The Igloo Chronicles by Grayson West

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Sandhill Crane

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Beard Off 2010/2011

In a time where men’s facial hair has made a triumphant fashionable return, five young men decided to take the game up a notch and see who could look so abysmal, so horrid, and so ugly that they would make people turn their heads— for all the wrong reasons. At the start of November 2010, these five young men decided to take matters into their own hands hoping they can provide a bit of motivation and influence to an outside world so consumed with proper and trite ways. As the weeks began to pass, the beards grew into what looked like seemingly unending hell. Once the first fly fell, though, the pressure began to mount. The beards began to itch and grow inward. The hair, curly, began to move past the upper lip. It was a time that many couldn’t believe, but so many wondered how.

This is Beardoff 2010. This is where it all happened. This is the stories they will tell.

Left to Right: Pat H, Grayson W, Matt G, Doug G, and Chris K.

Week one.

Week two.

Week three.

Week four.

Week five.

Week six.

Week seven.

Week eight. Pat is the first man out!

Week nine. Grayson second man out!

Week ten.

Week eleven.  Chris third man out!

Week twelve.

Week thirteen. Matt out!  Doug, WINNING………..

Week fourteen.

 

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Alex Schlopy

Alex Scholpy of Park City, does a backside 1260 during his final run of the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships at Park City Mountain Resort.  Schlopy won the inaugural slopestyle competition.  The victory came less than a week after he won gold in Winter X Games in Aspen, CO.

Read Chris Kamrani’s article on Alex Schlopy at The Park Record.

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Favorites of 2010: My Hand

When I first began photographing I relied on my trusty Minolta light meter to get accurate exposures when out shooting.  Thanks to digital cameras, the Minolta meter just collects dust in the office drawer because I rely on the LCD screen on the camera to get readings.  To get a true skin tone reading I usually photograph my hand.  Here are some of my favorite hands from 2010.  All of these photos are raw images.

4th of July portrait.  McPolin Barn, Park City

Concert in the park.  Deer Valley, UT

Michael Kovacs portrait.  Main Street, Park City

Riffs Acoustic Music.  Park City, UT

Gymnastic portrait.  Black Diamond Gymnastic, Park City

City employee portrait.  Marsac Building, Park City

Accounting Firm portrait.  Park City, UT

Vein Center portrait.  Park City, UT

Cross Country State Championships. Salt Lake City, UT

Shop with a Cop.  Walmart, Park City

Canine physical therapy portrait.  Park City, UT

Summit County Justice Center.  Park City, UT

CPR App portrait.  Park Record office, Park City

Cross Country State Championships. Salt Lake City, UT

Treasure Mountain Inn portrait.  Main Street, Park City

Canyons Resort feature.  Park City, UT

Service Persons of the Year portrait. Park City, UT

Ski feature at Park City Mountain Resort.  Park City, UT

Park City Ski Team feature.  Park City,UT

Acupuncture studio. Park City, UT

Dentist portrait.  Park City, UT

Mink farm.  Coalville, UT

Tim Dahlin portrait.  Park City, UT

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Salt Lake Masonic Temple

I’ve been away from the blog for the past couple months and have no excuse for it.  So I plan to post more frequently from now on.

Here are some images from a recent trip to the Salt Lake Masonic Temple’s open house.  I wasn’t sure if photography would be allowed inside the temple, so I brought my trusty canon SD.  To my surprise photography was allowed, damn I wish I had a real camera for this event.

The Grand Lodge of Utah was formed in 1872  located in downtown Salt Lake City.

Grand Hall

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2010 Sundance Film Festival, Over!

Michael Reed McLaughlin, a Sundance volunteer for 18 years, displays tickets stubs from the 11 movies he had seen this year.  Traveling to Park City from Hollywood, McLughlin is part of the volunteer corps that keeps the festival running.

Amy Goodman, executive producer and host of Pacifica radio’s “Democracy Now” makes a phone call prior to speaking at the “Saving Democracy: One Story at a Time,”  panel discussion Wednesday afternoon at the Sundance Film Makers Lodge on Main Street in Park City, UT.

Sundance Film Festival volunteer Dean Austin Murphy, right, is interviewed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, for hitrecord.org piece Wednesday afternoon on Main Street in Park City, UT.

Main Street Park City, UT.

Jeremy Fletcher, left and Kyle Pace, right, load theater seats into a moving truck Tuesday afternoon at the Prospector theater in Park City, UT.

