Wednesday, February 18, 2015

labor ready

I made a new batch of "big box labor ready" portraits from around Los Angeles. about 14 or 15 in all with the Calumet 4x5, Provia 100 transparency and the old faithful Symmar 210mm. 
When I approach people looking for work to take their portraits I've got to do some explaining about why I am wanting to point a camera at them, something like, "hi I am a photographer making art photographs, I think you are interesting and I would be honored to make a photograph of you. I want people to be able to see what you look like in a very honest straight forward way. I am an artist and this is art ... of sorts, descriptive art, showing what you look like but not who you are, I am not trying to reveal anything thats hidden about you but just what you look like, the story of your life thats written on your face, written on your surface. People don't look at you because they get uncomfortable and I want to be able to describe you to people like that, who turn their eyes away and ignore you, marginalize you. You are unique and I like the way you look, the character that you have, that you are showing me, its perfect the way you are standing, normal and straight forward, thank you!"

Monday, May 13, 2013

Caisteal Chaol A' Chuirn

Kilchurn Castle, built around 1449 for the Campbells of Glenorchy by the first 
Lord of Glenorchy, "Black Colin of Rome"

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

La Pearla

A little selection from la Pearla in Puerto Rico. This area is a bit sketchy, there's a lot of drug dealing and other nefarious activities in this zone, but the area is prime real estate being right on the beach and in the old part of San Juan. The cops are routinely going through performing stings and arresting the locals, so they are pretty defensive if you wander through with a camera. I was using my Rollie though, not exactly a stealth camera, so they seemed to tolerate my interest.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

lush life

holy shit i have been slack with the blogs, but this is not a reflection of how i have been utilizing the minutes and hours of the day. got a few little surprises coming up. this is a pic of lydia, from champaign trott. circa 06. used hassy with 180mm plus #3 extension ring. gave the shot a little yello or something in ps.

Monday, December 12, 2011

cat and horse

a little selection of pics from our wanderings around PR.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

santurce pda 15

looking for records on ponce de leon, in san juan, puerto rico.
i heard that la gran discoteca was the spot for vynal, santurce, parada 15.
all the stars of fania and top hits had appeared there at one time or another. its legendary.
and also history. it had been closed down for a few months, all packed up and gone away.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


returned to la fresqueria for this one. kaala was with jetest in SD.
thankfully i was using my rollie at that moment.
i swear to the gods, what ever you are, i will never go didg. and thats that.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

sand doll hair

a portrait of mathew and michael on the beach in the watsonville area of california.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


eric and deb's son. photographed in my new studio, elysian park.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


family portrait of eric, deborah and their son jonah.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

road side tree

some trees by the side of the road in elysian park.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

labor ready

mostly undocumented immigrants make themselves available for work on the fringes of big box construction superstore parking lots. outcast from society, predominantly latino and well below the poverty line.

my approach in this set was to describe the undocumented work force in a way that does not explain how they interact with their work environment, but to show their physical appearance, their surface. i refrained from close ups and deviating from the formula of full body shots and spacing in order to describe the topography and subtle continuum.
general communication and contact with this community by the public seems to be avoided.
the irony is that the community is known of and called upon if needed, but otherwise ignored and stigmatized if not.

for this series i used fijifilm provia 100F 4x5 color transparency