Archive for July, 2008

31
Jul
08

A collection revived

Work continues and keeps growing – that is a wonderful thing. I am busy with projects and collections of my personal work as well.

I recently came back to a collection that I started some time ago. My friend Vicky has been after me to pick up and continue this project and build it into something more than just the file of photographs it has become. The collection originated as an assignment for a class. I was asked to select a specific physical feature and focus on it for the week. So I did. I selected . . . feet. 

The choice for using feet was made after seeing two collections of  hands – beautifully photographed and surprisingly expressive . I do find hands to be very intriguing and telling, but thought that I would go in another direction – so I selected feet. At the time I had several friends who were professional dancers – they wanted photos, I needed subjects – so it started with them. Not wanting to become monotonous, I also included a marathon runner, a teacher, a bartender, and a stripper among others.

Getting people to allow me to isolate and focus on their feet was, and is, not a simple task. In my experience, people are far more willing to get completely naked for a portrait before they will allow me to photograph only their feet. 

The collection is turning out to be quite successful. It is certainly more interesting to me than the final project for that same class – a nude self-portrait. And no, you will never see that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

29
Jul
08

my, how things have changed

So I’m going through my files of pictures and I have come across a startling realization. That jarring epiphany that time has passed, and somehow I didn’t really notice.

In my efforts to organize and re-organize my files, I found negatives and proof sheets of some kids of friends that I have photographed through the years. As the kids grew, I continued to photograph them on various occasions. And now, they look so very . . .  different. The contrast between the early and the more recent is amazing to me. Both are very familiar, and yet when placed side by side, they are surprising.

Motivation for a new collection. Years in the making.

Amazingly, the kids have changed when no one noticed. We, on the other hand, have not aged a minute. Hmmmm.

There actually are several kids that I have photographed through the years, I will post others as I get negatives (the old stuff) scanned to digital format.

In the meantime: meet Max and Ryan. Then and Now.

Max then

Max then

Max now

Max now

Ryan then

Ryan then

Ryan now

Ryan now

 

A recent update of Kelly. I first photographed him in his days of adolescence, acting, football, and yes, blonde spiked hair. Thirteen years later  in San Francisco: The artist. Finding his way and exploring his love of art. As with all of us, the years and life have changed him somewhat – but the laugh, though perhaps a bit more reserved, that is the same. He paints the way he lives; with passion and without regret. A gentle and kind soul with a lifetime  – perhaps even several – of stories and experience.

23
Jul
08

We should all be old(er)

I do not enjoy indulging in the act of celebrating my own birthday. In fact, it is something that I choose to ignore and avoid at whatever cost. I (apparently a minority) do not enjoy the attention. I am very well aware that the aging process is a reality; I’m not fighting age, I just don’t like the “to-do.” Am I alone in this???

A wise friend once proclaimed: “If you set up youth as your goal, there is a very big chance that you will never achieve it.” This is something that I have never doubted. Sometimes the obvious is so . . . obvious.

Having said that, I am loving the unabashed character that is developed and perfected by “older people.”  

Two of my favorite photographic subjects: kids and old(er) people. They are unapologetically real. The first hasn’t yet realized how to be concerned by the perceptions of others, and the second, if they have lived their lives well, no longer cares. They just  . . . are.    I love that!

My across-the street-neighbor just had her father in town for a visit. He is proudly eighty-four years young and amazingly witty, quick, and sharp. He has stories and stories and stories to tell. So, I put him in front of the camera and asked him to tell some of them. What an amazing life he has.

20
Jul
08

The Garudio

OK, so this blogging thing is new and I got carried away.

A little bit preachy and way too posturing on the last entry – so I chopped it up and sent it out again. The intention was good. The execution . . . well, not so much. I lost my mind. I was drunk with the excitement of immediate posting ability. I’m recovered now.

 I think that I am going to establish a wonderful relationship with the “edit” button. The hazards of instant access. How awkward.

Moving on.

So I am in the process of creating my own studio at home. I refer to it as the “garudio” as it is still too obvious to me that it is my garage transformed. It looks great with bi-folding French doors, open space, high ceiling, mottled cement floor, and stud bare walls. I like it and refer to it as “industrial” and a work in progress. That is to say it isn’t finished – completely.

Ultimately I am imagining sky lights, movable wall pieces, and another 1000 square feet of space. Until then  . . .  it remains “the garudio.”

I shot my first portrait in the garudio recently. Jake the actor. I did headshots that he would find useful and appropriate. Then I needed something more in the direction of artsy. So, l asked a question that I am sure has been asked by countless photographers in LA throughout the years: “How naked will you get?”

Completely. Naked is art – nothing more. This is one of the shots we came up with:

More offerings from the garudio as they come about!

18
Jul
08

Inspired

 

Inspirational people have no idea how far their ripple of involvement will travel. I asked to make my contribution along side two friends who amaze me.

The first seven shots are from a book of portraits that I photographed of kids living with chronic or terminal illness. Each year extraordinary kids are invited to come to an amazing summer camp that changes every single life that it touches. My friend Scott has worked with them for years. Truly, an amazing organization that epitomizes what it means to get involved and make a difference. 

Secondly, there are portraits of some young artists who amaze me with their desire, ability, and dedication to something far beyond themselves. They are some of my friend Beth’s students of art  – and life. They have dedicated and donated their original creations to benefit Breast Cancer Research and Inner City Youth organizations. Awesome.

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18
Jul
08

Fourth of July in Cambria

I spent the Fourth of July weekend in Cambria – with friends Scott and Peter.

This gem of a town is an amazing reminder of exactly how beautiful California is. As it was the holiday weekend, we traveled ever-so-slightly south to Cayucos to enjoy the festivities of their annual Fourth of July Parade. A great gathering of patriotism, pyrotechnics, and pulled pork sandwiches – toss in some gorgeous scenery, a few foggy morning walks along the coast . . . how much better could it be?

 

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18
Jul
08

So, now I’m a blogger

I have created this site to keep my thoughts and photographs updated and available.

 Here you will find samples from current and updated photo shoots: my photographic work with kids and organizations, recent publications, and offerings from my personal work and collections.

Additionally you may find thoughts, expressions, and commentary about anything at all or nothing specific.

It’s all the beginning of putting it out there.




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