Friday, October 31, 2008

go west.

i'm currently packing to move back to california-- tomorrow... i'm not sure what i'm going to do when i get there, but i'll work something out. if anyone knows of good jobs between malibu and santa barbara, please let me know.

plenty of photos to come from the west coast i'm sure--both film and digital.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

new york gallery

i've been shooting a lot of photos this, portraits, and architecture. (i'm not sure if i'll post any of these recent shoots on here)

but, now that i'm done with those i finally had time to put the a gallery of images on my site from new york. they are organized by general location... rural, urban, and suburban. long island is quite a diverse place.

you should check out rob kuliesk's film shots from the trip too. he got some epic portrait/lifestyle/scenic shots. go to, and click to see images from picaresque. he shot this one of me, gerry, and mikey. i'll be putting up links to friend's blogs soon, including rob's, gerry's and mikey's... they are all very talented at what they do and it's definitely worth checking out their work.

Friday, October 24, 2008

a few more photos from new york

i'm back from new york now, and im in the process choosing my favorite photos, etc.

since only photos from the biggest day are up so far, i'll show a few logging photos now. sometime next week i'll put a gallery on my main site with a portfolio of the whole trip.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

seek and ye shall find

to follow up on the last post... we found the right combination of swell, wind, tide, and sandbar that we were looking for. it just happened to be on the western end of long island, right by where we had surfed the night before. the problem was that we had driven 2.5 hours out east the night before. after spending the morning conducting an exhaustive search of the points around the eastern end of the island, the decision was to drive all the way back to the western beachbreaks.

the waves that we pulled up to were well worth the drive. what we found obviously wasn't proper logging waves, but the guys charged on their lighter longboards (and alec on his fish). mikey's boards were a little too light for the heavy conditions... two of them snapped before he called it a day. he was obviously bummed about that, but still stoked on the waves, photos, and footage.

i'll post more photos from this day later in the portfolio from the whole trip...

Monday, October 20, 2008

searching for waves in the northeast

i've been in new york since friday to shoot some surf photos. i'll have some samples to show pretty soon. i haven't had much time or access to the internet to update anything on here.

this trip is the epitome of the east coast surfing life. constant monitoring of changing swell and wind forecasts, a lot of driving and looking for waves, and then finally getting to surf some fun waves, and/or making the best of the waves that there are. there have been some fun logging sessions...

there is plenty of swell right now, but we haven't found the right wind yet... there's an epic session waiting for us to find it later today hopefully.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

i'm still beautiful

last week, i spent some time with my sister in nashville. for several months, she has been organizing a benefit concert/fashion show to raise money for the organization "i'm too young for this". the purpose of the organization is to provide a network of support for young people with cancer. cancer is not just a disease that older people get. many people, including doctors, sometimes seem to forget that. "i'm too young for this" provides much needed support to get people through tough times, and to show that they are not alone in going through what they are experiencing. they show how it is very possible to still live productive, happy, normal lives, even while experiencing tough times.

the event that she organized, named "i'm still beautiful", was a lot of fun and it was very successful. I shot some photos of the are a few of my favorite band photos from the event, including photos of the following local nashville bands: the worsties, david condos, gone city, the good wolves, and lindsey jones. The music ranged from mellow acoustic to rock, and some in between. an 80's cover band named bueller played as well, but i like photos from the other bands better.

Monday, October 13, 2008

first post

i figure it's about time to have a site to supplement my actual photography website. by trying to keep the photo website as clean and simple as possible, there are a lot of photos that get left out, and recent work often isn't shown. this is a place to show and discuss that work. additionally, this gives me a place to write a little bit about the stories behind the photos if i feel that anyone might be interested in reading about it.

i will begin with some recent work (which actually is on the main site...but not all trips will be), but will also pull photos from the archives at times to show/discuss photos from the past couple years.

i'll do my best to update relatively often. to talk about some recent work...

a few months ago, i came across a post on the messageboard of the surf station's website (a surf shop in st. augustine, FL). It was posted by local filmmaker dustin miller (, presenting a trailer for a surf film he and mikey detemple are working on called picaresque. i was blown away by the trailer and it made me so stoked on surfing, longboarding, film making, travelling, and the potential for epic photography to accompany the moving film being shot. I contacted dustin back in april i believe, and we met to discuss the film, the business/art/styles of surf photography, etc.

Five months later (part of what dustin and i discussed is the need for patience and persistence in surf photography), I found myself on a plane to france with him where we would meet up with mikey, christian wach, justin hugron, and matt chojnacki to see what we could come up with.

i'm not going to go through and tell the story of the whole trip, because hopefully over the next several months you'll be able to read that in some magazines, but i'll show a few photos here (up at the top.), and i'll do other posts in the future where i choose certain single image from the trip to talk about them some.

i feel that the first two photos are best viewed together...showing the ultimate contrast between land and water. both can show beauty, harmony, power, etc...just in very different ways. i don't feel like getting too philosophical right now...but i think there's a reason that both are nice photos when looked at alone, but way better together.

the third photo is one of my favorites from the's of matt in a perfect little barrel. he's on the right board for that wave. i doubt he would be in that position on the wave with enough speed to make it out if he were on a shortboard. there's just not enough room to pump for speed, and a shortboard wouldn't allow for the same effortless trim. plus, a barrel on a shortboard on a wave that size would seem a bit insignificant, but on a longboard, it makes you (at least it makes me) want to be there.

the last photo is of the whole crew after a session at biarritz. from left to right: justin, mikey, christian, matty, and behind the camera on the far right is dustin. thanks for a great trip guys.