Tequila Mockingbird

I was out at Lake Lavon a couple weeks ago with a local burlesque dancer, Tequila Mockingbird.  She was an absolute blast to work with.  Nailed all of her looks; responded really well to direction; and was an absolute trooper with the weather.  You can't tell but the temperature dropped to the low 50s about halfway through the shoot.  With the wind gusting at to 30mph it wasn't the most pleasant conditions for a model in corset and sheer leggings.  Tequila didn't complain once, though.  Seriously, she stuck with it till we lost the light.

It really reinforces how important prepping is.  Not just checking the equipment and making sure everything is working properly (which is incredibly important, obviously), but taking the time to visit a location several times before a shoot so you're not wandering around looking for something interesting while your model is shivering to death.  I've been out to Lake Lavon for about seven or eight shoots at this point and I'm still discovering new spots; new angles; new areas to explore.  I couldn't imagine being out there for the first time trying to engage with my model, direct her through a shoot, and find locations that are not only going to be flattering, but also reflect the right mood and atmosphere of the project.  

Unless the purpose of my shoot is to show up to a location fresh, unfamiliar, and unexposed to it, I prefer going out a week or two ahead of time and spending the day on-site with me, myself, and my camera.  No pressure.  No expectations.  Just an intimate opportunity to explore a new part of the world.


Abstract Reality

I'm really falling in love with glitch art. Like I mentioned before I use the iPhone 5 in panorama mode and then "draw" with it. The phone stitches images together as best it can so you're able to twist it and move with it.  


There's something about glitch art that I absolutely love. It's not that they're imperfect, rather that they ARE perfect. Exactly as they should be. Yes, it's an abstraction of reality but aren't all photos an abstraction of reality?

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As photographers we don't capture moments - we borrow them. That brief fraction of a second when the shutter flips open, exposes the sensor (or film) and then closes again doesn't freeze time. Time still passes by. Just like it always has. Just like it always will. A photo is an echo. A reverberation. It's a rough approximation of what once was.


Photojournalism is important.  I want to emphasize that.  Especially conflict photography and images exposing corruption or the plight of the disenfranchised.  What reporters are doing in Syria, in Haiti, Africa, wherever, is absolutely necessary and absolutely commendable.  They gots them some guts.  But I don't believe photojournalism is any better at capturing "truth" because there isn't one.  There isn't a universal Truth but instead, many truths, many stories, and many perspectives.

What I love about abstract photography and glitch art in particular is that it doesn't claim to represent "truth."  It's perspective.  How I see the world.  It lets go of the moment that once was and provides a new moment for the viewer to share.  It's you and the artwork whether that's photography, painting, sculpture, dance, whatever.

Abstract art isn't about defining; it's about redefining over and over and over.

Reach for your dreams

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Glitch Art

So I've been experimenting with the wonderful world of glitch art panoramas lately.  What I do is point my iPhone 5 out the window of my car and take a panorama.  The phone attempts to stitch together the scene but because of the high speed the image gets a lot of artifacts and strange compressions.  The image coming out is pretty raw but I like to cook it a little bit to get the more fluid feel.  Here are some examples:

What a glitch!?!
Seattle Glitch
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Kick Off

Hey world.  I'm trying out the photo blog to keep up with some of my activities around Seattle.  Currently I'm shooting with a Panasonic GH3 and primarily a 20mm f/1.7.  I have a few other speciality lenses like a pinhole, Holga, c-mount, minoltas.  I also shoot a lot with my iPhone 5.

Shooting street photography is an interesting experience.  It teaches me to pay attention to details that might otherwise have gotten looked over.  I like the pacing of it.  You don't get three hours in a studio.  Just whatever crosses your path.  A shot comes and goes in an instant.  You have to be ready.  Focused.  Zen.  At least that's what it is for me.

I'd love feedback on the site and the photography.  Check out my Flickr to see the full sets and some of my older work.  

Cafe in Freemont

Who are these people?

I like patterns