Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mail Chute? Roller coaster? Art Installation? You decide.

I got into this crazy contraption on this past Tuesday, Oct 25th at the New Museum's press preview. I didn't really WANT to get into this 102 foot slide that runs from the 4th floor to the 2nd. It was something I did only because I felt it would be extremely lame not to do. Yes, it was scary, but I didn't regret it.

It had a lingering effect on me all week-- I kept wishing that instead of getting into the elevator I could simply hop into a slide that would take me directly into the lobby, or even drop me out on 6th Avenue. It does have a sneaky, subversive feeling, this traveling through buildings by giant slippery slide. You can see see more photographs from Carsten Höller's survey exhibit "Experience" by clicking here. Photograph by Benoit Pailley

Monday, October 24, 2011

California Scrapbook

Aly and Glen having coffee in the morning, Highland Park, Los Angeles.

Helping Jimmy zip into his wetsuit for a night surfing session in Rincon.

Sean Gilleran at home in treehouse, Mount Washington, Los Angeles.

Sunset from Mount Washington, Los Angeles.

Newly-weds Nathan and Gloria, beloved cousins Esther and Eric Delmas, Santa Barbara.

There sure are a lot of cars here.

Welcome home. Brooklyn.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


The week before last, I watched my brother getting married for a second time in front of friends and relatives in California. He is seen here with palms at Lotusland in Santa Barbara.

Smoking Shoes

Started the day with a run with Carolyn, then immediately got to work trying to shoot something. It has been weeks since I've been in the studio, and it was beginning to really bum me out. I've been traveling and concentrating on another project that is monumental and somewhat terrifying. This all has been keeping me away from my camera. Feels good to be back, even if I am not sure about the results yet.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Liminal Life

I'm in sunny Los Angeles this week, after driving down here from a great weekend in Santa Barbara. Last night I forced myself to sit down and count the years I've been in NYC. I've been living on the East Coast for between 16-17 years! I can't believe it.

The landscape here in Southern California is both familiar and strange to me. I can see that I have become an in-between person. While never able to give up on my California identity, or even my California driver's license, I've become used to lush summers, rainstorms and lightning, brick buildings, snow, cramped cities..the subway. And even more that is much harder to get used to.

And still I've always thought of myself as a Californian. But here I am, and I feel like a rabbit in an open field under the burning sun. So much space, provisional architecture, suburban lawns, freeways that go on forever....

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Look

I've impulsively given my blog a new look-- the old one was getting tired. It was really lame how limited the image sizes were on Blogger! Just when I was thinking I would have to migrate the blog to Tumblr...Blogger comes up with some nice new templates. If you click on the photos, they come up larger.

Apologies for not posting more. I've been on a little bit of a hiatus--working hard but not in the studio. Have a lot going on at the moment, but I have some ideas simmering that I think are good. I'll be flying to Santa Barbara on a private plane this week-- that should be interesting. I can't wait-- I will be in California for long vacation week. I plan on seeing lots of friends, parties, swimming, running and the rest. Will be leaving Ollie behind this time, and I know I will hardly recognize him when I get back. He is growing now at a pace where I see almost daily changes. Going to miss him terribly.

Above is a scan from a recent shoot- more with the paper people-- this is close to what I wanted from the photo.. but not quite. I like the scale shift with the figure, but there needs to be more of a sense of movement, a more animated feeling..