Again, I find myself unable to make a selection for the last one! Which do you feel is stronger?
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This has got to be one of my favorite Girls Life shoots to date! We had a very talented model and crew, and a ton of fake snow to play with! A few months later I am still cleaning it off my studio floor! Stay tuned at the end for a behind the scenes video!
Time to introduce a new series that I begun this year and have been working (slowly) on completing. The generation that fought The Second World War is passing quickly. This series is my attempt to document those who remain with us in the first few decades of the 21st century. Their efforts, chosen or not, effected the entire 20th century including the geopolitical, cultural world I was born into. Often reflections of this generation choose to idealize war over the harsh realities of death, destruction, duty and determination. Many were boys who just wanted to live out their days peacefully but instead found themselves as part of a large war machine. Others were swept up in the tides of nationalism and charismatic leaders who promised to reshape the world. Regardless of where they approached the conflict from, they all agree that we should not idealize the act of war, that it is a brutal, though sometimes necessary, evil. So far I’ve photographed four men, one of which has already passed, another who wished nothing more than to follow (haunted by nightmares of the war, yet unable to remember what he had for breakfast that morning). An African American soldier who represented a country that discriminated him because of the color of his skin and finally a german professor who found himself fighting for the German Army, nearly killed several times escaping with his life to become a pacifist. This project is not about good v evil, them, v us, but rather it is about the people who unwittingly found themselves a part of this drama, presented as they are now. Not glorified in all the finery of the war machine, but rather, wearing their age. Its my hope that we can imagine what their eyes have seen, what role they played. I’ll leave my fully fleshed out statement and details of the pictured for later on. But for now I present you with some images.
Frank P. US Navy (d. 2013)
Armin M. Wehrmacht, Infantry (retired professor at Towson University)
Edward P. US Army Infantry (fought in the Battle of the Bulge)
Chester P US Navy
A few weeks ago I got to photograph my friend Sara in a super awesome 1958 Chevy Biscayne. But this wasn’t just any old fashioned car and fun dress up shoot. The car belonged to Sara’s step father, who held it as his dream car until he finally was able to purchase one and start to fix it up. Sadly, he passed away before his goal was accomplished. His wife however took over the job of getting the car in working condition. So now to pay tribute, Sara asked me to photograph her in the car. Here are some of my favorites from the session.
I used to do yoga on a fairly regular basis. I love how it makes me feel, the energy it gives me. But as all such things that require regular discipline in my life (unrelated to photography or art), I have a hard time keeping up with attending as often as I should to get the full effect. I was reminded about the joys of yoga when I was commissioned to do a series of instructional and conceptual images for yoga instructor Krista Block. Seeing her movements come so easily with calm and joy was amazing. Not to mention her sense of balance and stamina. We spent all day in the studio working hard but none as hard as she. Check out a few of my favorites!
Hair and make-up by Leah Sarah Bassett
I had a great time last month photographing Reddit founder, Alexis Ohanian for Baltimore Magazine. We got to work early on a Sunday before he was due to head out to a Red Skin’s game. We had a great time talking about our mutual experiences in business’s, how to inspire young people and the virtues and challenges of working for yourself. It was really great. Be sure to check out his new book, “Without Their Permission”. Its a great read.
Check out this months issue of Autoweek Magazine which features a shoot I did this summer. I went out to western Maryland and met up with an awesome community of Crossfire fans. They broke down all my stereotypes associated with car clubs. I was nearly overwhelmed with how friendly and welcoming they were despite my knowing next to nothing about or caring for anything car related. Here follows the spread from the issue and some I liked that didn’t make the cut.