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Extended Thursday: Back to Beber’s natural beauty

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Happy April to all you faithful readers!  For those of you keeping score, my Extended Thursdays series has officially been running for over a month.  I don’t know about you, but I’m very impressed with my consistency.  I’ll keep it up as long as I can.

Anyway, let’s get back to the photography….

One of the many benefits of documenting life at Beber Camp every summer is an opportunity to experience the area’s wonderful natural beauty.  I had the privilege of watching the light, clouds, and environment shift from day to day and hour to hour, giving me a strong appreciation of both the power of nature’s beauty as well as its transience.

These two landscape extensions capture a range of time, as daylight disappears and night approaches.  Traditional dusk photos, or any traditional photographs for that matter, usually capture a particular moment.  These extensions not only capture an expanse of space, but perhaps more interestingly in this dynamically shifting end of day period, they also display an expanse of time.

(And yes, for you avid readers who pore over every post, both of these shots have been on the blog before.  I couldn’t resist pairing them together here to illustrate the concept of time extension.  Thanks for understanding!)


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April 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

Extended Thursday: Beber staff get to know each other

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After returning from Honduras, I had the honor of spending another beautiful summer on the shores of Lake Beulah in rural Wisconsin as Beber Camp’s Director of Photography.  You can see a fun sampling of images from my time at Beber in my WI PotD series.

To start the summer, the staff spent a lot of time getting to know each other.  I took advantage of these moments to explore how large groups of people translate into time and space extensions.

I also started to scout some potential spots for landscape extensions as the summer progressed.  I’ll post a few of the more successful examples next week!

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March 31, 2011 at 10:36 am

Extensions at the David Strawn Art Gallery

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Needless to say, the past six weeks have flown by without a blog update.  I’m excited to be back online with plenty of updates and exciting news.

First and foremost, I’m thrilled to announce my upcoming gallery opening at the David Strawn Art Gallery in Jacksonville, IL.  I’ve been feverishly working on a new body of work, aptly titled “Extensions”, to add to my existing travel collection.  “Winter on the Chicago River” was so popular that I’ve created five large scale composite panoramas from my recent travels.  They just came back from the lab today and look amazing!

If anyone’s in the Jacksonville/Springfield area this Saturday night, December 4th, please stop by.  Here’s a sample piece to whet your appetite:

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November 30, 2010 at 1:06 pm

WI PotD: June 24

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Before camp’s annual trip to the Milwaukee Brewers baseball game, our Counselors in Training lead a pre-game “Tailgate” program.  Campers participated in potato sack races and had their faces painted before heading out to Miller Park.

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June 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

WI PotD: June 20

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The campers are here!!!  300 kids aged 7 to 17 joined us yesterday to start the first session of the summer.  After a week of training, our staff welcomed them with open arms, lots of energy, and a great song session to wrap up the day.

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June 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

WI PotD: June 19

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Staff week at camp has brought together 100 counselors from all over the country and around the world.  The group learned to work together and trust each other, while acquiring new skills and still having fun.  Here are a few shots from the week.

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June 19, 2010 at 11:41 am

WI PotD: June 13

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Yesterday marked the end of Leadership Week and the beginning of Staff Week here at camp.  During their training, the leadership team grew into a close-knit group while learning how to become excellent leaders and supervisors.

One of the exercises entailed putting together 15 boards of wood into a pre-defined geometric shape in shortening lengths of time.

And to wrap up the week, the group displayed their comfort and closeness by pulling off a 25-person circle sit.  It was stable enough to allow me to photograph the activity while sitting in the circle — a personal first!

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June 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

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