This past weekend, my grandma turned 91. I wanted to make her something nice, so I made a frame for a beautiful photo of her holding her first great-grandchild, taken by the father (my cousin). The frame, milled and cut from a single piece of Cherry wood lying around the shop I’m apprenticing at, came out wonderfully, and it made me happy to give it to her.
And yes, the last photo is her eating cake.
I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of my good friends Alicyn and Jason. This was the magical result. Even after countless hours in the editing room, it still makes me feel like I’m there again!
We are celebrating our 1 year Anniversary this Friday - December 7th, 2012!
This slideshow event is especially exciting for us. Besides the usual awesome visuals and cash bar, there will be live music, sweet DJ sets, and a very special slideshow presentation from Henry Diltz!
Slideshow contributors for this month:
A. Dola Baroni, Alexandra Brown, Ana Cristina Coto, Caitlin Dennis, Henry Diltz, Sam Friedman, Julia Galdo, William Haswell, Mike Hernandez, Tattiya Kliengklom, Jimmy Marble, jon walter mocey-hanton, Adam Moskowitz, Michelle Alexis Newman, Lauren Randolph, Collins Schude, Ryan Schude, Ginevra Shay, Cody Smith, Graham Walzer, Lauren Ward, Billie Wheeler
We hope you can be with us for this special event.
Check out our Facebook antics here for more details!
I can’t believe it’s been a year! It’s gonna be a blast.
Last month was November, also known as Movember, if you’re of the mustache-growing persuasion. My friends and I participated for the first time, and it was a blast. Well, most of the month was actually pretty average. BUT, the other night I staged a photo shoot for all of us to show off our killer, and totally unique lip warmers. Pretty happy with the results.
We’re excited to announce that our next All Visual LA Slideshow will take place this Thursday - September 27th, 2012!
Contributing artists for this month:
Mikey Baratta, A. Dola Baroni, Drew Bienemann, Alexandra Brown, Ana Cristina Coto, Huy Doan, Sam Friedman, Adi Goodrich, Kathryna Hancock, William Haswell, Katy Haupt, Tattiya Kliengklom, Jimmy Marble, Jelena Martinovic, Adam Moskowitz, Lauren Randolph, Jonathan Roskos, Andy J. Scott, Cody Smith, Tatjana Suskic
Check out our facebook antics here for more details.
*flyer image by William “Skip” Haswell
I’ll be showing some of my pictures from Burning Man on Thursday at The Forge. Come by, always a good time!
Yours truly will be among the amazing group of artists!
I had the privilege of watching NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour on its final flight before retirement. While I normally leave my narration and commentary out on this blog, I wanted to share my experience and talk about the images themselves just a little.
Before landing at LAX, Endeavour was scheduled to do a fly-over at a number of Los Angeles locations, not the least of which being Griffith Observatory, near my house. Some friends and I hiked up, avoiding the traffic and parking issues many people dealt with. When we got up there, it was the most crowded I have ever seen the lawn. People of all ages were everywhere. As the moment of the fly-over drew near, you could feel the anticipation in everyone’s faces. It was first spotted far over Culver City, but even that glimpse drew gasps and moved the crowd west. Then, it crossed to the east, still far away, and low. It did a fly-by that was barely visible to us, just tucked between the Observatory itself and the trees, then disappeared. There was a collective sigh that perhaps this was it. The moment was over.
Then a man stood at one ledge of the roof with a megaphone. The first sound out of that megaphone left the crowd deathly quiet in a way that was quite staggering. A crowd that large, instantly silent. He announced that Endeavour had deviated from the original flight plan, and the staff had no idea where it was headed or if/when it might return. People were disappointed, but the man said he believed it would return. So everyone waited, some people scampering around to vie for better viewing spots. A friend and I went back down the trail a little bit to an area where the view would be better, more wide open. Just as we got below, the crowd cheered; the shuttle was coming back around from the west.
I poised with my camera for what I thought was a better, and only, chance at a good image. I snapped a few as the modified Boeing, Shuttle, and two fighter jet escorts flew overhead. It was thrilling.
But that wasn’t it. The shuttle then flew over the Hollywood sign, and swooped around for another fly-over. In fact, it did a total of three passes, each time coming so close to us. There wasn’t a single unsmiling face. It is rare that such a significant event occurs, and that it occurs to a sufficient degree that everyone experiencing it is satisfied by its length. Usually we are forced to reflect on moments, sometimes wishing they might have been different, or longer. But with three flights, we had plenty of time to enjoy the spectacle and drink it in with our eyes and cameras.
Later, after I got home, I started to review the photos I’d taken. Many of them were more usable than I’d expected, and a few I was very excited about. But there was something not quite right about them - despite the clarity of the images, the size of the shuttle in them, they didn’t seem to capture the feeling of awe, inspiration, pride and excitement I’d felt. And then I realized why.
The most exciting images to have come from NASA, for me, are all antiquated. They were all shot on film, some of them in black-and-white. Attached to them for me is a feeling of nostalgia, of wishing I could have been there, of feeling like those moments were firmly planted in history. My photos, while they looked much better than snapshots, didn’t have that feeling. And no amount of retouching seemed to be helping. But then I decided to see them with grain and in black-and-white.
Traditionally, I make no effort to make my digital photos look like film and vice versa. But grainy black-and-white, with specific filter control, for me lends these images the austerity, timelessness, and gravity that match the experience and how I think that experience deserves to be conveyed and shared. The image I chose for the title image, which I shared again without text, makes me feel melancholy and proud all at once. I’m not a particularly patriotic person, but watching the shuttle fly off with those clouds behind it makes me proud to have been somehow a part of the program that gave it flight. It’s not just about being an American. It’s about being a human being who cares about exploration, about learning, and about transcending the boundaries laid out before us.
I included the image of the moon in color to remind us that today we all stare up at the same night sky that our ancestors did, just as the first humans who ever dreamed of going there did. There are so many of us across borders that we feel divide us. Together, perhaps we could one day create a new program meant to take humans to the far reaches of time and space, and revive in humanity the drive to press onwards and upwards, outwards.
Into the great beyond.
(to see more images, please visit their Flickr set)
I’m very excited to announce that my feature film directorial debut is complete down to the last detail. It’s been a labor of love for several years now, and I’m excited by the prospect of being able to share it at festivals, or wherever the journey takes me next. In the meantime, please enjoy the trailer!
Last month I had the pleasure of going up to Ithaca, NY for my good friend Mike’s wedding! I got there a day before anyone else and had a chance to go to one of my favorite spots, Cascadilla gorge. Here are photos from that late afternoon.
I’m very excited to announce the soft launch of my new portfolio online! You can view it at:
There are still a few glitches to work out, and still work to be uploaded, but I invite you to check it out at your leisure!
And don’t worry, there will still be warm and safe posts to show new work on a regular basis.
I was delighted last month by the invitation to shoot a video for my friends Alicyn and Jason’s engagement! Inspired by the Holi powder shoots I had seen coming out of Phoot Camp, I thought maybe we could employ it into a fun, unique narrative. And voila! The shoot was a blast, and it was so rewarding to watch it come to resemble the storyboards in the editing room.