Long time coming…
It’s been a very long time since I’ve made a post here. The past few years have been a whirlwind of life. For now I’m just going to post a brief [in theory] overview…
In July 2012 I received my copy of the Photographer’s Forum Best of High School & College 2012. That was the second time my sunset photo has been published.
The end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 most of my life was at school [I’m pretty sure I spent more time there than everywhere else combined].
I did however make some time to volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association and do photography for some of their walks near me in 2012.
I had a great time and intend to do more work for them, unfortunately I have been unable to this past two years due to my schedule.
The shot to the left was a happy accident. I intended to focus on the crowd, but was holding the camera above my head so I set it on auto-focus… it decided the lady’s hands were much more interesting.
Over the course of about a month I volunteered at 3 different walks for the Alzheimer’s association.
Pretty much the rest of 2012 was class & the required projects, I won’t bore you with the details… but I will say it was a lot less hectic than the following semester!
The Spring semester of 2013 was the last of my stint at FLCC. Somehow I managed to juggle time for my life outside of school, 25-30 hours of work, and being at school from 9am til midnight pretty much every Monday through Thursday. There was one project in particular that I poured my heart and soul into every semester… and this semester wasn’t any different. I bled Graphic Design, Design for the Web, Sculpture, and Ceramics that Spring.
In Graphic Design we were given a list of all our projects at the beginning of the semester & as soon as I read about the magazine layout, I knew I would be dedicating myself to that project. I chose National Geographic Traveler & Burning Man for my magazine & topic. The project only required a cover page and 2 spreads [2 facing pages].
When I was done I ended up with the cover and 6 spreads… that was after I cut it down from 9 spreads [because my professor told me it was too many]. Even though I cut a lot out, I love how it came out.
The photos I used are all taken by Trey Ratcliff [of Stuck in Customs], he uses a Creative Commons Noncommercial license on his photos so students [like myself] could use them for projects. After the project was complete I emailed him a copy of magazine layout; he posted the cover on his Facebook and blog.
I’ve done a bit of web design before I took the class, so that class was a breeze. I learned a bit of CSS & had a lot of fun with two projects. One of which was redesigning a brand [ie- Coca-Cola makes cars] & creating a website for it. I chose Apple & decided they would be selling drinks.
I had a lot of fun with that one, but my favorite project from that class was the portfolio project. I had to make an online portfolio, I think it came out pretty good – link.
The end of my last semester I put 3 of my projects in the Student Honors Art Exhibition at FLCC… I was expecting maybe an honorable mention for my magazine, but I walked away with a few extras…
- Second Place – Graphic Design [Nat Geo Explorer Magazine]
- Honorable Mention – Sculpture [Bronze Torso]
- Dr. Henry Buxbaum Fine Arts Prize
It was a great last semester for me at FLCC. I’ll never forget the people I met & friendships I made while there. I graduated in May of 2013 with my AS in Graphic Design & AAS in Fine Arts.
In July 2013 I was blessed with a new niece, Peyton. I didn’t get to go meet her until she was 1 month old… and have yet to go back again. I will be visiting again as soon as possible.
I’ve picked up gaming again again since school let out, so there might be more game-related updates coming. I spend most of that time exploring the world of Tamriel. I do a lot of modding to The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim… I’ve reached the point where I need to update my graphics card if I’m going to continue to mod it.
Well, I think that’s all I have for this update. I intend to start posting a bit more often again, but I don’t know how good I’m going to be about sticking to regular updates [not to mention my life has slowed down to the point where there isn’t much to post about, lol.