Friday, May 22, 2009

Daisies in the Lower Ninth Ward

This is pretty much the only house for about three blocks in this view of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Daisies completely blanket most of the undeveloped land in the lower 9th these days. On this particular afternoon the only people I saw out working in the neighborhood were the folks working on a "Make it Right Foundation" house, one of which is featured on this blog (see Linea Mexicana).

Crater Lake

Crater Lake is without a doubt the most beautiful natural vista I have ever seen. I bet hundreds of people have similar shots, but I don't give a damn, its stunning regardless. Stitching this together was kind of a nightmare, but it was worth it. I would love to go back and hike the entire rim some day.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


I took this photo while I was working on the second attempt of a portrait project that ultimately took 3 attempts to get right. The first attempt didn't really work for the project because I used natural lighting. On this second attempt the developing tank broke open and exposed all three rolls of film. I threw the dropping tank in the loading room and ran in behind it with a back up tank. Of the 96 shots I had on three rolls of film, only three were salvageable, of which this is one. Finally on the third try the project was a success [see "Michael"].

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Telephone Pole

Taken from the front seat of the car driving toward the levee wall in the lower ninth ward. Because there is nothing on the road for a few blocks it looks like the road runs straight through the levee. It is strange seeing utility poles set up around blocks with nothing on them.

Linea Mexicana

Pictured here is a Linea Mexicana shipping container in front of one of the completed "Brad Pitt houses." The houses were built by the Make It Right Foundation in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans. All of them are green buildings, something New Orleans needs a great many more of.


I have no idea why school bus number 203 was parked in front of this lower ninth ward home, but there it sits. Initially I was responding to the fact that the bus is "boarded up" like the zombie death machines they used to evacuate the shopping mall in "Dawn of the Dead." That was sufficiently creepy to warrant a photo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


This is one part of a larger series of photos of my friend Jenny shadow boxing. I used Delta 3200 film, which is extremely rare for me, the results are deliriously grainy, which I just love.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


This is one of 9 photos from a portraits series I did in college. I finally got these shots after two botched attempts at completing the project. This was the only shot with a motion blur, but I really responded to the moment of joy it captured.


During an evening of tide-pooling on the Oregon coast I noticed this rock formation (it would have been impossible not to) and shot it about 100 different ways, but this was the best. This formation is on a private beach at the bottom of the Devil's Punchbowl. We stayed just above the beach at the Inn at Otter Crest, which I recommend to anyone looking for a great place to stay on vacation.


I have always been enamored of the Mag-Lites design. It is simple, elegant, and flawless. The moving parts do so smoothly, and the product itself feels heavy, and expensive. I was using this particular maglite to do some "creative lighting effects" for a shoot, and ended up using it as a prop.


These three books have inspired me as a photographer more than anything. The Gorman book challenges me to push the limits of "morality" and "decency," and reminds me to let my freak flag fly. Avedon is a constant reminder that one should bear in mind that despite the spectacle to be found in elaborate experimentation, simplicity is often more profound. As far as Haviv, there is a photo in this book of a parent preparing their infant son's body for burial. Blood and Honey is a photojournalists experience of the Balkan conflict and it is a reminder to be fearless.