I’ve known Rory Aronson for quite a while – originally through SLO Op Climbing (our local community bouldering gym), and later through his involvement with the Board of Directors of the SLO MakerSpace. Rory has a way of getting himself involved in community-based, sometimes somewhat counter-cultural projects. His current project is FarmBot, an open source, web controlled farming machine designed to optimize small-scale urban farming and empower more people to start growing their own food. Using technology to manage farming isn’t a new idea, but so far it’s been limited mostly to large-scale, industrial agriculture. The rest of us work mostly with hand trowels and kneepads, learning when to sow our seeds, water our sprouts, and harvest our food from books, blogs, and homemade YouTube videos. Rory’s goal with FarmBot is to bring the same kinds of precision tools used by big business to small scale home gardeners.
To learn more about FarmBot, which will be having a Kickstarter to raise funds in the near future, check out Rory’s FarmBot website , as well as the FarmBot Wiki that Rory developed to organize documentation, schematics, assembly guides, troubleshooting tips, and all kinds of other info for the FarmBot project.
Both of these images were made on medium format film (Portra 160) using my Hasselblad V-series camera. The film was processed by the wonderful Richard Photo Lab in Valencia, CA.
A couple years ago I photographed Bill Ostrander for SLO Life Magazine. At the time, Bill was preparing for the Citizen’s Congress 2014, a national gathering of legislators, scholars, and public advocacy groups to combat the influence of money in American politics. Bill runs Citizen’s Congress, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating corruption in politics, and now, continuing in this work, Bill is running for Congress in the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County. I photographed Bill at his ranch in the Los Osos Valley.
We made these images on medium format film using my Hasselblad. The film was processed by Richard Photo Lab in Valencia, CA.
I photographed Weston this summer at Brittany’s family reunion in Central Texas. It was well over 100 degrees most days, and the worst part was that the humidity felt way over 100%, but that didn’t seem to bother the kids much at all. Weston is smart and outgoing, and I had been thinking that he would be a great portrait subject; when I found Brittany chopping this watermelon up into big, juicy slices for lunch, these photos seemed too good an opportunity to pass up, even if they push the boundary of what might fairly be called an “homage” to Richard Avedon.
I first photographed Clint Slaughter in early 2014 for the SLO MakerSpace. Clint’s a friend, and was one of the first people I thought of when I started working on a new independent portrait project about especially interesting members of the San Luis Obispo community. Clint is the driving force behind the SLO MakerSpace, and serves on the MakerSpace Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer. The MakerSpace is a collaborative machine, wood, electronics, and textile shop where community members come to work on all kinds of projects, take classes, and network with other local makers. As if that wasn’t enough, Clint is also an emergency physician at French Hospital in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Hospital.
(Yes, he’s “Dr. Slaughter.” And no, I could not have made that up.)
Both of these photographs of Clint were made at the MakerSpace on medium format film using my Hasselblad. The film was processed by the always brilliant Richard Photo Lab in Valencia, CA.
The latest issue of SLO Life Magazine just came out, and it features a few photos that I took of Eric Soderquist, a local artist and surfer (it also includes many wonderful images from photographer Chris Burkard, who shoots surf both locally and in some of the most inhospitable places a person could conceive of getting in the water).
You can see Eric’s work on his website, here: www.ericsoderquist.com.