Wednesday, February 29, 2012

mercury comet

I promised you all some new work, well I got some for you. I was driving around this past monday running some errands with my La Sardina Marathon camera with me when I passed this old Mercury Comet sitting in a parking lot for sale. I am not a car fanatic at all, but I am a fanatic of old things, so I pulled on over and hopped out of my car to photograph this car. This gives me an idea to hit up the junkyards around town and the ann arbor area in the next few months. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Meal: Our Photograph

I posted some stuff in the past few weeks about "The Meal" Project put on by Art House Co-op. I hope that some of you at least sat down with us on the 24th at noon eastern time and had a meal with us and snapped a photograph or two. I wanted to share with you all the shot that my wife and I got from our lunch with a couple thousand other people. If you are not familiar with Art House Co-op and their projects, check them out at

Monday, February 27, 2012

brian's chucks and pedals

This is another shot from last year's Acoustics for Autism concert at the Village Idiot in Maumee. 
The feet and pedals belong to Brian Bocian, a local musician and teacher. 

I will have new work starting tomorrow. The newest issue of Splat Art Magazine is done. I finished it up last night. You can read it here

Splat Art Magazine March/April 2012

Check out the latest issue of Splat Art Magazine


Sunday, February 26, 2012

first kiss of the new year

This photo always cracks me up. This is of New Year's Eve at home right after the ball dropped. I decided to capture it on film...however Japhy was NOT going to kiss one of the cats nor allow me to be the only one to give Nicole a kiss for the new year. 

The new issue of Splat Art Magazine will be out tomorrow for all your viewing pleasures. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

you finally opened

My sunflowers that used to grow in our backyard last summer. This is from when the petals finally opened up to show off it's seeds. A little sunny inspiration to help with the snow that is falling. Sony alpha 350 dslr camera.

Friday, February 24, 2012

cryptozoology #3

This is a really old shot but one of my favorits. Cryptozoology #3 was named so because this is a shot of a background dancer for the band called Cryptozoology. This was taken at Mickey Finn's probably around 2007. I was going through my collection this morning and these music shots made me realize how much I miss shooting in bars. I don't use flash very often, so I am able to pick up movements and some blurriness,which can either enhance or wreck the image. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

bobby may #2

This shot is from last spring from the Village Idiot in Maumee, Ohio for the annual Acoustics for Autism Benefit. This is Bobby May, local musician, guitar ninja, and the man that helped us when we were younger with our music equipment. Bobby helped us wth encouragement and with our equipment more than anyone else. This is a rare photo because normally he is smiling, but for some rare moment, not here. This was shot with my Sony alpha 350. Rock on Bobby!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

from the parking lot

This is an image from this summer while out on my bike. I'm really not sure what building this is in Toledo but I took the shot from the parking lot across the street...hence the name. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


This week I am wrapping up the latest issue of Splat Art Magazine so I haven't had a lot of time to shoot any new images. I thought I would get some more food shots but that didn't work out the way I thought it would. So today I bring you an image from last summer from a skate shop Royal Oak, Michigan. Today, the weather man says is going to be around the 50's and rainy...well that leaves me thinking that if we aren't going to have a winter, then let's at least have some weather that we can skate and ride bikes in. This was shot with a kodak brownie hawkeye on fujicolor 100iso 120mm film.

Monday, February 20, 2012

old bikes

Those that know me know that I love bicycles and alternative modes of transportation. I have a car, but if I can get away with it, I would prefer to either ride my bike..( I even have a milk crate on the back of it to carry camera equipment or groceries...not my dog though...already tried that and that didn't work so well,) or my bamboo longboard. Besides riding them, I also love to photograph them...mainly old bikes that I find around different cities chained up to their posts. That is actually one of my favorite games to play when I am exploring a city with my cameras is how many old bikes can I find that are still in use. These are two shots that I got from my recent trip to Chicago...people ride bikes in the winter this town! The top one was shot with my Sony Alpha 350 and the bottom one was shot with my La Sardina camera. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

che guevara

Fisheye shot from Chicago, Che Guevara graffiti stencil on the wall of Ragstock in Uptown. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

