Sunday, December 28, 2008

buried up to my...

Seems like the only topic of conversation lately has been, "awww man, did you see that weather." We (North Idaho) has just been getting hit with storm after storm. Heck 30 inches in 24 hours. I think we are over 60 inches now. Its hard to think that Joplin weather sounds good to me right now. Christmas was nice. Kind of the same thing we always do. Real low key being that its just my mom, dad and myself. I wouldn't have it any other way though.

I haven't been shooting very much. Feels nice to take a break for a bit. Trust me, I haven't stopped or lost any passion for it. I'm more fired up then I ever have been.

This would be a photo of my dog, buck. He seems to have changed the most out of everyone here. A little grayer and a little wiser. Wish I could take him back to Missouri with me. Don't tell him but I think I'm going to get a pet when I get back home. Don't tell my landlord either. Any ideas? I kind of want something with a personality (aka not fish again or a sloth).

I finally got some of my slides scanned from Mexico. I think they came out nice. I still need to shoot way more film to learn it a little better. I love the mindset it puts you when you are shooting with it. Very slow and thought out.

Here are a few.

This was a night out doing some urban stuff with some new friends plus Josh.

The year is coming to an end and I have had the blog for about 6 months now. I love it. I want a little feedback on what you want for 2009. I don't do the blog just to give me a place to talk. Its for you so fill me in.

What did you like?
What did you not like?
What do you want more of?
how often would you read new posts?

I just want to make it the best it can be. Please take a few mins and let me know. comments here work, facebook, myspace or email.

Thank you all for reading.

I hope 2009 brings fun and new adventures to all of us. As Andrew Ford and Counting Crows would say, "If you've never stared off in the distance, then your life is a shame."


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's that time.

Well, I have made it back to North Idaho (home) for a month. It feels nice to be here and seeing some familiar faces around town. One thing that surprised me was how I miss Joplin already. Its hard to see all my friends and even not so good of friends and I feel like I have been missing out on so much and it would take forever to get up to speed on life in CDA. In my head I just thought that time stops when you leave a place but even just driving down the streets here and seeing new buildings and just think that people have been busy here. Don't get me wrong, there is no place I would rather be right now and when I say right now I mean it. Im back in Java, one of the greatest coffee shops I have ever been to. It feels like Christmas here. The family and I will be setting up the tree tonight.

I don't remember the last time I have ever felt weather this cold. It has been around -10 with wind chill since I got here. Sorry this post isn't stronger but the next one will be a good one. Lots of photos to come.

Friday, December 5, 2008


Well it's been too long between the last few posts but I'm back at it now. Nothing but time after next week. I spent Thanksgiving in Mexico with my buddy Nik and his family.

I have been somewhat mad at myself for not shooting enough film lately, so I figured that it would be a good trip to leave the digital at home and just take (this) and (this) with me.

I shot 2 rolls of medium format film 120 and one roll of 35mm.

I still need to get 2 of them processed but this is my first try at shooting medium format. I like the feel of the photos and I think they will get better the more I learn about the camera. I will post more when I get the others processed but in the mean time, I want to know what you think about it. leave me some feedback.

Thank you for staying with me with the blog.


Thursday, November 20, 2008


I could just write forever about how I'm feeling. I could link all this stuff i have been reading and show you all the sites but the bottom line is I'm very pumped on photography right now. There is so much talent out there. It used to get me down but not i just get all fired up and excited.

There are some great shooters and I'm honored to share their passion.


Take a look at this also. My boy Josh from home made it. He kills it.

AnotherDayGoneGreat from theSHEPH project on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wine Time

Here are the two pieces that came from mine and Colby's trip to a local winery.

Hope you like them.

Let me know what you think.

Keltoi Vineyard & Winery from Colby Williams on Vimeo.

Wine Tasting with Erv Langan from Colby Williams on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Just to do it.

I had a record day with the blog from that last post. Thank you all so much.

I just shot a fun story about a local winery. I'll be posting some of the work from that soon. It should come out pretty good. This is a photo of the owner and his pond.

I'm missing some people.

I was at Starbucks the other day and I saw my Dad's truck pull in to join me for coffee. Someone else got out of it.

Love you all.

