Saturday, May 7, 2011

Oprah, What Were You Thinking?!?

Seriously, Oprah? Out of all the poses you could've chosen? After all the classy, inviting cover photos you've run on your magazine before? This is the one you choose? This is the classic pose that all the trashy girls use for their prom photo, right before they sneak out behind the gym and get wasted on cheap wine coolers. The whole "butt out front" pose should be banned from society; and a powerful, respected woman such as yourself should be leading this valient cause. Instead, you decide to give the world this photo...


Textures, Shapes And Shadows...

I don't really know why this wall behind a local bar caught my eye, but I couldn't resist photographing it. I was out shooting a concert for one of my clients and a friend of mine suggested we stop in a local dive called The Goat afterward.

We stopped by for a moment, and that's when I noticed the interesting shapes created by the light and shadow play. Combine that with the wonderful texture and contrast of the old concrete wall and the angular shapes of the spray-painted exit sign... I just couldn't help myself. I had to shoot it.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rhode Island vs Lensbaby...

A few years back I was commissioned to do a huge art photography installation in Rhode Island. I spent most of one week in May hanging around Providence and Warwick, driving around and capturing all the wonderful shapes, colors and textures that most Rhode Island residents take for granted. The $12,000 project was exhausting, but it was so rewarding! I noticed tiny details of decay, fleeting moments in time and long lost memories in and around the North Eastern towns.

Unfortunately, my giant art installation was destroyed in a huge flood that hit the are a year or two ago. I'm sad that nobody will get to experience the final mural panels I created, but at least I still have some of the original photo files to share. Each 3x5' panel was made up of roughly 60-75 small images, making a sort of abstract texture and color scheme from afar, but providing sharp details of Rhode Island life when viewed up close.

All of the tiny images were shot using an old Lensbaby lens. If you've never played with one before, you should. The Lensbaby's lo-fi quality is very appealing on certain subjects. I don't use mine often, but when I do... stand back and watch me shoot!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Photographing Dallas Nightlife...

I've been photographing Dallas nightlife for a long time now. I probably took my first photograph in a bar back in 1996 or so, shooting some local bands. My nightlife documentation has grown to covering bars, bands, nightclubs, drunks, parties, bartenders, street life and almost anything else that happens late at night.

Even though I'm getting closer and closer to twenty years of nightlife photography, I still never get tired of it! I have documented Dallas nightlife and seen my photos run in The Dallas Morning News, Spin, Quick, American Profile, Rolling Stone and countless other publications and places over the years, and I can't wait to go out and shoot again and again! Heck, with crazy, wild, happy, fun people in front of my camera, how could I resist?

If you like these photos, you should check out my other photography.