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Oh sweet bloggitty goodness

May 5, 2008 Leave a comment

Today I learned of a new wordpress template designed for photoblogging. I have kicked around starting a photblog for a while now and this was the motivation needed to kick my inertia into motion. The template is called “monotone” and it changes colors to compliment whatever photo is featured on the page. It also has a cool archive function that allows you to see thumbnails of all of the archived images. My plan is to post a new image every day that I have taken on that day. After school ends this week. So for now I put up some old images just to play with the theme. I already love it.

Stop by lvimages.wordpress.com and watch the work in progress if you are so inclined.

k and kids – photo of the week

March 12, 2008 Leave a comment

World Neighbors Walk for Women — 3/8/08

photo of the week – dragon pregame

February 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Before the Dragon Dance. Cafe Bella, OKC – 2/9/08

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photo of the week – boy exploring

January 5, 2008 1 comment

12/31/07 – Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma

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photo of the week – icicles`

December 14, 2007 Leave a comment

My house – 12/10/07

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my fast food tour of Moore

December 1, 2007 Leave a comment

About six weeks ago I applied to participate in a “visual sociology” photo session at the Southwest Sociological Association meeting in March. Since I first got the information about the session, I have been thinking about doing a series of images about the social and cultural influences of childhood obesity and some possible responses. This isn’t my area at all, but I went with it for a couple of reasons.

1. I didn’t want to use photos from the internet taken by others and wasn’t planning a trip to the developing world last week when they had to be taken.

2. Food politics and the effects have been something I have been interested in for years.

3. I have kids. And some of their friends are battling weight problems due largely to these kinds of cultural factors.

4. I’m a big guy and while part of that is genetic, my biggest struggles are with the same kinds of things that affect kids.

So – I wanted to put together a shot that portrayed the combination of easily available fast food and family lifestyles that are incredibly busy. So I needed some kid-oriented fast food trash. Happy meal boxes and kids meal bags and really small sodas. So I grabbed my camera and headed out in the trusty Vibe to collect trash and toys. I learned much along my journey. . .

. . . fast food restaurants aren’t very giving when it comes to kid meal bags. I had to buy a meal at every place.

. . . they may have healthy options, but you are going to have to ask. Probably multiple times. And they still may not get it right.

. . . my car doesn’t have enough cup holders for all of those tiny drinks.

. . . that stuff is CHEAP. I bough meals at five places for a total of 14.99. All but one meal (I’m looking at you KFC) were under $3.

. . . Burger King has the best fries. There, I said it. And Taco Bell has the best dessert kind of thing.

. . . people at the window will look at you weird when you are a large 37 year old man by himself who orders one happy meal.

. . . french fry smell hangs out in your car for days. It feels like I’m driving an egg roll.

As for the photo – I couldn’t really put together the shot I wanted (you should have seen the contortions in the car trying to get the angle), but I think I came up with a couple that said what I wanted to say. Does this picture say “busy fast food family” to you?

I’ll post the others from the series later. And by the way – Kenda’s car never looks like that. We had to clean up when we finished.

neon irony – photo of the week

November 28, 2007 Leave a comment

12th Street, Moore – 11/26/07

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