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Chemical Trade Magazine Goes Interactive

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At the end of March I had the pleasure of working with ICIS, an international trade magazine that focuses it’s energy and resources on the petrochemical industry. They were coming to Texas (with a very large staff) to cover the NPRA conference. It is like the SXSW for their industry – lots of boozing, dinners, handshakes and meetings in the lobby bar. My friend and colleague, Ruth Liao, referred me to her coworker, John Baker, in London who was searching for a Texas photographer to cover the San Antonio photo shoot. They found me, an Austin photographer, to shoot the still images for ICIS’ interactive online and print magazine. The magazine has a slideshow of photographs between pages 12 and 13 from the event. I thought the results were very exciting and interesting to see the possibilities of a digital magazine that can incorporate many platforms of visual presentation.

The shoot was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about the foundation of the materials for the products we use daily. A highlight was photographing Stephen Dubner, co-author Freakonomics, who spoke eloquently about the principles of business based on statistics. In the end, they were happy with the results and pleased to be working with a Texas photojournalist.


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June 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

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Happy Solstice!

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Maria proved an egg can balance perfectly on its end at the proper time during the Summer Solstice.  These were taken today at 12:29 CDT on June 21, 2011 — the Summer Solstice. Read more about the Solstice at EarthSky. Enjoy your longest day of the year!

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June 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Feature Shoot

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A big congrats to Alison Zavos, creator of Feature Shoot, for winning a photo blog award from! It was very exciting for me when I learned the post on Feature Shoot about my work, Serenity, was the on screen representation for Feature Shoot in the photoblog award slideshow. Good work Alison!

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June 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

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Recent Snaps

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These are some recent images I shot over the past two months that got lost in the shuffle. Above, Lia Ices was kind enough to pose for me before her showcase at Red7 during SxSW. There was some interesting light and a nicely painted wall so seemed perfect for a ‘docu-portrait.’ Doesn’t hurt that she knows how to pose. Her music was wonderful also, please have a listen — I am listening to her newest album Grown Unknown online as I write this post.

Below is Austinite Jamie Schanbaum who was infected with Meningococcal Meningitis during her sophomore year of college at the University of Texas. She is now 22 and has rebounded to re-enroll at UT. She is also a really good cyclist and has a specially designed bike from the crew at Bicycle Sport Shop here in Austin. Although she has gotten a lot of press, the Dallas Morning News did a column about her attempts to garner support for a bill that would require students to get vaccinated when living in on campus and off campus dorms. Although we made some really nice pictures of Jamie on her bike and with her mom, I wanted to see what regular daily life events were like for her. I set up some lighting in her room to make another ‘docu-portrait’ of Jamie putting on make up and getting ready for the day.  I thought it would be nice to give these photos a home on my blog – enjoy!

In other news, please go see my Serenity series about Harris family at FeatureShoot. Big thanks to Alison for publishing the work and being so supportive of creative artists everywhere.

Additionally, please go to F8 magazine to download or view online the outstanding work by Spain’s great son Miguel Moya who also published work from the Serenity series. Thanks Miguel — great issue!

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June 2, 2011 at 9:54 am

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