Common Structures

The rooftop stairs at the studio during a rainstorm

Everything looks more interesting in the rain.

Now that spring is here the rainy season has officially started and everyday structures have started looking a lot more interesting to me. Above are the stairs up to the roof at Victory Studios, which opens up to one of the best views in the city. Below is the sinister looking gazebo belonging to the apartment complex across the street from my house.

The Gazebo across the street from my house


The Tower

With the recent design and layout changes to the blog I have decided to experiment with the format of some of my regular posts for a few weeks. In lieu of Personal Record, my regular round-up of weekly mobile and personal images, I will be posting smaller and more frequent updates that feature single images or small collections a few times a week.

Water intake towers nearby a place I was scouting today for one of next week’s  jobs. These towers are right on the water, but kind of in the middle of nowhere, just rising up like alien monoliths along the shore.

Personal Record 2.17.2012

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.


The wall is coming along nicely, but is nowhere near done – The goal is to completely plaster the room in these 4×5 prints.


My desktop buddy.


A faint hint of the ghosts of facial hair past.


A new batch of quick thank you note cards I have been using lately.


Grabbing some downtime at the studio during along night of prepping a set for the next mornings shoot.


View from the floor of the studio.


Musical celebrity impersonator Don Thompson hanging around the studio during a production last week.


 

Personal Record 2.9.2012

 

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 have also added a subscription feature to the blog – now you can stay updated about new posts and what is going on with my creative life via e-mail. To receive updates just add your email address to the box under Subscribe on the sidebar and voilà! you will be getting regular updates from me in no time. 


 

Superbowl Sunday was spent at a nearly empty bowling alley celebrating my friend Derek’s birthday – When you get a bunch of creatives and artists together to bowl the fez and smoking jacket  suddenly make a lot more sense. Derek was definitely the best dressed on the lanes that night.


   

My latest obsession that I discovered on Fab.com – Duke Cannon Soap. Gigantic 3/4 pound bars of soap that do without all the overly flowery /perfume smells of most soap in favor of something a little  more masculine. I love the simple design of their packaging and the Army green color of the bar.

It’s hard to beat a slogan like “Smells Like Victory”


  

Scenes from being out and about in Buffalo this week – my favorite part of which was  stopping to explore the area around Buffalo’s Historic Central Terminal


Me and Erin visited a wonderful used bookstore call Old Editions – their multiple floors of literary excitement was definitely highlighted by one of the coolest collections of old photography books and manuals I have come across yet.


Me, Aaron, And scott did a lot of work in the studio this week, namely getting the place re-organized and ready for some large productions that are right on the horizon.


A new batch of prints that are ready to be added to the photo wall.


 

A while back I received this amazing book as a gift –  My first Ten Years with The Leica by Paul Wolff – I am just now starting to be able to go through it, and I think reading it is going to dominate a good part of my weekend. This volume is barely held together at its binding and the vintage images in it are astounding.


Healthy and un-healthy snacks respectively; Almonds dusted with cocoa powder and headcheese (totally gross to 95% of the world, but I grew up eating it and it is definitely one of my favorite sandwich fillers – then again, many people have made note of my eating habits over the years on this blog – maybe I am the weird one!)


Personal Record 2.2.2012

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.


The highlight of this past week was the debut of Nick Butlak’s (who has made appearances in many of my pictures) gallery show – collecting a number of his paintings and installation pieces. friends and artists from all over buffalo came by the opening to see Nick’s newest work.


Helping my mother move into her new house had me visiting Niagara Falls a lot this week. Aside from Toronto, this is one of the most dominant landscapes of my youth – It is an oddly unbalanced  mix of industrial structures, suburban hideaways, consumer temples,  and forgotten grandeur. I think I will be working on something more in-depth in the coming weeks to record the area in greater detail.


I have been busy lately with a lot of meetings and portfolio reviews as 2012 is starting to get busy – I have a stack of thank you notes still to mail out to all the awesome creatives that I have met and shared my work with the past few weeks.


The reward for a well executed all night work marathon.


 

Personal Record 1.27.2012

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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A small collection of street scenes and urban landscapes from around Buffalo and Niagara Falls .


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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.


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The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Darwin Martin House – I drive past this every day, but it looks noticeably more fantastic in the winter.


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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.


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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.


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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.


The Permanent Collection

A permanent collection of my favorite images from my personal record blog posts.

A permanent collection of my favorite images from my personal record blog posts.

I have toyed with the idea of giving some of my favorite images from Personal Record a permanent home on the main page of lukecopping.com for some time now. What started as a small experiment of self-documentation has grown into a regular and very popular feature on my blog. Due to my own ongoing fascination with mobile photography as well as the wonderful encouragement that I have received from all of you over the past few months I will definitely be continuing to capture images from my day-to-day adventures – and you can now view a curated and evolving gallery of some of my favorites from the series here – I hope you enjoy! 

A permanent collection of my favorite images from my personal record blog posts.

My Mobile Year

Looking back at some of my favorite mobile images from 2011. My girlfriend is always urging me to take more personal photos, so at the beginning of this year I started to document my daily life with whatever I had handy, which was usually my iPhone. Being that my photography is usually taken under very controlled circumstances in the studio, I found that this was an exciting exploration of photography in a much more instinctual way for me. These are some of the standouts from the collection.

My Mobile Year

Personal Record 10.6.2011

Personal Record is a new regular Thursday feature here on my blog, 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 my iPhone, my X100, my 5D MKII or whatever other 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.


  
Some behind the scenes previews from an experimentation session in the studio this week, as I took time to work on some new lighting ideas and concepts with my friends Holli and Nicole.

                 
I spent a lot of time out in the streets this week, walking around and making images of a lot of the overhead views that I often neglect in my day-to-day commute.

Oddly enough, one of the more interesting images of my lunch ever taken.

 
Watching the changes in the weather and quality of light around here is fascinating sometimes.

 
An interesting street scene I stumbled across the other day whole running errands.

Two interesting pieces of street art I saw this week.

With all the urban imagery this week, I felt compelled to through in a bit of nature.

The sidewalk that runs along the trolley tracks in the theatre district.

An interesting bridge of repeating arches not far from my studio.

The hallway of my building.

Your’s truly, waiting for Chinese food over the weekend.

A simple lighting fixture that makes quite the nice abstract formation.

 
One of the more interesting images from a day spent driving around in the rain.

 
Two monitor captures from a recent project I am wrapping up the post production on. I really love the weird Max Headroom-esque qualities that come through with these monitor grabs.