More shots of downtown Knoxville

I was able to get a few more practice shots in yesterday. This time, my photographer friend David Bridges let me borrow and test out a wide angle lens for the first time. I think I managed to grab some pretty cool shots. Let me know what you think! Definitely open to constructive criticism as well.

Getting into photography

I’ve always been fascinated with photography… I love how one still image can capture so many powerful emotions. If done correctly, it can tell a complete story by itself. Or, it can simply serve as a reminder of the beauty in the world around us. With that said, I bought a Canon Rebel T5i a few months back, and I’m just starting to use it. Now I’m addicted. I’ve made a few stops with it this week and took a few pics that I’m really proud of. The one that sticks out to me the most though is this one:

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I was walking around downtown Knoxville on my lunch break just looking for interesting things and taking some practice shots. I walked through the beautiful courtyard outside of the courthouse and sat down at one of the benches there to take it all in for a moment and figure out what was most interesting to me there. This statue is at the center of attention in front of one of the main entrances. I’d walked past it countless times without really paying much attention to it, but with camera in hand, it took on a whole new meaning to me. Patriotic symbolism and solemn focus stand out, and the color contrast with the background make this an awesome work of art.

It was fun seeing the area of town I walk past all the time through a “new lens,” and I’m looking forward to doing the same at other spots around town.

New Artwork for “Awake” EP

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Cover art for my Awake EP, due out Oct. 28.

So I’ve finally got the cover art finished for the upcoming release of my new EP, “Awake.” I took this photo a couple of years ago while staying in Cascais, which is a small town on the coast of Portugal. The views in this beautifully exotic town definitely awakened my creativity, and I think it’s a fitting visualization of the ideas behind the music in this collection of songs.

I chose the title “Awake” for several reasons. The song is the first to appear on the EP, and this is because it was the first song I ever recorded. I spent probably well over a hundred hours (maybe two hundred!) between writing, tweaking, and rewriting parts of this song, and recording and then re-recording those parts over the course of the past 5 years. Along the way, I was learning how to use the recording equipment and software that I had available, and learning how to somewhat-properly apply different recording techniques. This song signaled an “awakening” of my true interest in music and the recording aspect of it, and I did a lot of growing as an artist and as an individual in the production of this song. As a result, it’s my favorite recording to date, and the one I’m most proud of. I’d love to know in the comments who all would be interested in hearing a snippet of it before the official release date. I’m definitely excited for people to finally hear what I’ve been working on!

Please, keep an eye on this site over the next few weeks! I’ll post lyrics to each song in the lead up to the release, along with some other cool stuff to keep everyone in the loop! Thanks for all the interest this project is getting!