Saturday, June 5, 2010

And Now We Wait...

2010 Barnstorm Workshop

2010 Eddie Adams Workshop: Barnstorm XXIII
The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios.

Here is a copy of the brief personal statement requested with the images:

Dear Eddie Adams Team:
Thank you for helping young photographers realize their dreams! I hope I might be selected to be a part of this amazing workshop. Now, about me: I took photography electives in college in film and digital photography basics, darkroom, printing, and color fundamentals. I graduated with a BS in Mass Communications from Boston University and I managed a photography studio for a year after graduating. I have also taken a few workshops for amateurs. These images are shot with a Nikon D40, a cell phone camera, and a 35 mm Nikon. My vision as a photographer is to make visual poems. A poem is the perfect marriage of form and function. It is meaningful in what it says, and beautiful in how it says it. I want my photographs to be the same. I want them to capture meaningful moments, and do it in ways that are visually beautiful. I try to use visual elements like lines, shapes, color and texture to achieve this beauty.  These elements function in the same way as metaphors, similes, or rhythm do in a poem. Another thing I love about poetry is that a poem captures simultaneously the overall essence of an idea and the nuances. I want my pictures to do the same. At a glance I want them to communicate emotion, but with a longer look, I want details to appear that offer more meaning. I try to use abstraction to create these dual levels of complexity.
My goal for attending this workshop is to learn technical skills that will enhance my goal of creating visual poetry.  I also hope learn about the visions of other photographers, their goals and dreams, and passions.  I look forward to the results of being challenged to the point of exhaustion.
Thank you again for all you do.

Amanda Lomax
May 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010


I had the idea to use a nice wide angle and it worked out great for these two. How many ideas do I have and don't act on? I'm working on getting a hold of them all.

Best. Face. Ever.

The rule of Fourths

This is a window inside Mt. Vernon looking out. You can't take photos inside and I stole this one before anyone caught me. I think that's why it's a bit crooked! In design, the rule of thirds is important - and in photography too - you are supposed to put the "action" at the intersection of vertical and horizontal lines. Even though there is no action in this picture I like the contrast of black, white and gray and the geometry of it all. 


This is a wonderful artist named Ayo who was doing a beautiful jazz cover of "Summertime"... I love the sparkles in her eyes. She was phenomenal. Check her out at:

Sombrero anyone?!

A good friend graciously hired me to photograph her husband's birthday party. We had a blast hanging out and I got a few pics. I love this job. I particularly like this one where I told him to be serious.