Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stranded in Cleveland


Holiday Travel and lake effect snow in Buffalo...a self-portrait of hobo-me and a bed of sweaters was my best attempt at making lemonade.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

With A Single Flash and Many Friends

A Bientôt, Farvel and Adios...portraits from the final danish-french-spano-ruso-chino-palestinian-american-macedonian goodbye...(did I miss anyone?) and thanks to Simon, who introduced me to his favorite technique...

Three Flasks of Bacardi. (Aaron, did you take this shot?)

Charlotte, journalism exchange from SciencesPo University, Paris.

Melissa, journalism exchange from SciencesPo University, Paris.
Baptiste, a third journalism exchange from SciencesPo.
Slagjan looking...a bit like Jesus.    


Ana and Peter, I hope you don't mind!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater

Follow this link to view our Final Project:



Larry and Laural Power, volunteers at the Lighthouse Theater, have known Hazel since she was a child. Hazel shares a close relationship with her volunteers and performers alike. This couple is part of a portrait series done for the project of the many faces of the theater. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Multiple Flash


Laura Draffen and "Zinny" dance salsa Wednesday night at the Artisan. Mainly club dancers, the couple began dancing four and a half years ago when locales in Columbia started to host Latin Dance nights.

I liked the hands in the picture; that's all. I had mostly problems of aiming my flash (I'm clumsy with a monopod!) and getting the focus just right. I did, however, find it easier to shoot this situation than I had during the Single Flash Assignment.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Audio Slideshows

This one's been around for a while; but it's one of my favorites. For those of you who haven't seen Luis Sinco's Marlboro Marine (featured on Media Storm for the past year), it's definately worth a few minute's of your time.  


I find the piece a good follow-up to Sinco's leading image (which on its own became iconic of the war in Iraq).  He later delved into this Marine's life and post-duty experience; an honest and provoking portrait of both an individual and an issue much larger than himself.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Erin: A second time around...


High-strung and attentive, Erin O'Neill makes her way through Graduate School at the University of Missouri. After obtaining her bachelor's degree in Convergence Journalism and spending a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, O'Neill has returned to Mizzou. Working on Graphics Team at the local paper and as a teacher's assistant in Communication Law, her semester is both hectic and stimulating. 

I had wanted to practice studio-portraiture once more since I'm hoping to do something like it for the final project...Erin was kind enough to sit for another session since we were partners for the original classmate portrait assignment. This time I remembered NOT to shoot in tungsten...

I found the red frame just lying in the studio and we had some fun with it...by the way, does it belong to anyone?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Balance and Fill Flash

A week when the sun forgot to shine...

This is why good aim helps...My favorite image of the assignment take, but my flash missed the kid and the kid missed the ball....so I got hit in the face and had to bring up this image in levels.


Fill-Flash Select: Mill Creek Elementary School students play tether-ball during recess one chilly Thursday in November. The students will be allowed to play outside all winter long as long as the temperature remains above 0 degrees (F).

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

In honor of the last fallen leaves: 

A re-shoot of my metal&glass.  I spent the better part of a studio session trying to reposition the white-line on these glasses.   It ended up being more efficient to reposition my camera rather than the lights.  Finally, I ended up using only one soft-box, one spotlight on the leaf, and one gold reflector.  

Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater

Introductions final project subject: Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater, a Branson-style variety show theater off I-70 outside Columbia. 
Hazel's man on piano and steel guitar (apparently landlord to a bunch of 4th St. J-students).

Hazel's father serving as door man...  

Hazel prepares for Saturday's performance, a Salute to Veterans (Nov 8).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Painting With Light

A second view on the Silo: "It was a balmy night in November..."  Unfortunately, the images were underexposed and we didn't bracket it in the field. I brought these up in levels.

"Hit and run!" The unintentional ghosting of Jakob...

A modern-day phantom fills the ruins of a 1920's grain silo off the Sinkhole Trail in Rockbridge Memorial State Park. There is a current effort to fill in missing holes of the park's history; known to have included a mill and distillery, amusement park, industrial center, and various family farms. The area has always been frequented by visitors for its natural beauty even before it became a public park in the 1960's.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Final touches to an eighties prom flashback. Complements of Maude V costume rental.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Barack came to town.

What used to be Columbia's Spanish Fly, and a curious acronym in the window.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Color Correction

PhotobucketGabrielle Parish, employee at Maude V vintage clothing store on Broadway in Columbia, enjoys working halloween season. "It's busy," she says, "but I get to be creative and help peeps out." The store has for the past eight years been collecting and offering for rental a basement-sized collection of costumes during the Halloween season. Oct 30 2008.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Single Flash Assignment

My VERY Modest Begginings with Flash...

Anna Martinez's first dance at the Artisan's Wednesday Latin Dance Night.  Her partner, known as "Link", attends everyweek.  With the closing of other venues, the Artisan has just begun hosting this event this Fall.  

Selena Lian works as the sole waitress one Monday night at Formosa and Cajun, what has been Columbia's Downtown Chinese restaurant on Broadway for over thirty years.  Selena, originally from an area near Taiwaan has been in the US for two years.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Somewhere off lake Michigan...

Chicago, the "New York of the Midwest", seen from the bean sculpture in Millenium Park. 

We passed the weenie truck on the drive up.  Somewhere in Illinois.

Downtown Milwaukee.  Someone really didn't want their bike stolen...too bad we passed by later that night and the entire sidewalk was missing (construction).  

Pidgeons in downtown Chicago.  I got several awkward stares from pedestrians.

Art institute of Chicago. Fueling up for the visit, so much to see...

The essence of a museum piece.

Herman Atkins MacNeal

So much house for such a tiny person.  Emily's Victorian house, Milwaukee.

American version of bocadillos Greyhound Station, Chicago.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Metal & Glass

Inspired by the leaves in my driveway, my goal was to create a more lyrical reflection: autumn in a glass.  

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Cleanup after a weekend of Blues, Saturday night.
Belairs Concert, Friday night.  The audience was diggin' it.  

The Belairs, two middle-aged twins (it appeared) jammin' it like they were 20 again. 

A techie at one of the first concerts.  I liked the profile.

"Oh Shit!" Buddy Guy, the grand finale to this year's Roots'N Blues

The "Record Collector",  Friday night.