A few of the best images I saw in 2016

As I think back at 2016 there are a few images that jump to mind.  This is by no means an extensive year in review, simply a handful of images I personally found impactful and meaningful.  So in no particular order: 

 This image of Usain Bolt makes me smile every time I see it.  There's a great backstory on  how photographer Cameron Spencer captured it in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics.   This photo is a perfect example of the power the still image.  As video shares became more and more prevalent in 2016, this image resonates because it is a frozen moment in time.  The video of Bolt smiling as he smokes his fellow competitors is compelling, but it's Spencer's still image that creates the enduring visual.   

This image of Usain Bolt makes me smile every time I see it.  There's a great backstory on how photographer Cameron Spencer captured it in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics.  This photo is a perfect example of the power the still image.  As video shares became more and more prevalent in 2016, this image resonates because it is a frozen moment in time.  The video of Bolt smiling as he smokes his fellow competitors is compelling, but it's Spencer's still image that creates the enduring visual.   

 "Powerful" is how photographer Jonothan Bachman described protester Ieshia Evans. I find this image powerful on so many different levels.  The more I look at the image the more I find, the more I examine, the more I question, which is exactly what the most powerful photography does.   Evans is detained by law enforcement as she protests the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, La., on July 9, 2016.

"Powerful" is how photographer Jonothan Bachman described protester Ieshia Evans. I find this image powerful on so many different levels.  The more I look at the image the more I find, the more I examine, the more I question, which is exactly what the most powerful photography does.

Evans is detained by law enforcement as she protests the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, La., on July 9, 2016.

  Mark Peterson's work  on the 2016 campaign trail is amazing. There are many great images in Peterson's  Political Theater  project, but it is the overall body of work that had a lasting impact as it unfolded throughout 2016.

Mark Peterson's work on the 2016 campaign trail is amazing. There are many great images in Peterson's Political Theater project, but it is the overall body of work that had a lasting impact as it unfolded throughout 2016.

  Nadav Kander  is one of the greatest working photographers today.  He is a master of the craft. His portraits are a constant inspiration for me.  And  his portrait of president elect Donald Trump for Time Magazine's Person of the Year  is a tour de force.  It's subtle but impactful.   It's subversive message is well chronicled .  I found  his own words describing the controversy and image insightful and humble.

Nadav Kander is one of the greatest working photographers today.  He is a master of the craft. His portraits are a constant inspiration for me.  And his portrait of president elect Donald Trump for Time Magazine's Person of the Year is a tour de force.  It's subtle but impactful.  It's subversive message is well chronicled.  I found his own words describing the controversy and image insightful and humble.

 

 

Back to my Roots :: Street Photography, NYC

When I was in school and early in my career I fancied myself quite the street photographer.  My heroes were Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Robert Frank and Walker Evans among many others.  Earlier this week I found myself in New York City.  So I spent a few days wandering the streets, getting in touch with my roots....  

 Liquor Store, West Broadway

Liquor Store, West Broadway

 Along the High Line

Along the High Line

 Silver

Silver

 Ped Bridge, Holland Tunnel

Ped Bridge, Holland Tunnel

 Train Station, Long Island Rail Road, MTA

Train Station, Long Island Rail Road, MTA

 Motorized Bike, Midtown

Motorized Bike, Midtown

 Street Scene I

Street Scene I

 Jesus Christ Loves You

Jesus Christ Loves You

 Psychic Visions

Psychic Visions

 Street Scene II

Street Scene II

 In n Out in NYC

In n Out in NYC

  Sheriff Woody Pride

Sheriff Woody Pride

 Selfie Times Square

Selfie Times Square

 Minus

Minus

 Greenies

Greenies

Stickball in Little Italy, San Diego

Ever since I moved my studio to Little Italy I've heard about the Stickball tournament on India Street. And every year it seemed like I missed it.  In fact I couldn't have told you when the tournament actually took place.  All I knew was it was one of those events I wanted to check out.  Well this Memorial Day my son tells me he's playing in a stickball tournament in Little Italy.  "The" stickball tournament in Little Italy I replied?  He didn't know... but he did let me know I should check it out.  Well it turns out this is not "The" tournament, that one is on Labor Day weekend and attracts teams from both San Diego and the East Coast.  It is, however, the same organizers and most of the same guys, but just local teams.  The games and tournament were as cool as I expected - a bunch of guys hitting a racquetball with a broomstick on a city street.  What's not to love.  And it's been a long time since I've seen a guy dive head first on asphalt to score a run! Can't wait til Labor Day!!

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SDX Portraits


I’ve been a member of the SDX Board of Director for several years now.  I was recently tasked by the Communications Committee to create portraits of my fellow Directors for use on the SDX website.  The board has grown in recent years to 30+ members. It's a strong group of passionate individuals from the San Diego advertising, marketing and media fields.  Given the large group of creative individuals I wanted to present the individual portraits as a complete, stand alone portfolio.  I presented a mood board with candid black and white portraits.  My approach was a theme that is popular with my corporate clients right now.  I call it the "Moment between the Moments".  It is that split second when the subject has let their guard down and is no longer "posing".  Many of my corporate clients are looking for something a little different for their executive and staff portraits.  The standard headshot is out.  The environmental office portrait is waning.  This candid approach has proven quite popular.  I was pleased the Communications Committee approved the creative direction. All of my subjects bought into the concept as well.  Everyone arrive inspired and ready for anything. In addition to the website, SDX created a series of ads featuring select portraits to run locally.  The above ad features fellow Director Miguel Fenton, VP of Sales Local at Entravision.  Below are the other portraits.

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Special thanks to Angela Hess, Amy Richardson and Justin Galloway (the photographer of the photographer) for their help in the production.