 

 

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2010 Sundance Film Festival, Random Images

love it or hate it, Sundance is one of the coolest festivals in America.  Every year Hollywood celebrities, film directors, artist, musicians and posers gather in Park City, UT, to discuss cinema and inspire all who attend.  Here are some random images from the first weekend of Sundance.

Film Poster Kiosk on Main Street, Park City.

Egyptian Theater Main Street, Park City.

Photographers at “8: The Mormon Proposition” demonstration, Racquet Club Theater Park City, UT.

Sundancers  relax at the New Frontier on Main Street.

WTF, dog walking on Main Street.

Straight outta Draper (UT) crazy swag sistas pushing Sketchers!

Demonstrators rally for gay rights at the premier of “8: The Mormon Proposition” a documentary about Proposition 8, the California ballot measure against same-sex marriage Sunday Jan. 24 at the Racquet Club Theater Park City, UT.

Jan. 23 first weekend of Sundance Film Festival. Main Street, Park City.

Snow.

Ron Galella dodges the camera while promoting the film “Smash His Camera” at Gallery Mar on Main Street  in Park City, UT.  Widely regarded as the most famous and most controversial celebrity photographer in the world—he’s been dubbed “Paparazzo Extraordinaire” by Newsweek and “the Godfather of the U.S. paparazzi culture” by TIME

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2010 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance banners decorate Old Town Park City, Utah.

Cast and crew members of “A Short Film About Kissing,” Matt Firpo, Stephen Michael Simon, Sam Cohan, Brandon Kumer, KC Wright and Nan Webber prepare to film a scene Tuesday morning on Main Street Park City, UT.

Pipilotti Rist poses with her video/audio istallation “Lobe of Lung,” Thursday at New Frontier on Main Street in Park City, UT.

RAI Italian television host records a segment at Eric Gradman’s “Cloud Mirror,” installation at New Frontier on Main presented by HP and Sony.

Media listen to Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford and festival director John Cooper Thursday afternoon during the opening day press conference at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, UT.

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper, left, and founder Robert Redford, right, speak Thursday afternoon during the opening day press conference at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, UT.

Mario Lopez records a segment for Extra Entertainment News Friday morning on Main Street Park City, UT.

Typical Sundance.

Detail of Tracey Snelling’s “Bordertown” at New Frontier on Main.

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2010 Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup Moguls

Attended the 2010 Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup Moguls event at Deer Valley in Park City.  Winter events are so hard to photograph, you have to deal with the usual cold weather and difficult photo positions.  Made some nice images of the competition, but I really like my crash images.

Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada.

Andrey Sokolov of Kazakhstan.

Nate Roberts of USA.

Mathieu Navillod of France.

Bryon Wilson of USA.

Maxime Gingras of Cananda.

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Favorites of 2009

Hardiwar, India.

Crowds brave the rain to get a glimpse of Lance Armstrong as he heads to the start line of the San Jose to Modesto leg of the Amgen Tour of California.

Curling league Park City Ice Arena.

The chill of winter.

Varanasi Ghats.

McPolin Elementary gets ready for the start of a new school year.

Somewhere between Tundla and Varanasi, India.

Finally some excitement at a anti-fur protest in Park City.

U.S. Ski Team alpine racer Cody Marshall takes a break from physical therapy at the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City. Marshall is recovering from a severe head trauma he suffered when he fell 20-feet from an out of order escalator at the Main Street Mall in Park City.

Agra, India.

Japan’s Kazuhiro Koshi prepares for his first run of the FIBT Skeleton World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.

First snow of the winter season in Park City.

Jaipur, India.

Francisco Mancebo of Rock Racing, dons the yellow jersey Sunday afternoon prior to the criterium race on the final day of the Larry H Miller Tour of Utah. Mancebo won the yellow jersey with an overall time of 12.28:35.

Ribbon cutting at the St. Regis at Deer Crest in Park City.

Varanasi, India.

Images from the Huntsman’s compound in Park City.

Velo Cult, San Diego

Sadu. Varanasi, India.

Jaipur, India.

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Coalville, UT Xmas Windows

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Took a stroll down Coalville’s Mains Street to photograph old-school Christmas paintings on business windows.   You may know Coalville from the ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ episode, where  the bad guys escape from jail, Coalville’s courthouse, as their buddy lands a plane on Main Street and picks them up and flies off.

