life through a viewfinder

“The Day The World Went Away”

Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 30, 2007

Erin came over today and we… had a little dinner party for two. Well, it was more like feasting on whatever we could find and laying on my bed and listening to Nine Inch Nails… but I snapped this picture that I kind of like. It’s soft, and conveys something about her reaction to the still version of “The Day The World Went Away.” You might not like it, but I do. Nyah. : )


The beginning of Evarts and Christmas with the Cooverts

Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 29, 2007

So, in Evarts, I followed around Jaysin Stallard, tattoo artist and owner of Slingin Ink. I had a really great time with him, and I couldn’t have asked for a better subject. These pictures are just a small collection that I pulled off of my now corrupted card, so I’ll have the good stuff to you either when Jim gets it to me, or when I find him once the year starts.

In addition to being a tattoo artist, Jaysin is also a big gamer. He spends a good deal of time playing video games at home, between clients, etc… and is even ranked top in the state, nation, and world at playing some video game… I’ll have to find out again which game it is.


And, because there is nothing to do in Evarts, what’s more fun than getting drunk, jumping in the car, and heading over to the Wal*Mart in Harlan? Nothing. Don’t worry, the driver, his wife, is sober… otherwise I wouldn’t have been in the car with them. I like this shot. It’s not the best I took while I was there, but it did make nightly critique!


So unfortunately, that’s all of Evarts that I have for right now.

To preface this picture, I know wide-angle verticals are bad, but I like this picture of my dog a lot. It’s about the only Christmasy picture I’ve taken thus far… mainly because Christmas is not a really big deal in my family.


Hope everyone is enjoying their break!

Workshop and Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 28, 2007

Things have been hellish around here since Christmas break began, and I’m a bit ashamed that I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog.

Workshop was fantastic, and I will have a bajillion pictures of it up whenever I get them from Jim… which might not be until after school starts. I had a bunch of great shots, so I’m pretty excited about that. I also learned a lot at that workshop… and it really got me pumped about taking pictures, which is always good.

It also sort of smacked me in the face with the fact that next year is coming so soon, and there are a lot of decisions to be made. I feel like I’m sort of being pulled in two directions, and I don’t really know where to run with it. I can either pursue writing, follow Chris¬† Poore’s advice and either be editor in chief, managing editor or news editor next semester, or I can take Carla’s advice, drop writing, and go hardcore and just shoot pictures all next year. It seems like the choice should be easy, considering taking pictures is what I want to do, but I have to consider how I’m going to feed myself after college, and I’m not sure if my photos will be at a publishing level by the time I graduate. I don’t know what to do, and I suppose the beginning of this semester will show me which way I’m supposed to go.

That said, I’m going to leave you with this picture while I get my ass in gear and start shooting again. ūüôā


A little off topic…

Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 14, 2007

So… a random fact about me?

I have webbed toes.

It’s amazing how many people are like “Woooah! Webbed toes? Can I see?” And then there’s the inevitable “So.. can you swim better?” which makes people feel clever.

Anyway, since a lot of people have been asking, I thought I’d share. Yes, I realize one set of toes has polish and the other doesn’t. I’m lazy, okay?


Midnight Breakfast

Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 11, 2007

WordPress is being hateful, so here is my second attempt at uploading these photos.

Last night was UK’s annual Midnight Crunch Brunch, and Brad had a bunch of us go photog it. It was fun, but I’m still learning about focusing with this new lens. I take a lot of back-focused or out of focused frames, and I’d really like to stop that.

Nancy Stephens, assistant director of the Office of New Student and Parent Programs, waits to hand out shirts to the first students to come through the door.


Volunteers came from all around the university to serve students breakfast.


Just after nine, the line to get in was so long that it looped around past the front door. Kate Johnson, a graduate assistant at the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS), made sure that the line stayed separated.


Creatures of the Night

Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 10, 2007

The cruelty of some people never ceases to amaze me. I had just returned home from working the Crunch Brunch when Autumn called me to tell me a few 17-year-olds had thrown rocks over Newtown’s fence and busted up a bunch of people’s windshields. The aftermath… well… it wasn’t very nice.

The rocks the kids threw lined the ground, inches from the back of Autumn’s Monte Carlo.



A relieved Autumn takes snapshots of her neighbor’s damaged vehicles.


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Going Home

Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 10, 2007

I went home with Bianca this weekend to see her family. This is just the beginning of the work that I’ll be doing at her house. Like I said in an earlier post, I hope to spend some time with her family over the holidays, since that is when all her kids will be home.

Bianca greets her two dogs with her bird on her shoulder.

hello dogs

There was some trouble with their dishwasher, which resulted in it having to be replaced. Bianca stands at the counter, talking with her husband Nick (arm) about the installation.

through arm

This picture is an almost for me. I wish I could have taken another frame before I got yelled at for having a camera in the store, but… it’s an almost. Bianca talks to Bob, a salesman at the Home Depot at Turfland Mall, about replacing the doorknob to her back door.


Photoshop and more.

Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 9, 2007

Does anyone have a copy of photoshop that I can have? I need to edit these… ;_;

The resident cat watches everyone in the clinic and monitors everything that goes  on.


Bianca also sees wildlife that comes into the clinic. She tends to them with donated or expired medications, because the clinic can’t afford to see clients that can’t pay. It’s a winning situation for the wild animals, however, because they can get better, rather than die of their ailments in the wild.


And this is the man who captures the animals in order to bring them in for treatment.

wild man


Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 9, 2007

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a new post, mainly due to a ridiculous paper required for my graduation. Does anyone else find it absurd that journalism majors have to take a writing class to graduate? I write enough as is…

The vet photostory continues to progress. I plan to turn in one version of this photostory for class and another for ther Kernel, so I’ll stick with the story as Bianca’s kids come home for Christmas and all. Should be fun, and I might be able to get a feature or two from her son, Luke, who tours with a band.

I love these birds.


And Erin, for whom I will soon be shooting my first set of engagement shots.




Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on December 1, 2007

I’m amazed by how quickly this year has flown by. It just doesn’t feel like it’s Christmastime yet. It is, though, and with it comes the Christmas parade.

Cynthia Harvat from the Bluegrass Mustang Club

Girls from troop 1089, a member of Seventh Street Baptist Church, and clowns from Hope Community Church in Lawrenceburg amuse people waiting for the parade to begin.

girl scouts religion clowns

Jude Zietlow, 18 months, watches the parade begin with his mother, Rachel.


Brice Craig, 4, and his sister Ashley, 7, watch as Lexington Christian Academy’s band marches past.

boy 2