Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


The Color You Just Can't See

The Color You Just Can't See

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”
— Vincent Van Gogh

So I actually had never heard that quote before, but as I began this post I found it and I couldn't agree more! There is so much color to look at in the night - but is lost - by our rush to get indoors and sleep. Perhaps it is because most of what's out there can't actually be seen with the human eye. It's not until you throw that shutter open for a good 30 seconds or more that you begin to understand just how much mood, color, and energy is dancing upon the earth. As I sit here thinking about that, I wonder what Van Gogh would be like as a photographer. I mean, with the ability to absorb as much of that night light as you like and watch the scene before you come alive; I'm sure, it would really be something to him. 

On a different note, can I get out of here already? I'm sick of being stuck in Oregon. As soon as I can I think I'll buy a plane ticket to Norway and go hike around the Lofoten Islands, and then probably hop up North to get the Northern Lights. I'm seeing all these pictures of people going around the world to these immaculate places and I get sad. I'm stuck. It's been my dream to photograph the Aurora Borealis and that's the only thing I want to do right now. Please Lord can I go!

Also, I'm still working on my 30 project, and I will be posting about it in a week or two. I was going to leave the shot I took tonight to post with the project, but it just got me thinking about how much I love the night. Then it got me thinking about how colorful the night really is, and maybe that's part of why I love the night; because I really do love color. Then I thought of the Northern Lights, which gave me that gut-desire to travel, which in turn reminded me of how mad I am at my situation. I'm trying really hard to keep my mouth shut and not complain, because if you think about it, this life is a blessing and there are so many good things about each and every day. But sometimes it really does just piss me off. Anyway, I'm trying to make the best of it! So with all these thoughts I present the image I took tonight. I especially love how the green light from the house next door mixes with the moss and makes a stark green wall, but then the red from the traffic light is paired with the faded orange paint and makes a nice soft red front wall. It's this kind of thing that you could never notice with your bare eye. Heck, it was so dark, I could barely even see the spire on top of the building!

This old church is about five minutes away from my house. It's a nice change to have my destination so close!

Ironically, Lost at Lost Lake

Ironically, Lost at Lost Lake

Nikon D810 and Other Stuff

Nikon D810 and Other Stuff