Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New Mexico in B&W

Wow, some photos that I've been trying to get up online for ever, and now finally with this new slideshow ability, I can do it the way I want to. These are actually from last July when I took a week off to hang out with my mom, dad, sister and her son Dylan. It was an amazing week of hiking and hanging with the whole family. Most of these are of these are of the little guy, of course, mostly because he's not so little anymore.

People often ask me about equipment I use (in fact, it was one of the things my class and professor suggested I talk about when I was encouraged(required) to add words to this blog): A lot of the pictures on this blog over the last few months have been taken with whatever I could get my hands on at the time - everything from a 5D to F3, MarkII to YashicaD. The above photos were taken with a Leica, 35mm lens on film that I bought from a friend out of a sort of grab-bag - a lot of it looks like TriX and I think there's some fuji (looks a little less contrasty).

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


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Monday, April 28, 2008

Inside El Salvador

Image Memory and the Paradox of Peace

In case you missed the opening and the conference last week, you luckily can still go see the images at the Harry Ransom Center right now. The exhibition is in two main parts, the first images from the war in El Salvador beginning in 1979, the second part an exhibition of Donna DeCesare's images depicting the lasting effects of those wars in the US and Latin America up until the present. THESE IMAGES WILL BLOW YOU AWAY. I'm not kidding. A lot of this work was what got me interested in photography in the first place - photography with a purpose.

The photo above = Carlos Consalvi, Harry Mattison, Susan Meiselas, Donna DeCesare, David Coleman, Eli Reed. How many of my heroes can be in one photo! But seriously, it's amazing to meet photojournalists you admire for their photography and then find out they're great people too boot! I feel very lucky.

And lastly, a new addition to the blog - slideshow feature! Let me know how this works for you. I'm still trying to work the bugs out, so let me know if anything's funky or it just straight doesn't work.

Justice on the Run

And Liberty Cowering Against the Ropes
So, a week ago some friends of mine were given some bogus tickets for "jaywalking" downtown. Yes, jaywalking. They ran across Congress and were stopped by 4, yes 4!, bicycle police officers (I don't know, I guess they travel in packs). Anyway, the good people of The Wonderful Organization have pledged to give all the proceeds from their next show to the guys to help them pay their tickets since the guys were just out there helping them out on a super-secret project.

So yeah, go to the website, watch the video, and head out to the Dirty Dog on May 17th at Midnight and hear some tunes to help the guys out. I can promise it will be an amazing time.

Dan and Mikey

last spring about this time

I noticed over on Joey's blog some images from a point to point race during his trip to Virginia. A point to point is a horse race that involves jockeys and jumping and all that jazz, but really it is a huge, ridiculous social gathering that has a lot more to do with champagne, high heels and hats. Here's a couple shots from the Holga I dug up. I had two last year, one with 35 and one with 120.

Updating the blog

So, I've had big plans for some major updatage of this blog for awhile now, but I keep holding off because I want to make "significant" updates to it. What that means, I don't really know, but it somehow involves more than just a picture or so. Anyway, ran into a couple SNAFU's today, but I wanted to just get the ball rolling for myself, so here's an old snap that got scanned from some film I found. Just a quick entry in the visual journal of heading out to drop off some photos with Sypher at a Vineyard. When we arrived, we were told that the man he needed to talk to was busy - out in a field chasing a run away horse. So the two of us ended up leaning on a fence watching the far-off scene. Good times in Fauquier County.

Oh, and for a bunch of you who were at Kan's open-mic last month; Raymond threw up some photos on his blog that should be checked out. His latest entry on his blog though is actually the photo story that Raymond was down in Texas working on. He's been working on it for over a year now, so the edit he has up is definitely worth checking out.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The Boss

Still have a ton of scanning to do from all the film I processed this week, but I wanted to post something I shot tonight real quick for the Boss. He needed a headshot for the upcoming Austin Shakespeare Festival production of Much Ado About Nothing later this April. Big thanks to Cliff for the use of his camera tonight. Any other semi-professional actors out there?