Things We Take for Granted

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Stockholm City Hall, 1923. Designed by R. Östberg

Light… Visible light to be exact, is defined by Wikipedia as “…electromagnetic radiation visible to the human eye and responsible for the sense of sight.” The primary source of all visible light we perceive is our Sun.  Traveling through the vacuum of space at a speed of over 186,000 miles per second, on average nearly eight minutes and thirty seconds are required to make the trip from the Sun to the Earth.

To the scientist, the primary properties of visible light are such things as intensity, propagation direction, frequency or wavelength spectrum, and polarization. Light is one of the fundamental constants of nature.

To the photographer and artist, light is much more!  As it interacts with the physical world it has the power to model form, define space, reveal texture, set mood and create infinite gradations of tone enlivening and revealing the surfaces that define our environment!

 

Ordinary Bikes in Extraordinary Places

Pink "Garden Bike," Tenekee Springs, AK 2013

Pink “Garden Bike,” Tenekee Springs, AK 2013

As an avid cyclist, bicycle commuter and cyclotourist, riding is one of my favorite things to do!  It really does not matter if I’m riding on my 30-plus year old, steel frame Panasonic LX Sport, now refitted w/ a triple crank and re-purposed as my “touring bike”, or my wife’s old Schwinn “Mesa Runner” which I converted into my “daily commuter” bike, or the 2012 carbon fiber Trek Madone 5.2 road bike (my “go fast” bike!), if I’m not out making images, or traveling, riding is probably where you will find me!

While traveling around the USA, to Scandinavia, Italy and Asia I began noticing bicycles inserted into the larger landscape.  Oftentimes, leaning against a park bench, a tree or a fence, or chained to a sign post.  Typically, a somewhat inconspicuous part of the overall environment, largely unnoticed by the casual passerby!

I started photographing these ordinary bicycles several years ago.  At first, primarily because I’m into bikes but as time went by I began to recognize the sculptural quality, sophistication and elegance that these magnificent  machines possess, and the richness, variety and sometimes just plain “fun” they can contribute to the visual environment.

The result of this ongoing effort has been an ever changing series of images (and now a  line of note cards) featuring bicycles I have photographed at various locations around the globe. In addition to prominently displaying “ordinary bicycles in extraordinary places” I believe these images also promote the bicycle as an integral part of daily life and subtly speaks to the many health, environmental and social benefits of bicycling.

Click on the link at right to view a sampling of the images in this line of note cards on this site.  Or to go directly to my online storefront where cards may be purchased follow this link: www.etsy.com/SCirauloPhotography 

The Sun Will Shine Once More

_DSC0565Some days… it just seems like the sun has gone away forever!  Dreary overcast clouds hang heavy in the sky and the grass underfoot saturated from what seems like days of steady, almost incessant “drizzle”, soaks through my shoes as I walk to check on the garden.  The wooded area behind our home is lush and green, and branches hang heavy with moisture!  Cool, damp, perfectly still air surrounds and adds to the somber mood.  Will the sun ever shine again?  Then off in the corner, out of the way and largely hidden from view, a splash of color amidst the green catches the eye… rich and vibrant in the soft overcast light.  Magnificent!

Somehow the clouds feel a little less dense, the grass a little drier and the spirit is just a little bit brighter.  Perhaps the sun can wait a few more hours!

Sacred Heart First Communion 2014 Storefront Open

DSC_3871Secure On-line Storefront Now Open

SCiraulo Photography’s secure on-line storefront is open as of 03/19/14 for the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church 2014 First Holy Communion event.  The “Parents Information Sheet” distributed by Sacred Heart’s Faith Formation staff contains the password required to access this secure site.  If you have misplaced the information sheet, please contact the photographer and I’ll be happy to forward the password to you via email.

To access the secure storefront  for the Sacred Heart 2014 First Communion event please have your password handy and click here.

Sacred Heart 2014 First Communion Student Portrait Sign-up Now Open

IDSC_4225n the words of Carol Luebering, author and editor with St. Anthony Messenger Press, the Sacrament of First Communion is “… a step into new intimacy. From Baptism a first communicant has been one with Jesus, filled with the risen Lord’s indestructible life as part of his very Body, the Church. Taking a place at His table marks a new stage in the relationship with Christ, a conscious willingness to let the Lord nourish and nurture what began at Baptism.” (You can read Carol’s entire reflection on the sacrament of the Eucharist and First Communion in her Catholic Update article entitled First Communion: Joining the Family Table.)

Parents wishing to arrange for a formal portrait sitting for their son or daughter before the First Communion Mass on May 18, 2014 should schedule a sitting time in advance by clicking here. A separate small group portrait session will also be offered, on a first come first served basis, for interested participant families immediately following Mass after completion of the in-church group photo.

Young Fangs Band Rocks Carlson Center

DSC_3305I was fortunate to be “in-the-house” photographing the 2014 Arctic Winter Games Closing Ceremony. The Young Fangs Band, based in Fairbanks, AK took down the house and gave athletes from across the circumpolar region a proper send off from “The Golden Heart City.”  To view more images of this, and other, Live Performances click here.  You can also learn more about Young Fangs Band and their music on the web at www.youngfangs.com

2014 AWG Cultural Gala

DSC_2980Cultural participants from Greenland, Northwest Territories, Sapmi, Yamal, Nunavut, Alberta North, Yukon, Nunavik-Quebec and Alaska “brought down the house” at Hering Auditorium, in Lathrop High School (map) with a diverse and eclectic display of talent from across the circumpolar region.  The artistry, choreography and musicianship was exceptional and was enjoyed by all.

To view images from this and other 2014 AWG events, either click on “Events” in the menu above or, to go directly to Cultural Gala images click here.

2014 AWG Snowshoe Competition

DSC_2674Snowshoeing competition at the Arctic Winter Games consisted of fourteen different events over a variety of distances including short distance, cross country and relay formats.  Juvenile and Junior athletes in both male and female divisions vied for a total of 20 gold ulus over a total of three days of competition.  Teams participating in snowshoeing events held at the Birch Hill Recreation Center included; Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories, Yamal/Russia and Nunavik/Quebec.

To view images from this and other 2014 AWG events, either click on “Events” in the menu above or, to go directly to Snowshoe images click here.

2014 AWG Ice Hockey

DSC_1222During the 2014 Games Ice hockey competition was held in junior women’s, midget and bantam boys age classes. Teams from Alaska, Yukon, Alberta North, Northwest Territories and Nunavut participated in a round-robin tournament to determine seeding for medal-round pairings. One gold ulu was awarded in each age/gender class. Ice hockey matches were held at the Big Dipper Ice Arena and the UAF Patty Center Ice Arenas.

To view images from the Junior Women’s competition and other 2014 AWG events, either click on “Events” in the menu above or, to go directly to Ice Hockey images click here.

2014 AWG Alpine Ski Competition

DSC_2079Photos from the Alpine Skiing Kombi competition held at the Mt. Aurora Skiland Resort located approximately 10 miles outside Fairbanks, AK and home of the farthest north chairlift in North America!  Competition included male and female athletes in the Juvenile and Junior divisions from Alaska, Alberta North, Greenland, and Yukon.

To view images from this and other 2014 AWG events, either click on “Events” in the menu above or, to go directly to Alpine Ski images click here.