Leaving work. Leaving California.

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Saying farewell to my work in the only way I know how. I’ve heavily documented the area using every camera I own. With the move in progress, all I have had available to me is my iPhone. I haven’t been taking as many photo walks as I used to. But in saying farewell to my job and to California over the past week, I’ve been taking some of the old walks and taking photos with the one camera I haven’t used in the area yet.

As of today I’m unemployed and no longer living in California at all. It’s a weird feeling. I’ve worked at my job for longer than I was in either college or high school. I’ve been employed in general now for longer than I was a student in general. I’ve never ever lived outside the Bay Area. This is uncharted territory.

For now it’s goodbyes and poignancy. Once the plane lands, we’ll see what opportunities present themselves.

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Portfolio

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vossbrink.net is now live.

After a couple years of thought, I’ve finally gotten my butt in gear and put together a website to show my photos. That I take photos of what I see and only figure out what I have later makes it very difficult to break things out into specific projects.

I rarely know what I’m working on. And  if I do, it’s even harder to figure out when I’m done.

In this case though, external forces helped a bit. My company is moving locations later this year. The move allows me to view the five-plus years of shooting that I’ve done at work as a single project.

My lunchtime* walks documenting the area have left me with thousands of photos to go through. I could** cut things down more, but I’m happy with the current edit.

*And, on occasion, morning and evening.

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I’m also pleased with the website itself. It’s not perfect (I’d like for it to work better on mobile) but compared to the unfiltered mess which is my flickr account, I’m much happier seeing my photos this way. Flickr’s never been about presenting a portfolio.

I’m especially pleased with coming up with the concept of a B-sides portfolio. I always have random photos which I like but which don’t fit any particular set or sequence. Those are always the most painful cuts too. Since the B-sides concept encourages randomness, I feel free to cut without making it so final.

This is the first time I’ve used some sort of app to do this kind of thing. Feels sort of like cheating, but I know I’m going to want to add other projects so having the ability to quickly add new items without having to recode everything was an important consideration.

It’s been nice to dabble in some design stuff again. Has been a while.

I don’t miss mucking around in HTML and CSS though. Ugh. Dimensioning everything in pixels really bothers me. I had to change as much as possible to be dimensioned in ems. Yes. I’m insane. But my CSS now is now dimensioned vertically in ems and horizontally in pixels.

Beacon

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On the peak of Mt. Diablo is an inactive aviation beacon which fell into disuse after the Pearl Harbor attack. It is now lit once a year on December 7 in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack. I’ve been shooting it from work each year ever since I found out about it. Last year was the first year I’ve been able to shoot from the roof though.

Yes. This is 4 months late.

Diablo Beacon

2012 (also the top image)

Diablo Beacon

2011

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2010

Flightpath

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Something I’ve been doing a long time. I grew up by Moffett Field and now work under the usual landing route for SFO. Having airplanes overhead is just part of what I’m used to seeing. When I’m out with a camera, I often find myself waiting for a plane to complete the composition.

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Of course, sometimes I just have to take pictures of the planes by themselves.

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