Election Day 2016

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I spent most of Election Day, day November 8, 2016, driving around to polling locations in St. Louis. Generally, people were in a celebratory mood. Everyone I asked to photograph said yes. When I got home, I stayed up until 12:30am watching election results. All the positive feelings I had were gone by the time I turned off the TV. As far as I can tell, the system worked. Everyone, except Trump’s team, underestimated a large and angry part of this country. The only thing we can do at this point is not become them. The ugly things we as a country covered in a blanket and have been trying to ignore were given a spotlight and validation. We are going to have to confront all of it. Maybe that’s a good thing. We need to channel the frustration and anger into positive and vocal counterpoint.

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Photographing in Times Square, the Vortex of America.

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In all the times I’ve been to NYC for work or on a personal trip, I had never photographed in Times Square. My felling in general is that it represents all that is amazing and terrible about American culture at the same time, in one place. For mainly that reason, I have just stayed away. Last week I had some time after dinner while in town for work and decided I should probably head into the vortex just to see if there was anything good I could get. In terms of the book I’ve been trying to put together for the last couple of years, something from Times Square could make sense. I got there at about 10:30 PM and as one would expect, it was packed. It was pretty easy to take pictures of people without them noticing because everyone was staring up at the screens and digital billboards. Also,  cameras where everywhere. I found myself most interested in all the people taking selfies and photos of others in front of this ridiculousness and of the giant screens themselves. It was exactly as I said before, all that is amazing and terrible about American culture at the same time, in one place. I was there for about half an hour and totally overwhelmed by the weird lighting and crowds of tourists. Here’s a couple of the better ones. The guy taking a picture with his iPad and the woman posing for a selfie are my favorites. I might try to see if there is a place for one of them in the working draft of my book.

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Ex Hex Live at the Firebird in STL

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It was nice to see some DC friends when they were in town the other night. Although I’ve seen Mary Timony and Laura Harris play a million times, this was the first time seeing them play together in Mary’s new band Ex Hex. They were great and probably have some of the best rock moves I’ve seen in a long time. Check them out if you have chance.

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Variations

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I’ve posted these before on Instagram and Tumblr, but here they are again in B&W. A couple of my favorite recent photos of Selby.

A few new things

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Some new images from just before we left DC until about a week ago. I have a bunch of rolls of film to go through and scan and several more to get developed. Things move slower with the little one around. It’s worth it though.

Busy Summer

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It’s been a busy summer. These two ladies have been getting all of my attention for most of it. I have about 15 rolls of film waiting to be developed though so hopefully I’ll have some new work up soon. In the meantime, check out how little Selby is getting along over on our baby blog.

Oskar Barnack Award 2012

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I decided to submit a selection of images from my street photos in Washington, DC for the Oskar Barnack Award this year. It’s an honor to be in the company of so many talented photographers and be considered for such a prestigious award. We’ll see how it goes. I’m not sure when the winner will be announced, but I imagine in the spring sometime. Fingers crossed.

In the Studio with Disappears

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A couple of weeks ago I talked to my friend Brian about photographing his band Disappears in the studio while they worked on their new record. After deciding on a day and my window of time I got a train ticket, packed my gear, and last Wednesday I spent about five hours with them in the booth and control room in Sonic Youth’s studio (their drummer is Steve Shelly of Sonic Youth) in Hoboken, NJ. Although many would argue that the recording process is boring, I found it interesting to just be a fly on the wall while they worked. I love watching the process of really talented people create things.

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