I wanted to make some self portraits this spring while in Arizona that would also show the landscape. These were two of my favourite results. I love the shallow depth of field of the more traditional portrait, which was a bit of a challenge to accomplish on my own while also trying to not step on something sharp or poisonous. The double exposure took some patience as well in order to line everything up in a way I liked. I think I'm happiest with the golden hour light in both images. In both cases, Superstition Mountain is in the background.
While exploring Phoenix and the surrounding areas this winter, I visited Moonage in Tempe, a shop offering the work of local artists. While there, I met silversmith Jenny Vaughn and brought home a beautiful silver and onyx ring made by her. Interested in the process of how Jenny makes her jewelry, I photographed a workshop given by her and Tyler and Kelli, the owners of Moonage. The participants were all beginners and each left that evening with a silver ring they had designed and made themselves. Below are a few of my images from that workshop. I've sinced signed up for a workshop later this month to make my own ring. Can you blame me? Who wouldn't want to use a blow torch, cut and stamp some metal, and make something pretty?