February 27, 2006


Elegant, sexy, and beautiful...

* 7.5 megapixels
* Live viewfinder
* MOS sensor
* Supersonic sensor cleaner
* Mega OIS - optical image stabilization (built into lens)
* SD memory card
* Pricing is rumoured to be around US$3000 which is too much.
* Shipping is rumoured to be Q4 2006 which is too late.

February 26, 2006

PAW 8 | More Industrial Stuff

This isn't your standard bicycle chain...

The engine that turns these chains is capable of picking up huge filled garbage dumpsters onto the back portions of a truck. The massive links are about 8 inches in length, each! This thing has been sitting abandoned for years! I absolutely love the colours. You'd think the company that owned it would be looking for it. Now it is slowly rusting away as it sits in the industrial landscape of which it is now a part of.

The Westinghouse Building...

I've driven past this building several times and always thought what a cool place to have a studio. Little did I know, the Department of Health closed the building down due to PCB waste. Interesting because if someone wanted to get in the building, it would be an easy proposition.

The warning sign is the little piece of paper on the door.

This is how I managed to get the photos of the interior.

February 24, 2006

Andrew Hill

Very little known Andrew Hill, a great jazz pianist is getting a little well deserved press. The article opens a small door to enlighten us with his idiosyncrasies and genius. If you haven't heard any of his music, search out, "Point of Departure".
Andrew Hill: One Man's Lifelong Search for the Melody in Rhythm - New York Times

February 22, 2006

A Shout Out...

I've noticed lately that I've got a few readers that visit the site on a regular basis. It flatters me that some of you think that I am in the very least, even a bit, interesting. I've had a lot of great dialog with a few of you via email, which has impelled me to move forward and create. This site has variegated into a motivational entity for me. What started out as a way of monitoring my own transformations, then a place to express myself to now having some dialog with some of you, I get a lot of inspiration and ideas to press forward.

I just wanted to say thanks and encourage more dialog, either email, phone or even in the comments selection below each entry.

Bound Celebrity...

I got the chance to photograph Claire Adams earlier this week for a gig. Claire just grabbed a few minutes of her fame by being the featured Bondage Rigger in tying the actor, Peter Sarsgaard for the recent issue Vanity Fair Magazine.

February 16, 2006

More Fuel to the Fire

Kristen, whom I posted about earlier hired me to photograph some of her work at the gallery. I love being with the artist where their work is available and just to hear the talk between artist and people at the gallery. The work is invariably described so much better than I could ever imagine or explain.

This is a detail from the photo a few days ago.

Falling Settling

detail, Falling Settling

...and the artist herself

Her delicate work of glassine, thread and stitching is amazing. If ever I get a space large enough to hang, I hope to get Falling Settling.

February 13, 2006

PAW 6 | Meg Ryan

To end the week, I got to work with Alice. Though she looks nothing like Meg Ryan in person, I kept seeing Meg thru the view finder...

This session granted me some time and great light. And to able to think like an artist and have the ability to work thru the period of figuring out a concept and executing an idea was so rewarding.

February 11, 2006


My love of jazz has brought me much inspiration for my own work, though the mediums are so different. I find it facinating how the mind can correlate an audionic stimuli into a visual one.

My latest find is from one of my recent favorite tenor saxophonist, Fred Anderson. He resides in my old home town of Chicago. He also owns my favorite jazz club, The Velvet Lounge.

The album, Back... Together Again, released by Thrill Jockey Records is a duet with Hamid Drake and Mr. Anderson himself. Great African rhythms and percussions along side the inate ability of Fred Andesons improvisations is a delight to hear. Check out Losel Drolma and hear for yourself. I haven't decided which song I love the most. Like many of Fred Anderson's work, it is not enough to fall for one song alone...

February 08, 2006

How to fold a tee-shirt perfectly


YouTube - How to fold a tee-shirt perfectly


I've had a most serendipitous day . Having started out like any other morning, I got a message from a buddy who was running downtown via ichat. I decided to ditch my morning routine and hitch a ride. I had been meaning to visit a gallery where my friend Kristen was having a solo show in the Pearl. What amazing display of delicate subtilty and massive proportions. The detail in all of her work is something to behold.

I was also inspired to do some shooting as well. Not only Kristen's work, but whatever interested me while I walked.

It isn't often where I don't feel rushed to get from one place to another, but I had decided I had nothing but the here and now to work with. I think the photos represent that.

I meandered to the Urban Grind for an Americano and panini. Turns out one of my favorite baristas who left one of the cafés I frequent was now working this one. The serendipity didn't stop there. Sitting next to me was another photographer who's work I've admired for sometime. I didn't realize it was him until I saw his camera. It was nice to know he also recognized me via a mutual forum we both visit. More talk of art and photography and getting to know someone else in the business.

As much as I was able to do today, time seemed to slow down as well. I managed to get so many things done, where other times, I'm lucky to complete just one task for the entire day. There is a lesson to this day that I have to master!

February 05, 2006

Paw 5

For all we want is a path to move...

February 03, 2006

Like I was young again...

I was up until 4 a.m. working towards pushing forward with the completion of a new update to one of my sites. This hasn't been a smooth project, but somehow coming along pretty well. At least that is my judgement a mere 5 hours later from where I left off without getting much sleep. I was supposed to compile images first, like anyone who had their shit together. I sort of went along, pulling images from here and there as I was going along. Maybe later I'll really go for my best photos, but I'm feeling good at where I am. I still have some copy to write, tie together loose ends before launch, which should be sometime early next week. But since I got the majority of the photos up, it may be even sooner. My schedule this week has been pretty hectic. 3 shoots, and more editing too!

I was talking to an up and coming graphic artist the other day about work schedules. He was telling me his normal day is, sleep starts at 5 a.m. (Maybe that is what gave me a push to work til 4!) Anyway, he sleeps til 3 or 4 in the afternoon and starts his day over again. Most of his communincation is via email. I told him he could tell his clients that he is based in Europe somewhere, hence the odd times of his email. Anyway, I remember quite often starting my darkroom marathons at 10 p.m, printing thru the night til early morning. It was the only time of the day where I have responsability to no one. I'd have "A Love Supreme" going or listen to my favorite late nite dj on the radio and just go. I remember those days fondly, but those days far distant lost to when I was younger...

February 01, 2006

The War of Art

Since my buddy, Randy-Dog has been on the subject of the battles artists go thru for their own art, I thought I'd bring up a book I just re-read a few days ago. Steven Pressfield's The War of Art is a great read to get you moving in the right direction of pursuing your goals as an artist. He speaks of "resistance" and how it manages to put a strangle hold on our minds to prevent us from moving forward. Great examples and words of wisdom are through out this book.

This isn't so much a spiritual journey to move you in the right direction over the long haul as it is a kick in the ass to get you going, NOW!
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