We’re now two weeks into our GoFundMe campaign, and we’re continuing to receive much support. Pictured above is the mock up of our self-published book. If you donate $50 to the cause, you get a copy of the book. There will only be 100 copies printed, so this may be the best way to ensure you snag one for yourself. If you are on the fence about contributing, I humbly ask if you would consider helping out. Even a small donation is a step towards our goal. CLICK HERE to contribute. A hearty THANK YOU to all that have already thrown in their support.
Our GoFundMe is underway for just a one week, and we’ve already received much support. If you are on the fence about contributing, I humbly ask if you consider helping out. Even a small donation is a step towards our goal. CLICK HERE to contribute.
Very excited to get my two new book projects out into the word this week. I am grateful as always for the support from my friends, family and fellow artists. This project has been kicking around for months and months, but it wasn’t until a return to Naples in December that I was able to really focus on the thrust of this work. It was the return visit to Italy that really clarified things for me, and what ultimately pushed me to produce two separate books of photos.
From a design standpoint, the book layout was a bit of departure for me. First of all was the decision to include both color and black and white photos throughout the book. Breaking that self-inflicted barrier was a huge leap of faith for me. I also worked with a very different “grid” for the pages. Instead of simply dropping in one photo per page, I really explored combining photos of different sizes in a spread, as well as using two, three or four images per spread. I found this both challenging and liberating.
The ball is rolling, the die has been cast. Beware the Ides of March.
I spent a good part of this week in Los Angeles for work. More specifically, I spent three days at LAX. It turned out to be a good place to let the lens of my iPhone wander. There is a nice geometry to the airport, which serves as interesting backdrop to the parade of thousands of people heading off to wherever they may be jetting off to.
Other things are on the horizon. I am putting the finishing touches on two (!) new self-publishing projects. Look for a “one, two” punch of new work coming very, very soon. As is the usual case, I’m keeping my cards close to the vest, but more will be revealed soon, including a special offer for my email subscribers (which you should sign up for…)
I’m very excited to share my newest project, and it’s a double whammy of great news. First off…I am now taking pre-orders for my newest self-publishing effort, “Rodeo Nights.” The book is 60 pages, self cover, perfect bound. It features gritty black and white photographs from the rodeo at the New Mexico State Fair. I shot the images over the span of four years. It’s a no holds barred look behind the scenes of the rough and tumble world of rodeo, as only a self-proclaimed "city slicker" can see it. I’m setting this up as a pre-order: purchase now to ensure a mid-December delivery. You can get all the sale details by clicking this link to get to my online store.
Part 2 of this announcement is something I am really proud to reveal. The “Rodeo Nights” release coincides with my first international solo exhibition, coming in December at the Magazzini Fotografici in Naples, Italy. I’m hoping that all sales of the book will help offset the cost of traveling to Italy for the opening of the exhibition on December 21st. I will most certainly be sharing more details about the show as the date gets closer, but I am thrilled beyond belief to have the opportunity to show my work in the country of my familial roots. I hope you will consider supporting me by purchasing the book, and thank you in advance for helping me continue the pursuit my photographic dreams.
Yesterday was my birthday, but today you get the gift. I've been playing around with the images from my most recent zine, and decided to do a "re-mix." I wanted to capture the dirt and muck of the streets of NYC, at least the way I remember them years ago. I had Lou Reed on my mind (and in my headphones) as I worked on these images, hence the edition name. As a way to say "thanks" to all of you for supporting my creative endeavors, I'm making my re-mix version available for free as an e-zine. Click on the image below for a look at the layout, and to download your own copy, gratis.
If you really like it and want to purchase a physical copy, I've set up sales on MagCloud.
Link to purchase is below.
Very excited to announce the release of my next zine. Those of you who know me, probably aren't surprised to hear that I have a love / hate relationship with New York City. This latest release takes a big bite of the Big Apple, "don't mind the maggots." The bright colors of photos are at odds with my attitude this time around. Nevertheless, I found the process of putting together this zine quite cathartic.
The zine is a 24 page, self-cover, perfect bound 5.5" x 8.5" booklet. Quantities are extremely limited, so don't delay, if you want one, grab a copy now. Available at my online shop.
I am happy to announce the release of my new zine. Issue #3 of my film-based photography zine "Flaunt The Imperfections" is available for purchase today at my website shop. The photos featured in this issue were created in 2017, during a trip from New Mexico, through Arizona, into the Salton Sea area of Southern California, before rolling briefly into Los Angeles... and a long drive home along the remnants of Route 66.
The title of this series is "Expiration Date." There are several reasons behind this choice. First off, I listened to the entire Pavement discography while making my solo trip through the desert. The lyrics of Stephen Malkmus were a subliminal roadmap for my image making. At times abstract, at other times bitingly critical, these words (and songs) were a great inspiration for my journey.
Secondly, as the social / political landscape in the USA continues to shift (or spiral out of control) I think it is a good time to assess the expiration date of long held beliefs, to look at the impermanence of man-made things, a time to ponder hope vs. pessimism, while being as good a moment as any to reflect on the idea of hubris.
As always when I shoot film, the excitement of not knowing what I've captured until much later is a re-connection with the original allure photography has held for me. The editing and layout process allows for a focused amount of time with the images, and by having the final results in printed form, I am returning the permanence that photographs once held, but is too often overlooked in our digital present.
The zine is available for purchase at my online shop for $15, (US sales only.)
You can view the work in a new gallery on my website as well.
I'm really excited to announce the imminent release of my next photo publishing project. The soon to be available book is titled "Beloved: The Cabin Sessions." My good friend David Garcia has assembled Beloved; a tight and talented circle of New Mexico musicians to help create his first musical release. I am honored that David has asked me to collaborate on all the visual components for the upcoming release. This includes CD and vinyl LP artwork, which is cool all by itself. The release will also include a book of my photographs, that are combined with the lyrics of David's amazing songs. We are awaiting the release of our deluxe edition 12" square, hardcover bound book. It contains 54 pages of images and words, and it is the result of a wonderful collaboration between myself and David. He has given me full creative freedom to not only choose the photos, but also to layout the book. My art is featured prominently throughout, and some of my "behind the scenes" photos of the band's recording sessions are featured as well. David will have a limited number of the hardcover book for sale, starting at the album release show on February 3rd here in Albuquerque. We are also producing a lower cost, 8" square, soft cover version of the book, which I will have copies available to purchase on my online shop after the launch gig.
I can't stress enough the value of print on demand platforms like Blurb and MagCloud. They have allowed me to create this amazing project, with David's help, in a very timely and cost effective manner. The quality of the printed pieces, especially the hardcover book, are truly impressive. We took inspiration from an "art" book Wilco released a few years back. The idea was to have my photographs match tangentially to David's lyrics. There is so much common ground between his words and my images. The American West, the long lonely highways, dreams of hope, and the realities of loss... all factor into the resulting book. The cover design is also a nod to U2's "Achtung Baby" album, which might go without saying if you are familiar with that iconic album.
The power of collaborating with like-minded creatives, regardless of their area of expression, cannot be stressed enough. Sometimes we need to crawl from our solitary creative cocoon to produce our art. The sum is indeed greater than the parts.