Tuesday, February 16, 2010

McBloggie is moving.....

I've decided to move McBloggie to my own domain for a variety of reasons. Please redirect to:


Thanks for reading.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Presidents Day

They waited, respectfully and patiently, for their turn to have their picture taken in front of the great man, a near constant stream of people from every ethnic background, anxious to pay tribute to this icon of American presidents, who represents so much of what is good in the American promise. On this day I was proud to be an American.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Midwestern Minature Metropolis

My buddy Alan sent me this link. Photographer Michael Paul Smith, a former museum display designer, created models and superimposed them in real backgrounds to recreate the midwestern town of his youth. This is the coolest thing I've seen in a while:
Check it out: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/35299392/ns/today-today_home_and_garden/displaymode/1247/?beginSlide=1

More of his images can be seen on his flickr page Here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24796741@N05/sets/72157604247242338/

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Oliver B. McClaran July 29, 1917 - February 11, 1978

Me and Dad, 1956

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Interview in Shutterbug

I was interviewed by Maria Piscopo for her Business Column in Shutterbug along with BigshotStock colleagues, Brian Smale, Shawn Henry and Brian Smith about business trends in editorial photography.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Workshop in Haiti?

Zoriah Miller wants to charge $4G to teach a workshop on Disaster photography. WTF? To be honest I haven't read the entire output of opinions on this but it's stirring up a shit storm on the various forums and blogs. There's even a facebook page, "Responsible Photographers Against Zoriah..."

Here's some more reading:

Huffington Post

Light Stalkers discussion

And Zoriah's version of the story

Friday, February 5, 2010

Be Here To Love Me

Be Here To Love Me.

I’ve been haunted since watching this fantastic documentary on Townes Van Zandt the other night. Reflecting back on when he first began playing and writing music he said:

“There was one point when I realized, Man, I could really do this. But it takes blowing everything off. It would take blowing off family, money, security….happiness. Get a guitar and go”.

He did. But could I do it, blow everything off? Could you? It strikes me as an act of ultimate courage to walk away from everything in order to single-mindedly pursue perfection in your art. A argument could be made that it's ultimate selfishness. Or cowardice.

The film’s poster asks, “What would you sacrifice to follow your dream”?

It’s easy to romanticize the idea of no attachments, no distractions, nothing holding you back. But I love my life, my family, my motorcycles and my work. Would it be worth living without all of that to make art without compromise. I’m sure I don’t have it in me.

So the reverse question might be asked, “how has your work been sacrificed so you can lead a semi-normal life”?

Life only gives you one chance to get it right. I guess it helps to start out being a genius.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Mike Floyd just sent me the link this morning to something called Pilfered Magazine, a photo blogozine exclusively featuring images stolen from various sources on the web and submitted by viewers. This month's cover features an Irving Penn image. But beyond that individual pages don't even credit the stolen photo to the original creator.

Their about page says:

"Its founders, artist Patrick Hoelck and creative director RUDJ, together with their team (Nate “Res” Harvey & Mia Van Valkenburg), have in the past spent hours surfing the web to put together presentations for various commercial ad and editorial jobs…and noticed the hours it took to gather images and felt it was time to have a massive image collective shared by the people, for the people."

What a load of crap. Theft is theft whatever you want to call it and however fancy you want to design it.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rest Area- I-5

Not really the a great picture but I like it anyway.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Vintage Derby Photos

1952, Championship Heat

In my other role as Dad I've become more invloved with the Soap Box Derby. Along with the amazing Lydia Hess we've been working on producing new marketing material for the Salem Soap Box Derby Association, new website, etc.. I had seen scrapbooks that belong to the club before and tracked down Steve Brandt, a former race Champ and Race Director, as well as Dad to two racer / Champs, who keeps the books. Steve gave me permission to bring some home to scan for the website and I have only scratched the surface. Some of the images are amazing, at least I think so, but maybe that's because of my enthusiasm for the Derby. One of the things that I think is particularly cool is seeing these images from 50 - 60 years ago on the same race track my kids race on. Here's a couple more:

1963, Finish Line


Check out the Salem SBD website here: http://salemsbd.org/History.html

BTW, This is a super cool thing to get kids involved in. If you are interested in more info get in touch.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


When asked what I like about my work the first thing I think of is the cast of characters I meet. Over the years I've had the pleasure of photographing people of many many walks of life, politicians, tycoons, murderers, atheletes, junkies, movie stars, etc., but none have the chutzpah of Stu Rasmussen. Elected Mayor of Silverton Oregon last year Stu became the first transgendered Mayor of an American town. I spent a couple days in Silverton hanging out with Stu and what I found remarkable was after only a few minutes, minutes in which Stu quickly disarms and charms you, you no longer see him as transgendered. You just see Stu. The people of Silverton, young and old have accepted him as one of their own in ways I found hard to believe could happen in a small town.
Anyway, here's a couple from the take I shot for People:

in the City Council Chambers, Silverton.

With his girlfriend Victoria.

Friday, January 22, 2010

We're screwed

Time magazine paid $30 for a stock photo which it used on the cover to illustrate a story on the "The New Frugality". Is that frugality or publishers making a statement to "content providers" about the ready availability of cheap but acceptable artwork. It seems the day of reckoning is upon us when a culture of commodified "good enough" content has replaced well craft art in magazines and advertising. Can consumers tell the difference? Do publishers care?

Great article in the LA Times: