Hey Cincinnati and surrounding areas! I'll be headed your way with on class on one of my favorite photography techniques. I'm extremely excited to share my approach and insight with a Light Painting Workshop. Space is limited, sign up today!
One day only - Sunday, July 15th in Morrow, Ohio
Reserve your spot in the class here - LIGHT PAINTING WORKSHOP
Before / after / and in between. A few images from recent work documenting the ultra gifted NYC based artist Shantell Martin on her latest 16' x 60' mural project entitled, Use Your Voice, on display at AirBNB HQ in San Francisco.
Capturing Shantell in her creation state can be a bit mesmerizing at times. Her process consists of a live drawing that’s a meditative mix of lines, faces, and whimsical characters. With clear messages of positive intent and inspiration it’s hard not to feel good as the viewer.
And... she gives her crew full creative freedom with doughnut breaks! All around good vibes and always a pleasure to work with.
You can also get a weekly nudge of inspiration on her YouTube channel.
A chilly round 2 of light paintings in Morrow, Ohio with Quang Ho, one of my all time favorite artists and humans.
For this series of images Quang attached the flashlight to the tip of a 8 foot fallen tree branch which allowed him to view the motions of his strokes from a distance. Generally the flashlight is held by hand. Also this was the first time he's attempted this technique and his 2nd try at light painting.
Over the years I’ve been lucky to watch him work his magic with numerous mediums. And still to this day his range of subjects and styles has yet to lose its essence of surprise. Whether it be on canvas, or with a stick and a flashlight, this guy knows his craft.
Check out more of his work here - QuangHo.com
Always a pleasure having pal and super talented artist @shantell_martin in town for a few days. We talked about art and commerce, broke bread and chugged weak tea. She even inspired me to take a few swings with a flashlight during a long exposure collaboration. Good times with good people. Be sure to check her channel out on youtube as well!
Frozen motion and roadside landscapes in the middle of the Midwest. Hope you all had a great holiday season! Back to reality.
Seems like the more I listen, the more I hear people talking about the gear, the business of photography, the widgets. Let us not forget the simple love of photography.
I understand why there’s so much rhetoric in our industry about the business of photography and the gear and the gadgets. There is the common stereotype that most creative people aren’t good business people. There is fear. Gear is easier to talk about than vision. Exposures are exact, the camera dials have numbers. There is a ‘right’ answer to many of these questions.
But where is your love of pictures? Where are your actions that back this up?
Can you pick up a book of photographs and get lost in it?
Can you walk around with your iPhone or Android or your point and shoot or whatever and take 100 pictures knowing that they’ll never be for a client or a portfolio?
Do you love hunting for pictures?
Will you stay up late or get up early for pictures?
Do you sometimes ‘see’ life as a photograph?
It’s different for all of us, but when you can take a break from all the chatter, remind yourself–as often as you can–why you love photography.
Painting with light is far more difficult than one may perceive. Even for the most innately gifted of artists it can prove to be a challenge.
I had the opportunity of working with @shantell_martin recently. So of course I had to ask to her to try her hand at experimenting with the technique. Without hesitation she was in.
Having never attempted this before, it wasn’t more than a couple frames before she had it figured out. Not to mention; we made it work at a not so ideal park in lower downtown and a nearby dark alley.
Day 1-4: On assignment shooting the inimitable Shantell Martin creating her latest and largest piece to date, “Don’t Hide” located at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver.
Over the course of four days she allowed me full creative freedom to document her as she took on this massive endeavor of a 20,000 square foot sidewalk mural.
Joking around,I mentioned to her that capturing her process was very similar to capturing a small child or wild animal; erratic movements and completely unpredictable. She Laughed, agreed, and continued on spray painting. As challenging to shoot as she is an absolute pleasure to work with. An inspiring experience to work alongside such a remarkably talented individual and team. Many thanks to Nine Dot Arts and The Denver Theatre District for putting up with me for 4 days straight, and Shantell for the invitation to the mural marathon. The piece is a definite winner.
I've created an overview of the 4 days in a web gallery. Check it out!
"My work is a meditation of lines - a language of creatures, and messages that invites her viewers to share in her creative process. Part autobiographical and part dreamlike whimsy, Martin has created her own world that bridges between fine art, performance art, technology, and the everyday experience: conversation, objects, and places." -Shantell Martin
Frosty flashback with Rebecca "Possum" Torr. I can't recall exactly how and when Possum starting snowboarding. I do know it was just a few seasons before making this image in Breckenridge. And to top it off, the following winter she was competing in the Winter Olympics in Snowboard Slopestyle. Almost as talented as she is fun to have a beer with. Almost.
Reflective perspective of the aptly named Castle Mountain. No dragons slain, but I did manage to catch a few decent sized trout.
Hey all, I’ve decided to do a limited edition print sale on Etsy in effort to raise funding towards the completion of a project and book. Each image will be printed 8x11 in an edition of ten for sale at $50. Also makes a great gift for Mother’s Day!
If you’re interested in other images or larger prints, please DM or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And as always thank you all for your kindness and support!
Back in September I went for a semi-sketchy bushwhacking adventure on Red Mountain Pass to get this perspective of the infamous Million Dollar Highway. I learned that granite boulder mine tailings are far from an ideal place to stand, let alone set up a tripod. After some sliding, falling around, and a few surprise moonwalk descents down the crumbling hillside I ended up with a couple stable shots after almost 3 hours of self induced antics. Sometimes you strike out and sometimes you strike gold.
Artist, friend, mentor, and brother from another mother, Quang Ho and his family have had a huge influence on my life and artistic path from a young age.
Amidst a holiday dinner and with the aid of a quality single barrel scotch I was able to convince him to step outside and paint with a flashlight for a portrait idea I had in mind for him.
I ran these exposures manually from around 20 seconds to a minute long, depending on the duration needing to complete the light painting. Incredible watching him blindly scribe the area with a basic flashlight to create these forms almost effortlessly.
Good fun and quite an honor collaborating with the humble master.
Flashback from the middle of the Midwest with possibly the best group of people I know. Here's a few stock images shot in Morrow, Ohio from a family holiday. Long exposures, double exposures, and thankfully no indecent exposures...but almost.
I may be married to Colorado, but North Carolina is my new mistress. Such mysterious and foreign landscapes. Here's a few snaps from last weeks deciduous daydreams in Appalachia.
I still shoot weddings on occasion. And there’s nothing quite like the charm of a southern style wedding with close friends. It's even better when you're given the opportunity to capture the celebration for them. Congratulations Laurel and Elisher! Thanks again for having lil’ ole me play a part on your big day!
I had no luck catching any meteors a few weeks ago during the Perseid showers. However, I did find an opening in the trees presenting a nice clean angle on the Milky Way with a nearby road sign which seemed to be mocking my presence.
Painting a river with a flashlight and watching the earth rotate.
A big part of photography for me is experimentation, having fun, and trying not to get too hung up on apertures and f-stops. To this day I'm still amazed how basic camera functions can subtly send reality into a visible time warp.