Off again

May 9, 2009

Starting another adventure.

I’m heading to the great state of Texas to do some hiking and exploring. Be back in a week, hopefully with exposed film and latent images of course.

And an image from Jersey City.

Haneefa

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She’s already ahead of all of us.

May 28, 2008

Today I got an email from an old friend of mine. She had sent me a link to an interview she had with ephotos.com. Congratulations to Lacey Johnson. We took good old Owen Butler‘s class together. We photographed the entire day of November 2nd 2004. What a terrible turning point that day was for all of us. Apparently all those negative words about Diane Arbus didn’t turn you off.

In other news I’ve been traveling a bunch the past few weeks and I don’t think its going to slow down till at least July. I haven’t been photographing a whole lot but I am doing a redesign of my website. I got some encouragement from Amy Elkins.


Handsome Furs with Guests

April 9, 2008

The Handsome Furs show on Sunday was definitely the best performance I have ever seen Dan and Alexei put on in New York. Dan kept reiterating how he is always nervous when he plays in new york. He had nothing to be nervous about, the crowd loved them. The Violins opened the night, I had never heard them before but they were pretty decent. The next “act” the comedians was the absolute worst act I have ever seen. The Handsome Furs played a nice full set with what I believe were three new songs. At the end of the show Dan invited Hadgi Bakara from Wolf Parade onto the stage to play the drums. After the final song with Hadgi still on stage he brought his laptop and plugged it in to the sound system. Hadgi threw picked up Alexei’s keyboard and pronounced he would playing the “Lil Wayne leak”. It was pretty funny ending of a great show.


Paskowitz

April 6, 2008

Last night Lynne and I went to the Gen Art Film Festival. I had no idea what it was or what happens, I just knew that I was going to see Surfwise and the short film called The Ladies by Christina Voros. Both were amazing films! I can’t find a whole lot of information about The Ladies but it was a very witty film about two sisters in their 80’s making a living as dressmakers in new york city.

Surfwise was made by filmmaker Doug Fray. This is a film about family and how a family can be shaped by one mans views on life. This film is one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz raised a family of 9 surfers. He has 8 boys and one girl that all grew up in their 24 foot motor home. This film really shows how your family life can shape your views on life. This man is definitely an extremist but everyone probably wishes they had lived a childhood of surfing and truancy.

“Like many American outsider-adventurers, Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz set out to realize a manifest destiny dream. Abandoning a successful medical practice, he sought self-fulfillment by taking up the nomadic life of a surfer.  But unlike other American searchers like Thoreau or Kerouac, Paskowitz took his wife and nine children along for the ride.  Together, they lived a life that would be unfathomable to most, but enviable to anyone who ever relinquished their dreams to a straight job.

For better or worse, the Paskowitz Family proved that America may be running out of frontier, but it hasn’t run out of frontiersmen.”

Also remember tonight is Handsome Furs at Bowery Ballroom. Hopefully I will be able to take some pictures and maybe even a video if I remember and don’t get thrown out. I was looking for some new videos on the forums and I found one from Friday night in Philly. Terrible quality and not so great sound but its youtube. I appreciate hearing new tracks even if the quality is bad


Total Eclipse

February 26, 2008

Keelay makes the sweetest videos.

HERE

side note: I was fighting to get a real video posted in the post but for some reason wordpress doesn’t like vimeo. I tried both syntaxes neither worked. so click it instead. its worth it.


Day workers and grandpa.

February 15, 2008

Photographs Not Taken:

Today I was driving in Brooklyn for work when I was almost pulled over and started photographing. In the area of Brooklyn I was in there are day workers. These people are usually illegal immigrants that work for a day rate for construction crews or landscapers. We were sitting at a light and acros the road diagonally were two day workers putting their hands up like they were boxing. Soon they were throwing jabs and ripping each others shirts. There were a few solid blows to the face before they were both on the ground.

Why didn’t I stop and photograph it? So bummed.

jesus

glove

pops burial

wendys burger


Union City Boxing Club:Portraits

February 8, 2008

GeishaNajae  Silvia

Vincent  I made these portraits the other  night. Taking these portraits was more about meeting people and letting people get comfortable in front of the camera. I am in no way happy with these portraits at all. I’m actually disappointed, but with respect to these folks and for all their hard work sitting and posing I wanted to post them. I can’t be happy with every photograph.