© Edward De la Torre

Documenting Space

I've created a small section on this site dedicated to documenting the spaces that surround us. Some are man made, some natural and sometimes those two world's collide.

I've always had an interest in art and at a younger age I wanted to study architecture. I honestly thought I would based on my aptitude tests in High School but the river of life guided me elsewhere. Nevertheless my interest persisted and documenting space and objects around us continued. Objects built to stand still while the rest of us creatures walk in, out, around and through them.

Big Bear Time Lapse March 25 2019

Hey Look! I'm blogging again. Let's hope I can keep it up this time around.

I wanted to make a quick post to share this time lapse I made a couple of months ago while on a family trip. I really wanted to dedicate most of my time that weekend to spending it with the family I don't get to see very often. However as the night rolled on, the food settled in and the eyelids grew heavy I snuck out for a few shots under the night sky.

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A Hole the Size of Your Laugh

I decided to add a few more photos to the "Headless" set I shot back in October for my "Art Dies in Comfort" post. I was in a very different place then but I found it cathartic to be able to express myself through my chosen medium.

Photography is often (for me) an observational experience whereupon I make decisions about the subject in front of me and how they reflect on myself. I don't enjoy making art about myself because it genuinely hurts. Looking inward can really suck sometimes but when I steer into my discomfort, share it, and see the response it really makes me happy.

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Timelapse Jan 03 2019

This is my latest attempt at learning how to shoot time-lapse videos. It's a technique I've not only wanted to learn for personal projects but something I'd like to offer some of my commercial clients. Maybe do a time-lapse of a wedding setup like I did last year, or the building and breaking down of an art installation, etc etc. So I'm taking to nature to go through the motions and hone my skill set and expectation for the workload a time-lapse requires.

On this particular trip I hiked up to Mt. Bliss in Duarte. It was a clear 68°F day and I began my trek up around 2:00pm. It's a 4 mile hike up then back down, and a steep one at that for the most part. I'd considered it moderate to difficult.

My trek up began comfortably, I was making great pace and figured I'd reach the top by 4:00pm to setup for a sunset of 4:55pm. I arrived 30 minutes early, setup, and began shooting.

The air was cool but peaceful. The city below my feet slowly began to wake up to the night. I bet you could see as far as San Diego on a clear day from there, though clear days are at a premium in Los Angeles. I meditated a bit in the eerie quiet that reminded me of a trip to Joshua Tree I took once.

Suddenly I heard voices and the crunch of truck tires on gravel approaching. It was a pair of powerline workers on their way down the mountain. They flashed a peace sign and were on their way. I thought for a moment to ask them for water, I was afraid I hadn't taken enough. Perhaps I need to watch a few more videos from Thomas Heaton in preparing for these treks.

I'm fairly happy with the result though I recognize the need for a wider lens and a longer lens if I really intend to do this more often. I can't wait to try this again.