A Long, Long Time Ago


This post is for my thoughts and reflections and nothing more.
The NEW format for this blog will begin with my next post.


A long, long time ago I used to write a blog.  It was originally going to be dedicated to photography, then it became personal, and then about I’m not sure what, and the last post was nearly one year ago.  A lot has happened in that time, I put on my latest Art show in Denver featuring all new work primarily consisting of wildlife and Nature photographs contrasted by urban environments (it is the show I am most satisfied with to date, and Im happy to say that some of the art did not end up back in my house!).  I got a day job working as a classic Porsche mechanic, and traveling (a lot), that probably has something to do with me not working as a mechanic anymore.  I got Married to my best friend and better half of the last ten years, in Maui, Hawaii (one of my favorite places on Earth – so far), and planning even more travel.

With my day job ending, I was faced with what seemed like an endless number of options for me to consider, do I go back to school?  Do I continue to pursue a future with cars?  Do I make my photography my full time gig?  I have spent a great deal of time with these questions, and receiving plenty of advice from friends and family.  I am still unsure what the future holds, all I do know is that I will use this time to invest in my passion for photography, travel, art and writing.

That brings me to what will be the new content format of this blog.  First a new name is in order.  Second, the content of the posts will act as a journal as I explore light (that is code for photography), the places and people that inhabit our magnificent world and the adventures of life.

Now I am faced with major writers block, and as I HATE when people end stuff with inspirational quotes, I will leave with a fundamental principal of physics instead!

In a system where no external forces are present, every action force is always opposed by an equal and opposite reaction force.

Photo of the day

"The Lonely Stairs"“The Lonely Stairs”

Seattle, Wa.

I find this photograph rather eerie and maybe just a little bit depressing.  We, as a species of innovation and construction, have gone to great lengths to develop construction materials and techniques, and a great amount of labor goes into these projects.  Although a simple set of concrete stairs my not be the pinnacle of our capabilities, it has been and will continue to be, a fundamental element in everything from a rural home to the urban streets of our largest cities.  With this thought dominating my mind, I captured this image, a concrete set of stairs buried in the heart of Seattle with no one using them.  I had stumbled upon a central pedestrian walkway/park in the city, and yet, I watched this set of stairs go un-used for quite some time.  I remember it made me a little sad, and also a little uneasy.  Was there something wrong the stairs, something that made people avoid them, something I was unaware of as an outsider?  Was it bad city planning?  Or was it just coincidence that at the time of my presence, there was no one there to use them.

I use my camera to capture these moments, and hopfully not only capture the physical, but also express the thought and emotoins I am experiencing.  I chose to shoot the stairs in black and white as a way of focusing the viewers eye.  With the removal of color, there is only contrast by which to interpret the scene.  I also deliberately chose to fill the left side of the frame with a tree.  The city planers went to great lengths to incorperate nature in the walkway, and to remove this aspect of the environment would be to present a dishonest image (this is a common thread in all my work (hence the reason I don’t use photoshop)).  I could go on, but in an attempt to keep my rambling to a minimum I will stop.

I always attempt to create meaningful images, and on a personal level this certainly qualifies.  I will continue to view this image and be taken back to that moment, and after all, is that not what Photography is all about…

(This image will be part of a exhibition I have later this summer in Denver!)

Last Day for Kickstarter

Good Morning world!  Well, today is the lest day my kickstarter project will be taking donations.

I want to thank everyone that has donated thus far.  Your generosity is inspiring.

We have raised 75% of the funds needed, and every little bit helps.  Please share with friends, or maybe even a stranger!  Thank You!

**Coming soon!**

I will be featuring an image on the blog and talking about it in some future posts.  I will be talking about the process of capturing the image and a little bit about the edit and the printing.  In addition I will be discussing the meaning and representations contained within each image.

Blood & Soul

I apologize, because this post is months overdue, oops!

Vintage Equestrian

In October of last year (2013) I had the opportunity to travel to Lexington, Kentucky.  More specifically, to attend the races at Keenland race track.  For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Keenland is a Thoroughbred Horse racing track, and one of the most beautiful in the world.  The track is located due East of Lexington proper, and the ground include much more than just the grand stands and a racing track.  Unfortunately I ran out of time before I could do a lot of exploring, maybe next time.

Although I spent all my time on the main circuit, I got to spent time with the one thing I wanted to, the horses.  If you don’t me, there is one thing you should know, and that is that I keep a lot to myself.  And something that I have kept a lid on almost all my life, is my love for horses.  I don’t know were it comes from, but there is something about this creature that has captured my soul.

