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Charles Fail

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I just learned how to make animated gifs!!!!  hooray!!!!


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September 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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Sally Harrington

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To put it bluntly, Sally is always a good time.  She is always laughing and having fun whenever I happen to see her.  Over the years, I never got too close with her but we are on hugging terms.  For the past few months, she’s been telling me how bad she wants to shoot something.  “Ok”, I said, “but it’s on my terms.”  Originally, I wanted to do something like good girl/bad girl with her.  For example, do a shot with her blowing a huge bubble with pigtails in front of a backdrop.  Next in the diptych would be a photograph of her with fake blood pretending to be raw meat like a zombie.

Obviously, that was a stupid idea and I’m glad that we strayed from that.  I went over to her place and the first thing she told me was that she was worried about what I would say about her on my blog.  “You always talk about how you met the person and what you think of them,” she said,  “Now I get to see what you really think of me.”

So off we went with three different outfits and no place to go.  I had tried to scout some stuff earlier but my sense of direction in accordance to the sunset was way off.  We were losing sun fast and we made do with what we had.  The first two were all natural light with a reflector and the last one was a three light setup.  I have to admit to myself that I’m getting more and more comfortable working with multiple lights.

This last one is by far my favorite of the bunch.  I’ve been studying light for a while and was really trying to give some depth to the photograph with the lighting placement.  This was actually one of the first frames of the set up when Sally wasn’t even really sure which way to look or what feelings she was trying to evoke.  It just happened this way.  I like that.

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September 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

Insight x Welcome Rivers in Venice

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Last night, Angie and I went to an Insight Art Show in Venice Beach.  Some of her friends had some photos on the wall and we went in their support.  There were tons of Aussie dudes, skinny girls in tights and of course, only the most fashion-forward surf folk in the industry.  A band called TRMRS played as well as a DJ Geometric.  All in all, a fun time.  I took some video clips but I’m once I got home, I kinda just looked at it on my computer and said “now what?”,  maybe video stuff will come in the near future.

I told the event photog to take a photo of Billy Bob with his photograph so I could photograph them.  Be smart and click on the photo below.

The back of Warren’s body made the cover of Surfer magazine this month. Sick.

The drummer for TRMRS totally reminded me of my friend Kelsey who is also a musician.  This guy looks like how I remember Kelsey in 6th grade only now with facial hair.

Leo Romero was their guitarist.  Ok probably not.

And they had Iggy Pop’s nephew singing on a few tracks.  ok probably not again.

See you next time.

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August 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Brian’s Birthday

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I’m going to say this upfront, this blog post is supposed to be about Brian but it will mostly revolve around Tony.

Tony is one of my favorite people to photograph ever.  I don’t know what it is, but he loves the camera when it’s in my hands.  And I’ll never say no to someone who wants to be photographed.

Ang and I headed out to Ian’s place pretty early before everyone else got there.  It was a bunch of sitting around on the couch and everyone trading stories about how early they had to get up the next morning.

Ian’s been involved in the smirnoff ice craze known as “icing”.  It involves cleverly placing smirnoff ices around the house or somewhere good where the victim inadvertently finds themselves face to face with the bottle.  They must drink the entire thing on the spot and the only way to get out of it is to carry around a smirnoff ice on your person at all times.

“Hey Brian, can you turn off the lights?”

Tony comes crashing into the room and says,”I never understood why people wore union t-shirts around and were so proud to wear them. But here I am repping my shit.”

A few hours later we’re all talking about $13 tattoos and smoking cigarettes outside while the “men” shotgun beers.

We ran into Ismael on our way out.

This was actually two photographs that happened to fit together like this.  I didn’t plan this, honest!

It wasn’t hard to figure out who’s car this was in the parking lot.

Tony had told Angie that he drank at least two 5 hour energies prior to work each morning.  He gets up at 3:30Am, I guess I can’t blame im.

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August 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Caruthers Park BBQ

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I grew up skating at Caruthers park. I still remember the first day it opened and the nostalgia of riding around on those perfectly smooth concrete slabs. I walked the line between love and hate for that place as the years went on. Sure, there are better parks around but Caruthers always had a place in everyone’s hearts. I remember the first time I 50-50’d the bank rail. I thought I was so cool. Now coming back and seeing all these guys still shredding that place like there’s no tomorrow makes me realize how not good i was back then.

Some of the old guys who still haunt that place had a barbecue yesterday. There was food, fun, beers, girls on roller-skates and some random sketchy guy walking around with a baseball bat.

Props to Joe Rivera for putting it all together.

Lawrence miniwallrides to back 50-50.

This guy

Throwing out the banger.

