It’s almost February?

Time flies man, time files.  I have been so caught up in getting, well, caught up with things for 2014 that I didn’t even realize that January is well on its way to being over.  With that said, its time for some updates and catching up…

I was in Michigan in mid-November working on a new personal piece based around the opening day of deer season and how it is a very uniquely American event, especially in the upper Midwest.  I shot stills and motion and recorded audio as well and I have someone writing a nice essay for it as well so, it will be turned into a nice multimedia piece soon.  In the mean time, you can see a sample of work on my site here.

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I spent about 10 days down in the Bahamas shooting stills and video for a fly fishing lodge on South Andros island.  In addition to being an amazing chance to produce some new work and to itch that travel bug, I was also able to get some killer fishing in.  Ive spent a good bit of my life fishing and it even landed me in Alaska for an extended period as a guide in a past life so, you could say Im kinda into these sorts of things.  It can be tough with a camera in hand and wishing you were fishing but sometimes the opposite happens where Ive got a rod in hand and wish I was shooting – its a good problem to have.  Anyways, the lodge I worked with featured some work here but you can also see an extended gallery on my site here.  Im working on getting some motion edited for this and it should be ready any day now.

 

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Since Ive been back from my various trips its back to business and things have been progressing nicely.  I have a few bids out and am up for a few larger editorial gigs and that always makes me happy.  Im looking forward to working with new clients and solving new problems – it really is one of the best parts of the job.  Now, speaking of bids and clients and the like, I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by Agency MJ and without them, I wouldn’t be pushing forward the way I have lately.  You’ll be hearing more about this soon…

So, lots and lots going on and lots and lots of new images being made.  Head on over to the site and take a look around.  There will be plenty more coming online as soon as Im back from Minnesota to shoot some ice fishing the first week of February.  With any luck Ill get frostbite and won’t be able yo write lengthy blog posts any more….

 

 

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The Band Perry

I shot The Band Perry for a recent cover of Country Weekly and I am just now getting around to getting some images on the blog and then, hopefully, integrated into the portfolio.

I can tell I am behind on blog posts and marketing because looking at these images, I remember how damn cold it was outside and how bad the wind was kicking.  Now, I look outside (well, not now now, its dark) and the trees are all full and green and albeit a little rainy, the weather is much better.

So, a few from the shoot…

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It was so cold the few days prior that there was ice in all the magnolia trees.  As the sun came up and ‘warmed’ things up, it all started falling out in big chunks.  Ive had all manner of things go awry on set before but I was praying that my talent for the day didnt get clocked in the head by some ice.  Fortunately, that did not happen.

What a week

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.

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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.

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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.

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Yeah, it was cold – should have known seeing this on the way there.

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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.

Harmony Korinne for the New York Times Magazine

Harmony Korinne for the New York Times Magazine

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.

Looks Warm.  It wasnt.

Looks Warm. It wasnt.

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.

Pain, Penance and Perseverance

As mentioned in an earlier post, I am back from quite the trip to Morocco.  I won’t repeat what I wrote earlier but in a nutshell, I went there at the behest of an artists residency program and things went sideways real quick.  The powers that be decided to revoke my carefully obtained permission at the last minute and prevent me from shooting anything under the threat of arrest and deportation.

Saying this was a disappointment would be a gross understatement.  Being forced to sit on the sidelines with a full complement of gear and film for days was horrible.  This is where the pain aspect comes in.  Much as Im sure it would be excruciating for a junkie to be around a bunch of dope and not allowed any, the same went for me with all the amazing visuals happening constantly around me.  One day, I will go back.  Have to go back.

I mentioned having a load of film as well and you might think film?  Weird.  I chose to shoot 4×5 on this project and Im not going into the reasons but it has nothing to do with shooting polaroid and ‘happy accidents’ and more with slowing myself down and shooting style.  This is where the penance comes in.  For some reason, I think that its a great idea to take 40 kilos of gear and 500 sheets of film with me overseas, through multiple flights, on the backs of donkeys and ultimately, on my back.  I don’t know if I am atoning for prior photography sins or perhaps even taking on the sins of many (namely, HDR) but much like the penitent man, my burden is mine to carry.

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When things go sideways, pear shaped, upside down and totally fubar’ed, the easiest thing is to just walk away, lick your wounds and come back another day.  Unfortunately, that really isnt an option.  There might not be another day and as we all know, things only really ever happen once weather it be the subject matter or the quality of light or the camera in hand or hostile village councils or any other of the million reasons that might conspire to ruin a shoot.  So, I had to do something.  I couldn’t leave empty handed and although the images I came home with aren’t what I set out to make, I am still extremely pleased with them and honestly, have no qualms in the end the way things developed.  PerseveranceIts as important a tool in the camera bag as the spare batteries or the camera itself.

Ok, less talk, more images but first a quick note as to what I did shoot.  Since I was banned from shooting in the village where the pilgrimage was taking place, I stayed behind in the town of Moulay Idriss with my local assistant/translator and set out to make street portraits around town.  I was received much more warmly than in the village down the way but still, I would say it was only 50/50 at best as to who would let me shoot their portrait.  Regardless, got some nice work.  After that was all said and done, I moved on to Fez where I was staying deep in the Medina or old city and through some acquaintances was able to have some amazing access to the local artisans.  Fez is know for the high quality of goods that come out of there and people are still manufacturing things piece by piece the way its been done for hundreds and hundreds of years.  Its what Brooklyn aspires to but thats another story for another day.  Anyways, I was able to shoot the leather workers, the tanners, the jewelery makers, the cloth dyers, the metal-smiths, woodworkers and so on and so on.  So, that being said, some images…

Rooftop from Moulay Idriss looking South

Rooftop from Moulay Idriss looking South

Local Berber man, Moulay Idriss

Local Berber man, Moulay Idriss

Mule Porter, Moulay Idriss Souk (market)

Mule Porter, Moulay Idriss Souk (market)

 

Metal-smith shop, Fez

Metal-smith shop, Fez

Tannery Worker, Fez

Tannery Worker, Fez

Woodworker, Fez

Woodworker, Fez

Cloth Dyer, Fez

Cloth Dyer, Fez

Tool Sharpener, Fez

Tool Sharpener, Fez

Fez Medina

Fez Medina

There will be many more images on my site and perhaps a book coming out as well.  Stay tuned…