Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I realize it's been since February that I've last posted and other than a minor crisis of confidence that no one really cares and the conviction that the world may not need the additional information all I can say is that life got complicated. But in the spirit of sharing (oversharing?) I'll attempt a year in review kind of a highlight reel sort of deal. Here goes:

January: Spent New Years Day at the Oregon Coast with family and friends and the afternoon shooting black and white film under beautiful eery light which I later published as a blurb book creatively titled New Years Day

February: Had two covers in one month (see previous post), shot an annual report and nursed a sore back. Angry White Men was shown at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Also had a piece in a show at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena Montana (see previous posts).

March: Soap Box Derby season resumed with a race in Poulsbo Washington. T finished poorly, not accustomed to the track's curve and slow drop. This picture is un-related.

April: Traveled to North Dakota for Bloomberg to photograph oil development in the Bakken region.

I also spoke about my work to the University of Oregon Photojournalism Department. T scored a 5th and 6th place finish at her first race back on her home track in Salem.

May: T scored her very first win at the final Hood River Soap Box Derby rally. I forgot my camera. Multiple assignments for Time and People and another annual report.

June: Mourned the death of my Mother. Took the kids for a hike to my favorite place.

A week later T won the local Soap Box Derby Championship race qualifying to go to the world championship in Akron Ohio. I cried.

July: We traveled to Akron for the All American Soap Box Derby World Championships. T crashed in what we were later told was the most spectacular crash in 30 years, hitting the guardrail, spinning out, crashing into the car in the next lane and spinning another 360 before hitting the far guardrail. Scared the hell out of me. She handled it with a lot of class, like a true Champion. I told her it's bettter to burn out than to fade away and out of 400 kids eliminated in their first heat she will be the one kid that is remembered.

The next day went back out to the track to see her wrecked car and walked the track. Skid marks were plainly visible from the spin out, etc..

August: We took a vacation in Kauai.

September: I rode my motorcycle 7600 miles across country to my Mother's memorial service and back. Kept a journal and made photogaphs. Published the story on here.

October: T and I drove to Vallejo CA where she took 3 for 3 first places in the Northern Ca. Soap Box Derby Rally. I forgot my camera.
Also shot an ad for the Oregon Lottery a portrait of a leprechaun in an old growth forest. Thea d hasn't run yet so I can't show it but here's production still

November: Nothing notable happened in November.

December: Both of my daughters have their birthdays in December as well as that other holiday so needless to say it's a chaotic month. But one of my favorite clients (okay, they are all my favorite) sent me to Whistler and Vancouver for a story that hasn't run yet and therefore I can't talk about.

Happy New Year.

Monday, December 29, 2008


Good article in the NY Times, Week In Review here by Michael Kimmelman. When Polaroid announced they were ceasing production of film I wasn't surprised but it did make me very sad. Like every other photographer, I've been dabbling with Polaroids for a long time in my personal and professional work. Nothing is quite like the magic of watching one of those images slowly emerge from the grayness. Of course image quality was never what you expected but it often weas so much more. I'm going to miss them. I traded one of my early hand made books to Robert Stevens for a SX-70 back in 1978. Here are a few:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

AWM at the Schnitzer Museum

Eleven years later Angry White Men continues to draw interest. While it sometimes leaves me feeling as if the work I will be known for is in my past I'm still proud of having been the conduit for the project.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum at the University of Oregon in Eugene will exhibit selected prints from the project from February 25 through May 4 th.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate

The Holter Museum of Art in Helena Montana is currently showing a group show titled Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate. Proud to have my portrait of Timothy McVeigh included. Please go HERE for more information on the exhibit.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

what the Sam Hill?

Shot this in November for Via. Sam Hill was one crazy cat. Built the mansion for his wife who never lived there but was host to the Queen of Rumania there. he also built this exact replica of stonehenge on a bluff above the Columbia River a couple miles east of the mansion which is now a museum and has an amazing collection of Rodin sculptures.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

shout out to Sarah

My assistant Chris told me Sarah Wilmer made it into PDN's 30 uder 30 awhile back. Sarah worked for me a few times when she was still in Portland. She's gonna be a big star one of these days. Congrats Sarah.