Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
So how do I plan on finishing off summer and staying sharp creatively?
dropping the camera to DAYDREAM...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
August days in Texas can be brutal. I found myself escaping the 100 degree days by camping in the Sequoia National Park for 3 days. Yes there was a bear sighting, yes one of my friends got stung by bees, and yes we made s'mores. Ahhh, life in the wilderness...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
The phone rings. The assignment is in Del Rio, Texas - a border town. The subject is Kyle Myers (who lost 80 pounds). The magazine, Men's Health. We head to the park where he has been training. Kyle is going to be a pilot. He's been stationed in Del Rio for a few years now and he's headed out of town - finishing up his duties there. Also, in a few days after the shoot he was going to get married in Oklahoma. Are you going to miss Del Rio I ask... Not really he says.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This series was awarded honorable mention in the Px3 competition - Europe's biggest and most prestigious photography competition.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
HONORABLE WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris
VAN DITTHAVONG OF UNITED STATES WAS AWARDED IN THE PX3 2009 COMPETITION.
PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS (PX3) ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF PX3 2009 COMPETITION.
Van Ditthavong of United States was Awarded in category for the entry titled, " Portrait of the American Dream ." The jury selected winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.
Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Viviene Esders, Expert près la Cour d'Appel de Paris; Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York; Sara Rumens, Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London; Françoise Paviot, Director of Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris; Chrisitine Ollier, Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Natalie Johnson, Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London; Natalie Belayche, Director of Visual Delight, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris; Jeannette Mariani, Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.
Winning entries from each major category (Advertising, Photojournalism, Book, Fine Art, Nature, and Portraiture) are exhibited in Paris at the prestigious Galerie Acte 2 from June 26-28 and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book, which is distributed to galleries, agencies, publishers and bookstores worldwide.
About the Winner:
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The "Prix de la Photographie Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs from this competition are exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book.
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Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Eric walks around the room with his son in his arms, thanking everyone for coming today. He seems like a natural... well, they both do. It's Cooper's first communion. He's just a little over 3 months. Eric turns to me and says, "How's it feel to be the godfather?" I immediately thought - I better shape up now.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The 2 and a half hour drive towards east Texas from Dallas was painless. Besides a few unexpected detours we made it to our destination on time. The clouds were looming - but the winds were here already. As always, you can make plans but there's always a catch. Rusty Dorman is a good man. He's been in Henderson, TX for most of his life. He leans up against the wall in the hallway of his office - smiling (and partly embarrassed) because a co-worker is staring at him laughing. Being photographed is never easy...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Brett walks in the ballroom. He is a calm, cool customer. With a friendly voice he says, "Ok, tell me what you'd like me to do." He seems relaxed with only a tiny hint of nervousness... a perfect state for a subject. I respond, "Can you look towards the light?" For some reason or other - some folks need little direction. He was one of those folks.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
We met in the fall of 2007. She was in the midst of her battle with breast cancer. At that time I was working on a project about the women of The Bridge Breast Network... The Bridge saves lives by linking low income, uninsured individuals to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer. What I remember about that afternoon was how Kathy would say how helpful and caring her neighbors were. We talked about her family, her treatments, our crummy healthcare system, and which hospitals and doctors would tell her - sorry you're dying but we can't help you cause you don't have insurance. But she wasn't angry or mad. She was grateful... to The Bridge, to her family, and to her friends and neighbors. Kathy passed away last month - and I am grateful for the chance to have spent a lovely afternoon with her.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Cameron Hughes lives his dream. He gets paid for being a fan. Whether it's in an NBA or NHL arena... his job is to get the crowd going - by clapping, dancing, yelling, and more dancing. Actually the truth is... he simply just has to be himself. The week before it was Cleveland and Lebron James - this day we are in Oklahoma City - right before the "bottom of the standings" OKC Thunder team take on the Memphis Grizzlies. Like a good athlete - Cameron stretches, mentally prepares, and tapes up body parts before he walks through the tunnel and takes on 15 thousand people.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Understandably he was a little hesitant at first. Meeting someone new isn't the easiest of things but Gray was very comfortable in front of the camera. In an attempt to draw out a different reaction I asked him, "What do you do when you score a touchdown?" ... hoping he would demonstrate. But with a slight furrow of the brow, he answered, "I don't know... I haven't scored one yet."
