Friday, February 19, 2010

Moon Man

This week Discover magazine photo researcher Randi requested images of a lunar deed from the Lunar Embassy and the Galactic Government for an upcoming story. She received a zip file containing several photos of a man naked from the waist down sitting in an office chair, lit by florescent light. To say that the photos were unflattering is putting it kindly. These images were rapidly followed by several embarrassed and apologetic emails.
The Lunar Embassy and the Galactic Government explained that the images had been sent by an assistant accidentally. The man in the photos, we were told, was the boyfriend of the assistant. Further, the hapless assistant had been fired, and Randi would be getting a piece of the moon, gratis. The Lunar Deed arrived the next day, granting Discover Magazine Area J-6/ Quadrant Gulf, near the Campanus crater.
We drew our own conclusions about what had happened- the assistant didn't exist, and the photos were of the head of the Lunar Embassy and the Galactic Government, who had sent them by mistake.
We also learned some important lessons.

There must be an easier way to own a piece of the moon.

Pants are good. Pants are great. In fact, clothes in general are just super.

For some people it might better to wear two pairs of pants or more at all times.

We'll never look at office chairs the same way again. Or the moon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Trying to figure out the best way to exploit this candle- shot this a few weeks ago. Haven't decided yet on the setting/background. This version feels a bit boring- can't decide if I like the home furnishings feel or not. I want it to be funny.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentines Day 2010

Valentine's Day is an excellent opportunity to be disappointed in those you love, or to feel sorry for yourself. I did some of both.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

PhotoAlliance Portfolio Review 2010

I'll be reviewing portfolios again this year at the Photo Alliance Review in San Francisco, looking for new work and interesting photographers. Photo Alliance has extended the deadline for submissions the March portfolio review until Feb 19th.
The Photo Alliance portfolio review has been a rich resource for me as a Photo Editor. At last year's Photo Alliance review I had the fortune to review Adam Magyar and Torrie Groening. In previous years I met Jason Horowitz, Kimo Proudfoot, Sangyon Joo and others I've stayed in touch with, blogged about, and commissioned for Discover magazine assignments. Maybe I'll see you there!

Friday, February 5, 2010

I Love This Job

Here is a video shot for Discover magazine's March cover. Fine art photographer Shinichi Maruyama also has a commercial studio- Biwa Studios- in Long Island City that specializes in high speed photography.
Outside a drywall house built inside the Biwa studio to contain the explosions, special effects technician Jeremy Chernick anchored tiny SD 70-4 detonators into clay inside the clocks, and blew them up using an electrical charge. A Phantom HD high speed HD video camera was used to capture the explosions, and our selected still was used on the cover.

The Toast

Above is one photo from last weekend's shoot. It's a bit too close to looking like a Laura Letinsky, but I suppose that is bound to happen every now and again.
In the end I broke the glasses deliberately. I found to my surprise that is harder than you would think to break a wine glass on purpose. I wanted them to look as if they had shattered during a toast, but found I couldn't break them safely that way. In the end I used a rock. Which did the job nicely.