Photography

Event Photography: Wheelchair Basketball Scrimmage

Ever been to a wheelchair basketball game? It looks like a cross between basketball and roller derby. Just look at the chairs. They’re built to withstand hard collisions, tip-overs, and other forms of mayhem. The players are pretty rugged too. I recently caught a Tucson Lobos practice. Thirty minutes into the scrimmage, the guys were…

Event Photography: Meet Me at Maynards Social Run and Walk

Downtown Tucson has been under revitalization (read: construction) for many, many moons. Despite all of the dust and detours, things are happening Downtown. One of the newest and most promising is the Meet Me at Maynards social run and walk. The inaugural version happened last night, and it attracted 184 participants. The three-mile course featured…

Bike-tography 110: Criterium Racing

This past Saturday, the northeast portion of the University of Arizona campus played host to several hundred fast bicyclists and interested spectators. The occasion was the UA Criterium, a street race over a course that was closed to motorized traffic. The Criterium competitors far outnumbered the spectators, so it was easy to find a place…

Event Photography: Crowd Control

One of the necessities of event planning is anticipating the crowds that show up. Take, for example, Tucson’s popular 4th Avenue Street Fair. The most recent edition drew around 300,000 people over three days. While 4th Avenue was closed all but pedestrian traffic, 6th Street was still open. Crowd control was provided by police officers…

Event Photography: St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2009

Tucson’s 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade happened a couple of days ago. But an Ides of March Parade just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Like any notable Tucson parade, it had its own touch of weirdness. If such an award were given, the Green Man Group would have won first prize for having…

Construction Photography: Hillside Restoration

When you live on an eroding hillside, you’ve got a problem. Whenever it rains, valuable topsoil is being carried away. This past Sunday, members of the Watershed Management Group’s co-op program were hard at work, restoring a homeowner’s hillside. The goal is to prevent erosion and stabilize the hillside so that native plants can grow…

Travel Photography: Ever been a tourist in your hometown?

Ever been a tourist in your hometown? I decided to take that idea for a little test-ride this past weekend. My itinerary included the Pima Community College West Campus, Sentinel Peak (aka A Mountain), and Tucson’s oldest tree. This eucalyptus hangs in there at the edge of Congress Road, just west of Downtown… Then there…

Event Photography: Tucson Carnaval 2009

This past Saturday, it was Carnaval time in Tucson. Downtown’s Armory Park was taken over by all manner of festive types. We’re talking singers, dancers, drummers, and plenty of watchers. Included in the merriment were Capoeira Malendragem… Mimes… Jovert, the steel drum band from Tucson High School… And those high-steppin’ stilt walkers from Flam Chen…

Construction Photography: Basin Finishing Touches

Who says that University of Arizona students won’t get up bright and early on a Saturday morning? Especially if that Saturday happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day? This past Saturday, I worked with UA water harvesting students in the Rincon Heights neighborhood, which is just south of the campus. The students were joined by a…

Construction Photography: Putting Greywater to Work

This past weekend, I worked with the Watershed Management Group on a greywater harvesting project. This project will take washing machine water and redirect it to plants outside the laundry room. These guys are dry-fitting the ABS pipes that are part of the greywater drainage… After they were finished with the pipe-fitting, we filled trenches…

Construction Photography: More on Water Harvesting for Commercial Properties

This past November, I wrote a post on Tucson’s new ordinance that requires water harvesting for commercial developments. To show how this can be done, the Ward 1 City Council Office is creating a public demonstration site. Work on the Ward 1 site is now being completed. On Saturday, January 24, Watershed Management Group volunteers…

Event Photography: 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

On Monday, January 19, hundreds of Tucsonans commemorated the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a march and festival at Reid Park. The festival featured music, mime, poetry, and dancing. Tariq Rasool and the Songhai Drummers got things going… My neighbors, Chuck and Beatrice, enjoying the festivities…

Construction Photography: Reducing Pollution

The people in these photos may look like they are doing a landscaping project, but there is much more to it than that. They are volunteers in a Watershed Management Group project that aims to improve urban water quality… The focus of the project is on reducing non-point source (NPS) pollutants like pet waste, auto…

Event Photography: 4th Avenue 2008 Winter Street Fair

Care to visit one of Tucson’s hippest streets with hundreds of thousands of your best friends? Well, have I got a street fair for you! The 4th Avenue Street Fair has been going on since the early 1970s, and it features artists and artisans from all over the U.S. In addition to admiring the artwork,…

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