Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Xmas Eve Snowman Cookie

Frosty The Red White and Blue Snowman, W.A. 12/ 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

End Of The Gauntlet Is Near

Elf On The Shelf, 12/2010

Have I ever mentioned that I hate this time of year? I feel like its something I tell everyone...there I am on the phone talking to my sister who has been in the hospital for months and I'm complaining about the holiday. Don't you have anything real to complain about? On the phone with Kate from Tidepool, telling her the same sentiment. Maybe you should keep these thoughts to yourself? It's just too much work!

Oh...but here we are...near the end. Let's try to enjoy it with photographs in the home stretch..more to come as we end the year.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sex Story Suburban Dad Redux

With the holiday coming at us all with no brakes, no cushioning, no hesitation...its been a real treat to put together this story that has kept us busy and fascinated for the past 3 days. Gotta keep it kinda quiet until the issue is out of course...but two things stuck with me:

1. Make-up is the secret weapon to every great photograph.

2. Some things were just not meant to be photographed.

Details to follow.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Suburban Dad Shoots Sex Issue

The subject asked us to meet her at VIRACOCHA .
In the basement, before it was VIRACOCHA, animals were sacrificed for medicinal purposes.
Yesterday, it was our studio. We thought of E.J. Bellocq.
Shoot continues through out the week...more to come.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ECHOLILIA Installation at Union College

The ECHOLILIA installation that we hung in Live Worms last month is being reworked and reconfigured to hang in a show opening January 3rd at The Arts Atrium Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y. The show also includes work by artists Clarissa Amaral and Raymond Felix. Of course ya' all know I was born there, correct?

Exhibit Co-ordinator and Photographer Frank Rapant and I shared some sketches on what shape it would take in the new space. We have 30 feet of wall space really allowing the show to open up and spread its wings into something different. I did some drawings ( shown here ) and shared them with Frank who now is making the thing come to life. The added space allows the images to form a line, a sentence, a mathematical equation that can be read from left to right. The show at Live Worms was interesting...but I was never sure if it really worked or not. Now this is getting closer to something that really works for me. Exciting stuff. Frank is still messing with the hanging but sent me a jpg of it as it goes up, at bottom.

Work In Progress Photo By Frank Rapant

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Golden Age Of Photography

Kodak Ektachrome Film Hardener, 12/2010
I used to call it Photographer's Lighting, but I think its actually called Photographer's Supply.

It is the first camera store I ever went to in SF, after a guy at a lab suggested it to me, saying " is kind of punk rock in there..."

I walked in today and took some photographs with my phone.

I asked for some inkjet paper and purchased a pack of 25 sheets.
Kodak Hypo Clearing Agent, 12/2010
Photographer's Lighting, Supplies and Rental, 12/2010

Kodak Professional Indicator Stop Bath, 12/2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Misfit Cookies

Drunk and Dusty Reindeer by TA, 12/2010

Eye Rolling Ginger Man by EA, 12/2010

Deer In The Headlights by WA, 12/2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

See Saw Couch Makes Photograph

I just got this issue in the mail the other day with this shot we pulled off on a rainy day at Google. Exiting these shoots I always gotta ask myself some questions:
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Let's just say we didn't see this unusual piece of furniture on our way in? And then...let's just say that it was too heavy to move from it's original location to this clean space we wanted to shoot in...? And...oh, never mind. Sometimes you just use what you have and it all comes together...and is made complete by some inspired art direction on the spread. Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Stormy Day On The Penninsula

Last Thursday we learned that we love shooting in suburban garages and backlot barns filled with hay and wild animals. Who wouldn't? Kinda a top secret story, kinda on the hush let's just leave it at that for now....

Monday, December 6, 2010

Otto Bock Campaign / SF

Just got a chance to see the final spreads of our Otto Bock ad shot here in San Francisco back in September. Kent Brown and Cody McDonald were our subjects and the streets of San Francisco made up our set. Glad we got to shoot it out here before the rains kicked in. Great post production on these images executed by Steve Peters Digital also here in SF.

We are finishing up our next Otto Bock Relationships ad, shot in Chicago a few months back. Hope to see that released at the start of the new year...
The holiday gauntlet has begun...

Friday, December 3, 2010


Rainbow Drink, 2010 by Eli Archibald
The past 6 months really have been focused on all things ECHOLILIA...I probably don't even need to explain. Today is my son's 9th birthday so I thought it'd be appropriate to post a recent self portrait he did.
Tools: Iphone 4 with front facing camera and the Photoshop Express app.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Computer History 2010

How To Make A Fortune, 2010
Ericka Burchett was a photo pal in SF back in the era when transparency film was king and The New Lab was ground zero...remember that time? Wow. Now she is a photo editor at The Wall Street Journal. She called saying Hey....remember The Nerd Convention? Ericka had a story for me to work on that essentially gave me free run of the newly reconstructed Computer History Museum. What more could I want?

Here are some out takes from the shoot.


Saran Wrapped Computers, 2010
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The Proto-Type Pong, circa 1972, by Atari
The Godhead, 2010