Friday, January 29, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Shooting Parts

We finally had a break in the weather where we can start putting together parts of a couple images we are working on.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Green Eyed Monster: John Clang


Top of the food chain

Last week I went to Chinatown in search of a fish to photograph. I had two of my girls with me. We walked into a large market on 12th street here in Oakland.

Each customer seemed intent on handling each and every piece of fish laid out on huge beds of ice before making a final selection which invariably turned out to be the initial fish fingered many minutes earlier.

I have observed this phenomenon years ago at Macys. I once saw a woman methodically unfold and examine every shirt on a four by eight foot table stacked 8 shirts high before heading off empty handed.

I guess it is just cultural. I have on more than one occasion come precipitously close to getting my hand slapped for almost making physical contact with a piece of fruit at a Parisian peddler’s stall. I think they would have been only mildly more offended if I had attempted to take a crap on the apples.

At the fish market we decided to have a look around and came upon large tanks filled with all kinds of crustaceans, fish and amphibians. We rounded the corner and saw a squat man with rubber boots all dressed in white beating two giant catfish the size of small dogs to death with a wooden dowel. The girls were fascinated by what they saw. They were not afraid nor were they giddy. They just stared while they held hands.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Flower Series

Here is a rough scan of 8X10 contact sheet from a new series I just started. A neighbor mentioned that he thought it looked like the animal series from a few years ago. .
That is my goal. To bring the same sensibility to anything I point the camera at regardless of what it is so that whatever I am shooting it still looks like one of my photographs.

Animal Series

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Friday Feature:The Green Eyed Monster

Every friday I will feature the work of a photographer whose work I admire.

First Up :Dwight Eschliman

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Middle

In addition to the lake/climber images I am also working on a new still life series. I have an idea but am at that point in the process where I am not at all convinced its going to work out.

Right now is the best time . I have the germ of an idea that is propelling me forward and gets me excited. As soon as I wake up I can't wait to go to work on it.

In the beginning it blows. In the beginning you have no ideas and are convinced you will never have one again.

I don't care for the end. At the end all is worked out and there is no doubt in the process and it is just about executing the original conceit. It becomes like a job. The end is about finishing and paying attention.

But the end is what separates the men from the boys. The wheat from the chaff. The clever from the sublime. Well you get the idea. The end is where the masters live.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Years Resolution # 2

Create new work.

I have begun a new project that will involve some compositing. I spent a couple days driving around western Marin County scouting and found this lake I think will work for a background Also I think I will use this rock which I found on a magazine shoot.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Palm Press

This image was used by Palm Press in a greeting card. I have always been impressed by them and was excited they were interested in this shot.

Bread Finals

New Years Resolution # 1

Blog more. Promise.