Friday, August 28, 2009

fighting out the last days of summer

every year i seem to go into a funk as i see the sun and all it's glorious light start to sink earlier and earlier behind the west horizon. this year it seems i want to hold onto it more and more, bind it by string and swing it back up in the sky, and yet in response it teasingly ends another minute earlier each day.
these photos remind me of that precious light, the light that allows me to paint on film and i'm thankful for another day of it's beautiful gift it shares.
and what a fun couple and idea. BIG thanks to rachel and nate for your enthusiasm and inspiration.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

knowing art creates art

i'm not saying that i went into this shoot with the mindset to give homage to Marc Chagall, but in the thick of the shoot i was able to identify and put my finger on where i had seen these before, and once granted this awareness it gave me license to push the concept further. submersing myself with art and locking it away in my sub conscience, making it become an actual part of me and how my brain ticks and how i see things in a different light - is what makes me create what i do. it influences what i see, and therefore makes my world, my world.  
knowing art helps create further art.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

drive-in lovin'

amy and philip, had there first date at a drive-in a couple of years ago and we thought it would only be fitting to recreate the beginnings of their story and do the shoot at a drive-in. i am fortunate enough to live in a small town a half hours drive west of salt lake city. and nestled within this neighboring valley of salt lake and close to my home is a charming old town drive-in. thus began the magic all over again...
i later returned to the drive-in to watch a flick under the stars with my wife and our two girls and i got to talking with the owner of the drive-in. i asked him very sincerely "whats the future of this drive-in?" (as it has now become my new love.) he said "we've been here since the 60's and still goin' strong". to me, it seems anything that has charm and the old mom and pop character is dying off and to know this drive-in is still pumping strong was such a relief to hear. he then began to tell me how depeche mode shot a video at this exact drive-in....whaaaat??!! i was thrilled to hear that!! i used to be obsessed with depeche mode during their violator album (and quickly collected all their albums previous to violator) but to know that they were here and appreciated the aesthetic was great - but i also know the driving force behind depeche mode's imagery is anton corbijn and i knew that it was HE that probably chose the location to film the video at the drive-in. anton corbijn is one of my all time favorite photographers and is a major source of inspiration in my work. to be able to connect the dots through time leading up to this shoot, and almost 20 years later me doing my thing with the camera at the same location appreciating the same backdrop was quite a a great journey...

click here if you want to see depeche mode's "world in my eyes" video shot by anton corbijn at the motor vu erda drive-in theater. (circa 1990)
click here if you want to visit more of anton corbijn's work. - mind blowing mind you.  

the new yellow

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

O.G. wedding

this post was in all good humor. if it offends anyone in any way, shape, or form i will be swift to remove it from the blog... and if no one takes the offensive - then i thank you for being open minded to humor and my quirkiness, after all we all are a human comedy and need to laugh at ourselves.