This year started out with a spectacular shoot for the Maine Craft Association. The MCA is a fabulous organization supporting artist within Maine, and I have teamed up with them to photograph a handful of crafts people in Maine. After several discussions about the pressing needs that artists have for images of themselves working it was decided that this would be a much needed project.
Photographing Erica Moody (http://magma-metalworks.com/) was a delight. Seeing her metal working studio and coming up with quick ideas for both portraits and action shots is what photography is all about for me. The moment I saw the studio space and met Erica, I knew I wanted to go for something that was gritty and slight moodier that what I am usually drawn too. I am extremely happy with the results. Here are a handful of images form the shoot.
Client: MCA http://mainecrafts.org/
Subject: Erica Moody http://magma-metalworks.com/
Photo Assistant: Clayton Simoncic https://www.instagram.com/claytonsimoncic/
Some years ago now I was assisting my mentor and former boss, Martin Schoeller, on a shoot in New York. I recall we were on the east side of the city along 11th ave racing around the corner to catch the last of the sunlight. Someone on set said “Oh that sunset! Make sure you get that!” To which Martin semi-jokingly replied, “Sunsets are for amateurs.” I have thought about this moment and the subsequent images that were created on this shoot countless times. I suspect what I recall most was the fact that Martin photographed his subject entirely in natural light (which so rarely happened), and this fact has cemented those images in my brain for years now.
The other thing that has played over and over in my head is the sentence “Sunsets are for amateurs.” I think about this all the time when I compose a shot with the setting sun in the background, lens flare crashing through the frame. Or every time I point my camera at a sunset along the Maine coast. It feels like sometimes I can’t help but look at a sunset, and in time I have grown to appreciate the challenge of making an images that utilizes only the sunset as a light source. I found these images while organizing some hard drives today, they are from the last sunset of 2016.
To close out 2016 Down East Magazine sent me up to Millinocket Maine to photograph Gary Allen. Gary is well known in the distance running world, and is the founder of the Millinocket Marathon. If you are not familiar with Millinocket, it is an old mill town that has seen tough times in the past decade. It’s always inspiring to get to work with people making a positive impact on the world. It was also extra special to have a subject like Gary who was very patient and understanding about what it takes to make a good portrait. Here are a handful of images, some of which are outtakes, from the short time in Millinocket.
Publication: Down East, http://downeast.com/marathon-man/
Subject: Gary Allen, https://www.facebook.com/GaryAllenInfo/
Photo Assistant: Clayton Simoncic, https://www.instagram.com/claytonsimoncic/
Writer: Kathryn Miles, http://www.kathrynmiles.net/