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Monday, August 31, 2009

New Promos



I thoroughly enjoy promotional materials and had a new set done for an unbelievable price by the amazing people at Next Day Flyers. They are on thick, creamy card stock and look like actual, to size Polaroids. I love them!

I now pass these out indiscriminately and save the iphoto books for larger, cohesive bodies of work that showcase things not in my portfolio, namely images shot digitally.
If you'd like a set, pls feel free to email me with your address.

As well, I got new buckslips from Delphine Press, who makes the most gorgeous letterpress stationary. I have been waiting months for these, as they have a long waiting list, and it was worth it.

The Greatest #4: Hilary Walsh

I was roaming around on the web today and I found the work of Hilary Walsh. While I'm not wild about everything in her portfolio, she is remarkable with color and has a restrained playfulness. Her work for Current Elliott (Fall '09) is quite nice; I'm always a fan of natural light and the world she made is replete is atmosphere and subtly dramatic.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My First Covers

I have been looking forward to September for a long time, my covers for both Venus and Prestige magazines come out today!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Fury

A friend just sent me a link to some natural disaster photography which is somewhat unbelievable looking. The details in the real beasts (in comparison to those in movies) are impressive; the way sand and dirt haloes around them, the many forms the lightning takes as it branches down. It's rather exacting and harmonious, while also intimidating.
These images make one wonder how the photogs got the shot; the pros seem to have an understanding of how the things move and lash out that allows to shoot at the right moment. I particularly like the photos of the very textured, bulbous cloudy skies, wish I could find some in California.

The Greatest #1: Non-Photo - Deanna Staffo



I have been pals with Deanna Staffo for years at this point, but I first fell in love with her work when I saw her award-winning self-promo of kids from 1980's cult films on Altpick.com.

I own two original pieces of hers and I am continually impressed by the caliber of her work, which has only become more remarkable over time. To me, her work walks that fine line of something delicate and beautiful, but there's a feeling of a dark, uncertain other world, of a landscape I've never seen before in which her style, characters and stories reside. As well, her work reminds me of that of Egon Schiele who is one my all time favorites.

I begged her to do my logo (above) and it was perfect upon the first draft.

Sufficeth to say, I think her work is singularly inspiring.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Blogs

I was very late to the blogging table, but I have found those of others to be wonderful, endless, inspiring resources.

I was lucky enough to be featured on Alison Zavos' wonderful blog Feature Shoot this week, which I love reading, she features many amazing photographers I didn't know about.

A few others I check in on nearly every week:

Vain & Vapid
We Can Shoot Too
Heather Smith Jones
The Year in Pictures
Lisa Wiseman

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Dunlin Site is Up!

I shot a campaign for one of my all time favorite bag companies, Dunlin, and it just went live!

I love the way the concept was executed; the old photos of the city passing through what we shot give the images a richer atmosphere and darker sensibility.

I have been looking forward to posting this shoot for months, the images are a melange of Polaroid and Digital to look like Polaroid. I have been working on ways of making shooting digital more like shooting Polaroid and this shoot was my first substantive step in that direction. I'm looking forward to doing more.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Show of My Polaroids!

I am having a show of 35+ of my Polaroids at TBWA/Chiat/Day in Los Angeles. The opening is today, August 20th and I am very excited. All the polaroids are printed with their borders, writ much larger, about 16 by 16 inches on BFK Rives paper.
It is really nice to have a show of this work in such a well-designed location with very high ceilings. I haven't focused on my work as fine art in such a long time, it's been good to step back and look at it in another light.
As well, Polaroid seems to coming to the end of the line, and if ever anything new is made by another company, it won't be the same. Since my style will change as a result, I'm thrilled to get to commemorate a way of shooting I love.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Greatest #4: Nadine Rovner



I found Nadine Rovner's work online a several months ago. She does very moody, lush, sexy photos. They are rich in color and tone, but I was most struck by the variety of worlds she creates and captures (her 1970's film looks are wonderful as are her low-light night shots). I would love to see how she would shoot in an editorial context.