Monday, November 30, 2009

The Pour

Bronze Sculptor John Tuomisto-Bell's hosted this month's Creative Connect gathering at his Phoenix art studio and turned his sculpting into performance art. I decided to use as much ambient lighting as possible only filling in with a bit off-camera lighting to subtly fill in the blanks.






Creative Connect is a monthly gathering of creatives in Phoenix (and now in several other cities too).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Habitat three, Paint-a House


"Paint'a house" in the immortal voice of Pat Morita's Mr. Miyagi...

It is AMAZING how quickly a house can be built. And with quality. Inspectors say this all th time that the Habitat houses are solid. They build them to specs and often the volunteers build them a little better than spec.
A couple weeks ago I was out at the site in Phoenix where a crew from my church, St Maria Goretti, took their turn in the four week rotation with crews from three other churches to move the Habitat home toward completion. Last time I had seen the house, it was a frame with some plywood, on the outside.
Now with electrical, plumbing, drywall and stucco installed, it was ready for sanding and painting already. Couple of news posts lately so, please read on below...






Mike the Bike Elf

Whew! It's been, six weeks since the last post, so in several photo blogs here are some of the cool images and events I have been photographing.

Mike McIlroy and his wife Amy are making a difference for kids. A few years back, they started the Pedal Power Foundation by raising funds and working out some smokin' deals with some bike manufacturers to provide bikes to kids in need in metro-Phoenix. They even got Bell Helmets to donate the cool hard hats. Safety first!

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to do my part photographically, to witness about 30 volunteers of all ages plow through the assembly of 120 bikes in just four hours.
Incredible.


These two seemed to do about five bikes an hour.


All ages were turning wrenches


Finished product


Get that wheel straight.


Teamwork


And more teamwork


Airing up 240 tires


This year, the McIlroys hope to set a record for their little charity, donating 200 bikes to kids in the community. During the assembly party, Mike said that another 50 bikes were on the way. Today he told me he just got another donation and will be ordering more bikes this weekend.