Before Sunrise

I could talk about the power, strength or majesty of them, and I these are all things I love about hem.  However, for me there is something else that I see in them, I see an honesty or sincerity in them.  They say the the eyes are the gateway to the soul, and in the spirit of honesty, I have only connected to this philosophy with two or three people in my lifetime (I suspect this is because humans have been conditioned to bury their souls from others, but this is a topic for another day).  Every time I establish a connection through the eyes of horses, it truly affects me.  I feel a peace and calm within me.  We spend an enormous amount of time talking about judging (or not judging) people, and about a universal acceptance of ourselves and others.  I think the calm I feel is the realization of this very concept.  There are no preconceived ideas about our identity twords one another, I am me, and the  horse is who he/she is, there is no need for lying about our accomplishments or failures in life, and certainly politics and religion are not even known to them.  I am happy around them, and if nothing else, that makes spending time with them very special, and something to be grateful for.  This is where I stop before I end up writing  book no one wants to read, so on to the photographs.


I only had two days to spend at the track, so the issue of how to capture these athletes dominated my mind for weeks before I made the trip out.  Like I do a lot, I decided to wait until I arrived and then come up with something.  I arrived very early in the morning on the fist day at the track (like 7:00am) and joy of joy, the horses were out on the track doing their morning warm ups.  After talking to some one at the track, and finding out that the track is open to the public for the morning exercises, it became obvious to me that this was the direction I wanted to take.  I could spent time trying to photo the actually races (insanely difficult without a press pass, that just happens to be very difficult to obtain), or hang out in the parade area, where all the horses are before and after the races (this became an issue for me as well, as I’m not great in crowds).

Morning Warmups #2

The morning warmups offered the advantages of virtually no people (it was quite cold that early in the morning), and the opportunity for a bit more intimacy with the animals.  And this is exactly what I got, I even got the riders coming up to me asking if I was getting the shots I was looking for, it was one of the better photographing moments of my life.  My goal with these images was to try and capture some of what I see in these creatures, some of their soul.  And ultimately, I think by being there in the morning, the people and the horses were far more relaxed and I was able to capture an authenticity and find a truth in the nature of racing that I would have been unable to capture in any other setting.  These horses were breed to run, and watching them run not during a race, I noticed that they love to do just that, run.  Running is apart of them, a part of their souls, and I saw that in their eyes.


Below are a few more of the images I captured from the weekend, enjoy.






I don’t like the holiday’s

ok, so the title is a little misleading.  Although it is true that I am not a huge fan of the holiday season, this is just something I should have posted a while back, but didn’t, sorry.

This is an image I captured quite a while ago.  I entered it into a competition and it made it into the top 30 (not bad out of more then 1,200)


The thing that I love about this photography, is how simple the set up was.  Some black sheets, an black chair, and two really inexpensive lights from the hardware store.  All done in my living room.  I love the high contrast, and the movement created by the model. 


Art Show update pt2.

ok, so some good news, my art show opens this week and it is coming together better than I thought.  The bad news, I put the wrong times for the gallery on the flyer.  Below is the updated flyer.  The gallery hours are:  Friday 6-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm.NEXT Gallery Show Promo Card 2013 (Back)Photography art show denver

General update

ok, so clearly I’m not cut out to write or run a blog, seeing as how I only seem to update this thing one in a blue moon.

but moving on, I do have a couple of updates that I am quite excited about.

one.  the official web site is up and running, I know it doesn’t actually have an photographs up, but never mind that little detail.  I am working on it and it shouldn’t be too much longer.  the site is super easy nickaltierephotography.com.

two.  I am very excited to announce that I have an art show opening in Denver at the NEXT Gallery.  The show will be up for three weeks, and the prints are in and are being prepared and I must say I am very happy so far.  (the flyer is below).

The show opens on June 21st at 6:00pm and will run until 10:00pm, if you happen to be in the area, please stop by!  The show will run thru July 7th.

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The Mighty Humpback Whale

It is no mystery to the people that know me, that I have a love and fascination with the Oceans and the creatures that call it home. I remember the first time I saw a humpback whale, and the excitement and wonder it filled me with.  That feeling has never faded, and I am so fortunate to be able to travel to places and photograph these magnificent creatures. I love my job!Humped Back Whale_Calf