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Summit Furniture & Mercantile,  this place is so old and cool.

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A new Main Street, I guess that’s better than a piece of coal.  I have a good feeling I’m getting a large piece of coal this Christmas.

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Park City Curling

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Curling is a team game with similarities to bowl or shuffleboard, played by two teams of four players each on a rectangular sheet of carefully prepared ice. Teams take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones down the ice towards the target (called the house). Two sweepers with brooms accompany each rock and use timing equipment and their best judgment, along with direction from their teammates, to help direct the stones to their resting place. The complex nature of stone placement and shot selection has led some to refer to curling as “chess on ice.”

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It been awhile since I’ve been on the ice photographing curling.  I was fortunate enough to be the official curling photographer for Salt Lake Tribune during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.  Curling is the only Olympic game that allows athletes to consume alcoholic beverages during matches.

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Window Ice

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Park City hasn’t received that much snow yet, but it is cold enough for it.  Here’s a cool visual of ice on my Subaru’s window this morning, the last day of November.   Pray for SNOW!

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FIBT Skeleton World Cup Utah Olympic Park

Oh the joy of Winter sports!  I spent Friday morning at the coldest place in Utah the Olympic Park in Park City photographing the first event of the FIBT Skeleton World Cup 2009-2010 season.  I dread photographing any event at the UOP.  The weather is always hard to deal with, and all the events consist of humans flying down a track at extremely high speeds.   It’s exciting to watch, but difficult to photograph thanks to the awful photo positions along the track!Skeleton K.Koshi ic

Japan’s Kazuhiro Koshi prepares for his first run of the FIBT Skeleton World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.

Skeleton is a winter sport similar to lugeing in which a small sled is ridden downhill in a headfirst, prone position. The sport of skeleton sledding developed in the 1880s on the famed Cresta Run at Saint Moritz, Switz. The “bony” look of the early sleds gave the sport its name. Riders attain speeds of more than 80 miles (129 km) per hour. It was first contested at the Winter Olympic games in 1928.

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Latvia’s Martins Dukurs during his first run of the FIBT Skeleton World Cup Thursday morning at the Utah Olympic Park.  Martins Dukurs took the Gold medal with a combined time of 1:39.75.

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Switzerland’s Pascal Oswald.

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Switzerland’s Gregor Staehli watches the competition on a small television at the finish house at the Utah Olympic Park during the second run.

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Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov.

Skeleton finish

Finish house.

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USA’s John Daly begins to slow down after crossing the finish line during his second run of competition.

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Dinner Party

I spent a Sunday evening with a great group of folks while photographing a dinner party for Top Shelf Bar Services and Fresh Chef in Salt Lake City.   Here are few images from the party.

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Party Cheers

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Scallops

Casey 3

Pear Pom Detail

Hot Drink 2

Cran Martini 2

Detail Fruit Shot

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Art Meets Fashion

This past weekend I photographed the Art Meets Fashion fundraiser held at the Yard in Park City, UT. The event featured local artists, fashion boutiques and designers to benefit the Peace House and Summit County Friends of Animals. It was a rough assignment, but somehow I pull through it.

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New Orleans Holga

Here are some Holga images from New Orleans.  The Holga is an inexpensive, medium format 120 film toy camera made in China, appreciated for it’s low-fidelity aesthetic.
The Holga’s cheap construction and simple lens often yields pictures that display vignetting, blur, light leaks and other distortions.  The camera’s quality problems have become a virtue among some photographers, with Holga photos winning awards and competitions in art and news photography.

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Canal Street.

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Bourbon Street.

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Shoe Shine.

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French Quarter.

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Mississippi River.

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French Quarter.

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Jackson Square.

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ST. Louis Cathedral.

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Varanasi Laundry Service, India

Varanasi (Benares), the city of Shiva is one of the holiest places in india where Hindu pilgrims come to wash away their sins in the Ganges river or to cremate their loved ones.  Mark Twain said it best: “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. This old city is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It’s an acid trip with no LSD required. It’s a place where anything goes, the unusual is the norm and a place so different from anywhere else on earth.  A couple of hours of walking in Varanasi and you’ll witness the vivid impressions of spirituality and the vibration of life and death.

