August 26, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on August 26th, 2010 by Ghost

Low Lying Stars – 6th Street Bridge – Downtown LA

ISO 160, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/5.6 @ 1/4 sec – sticks – Film bank lighting on crane from about 1/8 mile away! Thanks Hollywood!

June30, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on June 30th, 2010 by Ghost

It’s been a few days since my last post. I don’t like to get this behind, but my life is like a fast moving storm. Every changing, windy, and heavy. With that I’ll make Project1 current, and in doing so, simply let my photographs speak for themselves.

Underneath and Behind it’s Always Soft – Downtown Los Angeles

ISO 1000, 24-70 @ 28mm, f/2.8 @ 1/15 sec – hand held – available light

June 29, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on June 29th, 2010 by Ghost

Call this my second get out of jail free card. Though I have to say, in the heal my heart department, I might want to remind myself of the title from time to time. Most people take this kind of shot on top of a mountain, or on a tropical beach somewhere. This is my ten minute cat nap before I work all night, in my office. Mmm. How relaxing…

How did I get here? When I was a teen all I wanted to do was grow up, live by the beach, be a mailman, surf, and get laid. Yea. Not quite what I’ve built for myself. Am I essentially blessed? Absolutely. I am beyond exhausted? Yep. Did I take a minute to shoot something, anything today? You betcha.

whatthefuckisavacationanyway? – Sparrow Studio – Downtown LA

ISO 800, 24-70 @ 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/8 sec – hand held – available light.

June 28, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on June 28th, 2010 by Ghost

Sometimes I am a simple crow. My only objective tonight was to find something shiny. Mission accomplished.

Crush – Anderson St. – Downtown Los Angeles

ISO 800, 24-70 @ 45mm, f/2.8 @ 1/15 sec – hand held – available light

June 27, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on June 27th, 2010 by Ghost

One of the incredible perks of my photo studio is that the fire department does some of their training on my street. I love watching them suit up, manning the ladder, taking their stance to tame the hydra as it spews life saving water. It’s just awesome. No question, these are true blue hero’s, and I’ve been in awe of them for my entire life. I still feel like a kid when I’m around them. If I happen to be in restaurant when a group of firefighters come in, and they smile at me, it makes me feel good. I hope I never stop feeling that way. It’s affirmation that no matter how much hell I go through, I’ve still got a heart.

Hero’s  – Downtown Los Angeles

ISO 100, 24-70 @ 24mm, f/11 @ 1/200 sec – hand held – available light

Image digitally processed as palladium print

June 26, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on June 26th, 2010 by Ghost

Twenty seven years ago my skull was permanently altered. It was lunch break, and I was speaking with a friend when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to find a group of kids, and one in particular who wanted to fight. I had never seen him before, but he said we had a problem, and it was on. Unlike the boy I was facing I’d never really learned how to fight properly. Not a good idea. Let’s call it incredibly bad planning. We squared off and he threw a punch which I managed to duck. I followed with one of my own, and managed to graze the side of his head. What followed was quick and awful. Two surgical jabs connected easily with my mouth. A mouth full of teeth and braces. As his arm withdrew from my face I knew I had a problem. Turning to my friend I said, “my teeth”. He simply shook his head, and I turned and strode away. Luckily the boy didn’t follow. Walking quickly I reached into my mouth and pulled my teeth forward, hoping they wouldn’t come out. My orthodontist was not pleased. I was not pleased. That was 27 years ago and I’m still pissed. Mostly because I never learned how to fight. Today, because of that boy, I’m missing much of the bone in the front portion of my upper jaw. Those jabs killed the bone, and a little piece of my heart. I’ve already lost one tooth, and there’s more to go. Like I said, permanently altered.

Cut to this morning. It’s 8:00 am and I’m in a business park in Thousand Oaks, in an MMA ring with my new trainer Randy. He just taught me how to properly throw a punch. Jab. Jab jab. Follow. Plant my feet. Jab jab. The sound of my gloves hitting his is intoxicating. I’ve waited 27 years to hear that sound. He says I’ve got pretty good power in my right hand. That’s good, because sometime in the next three months I’m going to get in the ring with someone, and gentleman to gentleman, we’re going to try and knock each other out. Funny, I’m actually looking forward to being hit, though maybe not as much as landing my first punch. Let’s call it cathartic bleeding.

Fight > Self Portrait – Sparrow Studio – Downtown LA

ISO 100, 24-70 @ 58mm, f/3.5 @ 1.0 sec – tripod – available light

June 25, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on June 25th, 2010 by Ghost

113 minus 12 – 101 Cafe – Hollywood, CA

ISO 1000, 24-70 @ 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/15 sec – hand held – available light

June 24, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on June 24th, 2010 by Ghost

Is it art? Yes, it’s a simple portrait. Am I breaking new ground? No. The reason I’ve included this photograph on Project1 is because of the process that brought me, and my lovely model to this point. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Kayme has never had a photographer really take the time to guide her through the process of modeling. The absolute best way to hold her body, the angle of her head, the position of her feet. In the beginning she was a little stiff, but quickly began owning what she was doing, and during the final thirty shots, absolutely came alive. I love this photograph because of that. This is a simple, un-retouched, wonderfully joyful, real portrait, of a beautiful woman. We worked together to make this, and that is definitely art.

Process – Sparrow Studio – Downtown LA

Model – Kayme Kai

ISO 250, 70-200 @ 115mm, f/8.0 @ 1/160 sec – hand held – available light + one strobe w/45″ umbrella, centered 8′ from the model

June 23, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on June 23rd, 2010 by Ghost

Out the door and into the world. Shaky? Maybe a little. Looking for handholds. Looking. It’s big out here, and as manageable as I make it. Design patterns and stick to them. Sequences. Old lines in the sand, watch them carried away with the tides. And wishes don’t pour dreams, or cast them. Only action. Strength. New legs.

Underpinnings – Downtown LA

ISO 125, 24-70 @ 70mm, f/5.0 @ 4.0 sec – tripod w/mirror lock-up – available light

June 22, 2010

Posted in Project1 06/2010 on June 22nd, 2010 by Ghost

A little lighter. A little less afraid. A little more sure. A little. Sliver.

Door No. 3 – Downtown LA

ISO 1000. 24-70 @ 24mm, f/2.8 @ 1/6 sec – hand held – available light