I had the good fortune of spending time with Leonard Knight on many of my trips to the Salton Sea back in 2000. Salvation Mountain was on the way to many of my destinations and he was always eager to talk, play his guitar, and spread one singular message. God is Love. Leonard died on Monday, February 10. He will be greatly missed by the many thousands of people who visited him received his message of good news.
Since the holidays I’ve been a bit busy and unfortunately the blog has been neglected. Below are some iPhone photos that were taken in the past few months. At some point I’m going to get around to a post of some of my favorite apps as well as a new lens system for the iPhone that Santa (my wife Janet) was kind enough to bring me on Christmas. I’ve become addicted to Instagram and update that on a daily basis where most of these images can be found. If you’re interested, click the follow button to the right of this post.
Happy New Year!
Reeds • Lake Hodges
Sunspot • Lake Hodges
From the trail • Lake Hodges
Reading in the Garden
View From Beppa's window
Stephanie getting ready
Daniel & Stephanie
Bench along the Skagit
Skagit River 2
Overpass • Washington
Ice Skating • Thousand Oaks
Unfulfilled Christmas Destiny
The Car Wash
Under Malibu Pier
My photography career has taken a bit of a turn in the past year. Commercial and wedding work has been on the decline for quite some time so I’ve become a real estate agent in order to increase our income with the hope that one day Janet might be able to stay home with Bryce and any future rug-rats that my be joining us. My photography has shifted to personal projects with limited edition books and prints being the focus.
I Didn’t Picture This is my first book & print edition series. This project stems from my time spent in Hollywood as an photography assistant in the early nineties after my time at Brooks Institute of Photography. Back then Polaroid 665 film was a favorite of mine because of it’s unpredictable nature and scratchy emulsion. The iPhone and Hipstamatic app do an amazing job of recreating this effect so I decided to revisit my old stomping grounds and document some of Hollywood’s iconic and quirky landmarks. I’ve always been intrigued with the dichotomy of Hollywood the place and Hollywood the idea and this book attempts to showcase that.
This series is a combination mounted print and book set, limited to 50 copies. The book is cradled behind the print which is mounted on Gessobord and textured. The print is officially closed and no more will be made in any size. Both the book and print are signed and numbered. All Photos were taken using an iPhone 4 and Hipstamatic app. I have approximately 30 left and are available to purchase for $225 at the bottom of this blog post. Please feel free to call or email with any questions.
I was recently made aware of a great location in Chatsworth for photo shoots or simply site-seeing with the family. Orcutt Ranch was originally a California Mission that the late W.W. Orcutt converted into his vacation home. The mission contains swastikas throughout the grounds however, this was a positive religious symbol before the Nazi’s adopted it and made it the horrific icon it is today.
I had the opportunity last week of photographing Betty McFarlin, a realtor in my office who needed an updated head shot for her business card. She was gracious enough to let me take a few iPhone out-takes photos of her and her dog Lexi. Like most dogs, Lexi runs the house and doesn’t hesitate to let everyone know who’s REALLY in charge. Lexi is a sweet Caca Poo (Yes… This is a real breed of dog.) that thinks she’s a person. It’s funny how dogs are more like people than most people. This might sound strange, but dogs really do have all the best human qualities.
My wife Janet stumbled upon a great site (www.burlybeard.com) that makes knitted caps and beards for all ages. When we saw they had one for infants, we jumped at the opportunity. The soft warm construction made it the perfect lumber jack costume for keeping little Bryce warm Halloween night.
When Bryce and I venture out for walks and general outings, inevitably, I stop and take photos. Since my phone is always with me, I can’t help but pull it out and snap away using whatever app I happen to be hot on that day. Like Janet, Bryce patiently waits while daddy’s attention is diverted to the next incredible photo. I can only imagine what’s going through his little mind. I’m sure he’s wondering what I could possibly be staring for so long.
Gardens of The World is a favorite outing for my little boy Bryce and I. Just down the street from us in Thousand Oaks, the free admission makes it that much more enticing. At six months old, he’s already showing an interest in nature, particularly the Coy that seem eager to swim over whoever presents themselves.