Listen to "The Avett Brothers"

Car had a big day. (here)
Beard had a big day. (here)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I'm back.

I was in Kansas City last week for a journalism conference and I'm planning on using that for my excuse as to why I have not been keeping up. The school work is getting a little deep again but I'm going to try and post lots for the next week or so. There are so many things that I want to talk about.

For this one I will just talk about the photo contest at the conference.

The goal was to shoot a portrait of Kansas City. A portrait doesn't mean it has to be a person just a photo that showed a story about the city. We had 24 hours to shoot one and then all the entries were judged by fellow shooters in the contest. I think there was 68 entries and I got 11th. Its not great but I was happy about it. I didn't go out looking for a shot I just had my camera with me.

I hate going to look for a photo. If you are looking for one it wont happen. Just let it happen it always will show up.

(I couldn't be happier with the 16-35mm)

Gary Kirkland, bus driver for the Kansas City area enjoys a cigar during his 10 min break between routes.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Roller girls

This is a piece that Colby and I have been working on. I think this will be an on going project for me. I want to start doing shoots that take more then one visit.

Colby (director, interviewer)
Glenn (photos, Video)

let me know what you think.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Hate power lines. Love that city

Sometimes I feel like I could just type on this thing for hours. Just ranting and going off about things, good, bad, funny and not so funny. Sometimes its what coffee can do to a person. well I guess I only know what it does to me. All day I have been in the mood that I get in after I drink a bunch of it and I haven't had any. Just kind of the thinking mood.

There was a girl hit by a car today at my school. When I hear about things like that it just gives me the chills. I mean it could be anyone of us. she was in a crosswalk just heading to class. She is going to be fine but had to go to the hospital because her arm went through the window and got cut up a bit. I'm not going to go into a big "live life to the fullest" because its been done 100 times but just be careful. Even if I have never met you and you are reading this you need to be careful also. It has the potential to be a short one, so just do your part to live it out.

I like this. Ill ask a friend for help on the next few posts. Topics if you will.

a topic for the about how pathetic it is to idolize people just because they have money, but they have absolutely no character, morals, or intelligence
we were talking about that today in history...and it made me want to read more books and watch less TV.or talent really...i mean....why does the fact that you are good at sports mean you should make millions of dollars?

If we like it or not we are all bound very close to the dream of money. It doesn't even have to be lots of it. Right now the sound of stable finances puts a smile on my face. I cant complain too much because I'm the guy that hasn't had a solid job in some time. I know that people have been good to me. They have removed the burden of tuition costs and parents are always there for a little help. (don't think I'm a freeloader) I don't think that we should worship them for having money but i think that we should work hard/smart to have what we need and have enough to get out of the bracket that most of us are in. That would be the one that has the money hanging over our head all day long. The term "hard times" seems to be getting thrown around more and more. Its sad to think that I'm 21 and growing up to get put in this kind of live or die economy. I don't want it to be easy for me but I think there were times when dreaming big was easier.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

No telling where it will take you.

No class till Wed. That sure feels nice. Andrew and I are out the door to St. Louis for the weekend. Our buddy Colby hooked us up with a floor to crash on. It will be a good trip just to get away and see some new scenery.

I have been working hard on a few projects that should be real good once they are done. Everything has to be in for all the internships at the big newspapers on November 1st. Once I get the portfolio done I'll post the link.

For now I will leave you with some dinner. I shot these photos about 10 months ago. It seemed like they were taking forever to cook. I found a bunch of fun old photos when I was going though all my stuff putting together the portfolio.

Have a good weekend. Feel free to join in STL.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

The right reason.

First off I have let you all know what I sold my soul to P.R. yesterday. I had to shoot 3 events for college relations and the alumni association and I'm not getting paid 1/3 of what I should be but when times are hard you must do what you have to do. Just know that I'm not changing majors because of it.

Something that has been getting at me is the question: why we do what we do?

