Wednesday, August 25, 2010

India Tile Sketches

I spent a couple Saturdays ago with my friends Kathryn and Roberto and Roberto's daughter Kate. We took a road trip to my little cabin not too far from Shelburne Falls to retrieve a vintage refrigerator there, which (we think) is from the 1940s or earlier. Kathryn is an artist and needs a dozen or so for her art installation!

So what does all this have to do with my India tile sketches? Both Kathryn and Roberto are artists — visual and musical. In the car ride back we talked art, something I don't often get a chance to do on the level that we did. It was sheer delight and wonderfully inspiring. The next day I spend four hours in my studio working again on the line drawing sketches from the well-trodden tile floor of the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India.

I admit I struggled with these. The sketches feel somewhat trying, like I was trying too hard and didn't quite get to that place of being free with the line expression and connecting it with the composition. I know this is all a part of the process, though.

Thanks for taking the time to see my latest series of sketches. If you'd like to see more, go here.

Long Island City circa 2007

Long Island City - Pepsi Sign (before they moved it)

Digging through old images...found this one of the Hunter's Point neighborhood in Long Island City, Queens. The Pepsi sign has been since moved and that site is the future site of the Queens Library.

Something about this shot was eerie to me and felt sort of like it was older than I here it is.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Blue Eyed Blog

I recently helped out a friend of a friend set up her tumblr blog.

She is a single mother living and working in Hollywood with lots of insight to write about her crazy/glamorous/messy/amazing life.

You can check it out at

Today I got a thank-you package in the mail. I wanted to share with you all of this loot!!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Steph's Dad on the couch

Steph's dad

Steph's dad back at Memorial day hanging out on the couch. Pardon the dust.

Loan Modificaion

Loan Modification

Saw this and was compelled to photograph it. Seems to me very much a staple of life today. People upside down in large amounts of money, everyone else trying to "help" them while trying to feed their own family. Perhaps too cynical of a view, but I see this stuff everywhere, especially in the poorer areas.

Favorite part is the "No Plantation Politics" sign. What an interesting phrase.

4x5 Recovered Negative shot on Fuji FP100C45.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

More from Oregon

Tree on the Oregon coast

Tree + awesomeness + Oregon coast = dude in awe.


The new Cary Norton dot com is slowly coming together. I cant for it to land. More on that later.

Photos to follow

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cannon Beach pano

Cannon Beach pano (small)

Please, look at this LARGER. I promise it is better. Really, I'd like this thing huge somewhere.

This is Steph taking a photo of Cannon Beach (aka Goonies rocks) and a few other tourists making a photo with them as well. Yet another favorite Poptpop...yet another from the Oregon coast.

I love HP5 film.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Matthew Mayfield

Matthew Mayfield

I've been MIA for a while it seems (to me) but at least for good reasons. Lots of running around town making photos. Lots of trying to put out other weird little fires (it's the little crap that takes so much time).

One of the _good_ things that has taken some of my time lately was to photograph Matthew Mayfield for his upcoming full length release. We had a specific goal and to my delight it called for shooting film and working with a bare bones setup. I love, love, love simplicity.

He had a specific idea in mind. Think old. We shot on the rolling white wall with the Crown Graphic, RZ, and Leica. On the large and medium formats we shot instant film as well (mostly to scan the negatives of it lends itself to the feel we were going for).

Above is a photo of the setup, mid-shoot. Talk about simple. Wall, subject, camera, north light in the studio. Done.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Holger Thoss

Holger Thoss

Mr Thoss, again. Another of the three amigos I've come to love in New York.

Sadly, Philippe was shooting when we all got together when I was up in May, so I have no photo for him...right now anyway.

John Dolan

John and Holger

Here again is John Dolan, one of the three dudes who have greatly affected my outlook on creating photographs. In the foreground is Holger...his shot comes next.

Anne Watkins

Anne Watkins

Here is Anne again. I knew from the second I met her we'd get along and I try to see her any time I'm in New York. She's an outstanding gestural watercolourist (is that a thing?) (her work can be found Here) Such a lovely person.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Steph on the train

steph on the train

Steph on the train, somewhere in California.

Caleb & Laura

Caleb & Laura looking up

Caleb & Laura in New York in May. Caleb assisted me on the job I was shooting there and Laura came up for a weekend to hang out with him. I enjoy this shot (which I guess is obvious since I'm blogging it?)

hip shots

two random hip shots (small)

click for larger version, if you are into that.

two random hip shots from ny from may. just now getting around to scanning that stuff.