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Archive for August 2009

Katrina 4 years later

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I’m back in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi where I road out Hurricane Katrina 4 years ago August 29, 2005. I felt it was time to return to where a major event in my life took place and reconnect with the people who were at the emergency operations center with me. Although, I’ve been back previously, I feel that our story goes untold.

My goal is to photograph all of the people that were there in order to compile a photo story for next years’ anniversary. I’m also trying to compile footage and shoot interviews for a documentary that will tell our story. So far I’ve photographed 2 of 35 or so people and have a long way to go in collection information and finding those who have relocated. But it has been a rewarding experience thus far. This morning after photographing Brice Phillips, radio guru, I was interviewed on the radio about coming back to the community by Wade Hicks, former BSL firefighter.

I’ll update a peak at some photos from the project soon.

On my way to the Bay I stopped for an evening in New Orleans and met with gallery owner/curator Ken Capone at Coup d’Oeil (catch the eye) on Magazine St. He was excited about my silver gelatin prints, especially from the 100th anniversary of Zulu, and wants to hang 4 prints temporarily with the possibility of a show in the future.

That evening I went to dinner with my family friend Wade Welch at Frankie and Johnnie’s, a NOLa tradition, for the first time. Thanks!

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August 28, 2009 at 7:30 pm

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Boggy Creek Farm outtakes

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Here are some photos that you may have seen if you picked up this last WSJ Weekend Edition, or that didn’t make it into the slideshow (link at right) about Boggy Creek Farm. It was a really fun assignment and Larry, Carol Ann, their staff and customers were great to work with. Thanks!

If you have time I would recommend checking out their operation in East Austin Wednesday and Saturday mornings. After 2 days of shooting and a variety of photos the editors in New York were happy. Especially, the lighting on the portraits and interiors of the house, which was built in the 1830s.

Larry tells a story about how he used a fallen pecan tree to make cutting boards, fireplace mantels, and furniture. This inspired me to build a box for my vinyl records out of birch. Although I didn’t mill the wood myself, it was a rewarding project.

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August 24, 2009 at 6:40 pm

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Always title posts

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Just finished a story about Boggy Creek Farm for the Wall Street Journal’s Homefront section. Pick up Friday’s and/or the weekend edition if you’d like to check it out. I’ll post after it publishes.

Recently: WORLD magazine published a photo in relation to a gene patenting story, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published a photo in relation to a story about giving to charity. I also had a great time assisting Jay Drowns of the Sporting News while shooting Colt McCoy.

In the mean time, here’s a recent shoot at Clarksville Studios (just opened). It’s Andrew, a rapper in the NY-DC based group Double Dutch Oven:

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August 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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Stumptown

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On a Friday in Seattle the trains were full, rental cars to expensive, and planes ridiculous… so we took a 2 buses to Portland traveling a total of 7 hours.

Portland is an outstanding city. Cycling proves a popular and acceptable form of transportation, so i bought a bike for $10 at a garage sale and rented another bike (above) for $20 for the weekend from a dude named Charlie near Tiny’s coffeehouse at 12th and Hawthorne.

Maria’s friends’ (above) wedding included a bike parade through downtown Portland, ending at the ACE hotel where Indian food was consumed after ceremonies and pie (with our plastic bride and groom) for desert. Melissa and Drew had a typewriter for guests to write well wishes, a toast with homebrew beer and an old fashioned photo booth. Congratulations on the most unique and well done urban wedding I’ve ever attended

Thanks to Jason and Claire for being gracious hosts. I hope you got the bike Jason!

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August 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm

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Seattle

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Took a trip to Seattle for the first time to visit friends on our way to a wedding in Portland.

Thanks to the soon to be newlyweds Mark and Annie for being great friends and hosts!

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August 18, 2009 at 3:59 pm

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