Sketch Book


In 2016, metal fabricator Cory Fass stripped his chopper motorcycle down to the naked frame. When he welded, I observed. I asked questions while he was grinding steel and polishing aluminum. I learned about motorcycles, design, craftsmanship, and a lot about Cory Fass. 

To Say Something is sixteen lessons, sixteen things I learned or confirmed about saying something through visual elements during the hours spent witnessing a custom chopper come to life in a Kansas City double door garage. This class is to help photographers, visual communicators, draw closer to their unique expression, to point to something, to say something. 

CrossFit in One Line

I made these line studies with one line, tracing, arcing, doubling back, following the lines present in the photograph. Using one line in a tracing makes a game of deconstructing a photograph into the constituent lines my eye senses. The more I traced, the more I had to question, what is a line? How do I know a line? Would even a minority agree on a set of lines? Practice like this outside of the camera heightens my awareness of these question when my eye is in the viewfinder, looking for lines for pattern, rhythm, frame, figure ground, implied, and definite. 

Cory MacNeil