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Above, some film snaps from the summer in California, Florida, Vermont (reluctantly accepting that it’s autumn) and below, links to 3 things that I’ve been meaning to share here:
1. I recently did an interview with Manifattura about my work and it’s been posted on their website; have a look here.
2. THIS is one of my favorite essays (with photos, too) that I’ve read in years, without exaggeration. Teju Cole, bravo sir. I especially like his thoughts about why he takes certain photos and not others, editing a series of photos, and what he is seeking when he travels and tries to photograph it. The essay resonated with me because I think about similar things when I’m traveling to a place and photographing what I see – either on assignment or for personal reasons. “Subtle peculiarities” – a perfect phrase that encapsulates what I hope to capture in my work close to home or far from it. Personally, it’s what I find so much more satisfying and interesting than photos of a pretty shop/corner/coffee/meal (which is what seems to be the prevalent form of “travel photography” lately).
3. I also watched this film about renowned architectural photographer Pedro Guerrero last week and I really enjoyed it, especially given my own work photographing interiors/exteriors and artists. Thanks for the heads up, Walter.
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Photos above were taken in northern Bavaria, Germany in June 2014. I was there on assignment for 2 quick days.
During that time:
We witnessed one of the more intriguing (and bizarre) German national fraternity traditions take place late one night in the tiny medieval town where we stayed. I’ll tell you about it someday.
At the same time, northern Europe was hit with a freak heatwave and so it was a humid 102 degrees F during the day (it is usually no more than 75-80 degrees F during the summer). We did not encounter a single air conditioner during those 2 days. I tried to sleep in my hotel room by laying on the wood floor, which was the coolest part of the entire room while I aimed the small plastic fan (no bigger than my fist) directly at my face. Between the flights, my jet lag and the intense heat, I likely slept a total of 3 hours over the course of 4 days. On my flight home from Dusseldorf, I’m quite sure I was hallucinating until I finally fell asleep in an empty row of seats.
One of the more memorable trips I’ve taken in the past couple of years.
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Above, a series of personal photographs taken in Wellfleet, Massachusetts in August 2015.
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Some new work! I recently photographed this bonkers Los Angeles bathroom for Dzek:
The bathroom is clad in tiles of Marmoreal, an engineered marble for architectural surfaces by the super-talented British designer Max Lamb.
(And for those of you keeping track, the man behind Dzek is the amazing Brent Dzekciorius, whose London home I photographed in 2014).
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Film snaps from northern & southern California. Taken in late July, early August.
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I’m pretty excited to share a new commissioned project for Mr. Porter.
I spent the month of June traveling around the U.S. and photographing 5 very talented surfboard shapers in southern California, NYC and Florida. I’ve just added the full project to my portfolio website.
Check it out here:
(Also, the full article is now on Mr. Porter’s The Journal)