the tower of babble

Where we make gods of our entertainment figures, reality shows have nothing to do with reality and there’s more and more communications but less actual communication. Yet the mirrored glass Tower just reflects society back to itself.

A digital painting of the Comcast building in downtown Philly.

Salish Sea Diamonds

Been a while since I posted anything. Came across this photo as I was housekeeping my hard drive. From my trip out to Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands last year. Took this from the Washington State Ferry out of Anacortes. I saw this fishing trawler just heading into the sparkling sunlight breaking through the mist. The light out in those islands is amazing, you just feel better in it. I thought this translated to B&W really well. It’s all about the light.

My brother has a cafe out there so if you ever get the chance stop by Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar in Friday Harbor (and tell him how much you like his logo- shameless plug).

Mike tending the bar

Mike tending the bar

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All photos ©2014 Scott Sharadin

(Just ask, I’d probably let you use them)

it’s in the details

We went to Longwood Gardens in Chaddsford, PA yesterday. It’s one of the world’s great botanical gardens, and we’re fortunate to have it close by. We’ve been able to visit in every season, and it is beautiful and different every time. This trip I decided to try to look past the waves of color and get up close and personal. I wanted to work on creating compositions that were almost more like abstract paintings then photos. I haven’t published anything for a while, nice to get back out and shoot some.

Alone together

We sit here alone together, sharing a communal space, completely engrossed in our communication devices yet not communicating at all. Netflix, selfies, Words with Friends that really aren’t, Candy Crush, just mind-numbing diversions.

I am just as guilty as anyone else. Our smartphones and tablets throw up our invisible force fields- our cones of silence- protecting us from social awkwardness, inadvertently catching someone’s eye, or worst of all- loneliness. We are disconnected in an overly connected world.

We gather In what, in another age or place, is a nexus for neighborly chats, town info, deep discussions and random scuttlebutt. We’ll have none of it though. Instead we sit hunched over steaming lattes and streaming displays, earbuds in for extra protection, aimlessly thumbing through 140-characters-or-less slugs of inanity and six second bursts of feline video hijinks.

I’m tempted to just walk over to a random table, plop down and and strike up a conversation. But I am of an age and size that makes that either intimidating or really creepy (or both), so I’m just sitting here documenting it visually. Just little digital sketches of us all alone- together. And I’m not going to lie, I do like the coffee.

on a midnight clear

It’s been a little bit since I posted a picture, so here’s one for the holidays. My first try at night star photography, and I find there is a lot to learn. I’m going to put some serious effort into this through the winter (which is best for astrophotographs because of the reduce moisture in the air). Anyway, Orion has always been a favorite constellation (wow, does that sound nerdy) so I was pretty happy with this shot of it, and how the cypress is pointing to it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

“Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.”

Isaiah 40:26

silica flyover

For glass- our photo101 assignment today- I chose an abstract closeup of the lamp over our kitchen table. It’s a beautiful piece of handblown art glass we got from Glasslight Studio in St. Peter’s. Joel and Candy Bless are these amazing glass artists, and this is one of Joel’s signature pieces. The rich warm swirls of colors always looked like an alien planet to me, so I tried to compose it as if it was a flyby. It’s amazing to me what talented glass artists can do, and this beautiful work has warmed our kitchen for years. Thanks Joel! Here’s the whole thing below.

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