Rock Star Ron

This is a shot of my buddy Ron O’Hare, who runs a publishing company, Rockit Werks. One day we were shooting some photos for a series of black and white fine art postcards we’ll be coming out with soon, and I asked Ron to sit in for a few impromptu portraits. (After all, the models can’t have all the fun!)

The post-production was intended to be reminiscent of one of my favorite pre-digital darkroom techniques, involving bleaching and toning the print as it comes out of the fixer, giving it a gritty, high-contrast look. The end result reminds me a little bit of that famous Albert Watson shot of Keith Richards.

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