Been looking at some of the photographers that influenced me when I first started out - Robert Frank, Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Walker Evans, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Ralph Gibson, Clarence John Laughlin. Frank, Klein, and Evans still resonate for me. Gibson, not so much anymore. Meatyard, Laughlin & Cartier-Bresson are great, just not as influential any more. Who were your influences?
Which early influences still resonate for you?
William Klein - Candy Store, Amsterdam Avenue, New York, 1954-55
Robert Frank - Trolley—New Orleans, 1955 from The Americans
Walker Evans - Fish Market Near Birmingham, Ala., 1936
Henri Cartier-Bresson - Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932
Ralph Gibson - The Somnambulist, 1970
Clarence John Laughlin - The Masks Grow to Us 1947
Ralph Eugene Meatyard - Occasion for Diriment, 1962
We shot another ad earlier in the week for CA Bank & Trust and their "They Had Me at Hello" campaign. This time we worked with the great folks at PKL who service helicopters for the Military.
Here are some behind the scenes shots of the PKL guys plying their trade.
I'm honored to have had all 4 of my entries selected for APA/SD's Plastic Fantastic Exhibition and Benefit Auction. Juror Joseph Bellows of Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla selected 30 images that will be hung in a one night ONLY show at Subtext Gallery on Friday Sept. 3rd, 6-10PM. All images will be sold to the highest bidder with an auction that night to benefit the AJA Project, a San Diego based non-profit that utilizes photography-based educational programs to transform the lives of displaced youth. Come on by and check out some killer prints made from plastic cameras and an ancient plastic based material called film. Who knows, maybe you'll leave with a great print. And it's all for a good cause...Here's one of the images that was selected for the exhibition. You'll have to come to the show next Friday to see my other 3 and the 29 other prints. See you there!
I hadn't been back to Chicago since Millenium Park had been developed. What a treat! What I love about Chicago...One of the many things I love about Chicago is the public art. From the new works in Millenium Park, to the awesome Giant Eyeball on the Loop, to the oft imitated (and long gone) Cows on Parade, I love it all! Chicago does public art like few other cities, especially in N. America. The above image is one of my favorites from our tour of some of Chicago's best current public art. It is The Crown Fountain by artist Jaume Plensa. While I love my image and think it stands on it's own it does not do justice to this amazing interactive fountain-sculpture-gargoyle...It truly has to be seen, and experienced. It is what public art should be: beautifully crafted, great to look at and interactive. You want to be drawn in and The Crown Fountain (along with the Giant Eyeball) certainly did.
Is it me or do the last 2 look like an ad for the Dodge Journey?
Summertime Upper Peninsula Childhood Bliss
Another trip to the border fence, this time out around Hwy 94.
Have you caught it?
I worked on a pro bono project last week for the San Diego Ad Club. San Diego is playing host to the 2011 AAF (American Advertising Federation) National Conference and enlisted the talented Grant Reinero from Geary Interactive to create the video announcement to be debuted next week in Orlando. I was enlisted to shoot stills of Wade Wallenpaupack - Aspiring Stock Photography Model. The video pretty much says it all:
Be sure to add Wade as a friend on Facebook
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Here are some of the great images I created with Wade!
Recently shot a job for Han-Tek, a creator of customized material handler solutions, at the BF Goodrich plant in Mexicali, Mexico. Great people and a super clean industrial environment. A couple of out takes: