Leap of Faith

This is a photo I actually took a couple years ago but never published or shared with anyone outside of fulfilling its immediate purpose.  This was taken when I started my Master’s program in 2008: my instructor for the very first course I took gave us the option of writing a paper or doing an […]
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Full Set

This is a picture of a full set of uilleann pipes belonging to a fellow piper, taken at our recent AZUPS gathering. There are four common configurations for the Irish uilleann bagpipes: the practice set, half set, three-quarter set and full set.  The practice set, though the name can be misleading, does not mean that […]
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Nice & Cozy

Today’s daily vision is not the photograph itself, but the subject in the photo. I wasn’t feeling so well yesterday so I stayed close to home most of the day to take it easy.  I began to feel restless and wanted to do something creative but didn’t have any ideas.  As I was making some tea […]
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Reed Workshop

I am currently learning how to make my own reeds for the uilleann pipes.  The double reed needed to play the Irish uilleann pipes is not like any other reed in the world; unlike reeds for other instruments such as a saxophone, clarinet, or even other double reed instruments such as the oboe or bassoon, the uilleann pipe double […]
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Two Pipers

Today I met together with members of the Arizona Uilleann Piper’s Society.  I shot a few pictures, played some tunes, learned more about making my own reeds and just had the craic with other local pipers.  The two pipers in this photo are both named Eric Wilson: What are the odds that two men with […]
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You’d Never Guess…

…that this picture was taken in Arizona.  I was driving around old town Peoria and saw this rusted old farm equipment and thought it was a nice photo opportunity.  The first thing I thought when I looked through the viewfinder was “this scene looks nothing like Arizona”.  Well, not the Valley anyways.
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Rhythm is Everywhere

Ever notice how rhythmic it can be to watch the lines rise and dip between telephone poles as you drive down the road? <– (Click to view the full version)
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Set Dancers

All the talk in the last post about hooleys got me thinking of this.  Last September I took a trip to Seattle, WA as an AZ delegate for the Comhaltas Western Region Annual General Meeting and thinking back on the trip, this image is one that stands out in my mind.  Each Comhaltas branch, though connected to the […]
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House Session

I didn’t get the chance to post yesterday because I was out playing music with some friends.  House sessions, or “hooleys” are a big part of traditional culture in Ireland.  Locals would gather together with their instruments, libations and perhaps a dish to share, and play tunes, sing, dance, recite verses, and tell stories well into […]
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Unity

These are some variations on a graphic I recently came up with. I’ve always been fascinated with black and white art.  Most of the imagery associated with punk rock that I grew up with was bold and simple, and came from a sort of do-it-yourself/grass roots mentality (i.e., it costs more to print in color […]
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