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Nick Gatens
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Photographer. Designer. I do a lot of other stuff too.
Photographer. Designer. I do a lot of other stuff too.

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Hey everyone! Been a while; that's okay. I wanted to share this with you - I moved many of my texture images over to a new Flickr album. These are pretty hi-res (5,000 x 3,000 or more in most cases) and are available under a CC-Attribution license, so you can use them for all sorts of things (even for commercial projects!) Hopefully you can find something useful!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickgatens/albums/72157664162599711

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Though I may most often be compared to the tortoise, I will eventually finish the race. And with that in mind, the very kind, super-talented and always inspiring +mel peifer tagged me into the Five Day Black and White photography challenge. I know nothing about it other than the description - but I believe I can make an educated guess as to how it's supposed to go!

With that in mind, I did say I would see what I could do, and I've done as mel suggested - I've pulled together five of my personal favorite black and white images from the past, and I'll be re-sharing them with you now, along with some info about how and why they were made.

Day 1 - Architecture

This image is one from my beginner times here on G+. I was invited to participate in a photography death match, and was given the theme of architecture. Up until that point, I had photographed precisely zero images that would fall into that category - and as I later learned, that was one of the ideas of the photography death match - to push people into new territory - to force them out of their comfort zone. 

In this case, it pushed me well out of my comfort zone - which is more than likely hiking a trail, often in solitude - and mostly in silence. This on the other hand - not only did I have to photograph something I wasn't particularly familiar with, I had to do it in an environment that makes me most uncomfortable - loud and filled with other people. Constant movement and noise are not a few of my favorite things. 

Having never photographed this type of subject matter, I did some research, and promptly swiped a few general ideas - most of which were somewhat cliche. Staring up from the base of a building is about as basic as it gets - however I wanted to play with a bit more interesting framing here, leaving a smaller amount of white space to really mess with the sense of scale. This is not a huge building - Louisville, KY is not exactly the land of skyscrapers - but it certainly feels much more imposing this way. I also ended up rotating the image 90 degrees - I feel like the converging lines give a much stronger sense of depth this way. To me, it almost feels like a giant space station of sorts - which well represents how this entire project felt to me - out of my world. That said, it completely opened new doors - it allowed me to feel more comfortable - and was one of the major factors in allowing me to take more risks as a photographer. 

Maybe that sounds silly, but sometimes that's all it takes.

See you soon for Day 2!

#fivedayblackandwhitechallenge
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don't know where to start
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you've been down this road before
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"And there is nothing you could say,
Only what you should have done
And you should have walked away
Instead you're living on the run"

- Timber Timbre, "We'll Find Out"
(http://youtu.be/DoKIdLsb8DI)
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It's really been over a year since I've posted much here. Life changes - things come and go. I found a new job that I love. And I found out that I needed to get away from some things here. Though that has limited the opportunities I've had to create photos, it doesn't mean I haven't created any.

Most of the time now that means shooting with my phone - but it's more about the camera you have with you than the camera itself.

This is a selection of my favorite photos from over the past year. It has always been my intention to collect these together in the long run, and I finally feel like I've reached the end of this chapter. This selection of images represents the past year or so quite well. Late nights, early mornings. Long days and the moments of serenity that can be found within. Birthdays. Days of sadness. Firsts. Lasts. Beginnings and ends. 

Hope these images find you well. 
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2014-02-23
40 Photos - View album

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I'm not around here much now. Various reasons. They're not important.

I am here today because +Lee Daniels' kindness and generosity is an example we can all do well to remember every day. I experienced it personally. Her kindness toward me was something so simple - but was one of the most unexpected and touching things anyone has done for me. I don't say that in an exaggerated manner - it genuinely brought tears to my eyes, and not much does.

She and I had many nice conversations during our time here, but were never extremely close. That she would not only pay attention to a dork such as myself, but also take the time to reach out and give of herself so freely despite her own daily struggles speaks to her character - and speaks to why she will never be forgotten.

#RememberingLeeDaniels
The light of singular, the power of many

"Yes, there is some special providence in the fall of a sparrow,"   Nelson Mandela

And they will gather  in your light and fly free with your spirit.
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self portrait in squares
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deeper I sleep
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it doesn't change anything
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