spaghetti man

This is a photo from last fall at the annual Art, Beats, and Eats Festival. This is Spaghetti Man. A punk rock dancing machine. This was shot with my Sony Alpha 350. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

lime meets radish #4

We are back to the "Lime Meets Radish" series. I finished this up last night. Sometimes when I shoot a lot of work in a series I have to take a break from editing it or it becomes rather meaningless. This weekend I will start photographing pomegranate. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

numbers to get around

One of my favorite things to do on my shooting spree is to keep my eyes open for things that most people would never take a photo of. Things like a lamp post because of the color it is when the sun hits it, or the way cigarette butts add texture to the sidewalk, or in this case, the shiny way that the numbers are all listed in a uniformed way. Looking for objects like this can be a good way to train your eyes to see interesting subtleties in the world around us. This is why people say, "Never leave home without your camera." You never know when the elevator is beckoning to be photographed. This was shot with 35mm film in my Lomography Fisheye No. 2 camera. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Marilyn Monroe on Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago. This was shot with my fisheye camera no. 2 from lomography. This statue will be taken down this coming spring so I'm pretty excited that I got this shot. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

urinals from chicago

Late last winter I was at the University of Bowling Green viewing my friend's work on display for his M.A. of fine art. I had my Kodak Brownie Hawkeye with me and this idea formed when I went into the bathroom and saw how old it was...and in a weird much character (whether it being gross character or not) bathrooms can contain. I snapped a photograph of it and my new series was born. This series got a title last night over dinner with my wife, "Oh The Places We Go." Basically the series is a film project, documenting in a creative way, the public spaces that we go in. "Oh The Places We Go," will be a book soon, in the next few months...probably when summer hits. Since my fisheye camera has a built in flash, it got the honor of capturing these fine places to go.  The urinals at the top are from Murphy's Bleachers in Chicago behind Wrigley Field.

I counted this a public on the premise that every day or so this bathroom gets a new user...our hotel toilet on the 36th floor of The Avenue Crown Plaza hotel in downtown Chicago. 

This image is from the Downtown Chicago Public Library across from Millennium Park. 

                      Indiana Turnpike rest area...not sure of the name but it is very close to Gary Indiana.

Monday, February 13, 2012

more favorites from chicago

These are three more photographs from exploring Chicago. This first shot is downtown around Michigan Ave. at dusk. These were all shot with my Sony 350a dslr. 

I do love to take photographs of city signs and type. This one was one of my favorites. This was captured in Chinatown. I love the texture of the right side panel and the blue hue that it has. I also dig the slightly out of focus type towards the right from using a small aperture setting.

I woke up early Monday morning, and while my wife was still sleeping, I went out on foot to explore the bustling city of everyone going to work or class. I found out we were a few blocks away from Northwestern University, which made me kind of wish I could get in and see their photo lab. It was a pretty foggy day as you can see, which I think plays nicely with black and white.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jeff Stewart Mural #1

This is another sneak preview of the latest shoot with my friend Jeff Stewart. This was shot with a slow shutter speed to create movement of his paint brush moving. I used my Sony 350a dslr on this image. There will be more images that I can show once we get our book done...until then they are on lock down to the public. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

chicago vacation with my la sardina from lomography

You have probably noticed on here before that I always try to tell you all what camera I shoot an image with  and you have probably seen me mention the La Sardina Marathon from Lomography. If you are into street photography, film photography, or just want something small that can fit into a pocket this is a great camera to have. It takes standard 35 mm film, you can buy a flash for it for indoors, and most of the time people do not notice that you are taking their photograph since it is the size of a sardine can..hence the name. Here are a few of the shots that I got from Chicago this past weekend with the La Sardina. The one at the top being from Millennium Park at the Cloud Gate Sculpture.

This is a random building and I was checking out to see the detail that the camera can get. I really like the quality of this little guy...I mean it has a plastic lens so it is not going to be a great choice to replace your Leica, but I don't have $6,000 for a Leica either so I'm going to stick with the La Sardina. 

