As I said in my previous post, Ill have more of these trickle in over the next posting or two.
I had one hell of a long weekend these last few days and Im feeling it. I was outside all day Saturday and Sunday at the rugby tournament that we (Nashville Rugby) host every year and it is exhausting. That being said, I was able to try out my new mobile studio set up and it went great. Ill have a bunch of new photos trickling in through the week as I process them but here are a few…
Ive been playing rugby my whole adult life and its one of those things that is hard to really describe to folks who don’t play or aren’t familiar with it. Regardless of the actual sport and its own unique rules, the culture that surrounds it is amazing. There is a bond and camaraderie that you really don’t find anywhere else and there is a certain insanity element that goes with it as well. The shenanigans that take place at any sort of rugby event are as numerous as they are inappropriate for this blog. These rugby portraits are my attempt to put into a picture what its really like being wrapped up in this crazy crazy world. There will be lots more to follow and this might turn into a full out project of mine, the only problem is that it is hard to stay behind the camera when there are matches to be played…
The New York Times magazine called me a few weeks ago to shoot local film uber-mensch Harmony Korine for a feature on his new movie Spring Breakers which is his first full release following the indie success of KIDS and Gummo. The movie comes out tomorrow, 3/22 so, go check it out, especially if you want to relive the hey-day of decadence in the gutter of America, Florida Spring Break.
Here are a few outtakes from the shoot the other day. Harmony is a stand up guy and very unassuming as compared to the subject matter of his movies. All in all, a good day on set.
I have been lucky enough to be featured over on the Oxford American website as part of their Eyes on the South series. This great venture into Southern photography is being curated by Jeff Rich and he is doing a bang up job at it (yes, that is a biased opinion). Anyways, go check it out and then take some time to poke around the rest of the Eyes on the South project as well.
Im going to keep trying to feature more and more new work here on the blog as I shoot because I seem to have turned my site into a mess with too much content. Yes, it can happen. In addition to that, I am going to be trying to update things once a week and give a bit of a recap of the previous week. Im not the first one to think of this and I make claims to it otherwise. That being said, on to the goodness.
First and foremost, I won 2 ADDY awards here in Nashville this weekend. I was fortunate to work with the talented folks over at The Buntin Group and we cleaned up this time around. We won Best of Show for our work on The Contributor campaign. The Contributor is a non profit newspaper for folks living on the street to sell and ultimately better their lives. Not only was it good to make some nice work but it was even better to be part of something that will help folks out down the road.
I was unable to actually attend the awards show as I was in Chicago this weekend so, this iPhone image of the agency award will have to suffice until mine arrive in the mail.
Speaking of Chicago, I was just getting to enjoy our mild-ish winter here in Nashville and then I had to run up North for a bit. Ill tell you, there really is nothing like turning the corner on a Chicago street and being blasted with snow and wind. Its quite the way to wake up and get in the right mindset to go into some agencies for meetings. Thanks to the folks at BBDO and McGarryBowen and everyone else for having me in. Sorry if I got snow on your lobby floor.
My image of Harmony Korinne hit the pages of the New York Times Magazine today as well. He’s local to here in Nashville and he was nice enough to let me into his home and give me the time to shoot him in between flights as he is all over the country promoting his new movie ‘Spring Breakers‘. It hits screens March 22 so, go see it.
After freezing for a few days in Chicago and squeezing in a performance of the Book of Mormon, I had to rush back to shoot a cover for country weekly. It will be out in a few weeks so, have to play it close to the chest but Ill just say that 7 setups in 2 hours in 30 deg. weather isn’t half bad. Since it was a spring issue, we had to figure out a way to make it look warm, I think we got it but will have to wait til it comes out to tell for sure. One broken flash tube and some numb fingers isn’t too bad a price to pay.
As always, working away at some new images for the portfolio and developing a new body of work that will have some ‘impact’ to say the least. It will be a bit until it drops but there, that’s the first word about it. My site is also getting an overhaul very shortly so, check back frequently.
A few years ago I made a little trip over the mountains into Cherokee North Carolina to attend and shoot photos of the Cherokee Survivors Motorcycle Rally and Motorhead concert. This was one of the better trips Ive ever been on and was really just out of the world. I love Motorhead and bikers are amazing to shoot and there may or not have been a serious amount of moonshine involved.
Anyways, I got some amazing images out of the whole deal but, and this is a big but, they are permanently shut down. I called today to check on dates for this years rally but they are no more. Apparently, the police and local businesses would rather not have a horde of drunken 1% bikers roll through town. Who would’ve thought??? Lesson from this is that you should always shoot as much as possible cause you never know when things just go away…
I know, probably not the best title for a blog post but I just want to say that Im in Chicago and just killing it here. Lots of meetings, lots of new folks, lots of good things on the horizon. Yes, its cold. Yes, its snowing. Who cares when you are getting work.