Category: Photos

Open All Year

May 29th, 2015 Permalink

This year, I decided to skip the “best of 2013” list. Instead, I have compiled ten of my most memorable images of 2013. These are images that bring back definite memories of a time and a place. They are images that I have remembered all year, and images that have stuck with me for one reason or another. In no particular order, here are my 10 most memorable images of 2013.

“And When We Kiss, The Sky Is On Fire”
Iceland – March 2013
To be honest, I could have picked 10 images from our trip to Iceland for this post. Travel photography is always memorable, but Iceland is a whole different level. Around every bend are amazing, dramatic, beautiful views. The northern lights are an experience that is impossible to describe. This self-portrait is my favorite of the northern lights images from the trip. All my images from Iceland can be seen in this Flickr set.

“The Very Definition”
Paris, France – June 2013
I went to Paris for work during the summer. I had a chance to get out and shoot while I was there. This image was made along Rue de Rivoli in the late afternoon. When I look at this image, I can feel the warm air and hear the sound of high heels echoing through the walkway. You can see more of my images from Paris on Flickr.

Ogden, Utah – October 2013
My grandmother turned 93 this year, but she can still play the piano beautifully. This is her playing with her great-granddaughter. I regret that I have never been very good at capturing friends and family with the lens. This is a rare exception.

“Everything Stops Eventually, Some Things Sooner Than Others”
Reno, Nevada – January 2013
In January, I made a trip to Reno to spend some time with my parents. My father was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer late in 2012, and they were in Reno for his treatment. It was a difficult time, and this particular image brings back many memories of my short stay there.

“Eternal Flame”
MLK Memorial, Atlanta, Georgia – January 2013
We visited Atlanta in 2013, and went to the MLK memorial. To be honest, I didn’t particularly care about seeing it. Once we were there, however, I was surprised by the magnitude of emotion that exists in this place. It is a very powerful monument, and a feeling I will not soon forget.

“Food To Take Home”
Atlanta, Georgia – January 2013
It is difficult to pick a single neon sign from the hundreds that I shot during 2013, but this one in Atlanta stands out. It is a wonderfully preserved example of a classic American diner, welcoming people day and night.

“Ask About What Might Be”
Jill Tracy at Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, California – September 2013
I was pleased to have an opportunity to shoot one of Jill Tracy’s performances at Cafe du Nord this year. Her shows are always memorable, and having the opportunity to capture the performance is something I always appreciate.

“Jessica And The Lamp”
Hotsy Totsy Club, Albany, California – August 2013
Jessica Maria, co-owner of the Hotsy Totsy Club in Albany, was the local winner of a cocktail competition, and was invited to compete in the national contest in Lima, Peru. I was asked to make some images of her in the club for promotional material. This is one of my favorites from the shoot.

“Scott Pavilion Street”
Winnemucca, Nevada – October 2013
This year we took a road trip, driving from San Francisco to Ogden across Interstate 80, and returning on Highway 6 through the middle of Nevada. It was a drive filled with beautiful, desolate spaces, and lots of vintage neon. This particular motel had signs at every freeway exit, pointing travelers to a decent spot to spend a night.

“Everywhere And Nowhere”
Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Iceland – March 2013
This is a glacial lagoon, formed where a glacier meets the sea. The scenery here changes rapidly, and is never the same twice. Iceland is a remarkable place, and is easily my most memorable photo experience of 2013.

And those are my most memorable images of 2013. Thanks for looking!

Transamerica View Book

December 15th, 2013 Permalink

Last year, I made an image of the Transamerica building when I got to work. The images were all made with the Hipstamatic app on random settings. I ended up with 256 different images. All of the images from the series can be seen in this Flickr set. The images are now available in printed […]

Last year, I made an image of the Transamerica building when I got to work. The images were all made with the Hipstamatic app on random settings. I ended up with 256 different images. All of the images from the series can be seen in this Flickr set.

The images are now available in printed form from MagCloud. The printed book includes all 256 images, presented four per page. In addition, selected images have been printed full page. The printed book costs $25.00. You can also order a digital copy for free. To get your book or digital copy, just click on the MagCloud logo below.

Transamerica View

By Jeremy Brooks

106 pages, published 12/15/2013

This book contains 256 images of the Transamerica Building in San Francisco which were created during 2012 for my Transamerica View Project.Each image was made from the same location with random Hipstamatic app settings. It is a unique view of one of San Francisco’s best-known landmarks.
Frozen In Amber

As Art Chang has pointed out, this is an amazing piece of architecture. It is probably the most beautiful man-made thing in Iceland. We were fortunante enough to see the aurora borealis over Harpa one night during our visit.

You can see all my photos of Harpa on Flickr.

It’s here! The Kickstarter project to make a book from the Transamerica View 2012 project is now live!

Last year, I started a project to document my daily view of the Transamerica Pyramid. I used my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app to make an image of the view every day. The result was 256 unique images of the Pyramid. I had always envisioned that the project would take on a physical form, either through a series of prints or a book. After considerable research, I have decided that the best format is a 12″ x 12″ 72-page full color photo book. This size will allow plenty of space for four images on each page, and there will be enough pages to dedicate a full page to some of my favorite images from the project. The book will be printed by Oddi, a company with many years of experience producing high-quality art catalogs and photo books.

Printing a book like this is a large project, and I need your help! If you would like to help make this project a success, please consider backing it on Kickstarter. You can donate any amount and receive a digital copy of the book. For donations at the $10 level and up, the rewards range from a postcard to prints to a poster to the book itself.

If you would like to see all the images, they can be seen here.

Thanks for taking the time to check out the project. Tell your friends! Tweet it! Post it on Facebook and Google Plus! Let’s make this happen!

At the beginning of 2012, I decided to take advantage of the awesome view of the Transamerica Building from the offices I work in. Every day when I arrived at work, I used my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app to take a picture of the view. I used random settings, rather than using my favorite settings, just to make sure there was some variety.

Over the course of the year, I made 256 images. This makes a nice 16×16 grid, and since Hipstamatic images are square format, the resulting grid is a square.

Taking on a year-long project that requires a photo nearly every day is a challenge. Not every image was particularly interesting to me on its own. However, the resulting collection of images as a whole makes the effort worth while to me. In addition, there is the satisfaction that comes from completing a project.

Why not try it yourself? If you have a smartphone, you have all the tools you need. Just select a view that you see most days. Maybe the view from your office window, the view from your daily commute, or the view from your home. Set an alarm to remind yourself to make the photo every day. Get in the habit of posting the resulting image to Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, or another site that allows you to share photos. Once you get in the habit, you will undoubtedly find yourself looking forward to this part of your daily routine.

When you post your image, include the tag “dailyview”. It is fun to look at this tag on Instagram or Flickr and see all the other daily views that people are posting.

What if you miss a day? Don’t worry about it! Just keep going. Over the course of the year, you will still end up with a great collection of images. And who knows… you may decide to keep up your daily view project for a long time to come!

Things I Live For

December 30th, 2012 Permalink


June 14th, 2012 Permalink


Made this one by shooting with my iPhone through a Diana lens, then processing in Camera+.

Across Two Worlds

March 22nd, 2012 Permalink

Across Two Worlds

Neon Wheels On Fire

March 21st, 2012 Permalink

Neon Wheels On Fire