This image is great for my bicycle series that I am constantly working on. If you know where I can find any old style bikes please let me know. I was excited to find out that bicycling is still a perfectly normal form of transportation in Chicago even during the winter. Here you can see the grain that really starts to come out in lower lighting situations. You can also see some of the vignette that occurs at times with this camera. Being from Lomography and having a plastic lens of course it's going to be experimental in some way.

This shot is of a storefront window in Chicago's Chinatown taken in the afternoon on a partially overcast day. I really enjoy the colors that the camera captures. I also used cheaper 35mm film from Rite Aid drugstores, but it seems to work very nice. 

This shot was made possible from the nice wide angle lense that the La Sardina has. I find that I really enjoy the wide angle lenses when I am shooting urban scenes and exploring different cities. This was the first time that I was really able to spend some time with the La Sardina camera and after shooting with it in the middle of winter in Chicago on mostly overcast days I must say that I cannot wait for warmer sunnier weather to see what this thing is really capable of. This will little guy has a permanent spot in my camera bag or in my pocket. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

the free enterprise system

A photograph that I took in Chicago with my la sardina camera. I had to get a picture of the bus, it said "The Free Enterprise System" on the side in a sweet 1970's font. I put a burnt sienna filter over the image and turned it into an advertisement for this blog to be in this next issue of splat art magazine.

totem pole meandering outside the field museum

This is the totem pole from the front steps of the Field Museum. The carving detail is just amazing. Maybe in my next life I will attempt to master the skill of totem pole carving. As for now I will just stick to photography, typography, and design.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

rolling around the city

A photo from Chicago's Cloud Gate sculpture taken with my La Sardina Camera using cheap Rite Aid 35 mm film 400iso. This camera takes amazing shots outside and it fits in your pocket nicely for exploring missions. I highly recommend buying one if you like film. I could spend all day exploring the endless possibilities of shots that can be taken from this sculpture. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

looking back from the field museum

This is one of my favorite shots that I have taken from Chicago. I got lucky in that it was a very overcast day, but when we got to the steps of the Field Museum the sun broke out from the clouds just in time for me to capture the skyline. This was taken with my Sony 350a on Monday, February 6th. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

cloud gate self-portrait

This photograph doesn't do justice to the stainless steel sculpture in Millennium Park in Chicago, but I threw it up here anyway since it was the only photo I felt like editing when I got back home late last night. Better photos of this sculpture and city will come in the next few days and weeks after I get some rest.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

lime meets radish #2

Another shot from the "lime meets radish" shoot. I really had a lot of fun exploring different angles and points of view while working on this project. Next week I will be shooting the pomegranate and will also be editing up urban photos from exploring Chicago.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

lime meets the radish #3

This is a continuation of my food series. Lime meets radish #3.
Sometimes good things come about from not listening to your light meters..don't
be afraid to overexpose your images at times. Especially with digital cameras, what have you got 
to loose? Don't be afraid to break the rules when you shoot, you just
might come up with something very cool.

Friday, February 3, 2012


This is my friend Chad.  This is how I showed him my new Lomography Fisheye No. 2 pulling it out of it's bag and firing a shot into his face. You can tell he was surprised by the flash..or maybe that's just the vodka shots. Chad is great for taking's never a dull moment.  This was taken inside Doc Watson's bar while I enjoyed a pint of Guinness after working with Jeff Stewart and his mural. I used 35 mm film from fuji. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

radish #1

This is another photograph from my food series. This was shot two nights ago as well. The radish got lucky that I found him hiding in the bottom of the fridge. The radish's red makes me excited to work with pomegranate next. But that will be after I get back from Chicago.

the meal

The Meal

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

lime #1

One of my main goals this year was to finally start my food series. Not only to practice with lighting, but also because I love the textures and colors of fruits and vegetables. In the right lighting they can seem so intricate in their patterns and so vibrant in their colors. Originally this was going to be of a kiwi but the Kroger in our area did not have any in stock so I got the limes. I found some radishes in the fridge that also supplied some amazing color and texture in contrast with the lime...but those shots will come later on this blog.  This was shot with my Sony 350a dslr camera.

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