Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Day 090


I jaunted up to Nashville last week for a quick and long-overdue visit to B. Smith and Val. Here is Val and her / their dog Gertie chillin on Saturday Morning.

I'm bouncing around ideas. Hopefully something will come of them.


There are about 5 of these, and I love them all. When I saw this one on TV, I stopped everything I was doing (I'm usually multitasking when watching TV) and dropped my jaw. There is a website going along with the campaign. I LOVE!

If anyone knows who created these, I really want to know. See what else they're creating as well.

Monday, March 30, 2009


Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

I've played with this effect before in photoshop, I know very little about video editing, but this whole thing was so very amazing!! How do they do it!

Day 089


they are going to get married.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Day 088


as caleb would say...ole reliable. it is the skyline again..just completely cloudy. i hope i didnt post a polaroid of this. i need some sleep i think. and some photographs.

There's no place like home!

I can't tell you the last time I stayed at home. I took my little one to grandma's today and came back home. I did 2 loads of wash. Organized materials, worked on orders and finished this little chick pin. ( At my shops)

As a teacher it just makes me wish for summer!
Hope you all had a productive day.

Now it's time to pick up my 7 year old, make lunches for the week, make dinner... it does not end, does it?
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Day 087


In honor of Bici Co-op's bike cleaning day, here is an old bike skeleton from New York. I'm just glad it is not white. Those are sad. This one is just down on his luck.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Easter Plush

I have been working to get ready for Easter! I have several new designs that are just listed at my shops. www.mommylion.etsy.com
The little Egg Ornament picture does not do it justice. It is adorable. The little bunny comes out. It can be used as a frame if you want!
The chick is cute too. Check them out!

Elle in black and white

I love the frequent black and white covers Elle has been doing lately, and I hope they keep it up!

Day 083


Rob scouting out some contact sheets.

Trashbags Shaped like Bears!


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Day 081


Yet another of the Bedouins crew. I guess I should get these to them, eh?

Man is it ever spring!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Day 080


Ate a special Holi meal at Taj tonight. It was a double date with Kevin! Us and our moms.

heres alan.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Day 079


All I will say is that I shot 4x5 today.

La Dolce Vita in Colour

I recently watched La Dolce Vita. I watched it for the first time, and was kind of confused why it's so well known. Then watched it again with commentary by Richard Schickel. Loved the commentary. I'd highly recommend it!

As for the movie, I don't know if I loved it but I respect it, and I loved parts of it. Mostly all those loved parts are featured in this video. It's interesting to see things reinvented.

son of tam

This guy has got some great visual ideas.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tim Walker

Tim Walker is a photographer I recently discovered, sort of. I tear out pages in magazines and save photos on my computer to rotate in my background and my screensaver. I found a link online to his portfolio today, and realized a lot of the photos I'd found over time around the web were his. I can pretty much conclude that I love his style. The happiness, color, and quirkiness are perfect. How does he think of all of these situations?

This makes me happy

I might be behind in this, but I just found it because I'm so behind on reading my google reader.

Day 078


I don't have words to say right now [and chances are you'll see this on a blog reader and if i update with words later it won't inform you. we'll see if i add anything later]

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Day 076


Shot more 4x5 today. This is Alan from a few days ago. Tomorrow I think will be Jason from today. I took a couple of sheets of film today that I'll hold for a while before processing.

I've got Africa ideas...working on it.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Day 075


Winslow in the middle of his street in Crestwood. Another photo from yesterday's day-o-science.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Day 074


So today was pretty awesome. I woke up whenever (which means I slept late, which, in my old age means 9:30 am), burned some images for a client, pounded serious-style lunch with Alan Barton. Thats step one to a good day right there.

Then the magic happened.

You know that feeling when you have a day full of things you wanted to do? Like you had ideas, thought about executing them, did them, then found yourself pleased with the result? Well that was the remainder of the day as well.

1) I decided recently that I wanted to start a new weekend tradition. I went with Science Sunday. I really love the idea of having set things that happen consistently, and given that I make my own schedule 99.9% of the time, I think it is high time I start doing something weekly. Shit...I can take a photo every DAY for a year (this is proof!)...surely I can do one other thing once a week. (Now the question here is can I make myself go to the blasted gym once a week. Then twice. Then thrice. Then have lats the size of cobra hoods. BOOM!). I digress. So my point is that today was the first Science Sunday and it went off in style! My two science things today were to watch a video of Carl Sagan (swoon) talking about the Cosmos. (find part one of this video HERE). Part two was to utilize SCIENCE by going through ALL the processes of photography.

2) All the processes of photography:

  • Load 4x5 sheet film into awesome film holders (designed by science!)

  • Find appropriate subjects to photograph

  • Use a meter to determine an exposure for the photograph in relation to the sensitivity of my film(s)

  • Use awesome old camera (science!) to expose light upon not only said 4x5 film, but also Polaroid instant film (SUPER SCIENCE!)

  • Come home and use awesome chemicals to make the film into a negative thing!

  • Scan said negative thing onto the computer (SUUUUUPER SCIENCE HOW THEY DO THAT HOLY SHIT)

  • Use "Internet" to present final image to all of the entire world

3) Step three overlaps a bit with step two (I have a venn diagram in my head), but it is this: Be happy hanging out with Alan, Caleb, Bob, and Winslow. Nods go to Purvis and Braxton. Purvis for being dirty, for us running into him. Braxton for letting us devour 20 mins of his time to photograph him. And I mean all of us. So that was fun..but the fun rolled over into when I was developing the negatives, Caleb and Alan started watching my dvd of This American Life (Series 2) and man..that mess makes me happy every time. Even when it makes me mad. (note to self: google phrase "even when it makes me mad" to see what shows up). Ira Glass is science. Try to argue with me on that one. I'll kneecap you.