I think I know why I do what I do but maybe there is something else driving me that I don't even notice. I don't shoot for the personal gratification of seeing people look at my picture or telling me, "Glenn That photo was great." Its to get people more information about whats happened or about to happen. That goes for my life and the assignments I shoot. That person or thing that I shoot get to have their picture in the paper. That's huge. To have people show their friends and talk about "Hey Amanda, did you see I was in the paper." better yet "Mom did you see i was in the paper." I could care less if they look at my credit for the photo. My work is done. She is happy and just that one girl probably showed 100 people maybe goes in the scrap book or the fridge. A few weeks ago one of my photos ran nice and big on the front page, previewing a play that would be happening on campus. When I went back to shoot the theater teacher for a feature they all thanked me because it was sold out ever night. Something that doesn't happen all the time. That's why I do it.

Its no secret that we are trying to gear up for ACP (Associated Collegiate Press) but for what reason? I guess I hate the idea of awards. It shows that most of the schools bust their backsides to show a bunch of judges that they know how to make the best paper or show them that one week they stepped it up and decided to do what should be done ever week or whenever you publish.

Is the newspaper for the judges? The faculty? the student body?

We should hold our standards higher then to not take every issue as important as the rest and pretend to be great for a few weeks of the year. I would hope that when I go see the doctor I get the same treatment that Brad Pitt gets. Every operation gets done to the doctors best ability.

Just do your job for the right reason. Love it, its what you do. I'm not saying to change jobs but just love what you do and for the right reasons.

Now to the fun stuff, my Birthday was on wed.

I have to get working on a resume.

Thanks for reading. Keep spreading the word.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

If it comes from him...

James Nachtwey is one of my all time favorite photojournalist and he stands for everything that a journalist should. Him and TED will be breaking a huge story on Oct. 3. Anything he touches is gold and will, I'm sure, provoke some sort of deep emotion in all of us. James has been working on this for about 2 years now. Help spread the word for his story. You will not be let down.

This will become the link to the story on the 3rd.

Monday, September 29, 2008

September Oktoberfest?

Saturday I went up to Kansas City with a new friend Brennan to cover the Oktoberfest. I will give a link to his story once it is published in the Weekend section in The Chart Friday. It was a pretty cool event. My witting wont do it justice.

I also got my new lens. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II. Very fun piece of glass. I had to sell my 70-200 for it but well worth it. Part of it was a birthday present. (Thank you, I love it). I said a few posts back that I wanted to shoot all wide photos for a while and this is defiantly the right tool for the job. I'm not going to lie I do miss the big guy but this one is keeping me on my toes. I want to shoot a few more fun non-assignment photo and post those.

*This would be the Mayor of Kansas City tapping the keg

*When in Rome do as the Romans

*Brennan with the oldest recorder ever. (solid interview)

Friday, September 26, 2008

CDA for a day

Going home for just the one day was great. I would have loved to stay longer but it was just enough to keep me going and not missing it that much. Nick Smoot hooked me up with the worlds best drink. Not even making that up. Shot a great wedding with Brady Campell. I'm not a huge wedding guy but I love to shoot with him because he just sets me loose and shoot what I see. I get to keep it real photo-j style. One thing I do like about weddings is that the couple are so happy together. Its nice to see. I have never shot a wedding where the couple have split either. Keep that in mind if you are looking to tie any knots in the near future.

In my head there is a list of guys you need to know and I got to hang out with most of them this past weekend.
1. My Father
2. Nick Smoot
3. Brady
4. Nik
5. Josh
6. Tim
Thanks for making it a good trip.

(I said guys but women have their own list)
1. MOM (thank you too)

When driving home I had to shoot a picture of the spot I ran out of gas.



Saturday, September 20, 2008


How much longer till the drink cart will reach me? I just finished my bag of peanut butter chex mix and feels as if im making concrete in my mouth.

Im on my way back to CDA, Idaho for the weekend to help Brady Campbell shoot a wedding. Just a very quick trip but I think it will be just the right length to see whom I need to see and do what I need to do.

I love the idea of flying halfway across the country to do what I love. Love it. Im hoping that its not the last time I will have to fly to a shoot.

I talked with a friend from Houston, TX the other day. Had to make sure Ike didn’t get her. We were talking about the elections and then it lead into a chat about what kind of affect the "media" has on the public.

