Chandler Day 305: Empty Cityscape

DSC06309I really love cities. I have loved them for a very long time. I remember how amazing it was to go downtown when I was little. I never got to go very often and when I did, I was fascinated with everything. I loved the buildings, the lights, the people. They still fascinate me today. I love walking this cities streets. I love the contradictions, dangers, stories and life of this city. How quickly it changes. One minute there are crowds, the next it is deserted. It changes as quickly as the setting sun.

Brandy Day280: Human Sinkhole

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Today wasn’t easy. Maybe its the weather, I feel like I’m lost in Seattle. However the sun has set so I cannot complain. Rain through the day makes for long ones & hyper dogs.
Driving for sunset accepting I may not see much of one, this reflection caught me. Flooding the hole in the middle of the road, deceiving those that pass through, painting that which surrounds it, catching true colors.
Oddly enough I stopped, got out of my truck and stood there,¬† ‘reflecting’ on recent days, prior to taking this photo. The beauty captured reflected so much.

Brandy Day279: Selfish Selfie….

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Standing on this back road. Alive. Happy. Full of feeling and life. The light of the sun highlighting naturally.
Never knowing when your happiness will be ripped from your heart, you be sure and ‘live’.
Dont be afraid of happiness, it has to start somewhere and its an amazing feeling. One you must experience in order to feel hurt, pain. Enjoy the simple things in life, one day that may be all you have.

Brandy Day269: ‘Hey! Just Wanted To Call And Tell You We Are Breaking The Law….’

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Love this. Kinda looks like a still photo from the end of a movie. I love these people. Just had an eventful day and 6 hours of shooting photos. Normally bad ideas come from KC or I within this group, this one came from Chan ūüėČ Not a bad idea but risky. However, it opened up some awesome photo opportunities and being able to shoot with & help Chandler & Hannah was pretty great!
Shot as we were leaving and the sun was setting.

Brandy Day268: Fly Over States

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I want to give a huge shout to all the farmers!! Thank you!! The hours you put in, the physical labor you do. We don’t see all that is put into making sure there is successful crop & livestock growth for food and raw materials.
I’ve always enjoyed living in the country. The smell, the farms, the old barns, the cattle & horses. I love when the farmers harvest the fields this time of year! The smell of fresh soil, beans & corn.
The bulk of corn that is produced today is not for food production but more everyday items such as plastic, batteries, cosmetics, cough syrup & diapers to name a few. Most soybeans are processed for their oil as well as protein for the livestock feed industry, however they are also used for human consumption.
Next time you find yourself pissed off behind a tractor or semi, perhaps you should wave in thanks for all they do rather than speeding by in frustration.

Brandy Day264: Surf City Sunset

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Headed south today to Wilmington, to visit with KCs parents and their new puppy, Star.
Not a bad drive, 4.5 hours from Outer Banks. No interstates just back roads and a long phone conversation.
Surf City is about 15mins from KCs house. There is a beautiful park with boardwalks, fishing, park and people. I caught this beautiful sunset before arriving at a place that seems more like home every time I visit!

Chandler Day 271: Hey, Let’s Go Break Into an Abandoned Coke Factory

DSC05450This place was a location in a not so good neighborhood that I had driven past a few times and wanted to get into so badly. But I didn’t want to get into it by myself. Me and Hannah had an assignment this weekend to pick a photographer and emulate their style. She wanted to do industrial photos and this place came into mind. So we hooked up with Brandy and KC and headed towards it. We couldn’t directly get to it. So we parked a ways away at a warehouse and walked along some train tracks, over a rickety trestle bridge, found a hole in the fence that surrounded the place and climbed through. This place was incredible. I’m pretty certain it is an abandoned coke factory and it looks like it has been around for quite a while. A lot of the buildings were very old brick buildings. We spent the evening here shooting the whole place. I think we all got some sick shots and then we headed out just before sunset. None of us wanted to be in there at night. I doubt this will be the last time we’ll visit this place. One thing I know for sure is that we went over and beyond to get industrial photos and our professor better be pleased with them.

Brandy Day263: I Do

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It’s funny how things work out. After waking to shoot what was a non existent sunrise, due to the rain that was moving in, I headed back home to spend time with Boston. Shortly after being back home I received a phone call from a local requesting me to assist him in a wedding that he was set to shoot in just a couple hours. What?!?! Things like this don’t happen….do they?! I looked into him and the venue and the wedding party and it was all legit.
It was a beautiful wedding, the sweetest couple and such a fun evening with the chance to meet some awesome people.
This photo was shot on the pier where the reception was held just after the sun had set. So many beautiful colors brought in from the rain earlier in the day. What a beautiful day <3!

Brandy Day257: We Rock

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Sunday spent with some of the coolest people in my world. Got to make an amazing dinner, stuffed mozzarella pesto chicken, Parmesan pasta, sautéd veggies & bread.
I shot this with Mary at my newest favorite hidden gem. She was throwing rocks in the water making cool splashes in the setting sun. 

Brandy Day254: With Love, Thank You, We Miss You, Never Forgotten

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Where were you when the world stopped 13 years ago? ¬†The fact that it has been 13 years is wild. ¬†I believe if you were alive and capable of memory you remember minute for minute what you were doing. ¬†Here’s my story.

My senior year of high school I signed my paperwork to be a member of the United States Army. ¬†I graduated in May and left in August. ¬†I was at Ft Jackson, SC. ¬†(Things are a lot different now than they were then as far as training and guidelines.) ¬†We were not allowed to have any sort of candy or pop. ¬†So we would go to the PX (store on base) and buy Ludens cough drops and chew on them as ‘candy’. ¬†September 11, I was standing in the PX waiting in line, when I heard chatter and commotion behind me. ¬†I turned around in time to see the second plane hit on the t.v. that was mounted on the wall. ¬†We all stood there shocked and silent. ¬†The base was immediately locked down. ¬†No phone calls on or off the base, no mail & every car that came to base was stopped & searched. ¬†We were on 24 hour guard duty. ¬†It was intense. ¬†Emotional. It was nerve racking. ¬†I remember not being able to call home for a day or two maybe, I’m not sure, I just know that I needed to call home to be sure my family was ok and they knew that I was ok. (Cell phones were not allowed we just had payphones that were turned on & off by headquarters.)

I am no longer a member of the United States Military. ¬†My dog tags hang from my rear view mirror as a reminder. ¬†A reminder of many things but most of all that day. ¬†For the victims. For the survivors. For the soldiers who continue to fight & those we’ve lost. They risk more than just their life. For the families that support them. For the police & fire who risk their life to save & protect strangers. For the 2,996 lives lost. ¬†For the day that will never be forgotten. For the memories we will always share.

#September11 #NY