I have a good friend who is turning sixty this week. For a gift, I thought it would be nice to give a photograph. I searched through box after box of images and found one that I felt would be appropriate, then set off to build a frame. Bill, much like myself, has a collection of photography and as I looked around my apartment I noticed a complete lack of open wall space. I thought it safe to assume that he may have the same problem. I put some thought into the framing of the print and came up with a free standing walnut frame (pictured above). After the sawdust cleared and all of the splinters were pulled from my finger tips, I couldn't be more pleased with the piece. It seems to be a great way to display some of the smaller prints, rather than having them sit in various storage boxes.
I've been doing quite a bit of traveling, so I've been a little neglectful when it comes to the blog. Here are a couple of images from the road (quite literally from the road). I've got a batch of film to process and I'm excited to get into the darkroom... it seems like it's been too long.
There has been a lot going on including word of another exhibition in the up coming months, I'll be sure to post the dates when they are locked in.
In the meantime, I'll try to be better about adding new images to this site.
If you get a chance, you can also view work at the AtEdge site.
This is a photograph of the remains of a whales ribcage. The image was made on the beaches of Mexico a few years back. It's from an ongoing collection of photographs made on various shorelines around the world. I've always enjoyed making pictures along the waters edge and find the environment tremendously relaxing. Perhaps it's the sound of the water or the smells that fill the air, maybe the solitude that comes with miles of uncluttered coastlines... what ever it is, I can hardly wait to return.
You can see more of these images on this blog under the heading "beach combing".
It's been a couple weeks since I've made an entry, I've been on the road quite a bit lately.
I'm back now so it's time to get back to it. I've got a busy summer to get through, including an exhibition to prepare for in August. This show is consuming more time than usual because I'm having a difficult time committing to a single body of work, so I've been dividing time on a few projects. In the meantime, I've been constructing frames for two separate bodies of work hoping that I will veer towards one or the other.
The first group of images is similar to what you might see on my website, black and white prints of people and environments.
I've also been working on some new color imagery, which is new for me because I typically show my black and white images (when I say typically, I mean always). The idea of exhibiting these new color images is exciting, but I find myself unable to comment entirely.
I've posted one of the photographs from the new series for you to look at, I guess I have a decision to make.
This is a tear from a recent project done for a home developer. I worked withFervor Creative on this project, I think they've done an exceptional job with what I have seen so far. I've worked with Fervor for a few years now and have always thought highly of the work they put out. Don and Jami were also involved with theInamorata book project.
Just returned from a cold and damp New York City. I flew out to shoot another portrait for GLAAD. The trip went well... and I am happy with the images (I've posted a few). Like the previous shots, they are naturally lit. It was a bit more difficult since the sky was clouded over and it was raining... not a lot of ambient light, but you'd never guess it from the final images.
I just wanted to post an image from a recent shoot. I really enjoy this image and the pairing of the second, but one of the things that I love most about the image is what is going on outside the frame. The photographs were taken in a semi-ruff area in Phoenix, while I was making the images under this bridge two vagrant *#%*wads were shouting and throwing bottles and various pieces of trash at us. My hats off to Cass for keeping her cool, the shots looked great.
I was recently asked to hang some work at a shop here in Phoenix, because most of the newer work was already being exhibited I had to crack open some dusty crates that were in storage at the studio. The wooden boxes contained many old pieces from projects shot long ago, as well as various photographs that I've collected over the years.
I found this series, which was done for a brief period in 1997. There are only 10 images in the series and each image is printed in an edition of 10. In most of the photographs I had to serve as my own model because I had just moved into Arizona from Chicago and knew very few people... even fewer who would be interested in stripping down to nothing for a photographer they didn't know. The work was exhibited in Phoenix and Milwaukee, then crated and forgotten.
The images were seen by someone at Calumet Photographic and I was asked to shoot the cover for the catalog, all very exciting I know... anyway, here are a couple of the images.
Well, I've just returned from New York. It was quite a trip. The assignment was to make portraits for GLAAD at various locations around New York City and in Massachusetts.
I shot with available light and kept the environments simple, I was quite happy to leave the one hundred pounds of lighting gear stashed in the trunk of the rental car. The project kept me busy, and I would have loved more time to explore the city, but I had to make a hasty retreat to another project in Las Vegas. I did take the time to sample a hot dog in Central Park and I have to say...
This is a group of recent photographs from the deserts of Arizona and Mexico. I rarely go into the desert to do this type of work, but I do enjoy the images... so I wanted to share them.
I started making these pictures when friends would visit, inevitably they would want to see the landscape... and frankly, who could blame them. We would pack the truck with some cameras, beer, and some water, and off we would go. As amazing as the landscape can be at sunrise and dusk, I found myself more interested in the overcast mornings and afternoons with the misty air and low clouds.
The prints are small, and I love the size of them. The desert scrub is chaotic and harsh, I think the small size softens the landscape.