Climbing this Weekend

Had a rad few days of climbing this past weekend. We have been putting in a lot of efforts finding new boulders and cleaning them up and then climbing them. The whole process is incredibly rewarding. Cleaning a new line and then climbing it is really cool. Attached are some pictures from this weekend. We checked out a bouldering location in Groton, VT and found a massive boulder with a bunch of assorted problems. I got to set up an anchor and I rappelled off of the top of the boulder so I could hangout mid-height and shoot. I got some great results. Here are some photos from the trip. 

Self Reflection

This weekend was my third and final weekend of Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development (WILD), a course that I am taking through the UVM Outing Club to train to become an Outing Club Leader. As I went through the course, I had many opportunities to bring my camera along to document the adventures. I did for some of these times, but I also did not bring my camera along for many of the adventures. It is hard to know when to put down the camera and just experience everything firsthand. I see so many beautiful things that I want to document them. However, if I take too many pictures and videos of things, then I am never really experiencing anything firsthand. I am experiencing it through my imagery. There is a great scene in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which describes my feelings:

Regardless of my thoughts, here is a video from the weekend that I created. Enjoy. 

Climbing Season is Amongst Us

On Wednesday (April 13, 2016) I got the chance to go bouldering outside for the first time at Upper West in Bolton Notch, VT. It was phenomenal weather, and four of us sent Shark's Fin, a V3 problem that more closely resembles a V4+ problem. I posted a video of my friend Dylan sending the problem on my Vimeo channel, also under Motion. The video can be viewed here: Here's a picture of me from the day taken by Dylan. 

Climbing at Lower West in Bolton Valley

Yesterday, Saturday April 9 I got the chance to climb outside for the first time. The experience was incredible and I cannot wait to get out there again. I went with my good friends Max, Dylan, and Collin and climbed Harvest Moon, a 5.8 route. Here are some pictures from the trip. The photograph of me was taken by Dylan Leath. Click on the picture to view the next. 

New Content "Lifestyle"

After coming back from the UVM Outing Club cabin located in Bolton Valley, Vermont this weekend, I took a look at all the images that I took and decided to create a new album in my portfolio titled "Lifestyle." The images in the Lifestyle section of my portfolio are meant to tell a story. From packing up our packs, to the trip to the cabin, to preparing breakfast for our trip, I thought it was meaningful to post these images. Here is one of my favorites.



My Blog

My name is Colby Yee. I am a senior at Lexington High School. For the past year I have been undergoing an independent study into portrait photography under the guidance of my teacher Damian Barneschi.

Inspired by Brandon Stanton, founder of “Humans of New York,” I began my own “Portrait Project”. Like Brandon Stanton, I too wanted to photograph strangers and listen to the stories they had to tell. For this project, one of my challenges was to make connections. Like many people, I went through life with tunnel vision; avoiding eye contact, unfamiliar faces, and uncomfortable conversations. Through this work I hope to show that there is so much that can be learned by reaching out to those you don't know.

I set out to take a portrait of a different person each day, for the entire duration of 2014. During that time, I feel as though my portraiture has improved alongside my heightened curiosity and willingness to engage with others. I ended up learning more than just people’s stories; as the year went on I learned more about composition and technique, and emphasized these more and more in my work. With practice and guidance I was able to hone my skills and work with both film and digital photography.  

The images that follow are the photographs from my project. They convey the stories, faces, and situations that spoke to me most. These images had a large affect on me because the subject’s words shaped my views gave me unique perspectives that I might not otherwise had access to had I not met them. My work encourages the viewer to reach out to those around them and to listen and learn through other people’s experiences.