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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dude, where's my cube?

Last March I took photos of some very interesting sculptures for an Artist named Guy Overfelt. Some of the works included a life-sized inflatable Pontiac Trans-Am and some two-story tall inflatable cartoon smoke trails. Recently I took some shots of a new Overfelt sculpture; a 2'x2' cube that was once an actual Pontiac Trans-Am.

Guy has a show at the Oakland Museum at City Center (1111 Broadway) from January 21st until April 30th. There's an opening reception tomorrow (the 21st) at 5PM.



Here are some more photos of Guy and his work:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

East Bay Express: A Father's Quest

I shot another cover story for the this week's East Bay Express. This one is about as uplifting as the the last story I worked on. The article is well done and makes a strong case for family court reform in general, and specifically that this guy should get full custody of his son.

When I went to take pictures of Arianas and Tyberius, I was struck by how much this guy loves spending time with his kid. It was heartbreaking to see how much they enjoy hanging out together, and then to realize that they're only together for 48 hours of every week. The rest of the time, he remains in the care of his mother (who has been arrested several times for prostitution) and her gun toting boyfriend.

Here are some more photos that didn't run:






Monday, January 11, 2010

Feeling Misty

We've been having some amazing foggy weather here in the Bay Area lately, so I went up to the hills and took some photos. The fog was so thick that day that you could only see about 20 or 30 yards ahead of you in some places, and everything you could see had this strange dreamy quality to it. At one point the trail went along the edge of a little cliff, probably not a huge drop, but it looked like the end of the universe because everything past the edge was just a vast expanse of pure white, like everything else had been erased.




Friday, January 8, 2010

It's Chinatown

I went to visit Felix yesterday, but his office was gone. I asked some of the guys who work on the loading dock across the street what happened, and they said that "they" (the police?) had torn it down. Evidently it's happened before, several times, but he always rebuilds it. I hope he does; there can never be too many strange and interesting things in the world and it's really a bummer when one of them disappears.

Anyway, I had already paid for parking so I wandered around Chinatown and took pictures of some of the strange and interesting things for sale there:




Thursday, January 7, 2010

Corner Office

I was walking around downtown Oakland with my camera a little while ago, and I came across this strange little "outdoor office" situated in a little fenced-in area beneath a freeway overpass. There was a man working at the desk, so I introduced myself and asked if I might take some pictures of him and his office. He introduced himself as Felix, and gave me permission to come around the fence and take some photos.

I talked to him a little bit, and he said he was not homeless, and that he did not live here, although there was a bed in the office. He said he had an apartment nearby, and that he just liked to come here to work.

In addition to the desk and bed, the office also had a very old set of encyclopedias and an electric organ, which unfortunately wasn't working when I visited. He said I should come back and hear him play sometime. I'm going to stop by today and bring him these prints. To be continued...


Monday, January 4, 2010

Resolute



Happy new year everyone! This year I've made some photography related resolutions, and I thought I would post them here. I've tried to make them measurable and realistic, so feel free to make fun of me if I screw up on any of these.

1. Go out and take more pictures for fun. Sometimes I get so caught up in taking pictures for clients that I feel like I don't have time to take pictures for myself. But whenever I actually make the time to shoot for myself, I have a great time and end up with great shots. At least once a week, I'm going to just go somewhere and walk around with my camera. I've actually been pretty good about this lately, but it never hurts to set a specific goal.

2. Make more prints. These days a lot of the pictures we take just end up on the internet, and never become anything more than ones and zeroes. I think that's sad. There's still something great about holding an actual printed photograph in your hands (especially big ones), and I plan to make at least one print every week.

3. Post something on this blog at least once a week. Obviously I've not been doing a great job keeping this blog updated since, um, last September. But there's no point in dwelling on the past. I've set a goal, and I plan to stick to it. If a week goes by without anything new showing up here, you have my permission to call me a big, dumb flake in person or via email.