In my world the media has no affect on what the public thinks. People get the mass media and Hollywood, social influences, stereotypes all mixed up. I guess I get defensive about this subject because they aren’t all the same. (Just got my drink) The media is the news organizations. They all do there best to deliver you the most un-bias facts about a situation then its up to you to make up your mind about the information that you just received. Our job is to keep you up to date and to keep people accountable for their actions. We aren't the ones that give America the image of the perfect women. We don't tell what is becoming more acceptable in society. We give the facts.

Maybe that was a dumb rant.

I must tell the story about driving home from dropping Charlotte off in Tulsa on Tue. So im driving all slow like, just as I always do in the wagon when the gas light came on. Trust me, im no stranger to the gaslight. I know that I have about 50 miles or so till she is bone dry. So I figure I should start looking for one and as I drive past the worlds largest McDonalds I see the big sign that says "hey last stop 47 miles". Yeah, I missed the exit...

So im driving and I get to the construction zone where the road narrows with barriers on each side. You guessed it... its where I ran out. Its night, I’m out of gas on one of the busier highways in Oklahoma, alone and blocking traffic. I get it pulled off to the side just enough for the traffic to get around me. Long story but I’m there for about 45 mines and even when I did get the gas it wouldn't start.

The semi trucks had to scrape their wheels on the Jersey barrier to not hit me when they went past. So finally the state patrol car came along and pushed me for the next two miles to where the construction ended. He pushed me at what felt like 90 mph and sling shot me off about 7 or 8 times. Had there been an oversized load I would have made the worlds first convertible wagon. It would not have been good. Well it wasn't good anyways but someone up stairs was looking out for me that night.

1. Keep way to much gas in your car at all times.
2. Don’t live in the Midwest and that wont happen.
3. There is a God.

Thanks for reading.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wet one.

I hate this whole post once a week thing. Its just not working for me. I had a record day on Sept. 8, with 25 hits in one day. Kind of a big deal to me. I would hope that I continue to get more and more.

If you would like to read a very good in-depth story about the Tony Bennett concert then visit Colby's blog.

Charlotte has been in town, hanging out with me for a few days now. There must be some dedication there to leave Portland to come to Joplin. I have shown her how much it can rain here.

Hurricane Ike rolled though town last night. Lucky me, I was field side for 5 hours during the all famous Miners Bowl, the battle between MSSU (me) and Pitt State. This would be the 14th year in a row losing this game. 14-14 with 23 sec. left and touchdown... them. Here are a few of the photos of the game.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mr. Benett

One of the biggest parts of me wanting to become a photographer was the benefits with the job. This weekend I had passes to shoot the Tony Bennett concert in Oklahoma. He is a little older then I am (born in 21) but a very talented man. If he should come your way I would say a definite must see. Here are a few photos form the show.

Sunday, August 31, 2008


I would say once a month or so i get in a rut where i feel that i need all the new equipment and new gear to get done what i need to do in this profession. My camera just had its birthday, August 19, 2004. Four year old camera? seem old to anyone? I guess i could go into boring camera talk but to keep some part of interest i wont waste your time. I think that in all of us we think that we need the best of everything to do the tasks that we do. There is a point where your skills over-rule you equipment. Where is that line?

I think about my Father when this comes to mind. His lawn mover has seen better days and this was going to be the year that he through down for what he needed, i mean he has 3 acres at the house and another 10 at our property. Does this warrant a $3000 mover? I mean this might be the last one the he ever needs. I don't know what happened be he held off and spent maybe max $100 to have all the problems on the old mover fixed and now he couldn't be happier with how well it works. fishing is another story...Got to have the best there.

How this all relates to us? I want a new camera, i want new lenses. Camera is between $4500-5000 and the lens is $1400. Being a college kid do you think that here is anyway i have even a tenth of that money to spend on that? Answer is NO. Do i have enough money to be happy and live a good life? Answer is YES. When i first got into photography I had gone to my parents and asked them if getting this camera was such a good idea. Of course they gave me the goods and bads of this purchase. Would this be a fad? I spent $1400 on something i had no clue how to use. Best decision of my life so far.

I guess i don't know where I'm going with this. It feels like I'm just wanting something i don't need but 60% of me says that if you have all this then you can become the best but then Guys like Terry Richardson prove that wrong.

Right now i feel like i have done more with what i have then what most do with equipment better then mine. So that makes me happy but there is always going to be that dream of someday having the right equipment for the job. IE. Last nights football game. We will see what happens. Just keep making a name for myself in the industry.

