Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge

My bad-ass friend Joe (of Drift Surfing) is riding in The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge this year! The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses Massachusetts.

I don't normally post things like this on my blog, but cancer is such an ugly, ugly thing.  Wouldn't it be great to see eradicated in our lifetime?  If you are into kicking cancer in the nards, please consider making a donation to support Joe in raising money to do exactly that.  Every little bit helps, and the PMC donates 100% of every rider raised dollar to cancer research and treatment.

Ride on.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

holga compositions

on a walk with rachel

spring in san diego means these amazing blankets of magenta flowers appear on the hillsides and random places - i can't even tell you how happy they make me! i have no idea what kind of flower it is, but it is the most intense shade of magenta you can imagine, and they look plastic from afar. absolutely delightful. 

i made these photos on a stroll in my neighborhood with my best friend rachel when she came to visit from chi-town.

Cape Elizabeth, ME v2

Acadia National Park v2

waiting for thunder

Greg at Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park

Friday, June 25, 2010

doin' the mess around

i hope you get to mess around and have some fun this weekend!  TGIF baby.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Place

I am very excited to tell you I'll have two pieces in a show in NYC this summer! The group show is called Summer Place and will be hanging in at Bonni Benrubi Gallery from July 22 - September 25, 2010.  Here's the scoop:
Show runs from July 22 - September 25, 2010
Opening reception July 22, 6-8pm
Bonni Benrubi Gallery
41 East 57th Street 13th Floor
New York, NY 10022

While some of the photographers are new to me, I am STOKED to be in the company of Susannah Ray and Christopher Payne - both photographers whose work I have been admiring from across the interweb.  I spent a lot of time on the websites of the artists I'm showing with, and I am in some damn good company if I do say so myself. I am honored!  The show will include work from:

© Karine Laval

© Christopher Payne

© Susannah Ray

© Blair Seagram

© Adam Raphael

and Caryl Englander (I'm having a hard time finding her work online).  Oh, and of course, yours truly!  I want to take this opportunity to thank Susannah again for recommending that I contact Bonni Benrubi Gallery in the first place - definitely would not have done it without her encouragement. 

I wish I could see the show in person, but hopefully you can go in my place and send me some photos :)  For more on the show, click here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

the quiet

Jordan's Snack Bar

I'll admit that I'm not a huge lobstah fan, but I couldn't pass it up in Maine.  A very good friend, Jim Imbrogno, told me that I had to stop at Jordan's Snack Bar in Ellsworth before I got to Bar Harbor. He was absolutely right - the lobster roll was outta sight.  Cardiff does not have real fries (which is good news for my heart health) so the amazing krinkle fries were an extra bonus.

into the woods of cape elizabeth

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Susannah Ray

all images this post © Susannah Ray

A while back I got an email from a very talented photographer named Susannah Ray, who wanted to say hello and that she liked my work enough to pass my website along to Bonni Benrubi Gallery for a surf-themed show she was putting together.   As it turns out, I DID get into the show, but more on that in another post when I have more details (see sidebar for now - my first time showing in NYC, stoked!).

I am always flattered to get emails like this - especially if they include a recommendation - but it blows me away when photographers like Susannah think enough of my work to get in touch with me.  Susannah's work really hits home, both in content and style.   She's working on her own surf project, called Right Coast, which is focused on surfers in NYC.  If you know about my Chicago surfing roots, I'm sure you can imagine how much her work makes my heart sing.  The project does a great job of combining portraits, still life and landscapes to tell the story of a very unique surf community.  I really dig the variety of skillfully composed images and the details she chooses to share with us.

I had a hard time selecting just a few images to share with you, so be sure to check out the full project here.  Susannah also has a very eloquent artist statement to give you more insight into the project.

That last image - is it just me, or does it look like the waves are breaking away from the coast?! I have dreams with waves like that, but haven't seen it in real life. I'll have to ask her for the scoop on that one...

She has some other great work on her website - here are a few selections from her other bodies of work:

Make some time and visit her website:  www.susannahray.com

while traveling:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Loney, Dear

This is off the usual subject of my blog, but do you know Loney, Dear?  They're an awesome band from Sweden - actually I believe it's mostly Emil Svanängen who writes the songs and records everything on his own, then plays with friends for live shows.  They've got 5 albums out; Loney, Noir is my favorite.

Anyhoo, LD came up on my Pandora and reminded me how much I love them and that they put on a damn good concert.  I don't know who does their posters or photography (their website isn't the easiest to get through), but I really enjoy it. (If you know who created any of these images, let me know so I can give credit and link back).  Check them out if you haven't yet - especially if you get the chance to see them live!

when life gives you lemons...

Swamp Car at Portland International Jetport

A chemical mishap with my film turned out to be a good excuse to play around with some ideas that have been stewing - awesome!  Another great thing that happened tonight: I snagged 13 lemons from a co-worker and made the best lemonade ever! Seriously.

Now if only it was a Saturday, 80 degrees and sunny.... ahhh.  Thank goodness summer is almost here!

Saturday, June 5, 2010