Friday, February 20, 2009

Check out this awesome photo contest...



Not many details revealed, but check it out at www.nameyourdreamassignment.com/thank-you/

Sammy, the conquerer...

I started a photo essay project with and about my friend, Paige. I can't reveal the details about it now, but it is a work-in-progress that will not be ready to show until late October, early November...so many months and shoots in the making. The other day, during what was our second shoot, I caught some shots of her super cute, droopy eyed Sammy, a yellow lab that's two years old. He's obviously very comfortable in front of the camera and didn't budge when I made my presence known. As Paige would say, "What a good little Boo Boo." Such a great dog...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Meet the Models teaser...

Just a little preview for my next installment of "Meet the Models." This is Carolina...

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Sheryl and Ed's Wedding

Hey there, folks. Last October, I posted a teaser about Sheryl and Ed's Wedding. It's been a minute for the full post to come into effect, but alas, here it is. I shot this beautiful wedding with Derek Fowles of Derek Fowles Photography (derekfowlesphotography.com) in the Bershires of Massachusetts. When Derek invited me to shoot this special occasion with him, I couldn't resist, and we had such a blast working with this couple and their friends and family. And there was visual beauty everywhere this day, from the people to the location to the details-the cake was even made to match the design on the bride's dress! The Wedding took place at St. Ann Church followed by a gorgeous reception at the Cranwell Resort. Simply breath-taking. I hope you enjoy viewing these images as much I enjoyed shooting shooting them.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Photo of the Day

Just going through some of my old work when I can across this street shot of an old man crossing the street near Herald Square in NYC. I actually caught this moment completely by accident when I was shooting a bunch of shots to create a photo montage of 34th Street. It was a wonderful, happy accident...a moment that I caught this gentleman in lonely thought and he seems to be standing by himself in one of the busiest places on the map. It seems to be moving, yet frozen at the same time. What do you think?

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Friday, February 6, 2009

The stylings and methods of Bruce Gilden...

Bruce Gilden is a magnum photographer who documents the street-life of NYC. His method, he claims, is to work so close to his subject...yet, his style is to get in your face. The connection only happens at the moment the shutter is released. It's a very different approach, encroaching on one's personal space, but the images are so amazing...Gilden wants the viewer to feel as though he/she is there, claiming that if you can smell the street in the picture, then you have a street photograph. Just brilliant. Check it out:



I miss you, NY!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Meet the Models, Part 3: Introducing Jenilyn Rodriguez...

I needed to include the post on this shoot shortly after I posted about the Hygienic Art Show. This is due to the fact that these are some of the images that were from the same shoot as the image that I submitted for display at the show. I shot this shoot with a different idea and angle in mind, casting my thoughts in the direction of the strange and somewhat uncomfortable...Jenilyn was up for my ideas and had eased into the role quite easily. I shot this extremely wide angle and on 35 mm 1600 and 3200 speed film, only shooting 2 roles, and this is what I got. (The originals I also printed myself on fiber paper...talk about getting excited...) This shoot's inspirations included Bill Brandt, Joyce Tenneson, and Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin...

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Then I tried the look a bit softened...sometimes I prefer the original, and sometimes I prefer the softness that kind of starts to elude to an ethereal feeling...What do YOU think?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Hygienic Art Show Fantasticness!

Hey guys. Here's a slideshow of some of the art submitted to the Hygienic Art Gallery's XXX Show. Yes, it was the 30th year and yes, it was, as always, uncensored. So, if you view the slideshow, just know that there may be some imagery included of art that may offend some people. You've been warned.
Anyway, the show had a record-setting number of submissions this year and was a huge success. The pictures featured here were taken in the afternoon, while artists were still hanging their work. Later that night, the gallery was abuzz with people and it became so crowded that it was nearly impossible to move in there! There was a cabaret show across the street, and there was a 7 1/2 foot lobster pinata to bust open at 10pm, which I believe was filled with adult toys. The art exhibit itself spanned an array of subject matter and mediums, and provided quite the visual feast. Check out this cool art...

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Change is the ONLY Constant...

Yes, it's true. Don't be afraid of it. Embrace it. It guides us onward and in new directions, giving us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and grow into better people. Strive to know. Strive to be. Strive for greatness. Ride the wave. This YouTube video gets the old noggin rattlin' a bit. Enjoy the show.