SLOSS Furnace

SLOSS is a decommissioned Iron Refinery and blast furnace complex in the heart of Birmingham. My photography tends to focus on two themes, (1) the juxtaposition of the industrial and modern with the natural and (2) wildlife. So, for me this, was a dream come true, to be set loose on this campus of towering forges, furnaces, conveyor belts, steam pipes, tunnels, trains, and conduits.

The Electoral College is Broken

Basically, what is argued for is that the general election should exist to select a group of people, the Electoral College, who will vigorously and systematically evaluate those standing as candidates for President of the United States and select the person who is best suited, who is most highly qualified through experience and ability, to ascend to the Office. They will do so by voting in their own states, rather than convening in one centralized location, to avoid influences meant to corrupt their ability to execute their task safely and expediently—like foreign world powers and angry mobs.

Essential Principles of Design

What is design? And who are designers? Quite frankly, what does any of that matter if you’ve got a copy of Photoshop? I want to talk about this and share with you three essential ideas I think every designer has to understand to produce good work. Good design doesn’t grow on trees, it takes years of practice and endless iteration.

Native American Heritage Month

For the last year I’ve been hoping that this year I would see and hear and read more about it before the end of the month. And, unfortunately, I haven’t. I’m shocked to find that my last-minute catch of a short mention of Native American Heritage Month last year wasn’t the fluke I had hoped it was. There’s hardly any mention in the national or local media. (Featured image is borrowed from http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/)

Fort Morgan, Alabama

I will admit to having never heard of Fort Morgan in school while growing up. In Virginia there’s a lot greater focus on Richmond and Arlington than Mobile, Alabama. But Jake and his sister, having grown up in Alabama, knew enough about it to be excited. And excitement is contagious.

The R-word and Casual Racism

The next time you see an ad with an Indian in feathers selling cigarettes or “peace tokens,” think twice about how comfortable we all are with racism. We, as a society, have become comfortable ignoring the Native American population here in the United States. It’s the perfect illustration of the childish logic of “if I ignore it, it will go away.” The United States will never be able to hold its head high, truly, until we’ve confronted these issues.