Over 60,000 people come down to the waters edge every day to take a dip in or drink from the sacred waters of the Ganges. Unfortunately Mother Ganga’s water is septic, with the river being used for many purposes. There’s water buffalo being bathed, dozens of sewage pipes, laundry being washed, pilgrims bathing an occasional sunken corpse. Some ghats are known as burning ghats, where bodies are cremated in full view before their ashes are placed in the Ganges. Life and death.Vara laund

All hotels in India offer laundry service, and request you don’t wash your clothes in the shower due to the lack of water.  So it was no surprise to see the same sign in the Varanasi guest house I was staying at.  After a stroll along ghats of Mother Ganga’s shore you quickly realize where the laundry is serviced.

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Washers spreed a sheet out along the steps of the ghats to be dried.

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Sharis dry in the intense heat of Varanasi.

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Cell Phone Photos Part 2

Here is the second installment of cell phone photos.  I never leave the house without my camera or phone. Sometimes my camera isn’t near, luckily my phone is always in my pocket. Here are some random photos from the phone.

Trucker's

Trucker’s Needs

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Shopping at Smith’s

Food

BBQ and El Chubascos

Sam Tats

Sam and Matt

Me

Mr. West

Relics

Relics

trash

Trash

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Snow

Vehicles

Wienermobiles

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The Race to Recovery

Two months ago U.S. Ski Team athlete Cody Marshall suffered severe head trauma when he fell 20 feet from an out of order escalator at the Main Street Mall in Park City.  Marshall spent seven weeks at the University of Utah in IC unit recovering from the accident.  Last week Marshall returned to the United States Ski Association’s Center of Excellence to begin rehabilitation with the hope to race competitive again for the U.S.

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Cody Marshall takes a break from physical therapy, Tuesday afternoon at the USSA Center of Excellence.

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Cody Marshall and Ted Ligety share a story while using a stationary bike Tuesday afternoon at the USSA Center of Excellence.

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Cody Marshall works on his balance with physical therapist Jessica Tidswell at the Center of Excellence.

For the full story, http://www.parkrecord.com/ci_13293161

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Paint it Red

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City Park, Park City, UT.

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Labyrinth

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Park City, Ut.

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Tour of Utah

Francisco Mancebo of Rock Racing, dons the yellow jersey Sunday afternoon prior to the criterium race on the final day of the Larry H Miller Tour of Utah.  Mancebo won the yellow jersey with an overall time of 12.28:35.

"Francisco Mancebo of Rock Racing, dons the yellow jersey Sunday afternoon prior to the criterium race on the final day of the Larry H Miller Tour of Utah. Mancebo won the yellow jersey with an overall time of 12.28:35."

I can’t deny it , I’m a huge cycling fan and avid cyclist.  So I was excited to be able to photograph the Larry H Miller Tour of Utah this past weekend.  The race considered to be “America’s toughest stage race,”  drew some of Americas biggest talent and a handful of amazing foreign racers to the Beehive state.  Over 100 racers on 20 teams participated in the 6-day race that covered 325-miles around the state of Utah.

David Clinger, Team Cole Sport of ParK City, UT.

David Clinger, Team Cole Sport and Victor Hugo Pena, Rock Racing, Stage 5 criterium.

Racers climb Park City's Main Street during stage 4 of the Tour of Utah.

Racers climb Park City's Main Street during stage 4 of the Tour of Utah.

Jeff Louder, Floyd Landis, David Zabriskie and Victor Hugo Pena, Park City.

Jeff Louder, Floyd Landis, David Zabriskie and Victor Hugo Pena, Park City.

Team Cole Sport's Eric Jeppsen, David Clinger, and Evan Hyde wait for the start of stage 4 in Park City.

Team Cole Sport's Eric Jeppsen, David Clinger, and Evan Hyde wait for the start of stage 4 in Park City.

Peloton, Park City, UT.

Peloton, Park City, UT.

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Velo Cult, San Diego

Spent some time in San Diego this past weekend, it was a nice break from chaotic Park City. While basking in the sun I rode to <a href=”http://www.velocult.com/index.php”>Velo Cult</a> located in South Park. This full service shop nestled on Fern Street, offers the largest selection of “fixie” gear and bike knowledge one could hope for.
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Spent some time in San Diego this past weekend, it was a nice break from chaotic Park City. While basking in the sun I rode to Velo Cult located in South Park. This full service shop nestled on Fern Street, offers the largest selection of “fixie” gear and bike knowledge one could hope for.

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