Category: Production

BRIGHT IDEA

Posted by – July 18, 2011

This montage shot pays tribute to “The Wizard of Menlo Park,” Thomas Alva Edison, the third-most-prolific inventor in history. (Geek Alert: the montage was accomplished using five view cameras set up in the studio, moving the film holder from set to set, layering the exposures.  I also utilized in-camera-masking, gaff tape, gobos and incantations to the gods of benevolent serendipity.

Edison’s many inventions, such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera and, most notable to me, the incandescent light bulb, continue to influence life around the world.

Light is essential to how I make a living (“photography” actually means “writing with light”). It is my master and I am its willing servant. So I’m acutely aware that familiar tungsten light bulb is due to be phased out in the US by 2014, making way for more energy-efficient alternatives.  In addition to saving money the new “bulbs” are supposed to lower greenhouse gasses.

What was once considered to be a stroke of genius now seems destined for the scrap heap of history.  They tell me this is a good thing and it probably is, but have you ever tried to snuggle down with a good book in the glow of a florescent tube that resembles an ice cream cone?  The cyan transmission does drive the darkness away, but it seems to chase the romance out of the room, as well.

What would Edison think?  History gives us a clue: he would have re-invented the light bulb decades ago, using the same perseverance and ingenuity that enabled him to invent the light bulb in the first place.

Fear not the future.

WORKING CLASS HERO

Posted by – November 16, 2010

As a group, I think we photographers are pretty lucky to be in our profession.  Most of the individuals we photograph for annual reports or magazine articles have accomplished something unique, and interacting with them is almost always very interesting.

For example, here’s a portrait of a man who works on barges that move commodities on the Intercoastal Waterway. He’s an integral cog in the vast industrial machinery that keeps America competitive in the global market. It’s challenging and dangerous work, but I found him to be warm and engaging, and my goal was to capture those qualities in this image.


RED SKY AT NIGHT

Posted by – November 2, 2010

My client wasn’t thinking about that old couplet when I took this shot at the bustling Port of New Orleans.  He was too busy talking about large shipments of American soybeans that had made their ways down the Mississippi from fields in Illinois, and now were headed for the Panama Canal, the South Pacific, and eventually China.

I don’t really understand the complexities of global commodities, and I’m pretty sure the guys who work these ships don’t read much poetry.  But I do know how to read the sky, and this one was a photographer’s delight.

JUMPING OUT OF A PERFECTLY GOOD AIRPLANE

Posted by – August 26, 2010


I was jam-packed into a Piper Cub (“Thank you for flying Clown-Car Airlines…”) with an anxious group of other foolhardy first-timers just so I could climb out of the plane when it got to 1500 feet above the distant earth, put my left foot on a small step, hold on to the wing strut for dear life in the rushing wind, listen for the Jump Master to say “go,” and then, let go.

I never experienced such a visceral sensation of fear before then, and, thankfully, have never felt it since.  Five “static line” jumps and one “free fall” was enough skydiving for me.  They kept saying “you’ll get used to it,” but I never did.


Local Color

Posted by – July 13, 2010


Recently, while in Scottsdale to photograph key management and top performers for AT&T, I had the chance to grab some local-interest shots.

It’s my understanding both the cacti and the cowboy light up at night.

Cameo

Posted by – June 6, 2010

Archive Alert!

Everyone knows how much those American tourists love their cameras…  Here I am in a cheesy proof-I-was-there snapshot taken on the Great Wall of China during a trip for the medical company Covidien.  The trip coincided with the return of control of Hong Kong to the Chinese, a transition that had great implications for the company’s involvement in Pacific Rim markets.

Wildcat

Posted by – May 13, 2010

Archive Alert!

Image is everything — especially when wildcat South Ranch Oil needed to visually communicate to investors that the company had boots on the ground, pipe in the earth and derricks in the air.

This is a photo of me which is among many that served as visual evidence of SRO’s well-established drilling operation in southwest Texas.

Kauai

Posted by – April 25, 2010


Archive Alert!

An award is an award is an award, right?  Not at all, and to drive home the point that their awards were literally worlds apart from the typical program-logoed barbecue grill or case of frozen steaks, AT&T hired me to document one of their trip-of-a-lifetime awards — to illustrate that their awards really are rewards.