Sunday, March 29, 2009


Been a while since I've posted anything. I've shot a few assignments lately that I will post when the mags come out. Been playing with lighting a bit on the editorial assignments and its been kind of fun. Some sheets are starting to pile up from stuff I've shot with the 4x5 camera will have to get those processed and scanned soon. Here's a portrait I did of my good friend Michelle from a month or so ago. Been trying to go tighter in my portraits lately.

Michelle Clark on a street in Roxbury, MA 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

My Dream Assignment

I entered this contest, please take a second to vote. Thanks!

Monday, March 09, 2009


I usually publish quotes I've found from other blogs and give them a credit. Well I just started following Tim Gruber's blog Waitin' On a Moment. So many great quotes on there. Here is the most recent:

"Well, in a place where people are only focused on survival, on the bare necessities, the obvious conclusion is that art must be, somehow, essential for life. The camps were without money, without hope, without commerce, without recreation, without basic respect, but they were not without art. Art is part of survival; art is part of the human spirit, an unquenchable expression of who we are. Art is one of the ways in which we say, “I am alive, and my life has meaning.
Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can’t with our minds.
If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at two AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you’re going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 PM someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft.
Frankly, ladies and gentlemen, I expect you not only to master music; I expect you to save the planet. If there is a future wave of wellness on this planet, of harmony, of peace, of an end to war, of mutual understanding, of equality, of fairness, I don’t expect it will come from a government, a military force or a corporation. I no longer even expect it to come from the religions of the world, which together seem to have brought us as much war as they have peace. If there is a future of peace for humankind, if there is to be an understanding of how these invisible, internal things should fit together, I expect it will come from the artists, because that’s what we do. As in the concentration camp and the evening of 9/11, the artists are the ones who might be able to help us with our internal, invisible lives."

by Karl Paulnack (given to incoming freshman music majors at the Boston Conservatory)

Please check out what other great tid bits Tim has there.

Harbour Island Locals

So as I mentioned in a previous post I was on a gig in Harbor Island and was lucky enough to have about a 1/2 hour to and an hour most afternoons to go and make some pictures. It was a lot of fun and is something that I probably would have not done a few years ago due to the fact that I used to not be comfortable shooting strangers. I've gotten over that now and it has expanded a whole world of possibilities of picture making. Here's 12 proofs from the trip.

Hotel worker on his way to his break.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

Chico hanging out during a break from the shoot.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

Men on their way to the boat dock.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

Painter taking a cigarette break.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

I've learned that kids can be tough. They almost always want to pose and smile but I think this one works.

Children on their way home from school.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

My favorite landscape I've take in a long time. Notice the dead chicken to the lower left of the frame.

A clothes rack and a dead chicken.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

A man on his way home from work.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

Old cemetery
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

Sun breaks through after a storm.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

Older man watching the sunset.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

Young girl eating flavored frozen ice.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

A little mixup for myself, a tight portrait. I've been getting tighter lately, something I plan on doing more of.

Portrait of a young man.
Harbour Island, Bahamas 2008

So I am now caught up on proof scanning all my latest processed film. I've shot some 4x5 portraits lately, so new negs are piling up for processing and now that the weather has been nicer I plan on shooting a lot more. I also have a new webpage in the works that I'm pretty excited about. I don't want to talk to much about it but I'll say right now that its not another portfolio site. Stay tuned.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

The MassArt 20th Annual Benefit Art Auction

I donated a piece for the auction this year. They selected my Chuck Close portrait. It was nice to see it big and framed. Here's some little iPhone snaps I took of it at The Framers Workshop. It had been a while since I'd framed something myself but once I walked through the door I felt like it was 2003 again. You can see the listing for my piece here and take a peep at the rest of the work for auction here.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Contax and some books

So I've recently been shooting a bit with my Contax g2. What a beautiful little camera. So fast so compact it feels so good to shoot with. I've often shy away from shooting with it because I think that I might as well use my Canon 5D, but I get so much enjoyment from shooting with that thing. My friend Stephen Schuster uses it a lot. Check out his blog and website. I've picked it up again and started shooting some b&w, I plan on processing and scanning it myself to keep costs down. Its a nice camera for me to "sketch with". Here is an example of s shot from a year or so ago that I just scanned. Another thing is that the on camera flash looks great as well.

Kate waiting for the L train
Brooklyn NY 2008?

On some brain building stuff I've been reading two photo books lately. One is Image Makers, Image Takers by Anne-Celine Jaeger:

The sub title really bothers me, but the interviews are pretty interesting. It's been kind of like hearing lectures except you can't ask your own questions. I'm about half way through and even the David LaChapelle interview didn't bother me too much.

The other book I'm slowly getting through is Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before by Michael Fried:

Damn this is a incredibly dense book, but I'm making it through slowly and its has brought some thoughts on contemporary photography to light that I haven't thought of before. It too has an annoying title.


So I've finally finished doing some quick Epson scans of the negs that I got processed a few weeks ago. This first batch is kind of random stuff I've shot and the second post will be stuff from Harbor Island, when I was there for work. I have to say again, I still truly love shooting film for my personal work. I feel like I get something out of the creative process that I miss when shooting digital. I never mean to down on digital, I think there are many advantages to digital over film, especially now with the high ISO shooting cameras that have come out. Also in editorial and commercial shooting digital has become an necessity. We're going to start seeing photographs in low light that could have never been made before, a huge advantage to anyone working in a documentary style. Working with film is just a different experience that I think everyone can learn from. I really like shooting with different formats and cameras which cause you to shoot differently.
Almost all of these are of Kate, god bless her on her being my constant subject. These are some seasonal photos of different times in New England.

Kate & I going shopping at a strip mall
Seabrook, NH 2008

I did a really wide portrait of Derek that I posted a few months ago. I really liked the feel of it so I've been experimenting with that style a bit more. I guess its an extreme version of my usual full length environmental portraits that I make. I really like this one a lot too.

Kate in the dunes
Salisbury Beach, MA 2008

Kate & Shug on a walk 1
Amesbury, MA 2008

Kate & Shug on a walk 2
Amesbury, MA 2008

Kids taking a break from jumps
Fremont, NH 2008

Dunes Motor Inn empty in the off season
Hampton, NH 2008