My West Coast :: Someone Died Here

My West Coast :: Someone Died Here
There have only been two times in my life that I’ve been close to death. This spot was one of them.

On my way in to lunch one day, I saw all these police cars crowded around this area. I asked the bartender about and he said a homeless man was found killed in the area. It was so shocking to me because this spot I see every day. It’s just a typical industrial by the train tracks spot, but for the rest of my life it will have some significance.

My West Coast :: Loading Dock

My West Coast :: Loading Dock

Tomorrow is a special day for me. It will be the very first time I’ve displayed work in Portland, OR. A few months back, my good friends at OFFICE invited me to submit work to a group show for the month of May entitled “My West Coast”. All in all, 8 photographers have submitted five photos that were all shot on Polaroid Land Cameras. Everything I shot was on black & white Fujiroid and there is no negative. I’ll just have these scans to remind me (assuming I sell all the shots).

It’s been a while since I’ve shot film (much less Polaroid), but it was so fun to go analog again for a project. I’ll be posting all five of my shots here over the next five days. If you’re in Portland, come out to the opening tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29 from 6 to 8 PM at OFFICE 2204 NE Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211. The event is sponsored in part by New Deal Vodka.

Mahaulepu Heritage Trail

Mahaulepu Heritage Trail
This was pretty cool hike we did in Kauai last fall on our honeymoon. It was a really windy day, but the sun felt so glorious after a super rainy fall in Oregon. The Mahaulepu Heritage Trail is a pretty easy to navigate, though when you’re carrying 15lbs of camera gear, you watch your step a little more gingerly.

Free Union Fence

Free Union Fence
This fence is on my in-law’s farm in Virginia. It’s a beautiful place to visit. I think I enjoy the familiarity of being there. Reminds me of early days of high school when we all just got our driver’s license. I would get together with Drew, Wally, and Zach and we would drive around back county roads for hours. We’d be smoking cigarettes and listening to a polka tape called “Polish House Party”. Laughing our asses off at the track, “In Heaven There is no Beer”This fence is on my in-law’s farm in Virginia. It’s a beautiful place to visit. I think I enjoy the familiarity of being there. Reminds me of early days of high school when we all just got our driver’s license. I would get together with Drew, Wally, and Zach and we would drive around back county roads for hours. We’d be smoking cigarettes and listening to a polka tape called “Polish House Party”. Laughing our asses off at the track, “In Heaven There is no Beer”

back and so strong

back and so strong
The ides-of-may has returned! Sorry for taking it down. Felt like I lost some fans. Won’t happen again.

A lot’s been happening with me since I last made a post. Got married, went to Hawaii, narrowly escaped the snow storm of the century in Portland, moved studios, had my first client party, launched a new website, and now totally rebuilt this photoblog from the ground up.

Enjoy and stay tuned!

April-May Portland Spaces

Here are some tearsheets from the April-May 09 issue of Portland Spaces. The first three are for the Spacemakers section called Good Life. It features the home of Stephanie Sheldon-Nevarez (who I shot a year ago for Portland Monthly) and Thomas Nevarez. Stephanie owns a great post modern antique store called Noun and their house is filled with some great retro furnishings. Got something for the old portfolio at this shoot :). Jason Blackheart was the art director on this one. We’re really hitting a good groove these days (the next issue is going to be so awesome).

The next four tearsheets are for Desirables and I really love how this came out. Jen Davison came with this great idea to illustrate scenes around the products we shoot for the feature. Her drawings really make the shot. The orginals are pretty funny looking because there’s all this rigging to position things correctly. For two of the shots, we built a wall out of plywood and foamcore and secured it with super clamps and light stands. It was a little rickety at first, but Jeff T made it solid for the shot (he’s good like that). Enjoy!

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