artist Berndnaut Smilde creates indoor clouds – The Style Blog – The Washington Post.

Themed Facebook Covers: St. Patrick’s Day

Hello to all!

My apologies for my lack of blog posts this past week.   Rest assured that I am now back on track.

St. Patty’s Day just around the corner.  I felt it was only appropriate to design some themes Facebook Cover photos to celebrate.  I’ll be adding a few more in the coming days, but feel free to use the designs to spruce up your FB profile for the festivities.

Enjoy!

Light Painting: When your camera is the canvas

Today I was checking one of my YouTube subscriptions Smarter Every Day, he’s like “Mythbusters” of You Tube, and today’s post was about Light Painting.  Light Painting is essentially using your camera as your canvas and light as your brush.  I’ve heard about light painting and seen a few of my friends post pictures on Facebook doing the same thing, even watched a handful of videos…although I just started to fiddle around with it.

Check out the links below to see (and learn) more

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Smarter Every Day

As I just mentioned this YouTube channel is one of my favorites, with the perfect blending of educating and entertaining.  This week he worked with light painter Wes Whaley showcases the beauty, and science, of this new artform.  Click on the link under this video to check of Wes Whaley’s Flickr photos.  You won’t be dissapointed.

Check out more work by Wes Whaley HERE
…warning, your mind may be blown 🙂

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Patrick Rochon & Aurora Crowley

This next video is actually from a web series from PBS, a series called Off Book.  Here Patrick Rochon and Aurora Crowley explain their craft.   Not giving anythign away when I say this, but what makes this video so great for me is that this light painters really stumbled upon a craft and immediately felt a calling to do it…I love the randomness of life.

The Super Bowl & Social Media…plus a few more pics

A great wrap up of Super Bowl in Indianapolis, from the online world point of view, as presented by Exact Target.  The ability to get such a clear snapshot of an event as big as the Super Bowl, with this short of a turn around, is a great testament to the power of online media.  Check out the stats.

Social Media and Super Bowl XLVI(Infographic)
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Oh and here are a few more pics I shot from the Super Bowl festivities.   Check out the whole album HERE!

New Camera: New Super Bowl pics

Don’t get me wrong I love the convenience of my camera phone.  It gets the job done.   Today, however, I purchased a new Canon xSi and within 30 minutes of having it in my hand I was out in Super Bowl Village capturing the first of what will be many moments of Super Bowl week.  I’ve included some pics in this post, but you can find the rest HERE.  Enjoy!

p.s.  I’ll be adding more images as the big game draws closer 

Super Art for the Super Bowl: Indy showcases its rich culture

It comes as no surprise to those who know me that a sports nut I am not (shocking right…calm down)  But even I’m jazzed to have the nation’s largest sporting event blocks from my door.   In my three plus years living it the heart of  Indianapolis I’ve seen new hotels built, great restaurants open, and a SURGE of artistic expression all throughout the city.

My hope is this Super Bowl will show visitors that we are more than just a city where the Colts play. (all you nay-sayers spouting that Indy is not a “destination city”…to you I say “shhhh” 🙂 )  We are indeed a vibrant city with a vibrant culture all our own (I’ll touch on our great micro-breweries another time)   If you are visiting Indianapolis for the big game or if you live in the area, here are three great cultural  things happening in the city right now.

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I posted a story about this in an earlier blog, but it bears repeating.  The 46 of XLVI is an amazing project put on by the Arts Council of Indianapolis that has turned drab building facades, overpasses, and much more,  into works of art.  Located throughout the city, you never know what masterpiece is just around the corner.  Below are some pieces I stumbled upon just the other week while on the canal.


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If you don’t feel like driving/walking all around town…head over to TURF.  Taking place January 14 – February 5 in the old Indianapolis City Hall, TURF looks to “represent local Indianapolis and Indiana artists on their turf to the audience visiting for the Super Bowl, another event that takes place on turf, played by teams who will be representing their own hometown turf.”
Put on by the the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA), TURF  will introduce a national and international group of visitors to the world-class art galleries that are located in downtown Indianapolis.  The event will be free Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM – 7 PM.

I hope you take advantage of this truly inspired event.  I myself think it’s a tremendously original concept.


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Finally, if you can’t make it to Indy, can’t get out of the house, or simply run out of time to see everything (which is quite possible) check out the musically artistry of some of Indy’s best right on your computer.

The XLVI Indy Music Project showcases 46 local Indianapolis bands in conjunction with the Super Bowl.  Each  band has a song available to download or embed on your own site.   I am a little late to the local music scene I must admit…so this online gem has proven to be invaluable.  In fact I have to give a shout out to Mr. Kinetik, a good friend and a true musical artist. His song is #5 on the list, but I’ve provided it below.  Check them all out for yourself, and if you like em….well then spread the love.

Hopefully I’ve wet your cultural palette and inspired you to check out a side of Indianapolis that you may not be all that familiar with.   I will be experiencing as much of the Superbowl as I can.  I just hope there is enough time to see it all.