Monday, April 6, 2009
Our subject ended up having a broken leg so the art director slightly switched the shoot agenda - capture the feel of the community. The Verandah is a new development in Royce City, Texas. It was eerily quiet that day - all you can hear were the winds swirling around. Most of the houses were yet to be occupied and tons were in the midst of being built - so it had that feeling like we were in a movie set. Actually, it reminded of the town in Edward Scissorhands... very cookie-cutterish, very suburbia.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I was combing through some old files and ran into this photo. There have been pivotal moments where I can kinda pin point where my photography career/education takes a turn. This shoot happens to be one of them... here I started to really enjoy using props in my shots and I focused more in creating scenes and using the environment. It was very liberating.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
We packed the car up with gear and left Dallas - headed to Austin for some work down at South by Southwest. It's only been four days but feels like 4 months. It's great to always get away... but sometimes it's even better to get back. So after some intense shoots, the road back home tomorrow couldn't happen at a better time.
Monday, March 16, 2009
It was with great coincidence that I met Quitze Nelson, owner of Q. ink (thank you Selina!). At this point in my career I wasn't necessarily looking for representation. However, after meeting with Quitze several times discussing photography, personal mantras and philosophies - our vision and goals seem to match... both personally and professionally. And that was important to me. Not only is she an extremely wonderful person, we were on the same page as far as business objectives were concerned. So I have joined Q. ink and look forward to a beautiful relationship filled with growth, great challenges, and fun.
For those of you looking for a rep as well, Nick Onken was a great post about this in his Shoptalk blog. Do check it out.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
You can hear the engine roar. Thankfully it was getting closer and closer... making a mundane sky a little more interesting. But more importantly making the image a little more interesting. Like an ice cube is to a glass of whiskey - this yellow plane is just what the image needed to "knock the edge off."
Monday, March 2, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Former pro golfer/broadcaster/writer and (extremely) funny man, David Feherty has survived two brutal car accidents while riding. Unable to swing the golf club again he says, "I'll tell you this, the next person who hits me had better keep moving, because if I'm able to get upright that ambulance will have two passengers." This is a new tearsheet from Bicycling Magazine... here is an outtake from the shoot:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The flower pot wasn't there when I first started. I wanted something to break up the brown. I needed more life. Then I proceeded to calmly press myself against the wall, waiting for the timer to go off... staring at the black and white picture taken of me when I was three.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The smoke was still in the air just outlining the rays of light coming through the blinds. If you look closely you can see the dust particles dancing around. Josh walks through the door. I hurry to close it - afraid the smoke will leave. He steps forward and says "is this good?" I respond, "can you step back a little... perfect."
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
I got a wonderful call from Selina Maitreya (www.1portauthority.com) this week. For those who haven't heard of Selina, she has over 30 years of experience as a photographer's rep, consultant and industry advocate. Her book HOW TO SUCCEED IN COMMERICIAL PHOTOGRAPHY is terrific. I've had a copy on my nightstand for the past year... and would read and reread chapters before I would fall asleep. I decided to send her a copy of HEY?! THAT'S MY CAB... and to my surprise and amazement, she gave me a ring to say she loved it! Thank you Selina!
Monday, February 16, 2009
STOP SMILING - based in Chicago and New York, it's "magazine for high-minded low-lifes."
ODE Magazine - For Intelligent Optimists
AHORN Magazine - an online magazine dedicated to contemporary photography.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Tracy is a personal trainer. I was about to set up my lights until I saw a section in the gym where all this window light just flooded the room. It's funny - the more you start to know about light, the less you use of it... strobes that is.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I saw his truck in the distance… he was working on a light pole. We talked a bit. He told me he has been an electrician for his company for 50 years. I asked, "Have you ever been electrocuted?” He answered, “Yes, lots of times” … and then pointed to his chest.