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I think I shot this in July for this month’s issue of Popular Science, which was published on September 16th. The Jackson’s were really nice people and very accommodating as the elements pushed the partially submerged sub around. The sub is called the Argonaut Jr. and was made to replicate that of Simon Lake’s submarine built in 1894. Read the story online here at Popular Science.

We shot on Skiatook (prounounced sky- tuk) Point, a lake near Tulsa and I had a great time taking in Oklahoma’s rolling green hills that are home to some of country music’s most prominent musicians.

Updating with snaps from Texas’ loss to UCLA and last week’s Nike women’s training shoot…

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September 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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Robert King for the Guardian Weekend Magazine

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I photographed former Black Panther Robert King for the The Guardian Weekend Magazine in London a few weeks ago at his home in Austin. King was held at Angola Prison in Louisiana for 31 years total, 29 of those in solitary confinement, after being wrongly convicted of a crime.

He’s the only one of the suspected three men involved in the crime to be released. They are known as the Angola 3. He has been interviewed and photographed repeatedly since his release nearly 10 years ago and continues to spread the word about the injustice.


With this clip I was inspired to update the publications section of my website. Check out the newest clips!

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September 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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Dyer Pond

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Recently, I went to Cape Cod with my girlfriend Maria to ‘get away’ for her birthday. I was coming from Las Vegas and she had spent a week in New York City with her sisters, so we were looking to find a peaceful place to decompress. We decided Wellfleet would be a nice place to stay and luckily found an available cabin at Chez Sven’s bed and breakfast in the forest of the National Seashore.

The Atlantic Ocean was cold and crashing on one side, while the bay was calm and full of wild life on the other side of the cape. In between were countless freshwater ponds, one of which we sought during our stay. Very few people were there the week before the Labor Day holiday and the natural serenity and preserved scenery were perfect for us.

So perfect, I made a video capturing our time there:

http://www.youtube.com/get_player

As it turns out Cape Cod’s ponds have been logged, charted, preserved and written about by many including Henry David Thoreau and even the New York Times.

A still image from Dyer Pond.

Flora on the bay side of Cape Cod.


A lifeguard stand on the Atlantic side of Cape Cod where Thoreau walked years ago.

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September 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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