Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so its not a day I can let go by unrecognized on my blog. As Halloween and Michael's and my anniversary (9 years!) fall on the same day I thought a collaborative piece would be a nice way to commemorate the day.

Michael carved the pumpkin yesterday morning in his twisted Halloween fashion and I shot it last night.

I hope everyone has a great and safe Halloween.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Beach

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I wonder what birds think about when they stare out at the ocean.

We had lunch on the beach the other day and I walked away with a few shots that really captured the mood of the afternoon. Just after I took the photo of Michael I went out and joined him in the surf. As we recovered from being rolled by a particularly big wave he asked me how anyone who has been in the ocean and felt its strength could possibly be an atheist.

As we are a pair of agnostics I think we tend to take our faith for granted. We are however, in a way, doubly blessed. We have the benefit of a strong faith without the dogma of religion. Standing in the ocean being knocked around by water, it was as if I could feel the energy of everyone and everything that has come and gone before me.

It was one of those afternoons where everything just feels warm, not much else to say about it.

Music: Nirvana - Live At Reading
Books: John Irving - A Widow For One Year




Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spray Paint

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I love spray paint. It's an incredibly versatile and oh-so-helpful product that can completely change the mood and feel of just about any object. From simple redecorating to graffiti that suggests the detail and beauty of big budget cinematic CGI, spray paint is there to help with the most disparate of creative endeavors.

The real fun of spray paint is that nearly everyone has at least one can of it around the house; and those of us with several can attest, every can has a story behind it. Most of mine involve things like Michael deciding to paint Buddha metallic blue, or toothpicks white to use as creepy evil pumpkin teeth.

Comment if you have a favorite spray paint story.

On a side note, East Village Boys just posted a series of shots Ignacio Lozano took at La Tomatina, a Tomato festival in Buñol, Spain. The work is gorgeous.

Music: Anjulie
Movies: Paranormal Activity
Reading: The Book Of Inspiration

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Inspiration and a Taco Bus

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I meant to get this up Tuesday, but I got back from Tampa a little later than I had planned. Spending the extra time was really worth it though. I spent a good part of Monday afternoon touring a facility called Pyramid. Pyramid is an organization that works with more than 700 adults with severe disabilities.

Pyramid uses art as a form of therapy that gives people who often have trouble with even basic communication an outlet for self-expression. Going beyond art therapy, the program provides life skills training, advocacy, and community integration, all of which make a tremendous impact on the lives of those involved.

The work that the participants produce is incredible, and is sold at shows throughout Florida. I stayed late to have an early dinner with a couple of friends who work at Pyramid.

While I was in Tampa I ended up selling a photo, which is great. I am putting the money I made from that sale into a drawing that I fell in love with at Pyramid.

I don’t know how many people actually read this blog, but for those of you who see this, give the Pyramid website a look. Read about what they do; it is really inspiring.

I didn't expect to lead off with shot of another bus, but the burrito I got at the Taco Bus was so good that I had to, and the composition was so drastically different from the one I shot the other day along US-1.

Aside from a night out in Ybor City, and my visit to Pyramid, I basically spent the rest of my time running around Tampa, hanging out with my BFF Jenny in her studio, and meeting some really great people. Definitely my kind of weekend.

Music: Lady Gaga – Fame Monster
Movies: Valentino: The Last Emperor
Food: Taco Bus

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Exploring

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The trip up US-1 from Sebastian is a largely boring drive, but with moving comes exploration, so I have travelled it a lot over the past week. I wanted to get some shots along the highway before I head to Tampa this coming weekend. My thinking being that I could catch a few shots while the road still has the proverbial "new car smell."

The motel and the bus really remind me of "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert." I would love to pack this thing full of equipment, christen it Priscilla, and spend a month following the highway all the way up north shooting objects of interest along the way.

I am planning on posting a few new motion studies when I get back, hopefully by Tuesday.

While I was checking out thrift stores for camera equipment (about the only way I am going to find a Leica I can afford) I stumbled upon Diana Vreeland's autobiography. Since I just finished Nijinsky, the timing couldn't be better.

Music: Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Books: Diana Vreeland - D.V.
Movies: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Friday, October 2, 2009

Say Unkle

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One thing I love about moving is how it forces you to look at everything you own in totally different ways, and things that wouldn't normally come into the same frame do. Futura designed these absolutely slicktastic dunks for Nike back in 2004, and Pentax made this camera back in the late 1960s. I think they really look beautiful together.

Lately I have been loving the pairing of pink (and some neon primaries) with chrome. Some of my more recent design work has been following that vein, only with lots of really fun textures.

I love this camera, and shooting without a working light meter brings an interesting challenge. Estimating the exposure times adds the element of surprise to everything I shoot with it.

Music: Muse: The Resistance
Television: Flash Forward