So yeah. Great day. (there is always room for improvement, but it'll work!)

Above is Braxton, being awesome with his bike.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Photos from Uganda

This is an out-of-order post that contains no photos. What it DOES contain is this video. This is super rough edit of 100+ images I threw together to show Terry over at Simon Cyrene. The background music and interviews are from the trip. There is no real narrative yet..there will eventually be another video that tells a story..this one was just to show a lot of images quickly (to someone who knows the story and who is already emotionally invested in the project).

That was part introduction and part disclaimer. Shocker. Anyway...

Oh and if you want to see it in HD, click on the thingy.

Development in Gardening - Photographs from Uganda from cary norton on Vimeo.

Day 073


So....you are in the right place. This IS electric lion. You are not seeing things. The above image is of a newborn. It is true.

Don't worry, it's weird for me too.

I got a call from my buddy Jon today to ask me to come grab some shots of him and Becca with their now-one-day-old child person. This is a service I don't mind providing for them at all. Our relationship goes back a few years when they asked me to shoot their wedding have no CLUE if i shot them or not. They just liked my work and wanted me to do whatever I wanted at their wedding. That is pretty much the dream scenario when it comes to me + weddings. I shoot them here and there and actually do get a lot out of them*, but I don't love them. So to be hired basically to just shoot..and then it happens to be a wedding...well thats alright.


So I get this call, head over to their hospital place later in the day, and I sit here now really satisfied. It is no secret that I also don't love kids (nor slobbery dogs nor bad drivers nor gimmicky photography). The very fact I am posting a tiny-child stems from just how in love with this kid they were. They weren't OHMYGODTHISISTHESMARTESTEVERCHILD ITWASBORNWITHANIVYLEAGUEDEGREE SERIOUSLYITSRIGHTHEREANDDIDWEMENTIONHOWFUCKINGCUTEITIS OHMYGOOOOODDDDDD. They were just happy. You could see it all over them. It was internal, which is where I like it. It seemed real. They weren't having a joygasm over telling everyone about their kid. They just...were happy.

So that's why you saw a baby on electric lion. Jon, kissing Stella, with Becca in the background**.

*"get a lot out of them" means here the following: i use them as a means of learning more technical skills, dealing with pressure, etc, but mostly dealing with high stress situations in a manner that FEELS relaxed. that and executing my craft in a situation that will not be repeated. you get one shot and you've gotta be ready. its good training for photography in general.

**i debated what to do with beccas eyes. they look a little racoony but its in a hospital room with less-than-optimal light. if i blow them out it doesnt make any sense, if i dodge them a little she looks sort of like an alien. hopefully this note is moot because you, dear reader, didn't even notice. though of course now you may go look again and be bugged by it too.

oh and post script, I thought I'd mention that, yes, Stella has a cleft lip/palette. in case you saw it and wondered.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Day 072


So I thought it appropriate to post this image today of Will Pearson, publisher and co-founder of mental_floss. It has been sort of a flossy day, plus I ran some ideas off Winslow, their designer, earlier as well. There is another reason, but I can't really go into that here.

But speaking of said ideas, I thought I'd mention that I added a revised series to my main website. I made a concise edit of the first year of Electric Lion, complete with notes about the year. A sort of year-in-review-but-posted-in-March-of-the-following-year kind of thing. Plus, having a gallery of over 300 images doesn't work great.

Check it out

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Day 069


I wish I simultaneously be driving my scooter and blasting the music of The Great Book of John. Feel warm wind move around me and hear things that make me happy. I guess I'm saying I want to physically exist inside a movie I have made in my mind.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Day 068


I've started a new set on flickr called People Sleeping. I found I take a lot of photographs of people sleeping, very often in public.

Who is bored by Electric Lion? What do you want to see? I know this is my blog and about what I do, or whatever, but I'm down for suggestions.

I still need to find Goals to execute.

I'm still wanting to be more transparent about what I'm shooting and thinking.

I'm trying to be a better person. That is a very hard goal.

Feel free to give me feedback. I am open to it.

Penguin Plunge

Go to http://www.jacksonzoo.org/ and click on the penguin plunge button. We made a website to go along with it all! Jonathan is awesome! He put the website together, but I did the contents. You can see the commercials, screensaver, coloring pages, games, etc. I'm most excited about the commercials though - Made in After Effects! The embarrassing part is... that's my voice over on the last tv spot.

Go see the Penguins!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Day 066


Here are Caleb and Vandal.

Shot random things today, mostly just hanging out with steph. Really good day. Really good.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Day 064


Here is one of my preferred frames from hanging out with the Bedouins International peoples the other day.

Today I photographed Caleb and Laura to mark their engagement. Caleb has come a long way since we talked him into dropping out of college.

I shot some other stuff today including starting another roll of half frame. I got some great stuff off that half-frame roll that had been chillin' for a good while. Makes me excited to shoot it more.

I've got a lot of things in my head lately and I'm not sure exactly how to get them out. I'll work on that.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Day 063


Stephanie in my old backyard and Charles, the golden child, taking a nap at my grandparent's house.