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August 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Artistic Blood Runs in The Family

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My brother has been painting for a number of years and has always been (since I can remember) the more artistic of the two of us.  He’s just better at visualizing abstract ideas and building subconscious worlds deep down in his head than I can visualize what pink and green might look like together.  It’s not my fault, I was born this way.  I’m a much more inclined on pop culture issues and the instantaneousness of the world we live in.  Instant messaging, Facebook messages, writing on walls, texting, calling, blogging right before going to work, desktop publishing, photoshop; everything is so streamlined in the digital age, and I love it all.  That’s why I think I fell in love with photography.  It’s instant, a press of a button and whatever you saw is burned into a microchip sensor and within minutes can be transmitted to the world.  I don’t have time to think about painting some idea I once had or walk out to a park and paint a pretty picture, I just bring my camera and make things happen.

But Frank is different.  He paints things, he brings things he finds in the trash home and paints them, he would probably paint me if he had a chance.  (Not a representation of me, but physically paint me)

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So here we are now both college grads and both still trying to make things happen.  Small business ideas come and go, job applications and interviews, some quick money on some odd jobs; life’s been a roller coaster and there’s no end in sight.  I like it this way.  It makes me hungry for life because I know that if I keep on pushing my way through all the sludge, eventually I’ll make it.  Wherever that is. Maybe it’s just the journey and there is no destination.

Anyways, Frank has decided to couple his artistic abilities with entrepreneurial endeavors and create a Facebook fan page.  Check it out here.  I shot all the photos for him and even shot this portrait of him to give him some credibility.  I mean look at it.  The man looks like he knows what he’s doing.  And he does.

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July 26, 2011 at 11:40 am

Happy Birthday America!

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For me, 4th of July is one of those holidays where it seems that everyone has something super fun that they’re committed to doing and you get stuck deciding which friend of a friend’s barbeque will get you more “likes” on Facebook.  But in recent years, I seem to have joined the club of people that have something going on and I’ve been getting amped on it for weeks prior.   Allow me to explain.

My 4th of July went a little something like this.  Drive to San Diego, drink beers, go to a gay wedding, drink champagne, go to a gay bar for the reception, drink vodka, wake up feeling poorly, drink beeers, play beer pong, drink beers, go to the beach, drink jaeger, go to a bar, drink beers, watch firewoorks, and finally end the night with a giant maarshmallow fight on the beach.  (In case you didn’t notice, I started to slur my words a little there at the end of that sentence.)  My 4th of July was in no way productive but I definitely got a taste of the life I lived just a few years ago.  You see I’m suffering from a little thing called “getting older”.  It’s a disease where alcohol makes you really sick and you get tired way earlier and start to complain about little things that don’t really matter.

Highlight of the weekend definitely revolves around the über personal Rodgriguez/Tabatabai wedding at Balboa Park,  I’ve never seen a wedding go so smoothly nor feel so welcoming and warm.  I honestly felt that there were only people who had known Marc and Daryus for years prior or their families.  and me.  That last part made me feel really special.

All Star of the Weekend Award goes to Sean, the guy who just moved in downstairs under Stacey in Ocean Beach.  Highlights of his reign of terror include telling me “nice mole, it’s so asymmetrical” upon meeting me,  telling Amber that she seems really familiar cause “it’s hard to forget such a loud mouth” and telling Angie after putting on her makeup “that Wow!, she really did need makeup.”  This kid was on a quest to ruin any good first impressions that he may give off.  The best part was that I kept making fun of a Blue Caddy out front that read “OB JERY” on the license plate.  Turns out it was his car and he has a blog about it somewhere. <–Myspace page.  All in all, he’s actually a pretty good guy who just needs some help in figuring out what thoughts he should censor before allowing them to leave his mouth.  I hope he’s still around next time we stay at Stacey’s place.

I had an awesome time meeting all of Angie’s friends from her past and would do it all over again.  Now for the photos!Fence Behind Stacey’s Place in OB.  Pretty much sums up the OB vibe.

Stephen Taylor Close-up

The Famous Sean Guinn Who Lives Downstairs With His New Friend Drew

“GAME ON!!!!!”

Kid Living The Dream of Dominating an Older Opponent at Such a Young Age – Marshmallow Fight OB

Angie and Steve getting ready to pelt some people

Dog at Dog Beach – California Cruisin’

Sunset over the Jetty at Ocean Beach

Another Shameless Sunset Photo (Yes the light was that good.)


You can never go wrong with the Hoopty Trailer/Vespa Combo

Sean Having the Time of His Life Taking a Photo (This a real expression)

I Scream for Ice Cream

Satan’s Guard Dog – Nicest Ugliest Dog I’ve Ever Seen

Me- Steve on the count of 3, I want you to hit Stacey in the face.


Steve – Can I be drinking my Smirnoff Ice at the same time?

Stacey – Owwwwwwww!

Too Busy to Pose For The Camera

Seriously, Who Has A Pet Duck?!?

Happy Husband, Angaface and StaceFace

I Thought About Photoshopping My Face Over Marc’s Body

The Beautiful Centerpieces At The Wedding

European Girl Trying to Cool Off Without Parental Supervision

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July 6, 2011 at 10:02 am