Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Salty, 3 ways

30 Year Anniversary Celebration from Indiana in Palm Springs

Escogiendo flores para su mama

(Picking flowers for his mom) Encinitas, Fall 2010

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Surfer's Path

Check me out in Issue 80 of The Surfer's Path! It came out quite a while ago, but I didn't get my issue until just now so I wasn't able to post it. This issue celebrated photography and covered the gammut of no-frills analog to the latest and greatest in digital surf lensfolk.  I'm stoked to be printed alongside my friends Cher Pendarvis and Ryan Tatar!  Many thanks to Andrew Smith for inviting me to submit.

I had a little conversation with myself last week about speaking my mind, so in the spirit of that, I am going to say I sure wish I had a bit more direction in what to submit for the writing part of it!  I sent in my standard ho-hum artist statement (which I have taken off my website for revision, on no account of this article) but something about why I still shoot film would have been much more appropriate.  Let me take this opportunity to shed some light on this.

The process of shooting film is slow and contemplative, especially when you're shooting medium-format and larger films. It's almost like a dance between me and my subject to get everything just-so within the frame, knowing that each fire of my shutter counts (and costs moola). Especially shooting people - I have to be fairly certain of what I want.  Slowing down and being thoughtful with my camera brings out a feeling of clarity and helps keep me in the present moment.   Funny, because being clear and present is one of the things I love about surfing too!

I also shoot film because I like it's aesthetic qualities.  The images seem more vivid, tactile and closer to my memory of making them. It could be that my digital camera is sub-par, or that my memory carries a romantic perma-haze around it, but either way, the film resonates with me and my reasons for picture making more than digital ever has.  The anticipation of getting film back is pretty cool too.

I'd like to take this opportunity to invite Hasselblad to give me a complimentary digital back for my camera...I'd be glad to put it to the test and see if it is indeed my memory or my current digital gear :)

There are at least a dozen more reasons I love film, but I don't want to blather on too much.  I'm still scanning in all the Europics (ok, one thing I don't love about film) and will post when I have time for some clean up on the scans.

I've been overwhelmed with responses to people who want to partake in Sirens, so more work on the way for that too!

Be well,

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sirens Wanted

Hey everyone,

I really want to jump back in the saddle and continue work on Sirens.  If you know anyone interested in participating, shoot me an email - you can contact me via my website (don't want to publish address here for spambots).  I'd be happy to dive into details with anyone who might want to make some photos with me.

Just in case you've completely forgotten this project since it has been FOREVER since I've posted anything related to it, here are some of my favorites so far:

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Let's kick 2011 off with a little inspiration.  Do you know about Vivian Maier?


I don't want to re-hash all the information already available, but it's an incredible story that has gotten a lot of attention lately, due to an upcoming exhibition, film and book.  Take the time to check out John Maloof's blog for Vivian and read the background - it's way worth your time.  The blog is chock-full of fantastic images, it was so hard to pick just a few to post. (All images in this post © Vivian Maier / John Maloof 2011)

There are many interesting facets to this story... I can't imagine being the one to discover these images, knowing little about street photography or photography in general. How cool! Her work is AMAZING and as you look through it, it is fun to wonder about her life, how she got started, what inspired/influenced her, etc.  It's sad that these questions will likely never be answered, but we are very lucky that her work was discovered at all!  Is it silly that I am really proud that this is all going down in Chicago?!  Well, I am :)

If you have the chance, check out the show at the Chicago Cultural Center. It's up from Jan 8 - April 3, and FREE for all to enjoy. I so wish I could see it! Maybe it'll travel to San Diego (or more realistically, LA).  Should you feel so inclined, you can support the upcoming book and documentary on Kickstarter.

What an exciting photo discovery!

On another note, Aline Smithson did her annual Favorite Image of the Year post! Head over to her blog, Lenscratch, and check out all the submissions.  LOTS of good stuff there to feast your eyes on, including one image by yours truly.

I hope 2011 is a year full of creativity, adventure and discovery for us all!