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Personal Portrait

During last year’s 40@Forty Project, I decided to create a portrait of my darling wife, Heather. Of course, the bar was really high for this one. I kept coming up with concepts, then eliminating them because I didn’t think they would be good enough. If finally decided to do something in the style of one of my favorite artists, Pino Daeni. What I love about Pino’s work is that he would take very ordinary scenes and elevate them to extraordinary with his amazing color and brushstrokes. It was a scary undertaking, but I figured I would give it a shot. I started with with a very simple setup – Heather standing at her vanity putting on an earring. There was nothing extra spectacular about the setup or the lighting – in fact, her back is to the camera and you can only see her face in the mirror. I started adding color, then applied lots of very loose brushwork. I finally ended up with a portrait I really liked… Back several years ago – when I started trying to earn my Master Photographer degree from PPofA, I decided I would try to get a merit with every member of my
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Source of Inspiration

A photographer friend recently asked me about the inspiration behind my image, “Meet Me On The Trolley.” She had seen George Joy’s image, “The Bayswater Omnibus” and figured that was where I got the idea. “The Bayswater Omnibus” by Joy Amazingly, it is not where the idea originated. A client had requested a portrait in the style of her favorite artist – Frida Kahlo. We decided to recreate one of her most famous pieces, “The Bus.” When the day came to create the image, she decided she didn’t like how she looked in the traditional Indian outfit, so she opted for her wedding dress. It turned out great because it gave the shot such a sense of oddity and contrast. “The Bus” by Kahlo (top) my image below    If you look in the upper right corner of my painting, you will see a small version of Kahlo’s “Bus” – A subtle tip of the hat to the original image. The crazy thing is… as I look at all the images, mine actually looks more like the Joy painting than the Kahlo. There is a person in black standing at the edge of the image and a man with a
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Cubes and Curves

During last year’s 40@Forty Project, I created a self-portrait in the Cubist style. It ended up being one of my favorite images from the whole year. I thought it would be fun to do another one -but with a twist. I set out to create another Cubist image, but with a female subject this time. Basically it would play off the contrast between the hard, square style of the genre vs the soft, curvy lines of the female model. I found a willing model, then shot a series of images. Here is what I came up with: I photographed the model in a variety of different poses and angles, then selected the best 4 or 5 images to work with. From there, I chopped the images up into pieces, warped them a bit, then assembled them onto one canvas. The hard part was figuring out exactly where to put them. I had to find a balance between keeping it more or less abstract, but not so scrambled that you couldn’t tell what it was. Once I was satisfied with the arrangement and composition, I adjusted the colors, added some texture overlays and ended up with the final layout. We had
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Finishing Touches

Next month, I will have an exhibit of 25 of my favorite images from last year’s 40@Forty Project . I met with the framer today to review and sign the prints before they finish the framing. It was very exciting to see all these images and I can’t wait to see them all hanging on the wall together. If you would like to help out with the exhibit, you can sponsor your favorite week and keep the framed print after the exhibit. All of the profits from the print sales will go to charity – so you’ll get some good Karma too! If you are interested, call the studio at 972.596.8888 or send me email. So which was your favorite image!!???
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Be A Part Of The 40@Forty Project

As most of you know, last year I took on the biggest project of my career with the 40@Forty Project. Over the course of 40 weeks, I created 40 self-portraits – all to commemorate my 40th birthday. It was quite an adventure. The culmination of the project is going to be an exhibit of 25 of my favorite images from the series. They will be on display at the Courtyard Theater in Plano during July and August, then at the Goodrich Gallery in Dallas during September. I’m also going to give this exhibit a special twist – by allowing people to sponsor or adopt their favorite week! All the profits from the print sales will go to charity- so you are getting some good Karma too! Each print will have the sponsor’s name on a card next to the piece. At the end of the exhibit, the print is yours to keep – hang it on your wall or (if for some strange reason you don’t want a picture of me in your house) you can just use the frame for something else. The cost is only $125 for a framed 11×14 – too good of a deal to pass
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The Photographer’s Experience

Buying camera equipment is always a love/hate thing with photographers. A friend recently sent me this great article on the whole photography buying cycle. Enjoy! http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2010/05/letter-to-george.html
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Back To The Beginning

This weekend, Dean played in baseball tournament in Irving. When I arrived there, I was shocked to realize that I had been to this place before. It was the same baseball complex where I had photographed my very first paid photo assignment – when I photographed my boss’ little league team several years ago. How funny to return to the same spot and photograph my own kid so many years later!
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New York 2010

Just got back from a great week of shooting in New York – so exhausted! I’m still working on several of the images I created, but thought I’d share a few grab shots we took while exploring the city. One of our first stops was the Broadway Theater to catch a performance of Promises, Promises – which was great. We hung around afterwards and got to see Kristen Chenoweth and Sean Hayes. The next couple of days was a lot of walking around trying to get acclimated to the sensory overload that you get in NYC. My buddy Chad and I spent several hours shooting in Central Park – trying to get some killer New York images. While we were doing this, Heather took this shot with the point-and-shoot … which was better than most of the stuff I got! On the last day, we visited Central Park again and happened onto the New York City Aids Walk. It was unbelievable how many people were there. It was just people, people, people as far as you could see. Now that I’m back home, I’ve got to sort through the hundreds of images on my laptop and separate the keepers from
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55 Degrees Opening

Had a great time at the opening of my art show last night at 55 Degrees. Thanks a bunch to everyone who came out! In addition to some of my previous paintings and black&white prints, I had an extra bonus: three preview images from my upcoming 40@Forty Exhibit. (Details soon!) If you are near Plano this month, I hope you will stop in. Aside from the chance to see my work, its also a great wine bar. The food is awesome and the wine selection is excellent – you can’t beat it for a relaxed night out. http://www.55degreesplano.com/
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