Monthly Archives: May 2013

Recent honors, plus a joke

It’s awards season in the photography world, when we all congratulate each other on our fine work and resent those who won awards that should have been ours. Reminds me of a (not very funny) joke:

Q: How many photographers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: Five. One to screw it in. Four to stand around and say, “I could have done that.”

I’m proud to say that some of last year’s work has won awards:

American Photography 29: Three images (here, here and here) — including two from my Night Cars series — were chosen to be part of the permanent American Photography archive online. Out of 9,000 images submitted, only 185 received this honor.

2013 Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards:  My Lost Boat image (see the website and blog) is a winner in the self-promotion category.  Appearing soon in the May/June 2013 Photography & Illustration Awards issue.

2012 One Eyeland Photography Awards: The Lost Boat image won a silver medal in the self-promotion category. Plus you get this snazzy certificate:

 

 

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Lost Boat unveiled

It’s finally on my website – the complete Lost Boat shoot I’ve had in my head for years. The location scouting destroyed my little 35/2 lens, the pre-production drove me slightly insane, the props and rowboat filled my driveway, and then … it came together beautifully. The actors brought their characters to life, the crew made it a smooth day and the boat held five people without collapsing.

(You’ll also find it smack in the middle of the latest print edition of Workbook, and earlier this week Workbook picked it up on its blog.)

A few highlights:

Found this location in the final hour of the final day of scouting. Then my lens fell apart.

Don’t mess with Victorian women.

The beard is real. He shaved it off the next day.

Not the man you want guiding your boat.

Even the lowly oarsman gets his portrait taken. 

 The always-brilliant Milo Cawthorne.

Sailors just want to have fun.

For a behind-the-scenes view, see my earlier blog post. For all your talent and hard work, again, my deepest gratitude to the talent, crew and retoucher Rebecca Bausher/Pixel Chick Studios.

 

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The flying Wear brothers

Got to shoot the amazing David and Travis Wear recently. They’re the UCLA basketball stars who, as twins, take every class together and spend an average of only 30 minutes apart every day. Get them to dribble, and the balls will end up in unison. Stand them next to each other, and they each lean toward the other at identical angles. Ask them a question, and they’ll finish each other’s sentences.

They do wear different shoes. Size 16.

 

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Machiavelli comes to Orange County

Suzanne Evans with the previously unruly family she decided to whip into shape by applying Machiavelli’s principles of leadership. Then she wrote a book about it. Smart woman.

Shot for The Wall Street Journal, then quickly picked up by London’s Sunday Times and Italy’s Myself magazine.  They love them some Machiavelli, the Europeans.

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Just another day in a 40,000-square-foot house

Well, hello there.

Recently shot Joan Behnke, interior decorator to very wealthy people, for Forbes in the 40,000-square-foot home of one of her clients. What does it mean to shoot in a home that size? It means scouting takes an hour, and you end up not sure if you should shoot in the massage parlor, the beauty salon/barber shop, the poker room or the movie theater. It means safety comes second, because not knocking over vases and sculptures comes first. It means very little time passes between walking on a carpet and that carpet being vacuumed. The housekeeper kept vacuuming our staging area.

And when you eventually decide to shoot in the giant living room, it means using every light you’ve got, even though you recently bought more lights.

Isn’t she just a doll? Loved working with her.

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