Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Space

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As they say on Cribs, this is where the magic happens.

Michael and I are pretty much settled into our new space. Unpacking is almost finished, and our first care package from Amazon.com just arrived. Hooray! And, as if things couldn't get any better, I had a life changing steak fajita burrito at the mexican restaurant up the road.

Thinking of hitting up Universal Studios this weekend and then getting back to work.

On a side note, I am rereading "The Diary of Vaclav Nijinsky", which is a rather disturbing but absolutely unique book. Essentially the diary is a collection of notebooks Nijinsky filled as he lost his mind to severe schizophrenia.

Music: Girls: Album
Books: The Diary Of Vaclav Nijinsky: Unexpurgated Edition

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I'll Follow The Sun

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I was listening to the Beatles "I'll Follow The Sun" when I took the above shot on the Florida Turnpike. The title feels appropriate.

A few nights before, I was watching "The September Issue" and remember enjoying Grace Coddington's comment that fashion photography today is too crisp, that it lacks movement. After thinking about this, and going through some of my favorite pieces from Avedon's fashion work, it really struck me that motion is one of the most beautiful things our cameras can give us. Photographs of motion allow us to see the progression of time in a single frame, which I think is pretty spectacular.

Movies: The September Issue
Music: The Beatles - Beatles For Sale
Books: Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

100th Post




So I've been blogging for almost a year now, and this is my hundredth post. For the past year this blog has been a consistent reminder of what I am dedicating my professional and personal life to, so 100 posts seems like a really good milestone.

As timing is everything, it amuses me that this milestone comes as I am in the process of packing up my life into plastic tubs to move 750 miles away. Not only that, but it also comes the day after the Autumnal Equinox. I am pretty high on faith in the universe right now. On the upside I actually get to start interviewing and shooting for my project in a couple of weeks; on the downside (because of packing, organizing, cleaning etc.) I have had no time to shoot since Sunday.

Above is an old shot that I took at the Millennium March on Washington back in 2000. I hopped on a plane at the last minute (for 27 dollars) and flew up to DC to explore the rally for the long weekend on a 150 dollar budget. I didn't have hotel reservations, but I went anyway, trusting that I could figure it out. On the plane I ran into a couple of friends who were headed to DC for the same reason and they cut me in on their room. The trip was wonderfully productive, a bit of a stretch financially, but the risk really paid off.

Recently I have been going through a lot of shots from around 1999/2000. At the time I was using my first SLR and had no formal training, but I always looked forward to going someplace new and always managed to come out with shots I loved. I feel that kind of inspiration and enthusiasm now, but with the much more specific focus that comes with experience, education, and training. Below are some other portraits from around the same time period.

Music: MIKA - The Boy Who Knew Too Much




Sunday, September 20, 2009

Caterpillar

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This little bastard was eating my sister-in-law's tomato plant this morning. I tried to pull him off the vine but his little feet were too strong. Rather than kill him (as Michael did to a different caterpillar this morning) I photographed him and tossed him into the woods.

Maybe I am just a little too sensitive to the lives of insects, but I have a feeling that in the natural order of things I am going to be a part of thousands of insects after this life is finished. Blah blah blah, circle of life, I sound like such a hippie. The funny thing is though, if you compare the color and texture of the tomato vine to that of the caterpillar, the similarities are kind of eerie.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Light Bulb

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I decided to do a study of one of the light bulbs in my bathroom this morning. This shot was (to myself at least) the most interesting of the group. My goal was to balance capturing as much detail in the reflections on the glass while at the same time containing the blowout from the filament.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Zvezdochka

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Marc Newson designed these killer shoes for Nike a little while back and they were given an extremely limited release. I was fortunate enough to receive a pair, and rather than keeping them hidden away in a box I have given them some exercise. Between climbing mountains, hiking through forests, snow, and lava flows, I have put this pair through their paces but they are still going strong. Their modular design makes for a uniquely customizable experience and the brightly colored booties inside are interchangeable.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lee Keeps an Eye on Shell

From the traffic light I was day dreaming about Lee storming One Shell Square, and just as the light changed I remembered my camera was still in my lap. At the last minute I got the shot. Despite being in New Orleans, this scene makes me think of Soviet Era Moscow, filled with monuments and spartan towers that Stalin loved so much.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dragonfly

This kind of reminded me of a claw, or damaged mecha structure, either way it made me think anime. I found the dead dragonfly and termite eaten block of wood on my run back from the gym this afternoon.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Clover Grill Employee


I saw this man standing in front of Clover Grill on Bourbon Street and had to photograph him. His expression combined with the fact that this photograph was taken in the hours before Southern Decadence kicked off, made me think that he was embracing the calm before the storm.