“The worst possible thing in the world can happen to you, and you will overcome it. You will be happy again.”
― Chuck Close
I feel like i have written a billion posts that talk about luck and opportunity. It isn’t luck or opportunity that has created this portfolio or the images. It has been blood, sweat and tears that make these images. MIne…and the people I get to work with. Sometimes I choose to reach out to them. Sometimes they choose to reach out to me. Either way, it doesn’t matter. It is the process that draws an artist to the canvas of choice. With photography, people are drawn to what they want to create, how they want to be seen, the desire to be something than the skin and frame we are confined to…
Like a moth to the flame, there are some people that just have to create. I choose a camera. Others choose paint, pencils, chalk, rock, wood, dirt, machines, their bodies. We choose to create together. Some times all i do is make sure the exposure is correct and let my subject run the show. Let them create the magic with in the viewfinder. Let them create art within the space I try to confine them in for just that moment…
Art and fear…
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On Father’s Day, the kiddos and I went o my aunt’s house for our bi-weekly Sunday dinners. Before we left the house, I decided to grab my camera and a roll of Lomography Lady Grey 400 speed film. After dinner, all of the kids ended up swimming in my aunt’s pool while the adults watched on. I managed to shoot most of the roll before it was time to call it a day.
The next day I really wanted to process the roll of film so I could share the images with my family. Looking at the counter, I still had 8 frames left unexposed. The oldest looked at me and said simply, “Hand me the camera, dad”. We wandered around outside and decided to go explore the new town homes they are building in our community. She explored both floors and even climbed out on to the roof with me. I gave her no directions. Did not point out anything I thought would make an interesting composition. I just sat there and watched her do her thing. Once again, I was blown away by what I saw after we processed the roll of film together.
As much as I love the interaction and sharing of Facebook, I feel like it is so stagnant and full of selfish motivation and peacock like boasting. Look what I did. Look who I hung out with. Look who I “know” and hang out with. I have left so many photography groups on Facebook in the past couple years. I became so tired of the posturing and all of the other ego driven bullshit. I have been posting 95% of my to Instagram over the past 3 years. It is the perfect place to post my work and walk away from it. To say thank you when people compliment my work or the people I have been lucky enough to work with. Instagram was designed to be a visual platform to post, share, comment and walk away from the ego surrounding so many people. I do not shoot or create for any of you. I have spent countless dollars buying cameras and lighting equipment and film and chemicals because I just have to create something. If I am not creating, I become so stir crazy and restless. I do this because I have to.
And thanks to the platform of Instagram, I have been contacted by some of the most amazing people that just want to create. To do something different than the status quo. Pretty Sique is a great example. We talked months ago about creating if and when she ever came to visit Austin. On June 20th, she was here. And i was able to create with her. After the jump are all of our film shots. Shot on Kodak Tri-X, pushed to 800 ISO. I actually sliced my hand open while in the dark room opening the 2 rolls of film we shot in about an hour. Once I could turn on the light, I found blood splatters on the wall and counters. Luckily it didn’t contaminate the film.
Last night i was revisiting older shoots that I let lay around on the hard drives. This always seems to yield new images. Which also leaves me wondering why I didn’t process these and release earlier? These images are from January 2017 with an old friend of mine. I processed the digital images with a hint of a blue tint to give them a bit of cinematic feel. The black and whites are home processed Kodak Tri-X scans. Enjoy.
Almost a year ago, I was contacted by a follower of mine through Instagram. They lived out in California but were going to be in Austin to visit family soon. Unfortunately we were unable to connect to shoot together over the next 3 or 4 of her visits to Austin. On her most recent trip about 6 months ago, our schedules (or the moon and planets) aligned finally. As she is a dancer, we both wanted to try to do something different and utilize her dancing training in a non-traditional photographic manner.
Yesterday while watching movies with Lars, the thunder started rolling outside. She walked over to the sliding glass door and pulled the curtains back. Next thing I know, we are outside while the rain slowly started coming down. Just sprinkles at first then it really started to rain. And Lars started to play and dance and sing in the rain…
My sweet, stubborn, head strong little Lars. She constantly keeps me on my toes. Pushes all my buttons. Makes me laugh and smile. I couldn’t imagine a day without her presence.
I met Shaun earlier on in my photography career here in Austin. We met the first time at an event one of our mutual friends was having about 6 years ago, where I was also showing some of my work. I very clearly remember her amazingly outgoing spirit and personality. We chatted that night about planning a shoot. We lost contact, got back in contact and on and on for the next 6 years. Finally things worked out with our schedules and we set a date. Of course on that evening, the plans started unraveling by things out of our control. We put our heads together and made the shoot still happen that evening.
I always wanted to shoot Shaun a little bit differently than her outstanding portfolio. Instead of her more traditional glamour work, I really wanted to push her in the direction of being photographed and posed like an art model. Here are some of the images from this shoot.