Friday, August 29, 2008

post surf bonfire

after work i went for a surf session and bonfire with Julie and her friends. i witnessed the best surfing i've ever seen up close in my life. these girls can TEAR IT UP. it was SO fun & inspiring!!!

i spent the daylight hours surfing and most of the bonfire socializing so i didn't get as many pictures as i would have liked. but no matter- i had a fantastic evening.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

jeannette & diana

my friend calvin introduced me to two very cool women, jeannette and diana. to be quite honest, i am too tired to think clearly enough to write something that would do justice to my experience with them. i can quickly say that this week has taught me that these photos work much better if the subject is expecting me (rather than randomly approaching strangers) and that meeting people like jeanette, diana, and all the other women i've photographed so far gives me an inspiration i hadn't found before. i feel renewed after every photo session, just like a surf session. so here are the pics- please give me any feedback you might have, positive or negative- my editing date is approaching... i will comment more on this session again soon, i hope.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

more photos at julie's

art by julie cox + various others

surfboard painted by thomas campbell

art in progress by julie cox

i've been wanting to incorporate more still life(s) into the series, and new environments. it feels so good to be going in the right direction. by the way, this photo session was followed up by a short but sweet surf session at the campgrounds - super fun! i can't wait for the winter...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

it's good to be back

i just got back from a journey to the midwest. it was great to see everyone, but man oh man it was exhausting- i guess that's what i get for moving across the country. words and image are completely unrelated :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

decisions, decisions

i photographed a surfer named kelsey today, she was super sweet and easy to make pictures of. i had a really hard time editing when i got home- what a great problem to have. once again, i am stoked after this portrait session! i love it when this happens. here are a few of the images i really like:

i'm also trying to decide some other things about this body of work, like what exactly is my point? would narrowing the focus of the project make it stronger? i feel that it's too early to say, and for now, i'm going to photograph anything and everything i can and see where it goes. i'm just having fun, and that's what surfing and photography are about for me. cheers to that!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


what an awesome day. i had the opportunity to photograph two awesome surf ladies after work, and i am so stoked on the images and the experience of making their pictures. Jane Schmauss is the acting director of the California Surf Museum and is full of intriguing stories and surf knowledge. i could spend hours asking her questions and picking her brain about old california, surfing, and anything else she wants to talk about- what a great story teller! i can't wait to go back and see her again.

Julie Cox is a pro longboarder, surf instructor, board & jewelry designer (Jule Collection) and budding surf historian (working alongside Jane!) and she was kind enough to invite me to her house for a portrait session. having the opportunity to talk to someone who is living a dream life of surfing and creativity was so inspiring, and the photos that resulted have me super motivated to keep going with this project. there were lots of great shots- these are a few of my favs:

Saturday, August 9, 2008

sirens resurrected, at last

ok, i'm going to bust my ass to make work for this project. here are some images from my first Sirens photo shoot in many moons. i'd love to hear your constructive criticism.


i've always framed work for shows in black frames but i'm thinking of switching to light wood...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

inspired by irritation

there is a photo blog i like to check out, which i will leave unnamed, that publishes a lot of photography that irritates the shit out of me. to be honest, i haven't spent enough time to consider why it bothers me so much to come up with a very intellectual response. from my brief reflections, i think it's that the artists seem to be trying too hard to be weird and artsy without having a point to the work.

maybe i just don't get it. probably.

i was bored and decided i try my hand at making some art in this style that bugs me. it was actually pretty fun to do! but, to be honest, the exercise did not inspire any more appreciation of this style.