LEO CHAN

Portrait of Leo Chan

Leo Chan owns way more neckties than I do (an impressive feat given that I regularly shoot for a tie designer and have accumulated a respectable collection of my own over the years). So when he turned up at the studio for this portrait assignment a few weeks ago I was not at all surprised when he started unpacking an immaculately curated selection of neckwear alongside some other great pieces from his own wardrobe. Even though we put several of those ties to more prominent use in other portraits that day, it was this sportier and more colorful look that I really ended up loving. There is something about that hard red gelled light coming from camera right and the red warmup jacket that really works for me in the above shot, and the style transitioned nicely to the black and white variation below (and of course I think that the warmup jacket/tie combo is frightfully under-appreciated.)

This production was a long time coming. Leo and I had talked about working on a project together for some time prior to this, but it seemed our scheduling never worked out —thankfully on this assignment the stars aligned correctly and my team and I were able to create several interesting portraits of him.

B+W portrait of Leo Chan

SUCH GOLD

Rochester hardcore band such gold for Alternative Press

I was on my way back from a shoot in NYC a few months back when I got an assignment from Alternative Press Magazine to create a series of images for a feature on Rochester hardcore band Such Gold. No sooner had I unpacked the car and recharged batteries when my assistant and I were making the drive from Buffalo to Rochester to meet up with the band – featured on AP’s 100 Bands You Need to Know list in 2012 alongside acts like AWOLNATION and Bad Rabbits.

Talented but also resilient, Such Gold had come back from the brink of tragedy the previous year when lead singer Ben Kotin was almost fatally stabbed outside of a party. After a lengthy recovery and with the help of friends from other bands filling in temporarily, Kotin was able to return to his frontman duties in time for the band’s full length debut Misadventures (definitely worth a listen if you like melodic hardcore).

These are two of my favorites from what I shot that day in the woods around Cobbs Hill  – you can see more by checking out the tear sheet.

Rochester Ny hardcore band Such Gold