Last Polaroid

In my fridge here at the studio, I have a box and a half left of Type 55 Polaroid 4×5 film. It sits, unused…replaced by a fast-moving industry that depends on digital technology to produce everything “on screen” on quick turn-around. It’s funny that it’s only a few months old, and I’m probably one of the last photographers around who ever used the stuff. In fact, on a recent trip to the equipment rental shop the counterman half-jokingly tried to sell me the Polaroid 4×5 back on a more permanent basis. Sadly, Type 55 Polaroid isn’t being made any more. Continue reading

Monster Mash

Art in The City and Bad Art for Bad People hosted a major bash here at the studio in celebration of Day of the Dead. Fire dancers, bands, freaky cool art covering the walls, and a couple hundred people made for a killer time. As per the usual agenda, our mayhem completely drowned out the bands playing at the bar across the street.

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AIGA meets Magnet Mafia

img_5167Last week saw a cool event take place here at the img_5347studio: an AIGA-sponsored event by Magnet Mafia, an ensemble that specializes in street-style, post-anywhere-ferrous art.

Fifty graphic designers were given a slew of art supplies and let loose with magnet sheets to collage upon, stencil upon, draw and paint upon. We made a big mess, and had a incredible time creating with [gasp!] our hands instead of a mouse.

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SJ Tucker

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing the amazing singer/songwriter SJ Tucker, who I met at Burning Man. She brought some wonderfully photogenic outfits…ball gowns, feather-encrusted top hats, Victorian waistcoats…those, along with her inimitable personality, made for some memorable images.
SJ Tucker
SJ Tucker

Dogs are people, too

Here are some shots I took early October at a fund-raising event for Homeward Bound, a non-profit organization that provides canine companions to the elderly. The event was a kind of play-date for dogs and their owners. There were fun (and kinda strange) activities like dog massages and animal communicators.

For my part, people would bring their pooch into the back room where I’d set up a mini-studio, and we’d get them on “film”.

Shooting dogs is much like shooting children…unruly and (almost) impossible to direct, with attention spans measured in milliseconds, they’re nevertheless always engaging and full of personality.

Burning Man

Burning Man 2008. A great deal of personal effort this year was expended towards making this once-in-a-lifetime trek out to Nevada. Although this was my first visit to the playa, I went with Burning Man veteran Brandie Bond, fellow photographer and fire dancer. This trip would be special because Brandie’s close affiliation with the Burning Man in-crowd and scheduled pre-burn fire perfomance (which was sadly canceled due to dust storms) would give me up-front access. Continue reading