PRINT SALE!!!

To help launch my newly designed website, with tons of new galleries from my recent travels to India and Nepal, I'm having a print sale for the ENTIRE month of December!!!!!

From now until January 1st ANY PRINT, ANY SIZE is only $100.

Prints are available in the Archival Print store on my website www.luketownsendphoto.com.  Every image on my site is available for print.  If you see one that's not in the store, email luke@luketownsendphoto.com for a request.

All prints are Hand Signed and printed by me personally using Epson archival inks and papers.

GET YOURS JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!   

Sunday Brunch

I spent a Sunday morning walking around the tiny streets that surround Kolkata's New market and came upon this little restaurant with a huge flat top kitchen outside.  I waited for a while behind the taxi and made a few frames as the men worked.  This one seemed to line up perfectly.

©Luke Townsend 2015

©Luke Townsend 2015

Quiet Day

A simple street scene in Clement Town, Dehra Dun at the end of a long festival day.  A lone lady walks home on a side street in the most beautiful light possible.

©Luke Townsend 2015

©Luke Townsend 2015

Watch and wait

Right outside the building I'm staying in I noticed this shaft of light amongst a slew of signs on the corner.  Standing in the street, cabbies honking and trying to move past me, I didn't budge.  I knew that if I stood there long enough someone was bound to walk right into my frame.  I had no idea it would be this woman, dressed in a blue saree, gazing up into the light as if directed to. The guy in the back on the phone adds another layer of dimension to the frame.  Being patient got me this image. The ability to watch and wait, and wait some more is a technique that hasn't failed me yet.

©Luke Townsend 2015

©Luke Townsend 2015

A new view into the Kansas landscape

Kansas is a place for the grand vista, wide open prairies, and the flint hills.  Photographers are drawn to them like white on rice, and for good reason...they make good pictures.  

©Luke Townsend 2015

©Luke Townsend 2015

As I have started to make pictures in Kansas I began to find little moments like this, right outside my window.  Mundane as they are they never fail to show me that the beauty of Kansas isn't just found in the great vistas, it's these small, seemingly inconsequential moments where the true beauty lies.  For me, the backside of an ugly rental and the last sliver of sunlight on the trees is enough to keep my awareness on the familiar scenes of everyday life.  For however small, at that moment, nothing can be more grand.

Kansas K-9 Search and Rescue Task Force for Manhattan Magazine

I was recently assigned to make a feature image of Kansas Task Force K-9 Unit volunteer Sheila Stern and her dog Chance that ran in the latest issue of Manhattan Magazine.   

©Luke Townsend 2015 

©Luke Townsend 2015 

For me, visually, I wanted to produce an image that brought the viewer outside, into the field as if they were on a search callout.  The story isn't about the location I put Sheila and Chance in so I also wanted to introduce elements of a studio that allowed me to separate the subjects against a background while retaining the experience of being on location.  I knew this image would end up running double truck in the magazine so I used the placement of the background to allow for subject separation while giving ample room for text over the blown out sun on the second page.  

We had about 15 minutes to make this picture before the sun set and I lost all of the light on the grass.  I wanted some level of gesture to give the image movement.  Sheila would toss a toy right near a light I had set up, gelled warm to light Chance's face, and Chance would pull on the leash to go that direction.  Quite a few tries later and we get the frame that ended up in print.

©Luke Townsend 2015

©Luke Townsend 2015

The Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association is the largest volunteer Search and Rescue group in Kansas with over 140 callouts in over 40 counties  as well as providing assistance to neighboring states, Oklahoma, iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.  The KSARDA team has assisted in saving 21 lives, including 10 children and respond to drownings, nursing home walk-aways, missing children cases, HRD searches, and disasters.  

It's pretty cool to be able to illustrate photographically the importance and dedication to saving lives that embodies these volunteers and I'm glad to be able to make that picture for Manhattan Magazine.