Pumpkin Gingersnap Cognac, Honey + Blue Cheese, Lime Cardamom, Blood Orange and Angostura Bitters, Farmstand Corn and Blackberry, Whisky Brown Sugar Bacon, Gin and Juice Sherbet, Fernet Branca, Red Velvet?
Hell yes. I’ll have one of everything and a pint of chocolate to go. Continue reading “THE ICE CREAM MAKERS: LAKE EFFECT”
Vaunt was in town briefly for a shoot with Auxiliary Magazine. I was glad to have a chance, albeit in an extremely limited window of time, to work with her in the few scant minutes of light we had left. It was a simple casual and fun shoot which resulted in a very rewarding image.
I have been continuing my collaboration with artist Nick Butlak that we stared on a few months ago. This collection of images is from our second session shooting together, its comprised of the some shots taken in a more natural setting but still juxtaposed against his use of man made and artificial materials combined with strong, candy tinted colors. The balloons on this shoot were a force to be reckoned with. It was a slightly more windy day than we had anticipated, and by slightly more windy, I meant that Nick was being dragged too and from by the balloons for the duration of the shoot. Even I was getting knocked around by them. We learned to be very conscious of the wind direction very quickly.
Other than the wind though, we were lucky to have absolutely gorgeous light and scenery on that afternoon to serve as a backdrop for Nick. These images will be for a number of promotional purposes and as part of the modeling/performance side of Nick’s artistic endeavors.
After moving from Canada to the states when I was a kid I spent most of my life growing up around the Niagara Falls and Youngstown NY areas. I have a strange obsession with the remains of the once great tourism industry that once kept the area moving, Some of the last relics of that previous tourist boom are the motels that line the boulevard. I was out there this morning and had a chance to play with Hipstamatic on my iPhone for a bit, taking shots of some of the signs and surrounding areas.
The Bit-O-Paris motel, rooms still rented by high school kids to this day in order to throw parties.
Rapids Bowling, I remember when I lived in the area, that there was always an unusually high concentration of bowling alleys nearby.
The Bel-Aire motel, my favorite retro sign on the Boulevard.
I would venture to say that its a bad idea to buy a used car from the motel you stayed at last night.
The Niagara Falls Motel
Another roadway motel
Knights Inn, one of the more modern additions. Lacking some of the retro charm, but I still love that sign.
Another of my favorite sings from the area, the Caravan Motel.
Front of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant
The 3-Star Motel
A derelict garage at the Old Bell Aerospace Complex, Now a facility housing several manufacturing companies, I worked in the complex for years.
Another view of the Garage and unused lots nearby.
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• There have been major updates made to the ASMP WNY Chapter website this past week. Drop by to see the work of some of the best photographers in the region.
Todd Gregoire a member of the Buffalo, NY based darkwave trio City of God. A performer, composer and technologist, Todd is a multitalented artist who, along with his bandmates Melanie (City of God’s lead vocalist) and Qwak, has been a staple of the electronic and darkwave music scenes in the northeast for years. The use of blue and black as a color palette has long been a thematic element of the band’s image, and Todd wanted to continue that motif with this project. I decided to develop a cool detached tone to the image to complement the color choices the band as made as well as the electronic perfection of their music.
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Supreme General – Promo from Luke Copping on Vimeo.
Now that I have finally recovered from the respiratory infection and throat injury that have kept me out of commission the past few days, I wanted to share the final version of the small promotional video I shot and edited together for Supreme General. Getting used to working with motion has been quite the learning experience, I know theres some kinks to work out but Im excited to keep moving forward with it.