Best Photo Book of 2008

December 3, 2008

I premise this writing with a title that explains it all. I have been waiting a long time to write about my newest acquired photo book. “America” by Zoe Strauss arrived in the mail today at work! I purchased the book in early September but Amazon have been dragging their feet. I have been reading all the reviews and all the positive feedback people are writing and sure enough:

IT RULES!

I was very impressed by the quality of the printing and the layout of the photographs. I had already seen the layout online but it’s not the same as holding the book in your hands. Most of the photographs I have seen before but there are a few that are new and some real treats at that. If you were to buy one photography book this year it should be this one!

It is finally winter, after a long fall and four weeks in Miami for an extended summer I have finally had to put on a coat and come back home. It’s official that we are in a recession but it seems the photography business fell into it a lot sooner than our government was willing to admit.  If you have a full time job be thankful, I know that’s what I was thankful for on Thanksgiving.

Lots of plans for the next couple months. Hopefully scanning film I have stacked up and a new project. I took a class through the Cooper Union Continuing education program with Laurel. This week is the last class and I am hoping to take another course with them this winter. I have photographed Jersey City, NJ for the past few months on and off and I think its time to hunker down. For the winter.

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Dead summer heat

August 2, 2008

I’m currently riding the path train home from Manhattan after dropping my brother off at port authority, I thought i was long overdue to write something. It’s been a very busy summer and I haven’t really been able to devote much time to personal photography. Of course all the time I should’ve spent photographing was not wasted. Lynne and I finally moved in together in a new apartment . I finally purchased an iPhone which I am blogging from,. I am hoping WordPress on my phone all the time will allow me the time to write more. Work has been very busy, photographing almost everyday.
I have lots of traveling ahead of me in the month of august so hopefully this will be a good resource. I am traveling to see wolf parade in Toronto next weekend and then I head to Massachusetts for two days to see Wilco at Tanglewood. I then come home for an evening before flying out to Las Vegas for five days to help out some friends. This is my first paid work vacation and it has been long awaited.
I took Jesse to see wolf parade on Thursday night and it was definitely one of their best performances I have seen. They all looked very happy to be in new York even with mosh pits. I am hoping there is a way to post photographs from the iPhone to the blog. I posted a bunch of pictures on the Flickr of the show.

So keep checking back I haven’t given up on the blog.

Listening to the new Conor Oberst album and it’s definitely nice to hear new music from him even if it isn’t from Bright Eyes.

Update: you can post pictures from your iPhone camera roll. As long as 2 megapixel is enough.

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1000 Miles in Two Days

April 27, 2008

I have been traveling around like crazy the past few days for work. I am currently sitting in Raleigh/Durham airport for a flight back to New York. I was asked to deliver a bunch of equipment for my boss to Chapel Hill for a job. I had just gotten back from Miami a few weeks back and I’m on the road again and it feels great.

While down south I met up with an old friend from high school and we went out drinking at UNC where she goes to school. It’s always fun to meet up with old friends and catch up with people I lose track of because of our busy lives.

Today on my way to the airport we stopped at a farm to drop of some chickens. Yes we were dropping off live chickens. The farm had Lamas, Emu’s, goats, guinea hens, chickens, and even a few foster care great danes. We were crammed in my bosses suv that I drove down. We laughed at how ironic the situation was. I never thought my job would lead to such an awesome time like that.

by Zoe Strauss

Hopefully I am going back to a slower week at the studio but I’m sure it will be just like normal. Next week I am hoping to take a drive to Philly to see Zoe Strauss at her I-95 show. There are still three seats in the car if anyone would like to join us. It’s an awesome alternative art exhibit under Route 95.

I went to the Ryan McGinley show and the Gregory Crewdson show to see what all the fuss was about. I thought Ryan’s show was a great representation of what he was looking to personify. I understand how saying you shot 4000 rolls of film is a bit pompous but I guess its a fact you don’t really need to know. I have always liked his work and it really makes me want to go on a road trip with all my friends (not get naked). Maybe he wouldn’t have taken so much flak if he hadn’t only shown pictures when his subjects were in the nude. From what I understand there is a long of time without clothing though.

Gregory Crewdson’s new work is a lot like previous work. Static images of suburban “eerie” landscapes with a person or two scattered with the same facial expression. I did get a totally different feeling from these photographs than previous work. It might have just been my mood but I felt these images were less creepy and more everyday scenes. I don’t especially like this body of work and I agree with other critics, I wish he would make a new and different body of work. A couple years ago I discovered the Fire Flies work I was very impressed with that work. It showed me that he liked to photograph something other than elaborate sets with huge crews. I see this body much more attainable as a fellow photographer. I am not going to be able to hire an entire crew to make a series of photographs. I can however use my own resources to photograph something as beautiful and simple as fireflies.


