Personal Record is an ongoing stream of the images I make outside of my professional career. The personal images, mobile images, outtakes, and random candid images that I take on whatever camera I happen to have handy at the time; a documentation of my day-to-day life and the things I come across that interest me visually.
I spent a solid afternoon working on editing images from a recent production with Kyle Makrauer and Marie Vaccarello. I very rarely work with other photographers in such a directly collaborative way – but the nature of this assignment was all about pairing artists up and seeing what the results were, so Kyle and I (along with out friend Marie) came together to create a series of images that blended both of our visions for this unique upcoming project.
There is one exceptionally long light at the end of my street I inevitably end up waiting at every time I go out. I have photographed it many times while waiting – but I am particularly fond of this one.
I was invited by my high school to be a keynote speaker at their Party for the Arts to celebrate the opening of their brand new arts facilities. I spoke to an intimate group of passionate art students, families, and faculty members about my journey from burnout to working commercial artist and shared some of my newest work with them. Afterwords, I spent the rest of the evening working with students in the new photo studio on lighting and developing portrait concepts. I am glad that the students are so passionate about creative pursuits, and these new facilities give them even more opportunities to explore their artistic passions. For me it was great going to a school with such a strong arts program at a time when many schools were sacrificing creative education.
I paid a visit to my friend Derek’s studio to get some work done. He had worked on roughing out a new tattoo idea me and we started work on it this week. Derek, as well as being a great illustrator and tattoo artist, is also a talented sculptor, renowned for his satirical hand poured and painted busts of Elvis Presley.
Erin picked up this book for me that I have fallen in love with – Hard Ground, a photo book by Michael O’Brien accompanied by poems written by Tom Waits. I am a big fan of both artists and this book is a wonderful combination of O’Brien’s images and Waits’ words.
A small collection of street scenes and urban landscapes from around Buffalo and Niagara Falls .
Erin and I often brave the cold to make trips to our favorite food truck / taco purveyor. Lloyd Taco Truck is so good it would inspire me to trudge out in arctic weather just to get my hands on a taste of their food. Order it extra hot to combat the snow.
The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Darwin Martin House – I drive past this every day, but it looks noticeably more fantastic in the winter.
Seeing Tycho live last week was one of the best concerts I had been to in some time – If you have not had a chance to listen to Dive yet, it is a must listen to album, and has become the soundtrack for my shoots since its release.
Taking a drive through Love Canal is strange and a little surreal – it looks pretty innocuous for being one of the worst domestic environmental disasters in US history and the first Superfund Site.
I rarely get starstruck, but getting to briefly meet Crispin Glover was the high point of my week. Me and Erin went out to the Market Arcade Cinema to see him perform one of his big slide shows and see a showing of his film It is Fine! Everything is Fine. It was wonderful to see this amazing artist, who I have long been a fan of (and find to be one of the most fascinating and intelligent people in film and art today) and to see him interact with his fans and share his artwork with the crowd. Even though it was just a meet and greet after the film, I was ecstatic to have a chance to speak with him, for s short time, about his films and thoughts on corporate vs personal art.