Thursday, February 26, 2009

david feherty

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:

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

3 and 33 years old

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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

before the smoke clears

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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

some face time

Thanks to the PDN staff for highlighting my portfolio this month... and thanks to Emily for telling me about it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

selina maitreya

I got a wonderful call from Selina Maitreya ( 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

cool beans

Just like style, you either have it or you don't. These magazines have it... one day I can only hope to be fortunate enough to work with them.

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

a pear in the sink

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I grabbed a flashlight and pointed it at the pear.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

finding window light

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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

at the beach

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I remember I couldn't wait to get my polariod sx70. It came in a great looking case. The camera shape was something I've never seen before, sort of like a transformer - it looked one way, and then popped into another. I really felt like a photographer... or a spy. Sadly it now sits looking pretty on my shelf, next to its sibling - the polaroid 180.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

filling in light

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The light was terrific that morning but I needed to open up him up. Laying in front of Young's knees is a small silver reflector. Not only was I able to fill his face with some light... I was able to also cast his shadow up against the wall. Sometimes I think shadows tell a much better story.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

the true meaning of pictures

I bought this documentary about two years ago and just watched it again. The opening scene is terrific - a fantastic plane ride over the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky. Appalachia is one of those mystical places to me ... like New Orleans, Paris, Siberia or Giza. Shelby Lee Adam's portraits are simply beautiful.