Without fail since I first arrived in Bloomington as a student in 2006, I have somehow always managed to be out of town the weekend of the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Usually the festival falls during James Dean Weekend when I’m out of town at the Ducktail Run in Gas City, Indiana. This year, however, the festival was a weekend later and I finally had my first opportunity to attend and photograph Lotus. I experienced a sliver of what is a very expansive and beautiful collection of world music and art. Now as a card-carrying Bloomington townie, I’m looking forward to photographing the festival more extensively in the years to come.
Tuba player Steven Duffy, center, and fellow members of the Raya Brass Band perform at the conclusion of the festival parade in front of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater during Lotus World Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)
The Raya Brass Band performs during Lotus World Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Pictured from left are: Steven Duffy, Matthew “Max” Fass, Nezih Antakli, Kolja Gjoni, Ben Syversen and Greg Squared. (James Brosher/IU Communications)
Back in the summer, I was tasked with showing Indiana University’s iconic Student Building clock tower in a new way for an IU Communications project. I lucked out and happened upon this beautiful evening. This photo was actually an outtake. It was a shot I wanted to get just before landing the drone, but it ended up being my favorite from the entire shoot. It’s an example of shooting something for myself just for the sake of personal creativity after I’ve gotten “the shot” the client wants.
The IU student building is pictured on a summer evening on the Indiana University Bloomington campus on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. During a building renovation in 1990, hot welding coals sparked a late-night fire completely destroying the tower and a number of custom-made bells from the Netherlands. (James Brosher/IU Communications)
This was my first year photographing the IUPUI Regatta. Established in 2009, the event is a half-mile canoe relay competition on the Canal Walk in downtown Indianapolis. My primary assignment was to capture drone stills and video footage, but I had the opportunity to capture a few photos from the ground level before driving back to Bloomington to cover an afternoon assignment later in the day.
American actor, director and activist George Takei laughs during a question and answer session after a screening of “To Be Takei” at the IU Cinema on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The documentary is a wide-ranging portrait of the jovial actor and activist who is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the television series “Star Trek”. (James Brosher/IU Communications)
American actor, director and activist George Takei receives a standing ovation from the audience after a screening of “To Be Takei” at the IU Cinema on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)
My wife and I spent the better part of last week houseboating on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas with our parents, my sister-in-law and her kids. The houseboat was provided by Dreamchaser Houseboat and Water Toy Rentals, which is owned by my wife’s aunt and uncle. This was the second year in a row I have been able to take part in her family’s tradition. It was a great bookend to what has been a summer full of fun – and highly visual – trips for us. The summer started with a road trip West and concluded with a week on the houseboat. I brought my DJI Phantom 3 4K drone along to capture the trip, but I don’t know if any camera can do the lake justice when it comes to capturing the beauty and serenity of the place.
Cliff Shen performs with the Breakdance Club at Indiana University during CultureFest at the Fine Arts Plaza on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)
With direction from his fiancée Carla Smock, left, Mitch Whitted and his daughter, Kaila, help son Cody Whitted move into Teter Quad during early move-in at Indiana University Bloomington on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)
The 2017 solar eclipse‘s path of totality missed Bloomington, Indiana to the South by about two and a half hours, but that did not stop several hundred students, faculty, staff and members of the public from gathering to view the 95 percent eclipse on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus. I’m kicking myself for missing the opportunity to photograph the eclipse itself, but I have plenty of time to plan for the next eclipse on April 8, 2024 when Bloomington will be in the path of totality.
Members of the public use eclipse viewers to look at the sun during a viewing party for the solar eclipse at the Conrad Prebys Amphitheater at Indiana University Bloomington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)
A student enjoys the solar eclipse from an empty meadow along the Jordan River near Woodburn Hall at Indiana University Bloomington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (James Brosher/IU Communications)