So long Miami

April 4, 2008

It’s been a long and awesome week. I have been on location since Sunday, hence the lack of posting.

The weather has been outstanding, 85 degrees and sunny all week. One day it absolutely down poured for five minutes and then we had bright blue sky five minutes later. Working on South Beach seems like a much better way to go than vacation. Just a few snap shots from my point shoot. Busy weekend of Handsomefurs and Gen Art film festival ahead. Definitely shots from Handsomefurs on Monday.

and for all of you who are wondering what the hell is up with the last image “domicile”. Yeah that’s right Western Art and Architecture attendees it says DOMICILE. that rules. It’s the little things in life that make it worth while. And swimming in the ocean everyday and getting paid for it.


family and travel

December 31, 2007

I have been traveling a lot and taking some time off from work and seeing family. I just got back from Vermont. It was nice to be away from the city but the country moves too slow for me. I guess a breather never hurts.

I hitched a ride up to Ithaca with my folks who were down visiting and stayed in Ithaca for Christmas and enjoyed some time with my family and other friends in town. Lots of running around and never enough time to see everyone. I received lots of great books for Christmas so I hope to talk about them in the coming weeks. I was given Richard Renaldi’s Figure and Ground. I got a signed copy of “The day of the Dead” by Denis Defibaugh a former teacher of mine. I also received a book by the Vice Magazine people its called “The Vice Photo Book”. I haven’t read it but I looked at the pictures and it is awesome. I can’t wait to read it. It features all the major photographers that have contributed to Vice Magazine. From what I have seen so far everyone should check it out. I have been riding the train a lot so I have been able to do a lot of reading. From Ithaca my girlfriend and I caught a ride to Burlington Vermont and we spent three days up there with family. I haven’t been to Vermont in a little over a year. It’s like a totally different country. We went and saw I am Legend a few nights ago and it was funny to see Bethel Vermont in the movie. Another depressing movie but I thought it was done quite well. Will Smith showing some stellar acting.

We took a train from Burlington all the way to Penn Station. A voyage of 10 hours! A good relaxing time to read and watch movies. I was given the newest book by Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Spendid Suns. He is also the writer of The Kite Runner. I read this book for a large portion of my trip in the southwest a few years ago. I was worried I wouldn’t get hooked into this book like I did his last, but I have already read through 80 some pages of it. This book is equally as depressing as his last. He sticks to his usual subject of Afghanistan culture. This book has been following the story of a young woman.

I will post the Image Makers Image Takers review later this week.


RIP Evel Knievel

December 1, 2007

To my dismay on my way home this evening I heard that Evel Knievel has passed away, at least Terry Gross broke the news for me. I don’t have many memories of watching him on TV but I remember one distinct time when I watched him jump a canyon…it might have been part of the Grand Canyon.

I don’t normally talk about current events on this blog but I had a few things come my way this evening that seemed notable.

I was directed by another blogger to the Charlie Rose show on Youtube. The episode included interviews with Richard Stengel the managing editor of Time magazine, Taryn Simon the author of “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar” (it’s on my Christmas list), and the last person interviewed was Chris Rock. I don’t know a whole lot about the managing editor of the Time magazine but I do know that they hire a lot of photographers. Taryn Simon is an amazing photographer but I didn’t know much about her and it is also interesting to see what these photographers look like. She is only 32 years old and she is creating amazing book and images that will last forever. Any one know her first assistant? Chris Rock was hillarious and he talked a lot about other actors he has great respect for. He also talks about bombing. He talks about how you can never be too comfortable with your career. If you get too comfortable you will fail, sounds a lot like photography.

This week I discovered a band on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast. They are called Lucinda Black Bear it is the project of Christian Gibbs. I have slowly been listening to more calm and acoustic style musicians, or maybe its the piano I really like. Either way I can’t stop listening to their cd, and they are from Brooklyn.

Enjoy the weekend. Takes some photographs. I know its been a while.


Seaside Heights New Work

August 16, 2007

Seaside Heights-Santiago Columbia

Seaside Heights-Paul Bunion

Seaside Heights-Store front

Seaside Heights-Shaun

Seaside Heights-Mural

Seaside Heights-Amusement Ride

Seaside Heights-Money Man

Seaside Heights-Proud to be an American