Monthly Archives: June 2014

Clean Start

Where: New Orleans, LA



Between Meeting: After Video Shoot



NOLA Clean


I started a new position this past week.



In some ways this image symbolizes a clean start.



But it’s really about the insight I’ve learned from so many amazing photographers regarding gesture, contrast, light, color, texture and mood in the early morning after Mardi Gras.



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Reverse Photo Bomb

Where: London, England




Between Meeting: On Vacation



London 02


We were on vacation a few years ago visiting the O2 in London.



I saw this great backlit scene where I could make some striking silhouettes and recruited our two kids to pose. It would be fair to say they didn’t have any choice…



While I was directing their position between the horizontal and vertical lines, I heard a polite voice in a British accent say, “So sorry”. Just out of frame left, I saw a man trying to get out of the picture. I was able to quickly zoom out and capture his run going out of frame right, which added a distinctive 3rd Fibonacci element to the composition.



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Where: London, England




Between Meeting: On Vacation



NothingI was in London two weeks ago and on my way to the airport.



I bought a ticket at the Notting Hill Gate Tube Stop.  From Notting Hill I could get off at Paddington and from there, jump on the Heathrow Express to the airport.



There’s a section at the end of the platform where some daylight could be found, so the quality of light is more humane vs the incandescent dull, normally found in The Underground.



As I looked across the tracks at passengers headed in the opposite direction, I could not help but see the humor in the Notting Hill Gate sign that was partially obscured and said “NOTTIN”



Everyone on the platform looked deflated and dispationate. It was almost as if with a British accent, “NOTTIN” was pronounced, “Nuthin” in keeping with how everybody looked.




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But Where?

Where: Portland, ME



Between Meeting: Morning of Video Shoot



Fog StrowlThere are two Portlands with a sizable population in the United States. Portland Oregon is the better known city with one of the best mottos out there, “Keep Portland Wierd.



The lesser known big Portland is Portland Maine. It’s the largest city in the State but most only know the airport and rental car lot from which to head to the more famous Maine Coastline.



I was very excited to have a few free hours in the early morning to explore the city vs shooting another lighthouse. The alarm went off at 6:00am and I quickly threw back the curtains to check out the view from my hotel room. I was disappointed that the hotel had to install a temporary frosted window for some kind of repair, since all I saw was diffused light and no details like that of a bathroom window. But then I saw a faint blurry object move across the window and realized we were big time fogged in.



When confronted with this type of weather in the past I’d just go back to sleep, but now I see it as a great opportunity to create images with mood. So I bolted out of the hotel.



One block away I saw three people walking down the sidewalk. I waited for the right gesture and made the simple but impactful image. This could have been shot in Portland or New York or Beijing but it doesn’t matter.  When its foggy I put my focus on the fog, and not what’s fogged in.





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