FOR DONATION: send checks to
2504 Quincy St.
Joplin, MO 64801

I'm joking but if you know anyone that has too much let them know about me.

Now that I have said plenty bout that i would like to thank Steve and John Astlund. These are two men that have done more then you can imagine for me. I wish I would have had the passion I do no when John was around. I could see Meany photography talks between him and I. Steve had given me so much and continues to all the time. I don't know if this will get to Steve but thank you for what you have done. Know that anytime I use any of your fathers gear its an honor. Thank you both.


Thursday, August 28, 2008


Tomorrow will be the day the first paper comes out. Last night we (editorial staff) worked on in for quite some time. I think that it is a great team and every, well most, have a passion for journalism.
You cant have a production night without a little drama. On of my graphers is not so great with getting names... meaning we cant run that photo. Lots of butting heads with that part but we got it all settled. Yesterday was the first time i have come across curpt photos. There was a few keepers in there but they are long gone now. I would guess that it was my fault.
Writting sure feels like a bit of a burdon right now maybe its just the fact that im tierd or maybe because i have been doing way too much of it for history.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Im in...

So i may need to clear up what i had said about shooting stock photos. I'm all about shooting and making money especially online, but to shoot for stock, that's what I'm no about. Shoot for you, shoot for the cause.

Maybe I'm just covering my but because i have a somewhat big announcement... I'm in. Ill continue to shoot what appeals me and then up load it and with fingers crosses maybe make some money.

The life.

Made it though my first week and weekend now. Kind of feel as if I am in the everyday grind now and this is how things will be for a while. I know my parents read this so i just wanted to say thank you so much for setting me up here and always backing every journy i have decided to embark on. I know you will back any decision i make... with-in reason. So, Thanks and know that nothing goes unnoticed. Love you guys.


Saturday, August 23, 2008


Made it thought my first week of classes. Should be a good year. Not many distractions out here in middle America. All week the campus had events going on therefore i was able to keep busy shooting. Football a week from today. I'm not one for sports so much but i understand that it needs to be documented also.

I have spent too much time on the web this past week. I also feel that my knowledge for photography and journalism has doubled. I found a bunch of blogs that are a must read. One thing i was thinking about was stock photography. Its a way for photographers to put there photos on the web then people can buy them for whatever they want to do with them. Weather it be a billboard or a can of soup, magazine or newspaper. This is an industry that pulls in big money every year but looking thought portfolios of graphers that shoot stock i felt that something was missing. In order to make money at it you must have great images but they need to be commercial oriented. People don't want photos of the welcome week at school because it shows one school. They (buyers) want to show a school but not Southern. They want a couple holding hands but they don't want Charlotte and I. Generic photos are that they want. Get the point across but not in they way that anyone of us can connect to a photo.

I, Glenn Landberg, will never shoot stock photos for a website that will just clump my photo in with 3,400 other beach sunset photos. Mine is of CDA and that's why i took it. Be specific with shooting. Show why you took that photo. Document Document Document.

Sorry i got a little long winded but i had to get it out. Have a good weekend and a great next week.

Tell your friends about the blog.


Week one...

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Last night I went with Andrew Ford (news editor) to an opening of a campaign center for Obama in Joplin. I was covering it for The Chart, MSSU's newspaper. Just to clear things up... I am not an Obama supporter. Its hard with journalism to stay neutral about political views in public but i think sense this is a personal blog i can say what i want. I'm a Ron Paul supporter and will continue to be. Enough about that. Foam party and mud wrestling at school tomorrow night on campus that i have to shoot. I want to start shooting just all wide shots. I'm not a huge fan of the lens that i have to use to do so but it really gets me in the action. Might be time to sell the telephoto lens. Its going to be my new goal to just take in my wide angle to a shoot and make it work. All the classes have been going real well. My history professor fell asleep during a movie he was showing us. If a man with a passion for pre 1492 history cant stay awake for his own 20 min movie you know its a bad one. Lets hope the Art teacher doesn't get me mixed up with the kid named Ben Glenn again also. Tell your friends about my my blog and i would like some feed back. Thank you for reading.