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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

Show me your tattoos

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I found out that an old friend lives by Ian.  Frank gave me his number and I gave him a ring.  He was taking a bath and told me he’d call later. Later came and he called.

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August 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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Self Portrait #82

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A lot of times I get the feeling that I need to photograph someone and often times I’m the closest person.  I tend to take a lot of self portraits.

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August 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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Scham Wow!!!

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My friend Good Zack came to visit with Charles today.  Why the name Good Zack you ask? Well let’s think about the other Zaq‘s that you may know and maybe you will have your answer.

Anyways, he’s one of those guys that seems soft spoken at first glance and then becomes a little less soft spoken when you get to know him.  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of being featured in a student film done by Charles and Zack called “Piñata”.  Basically, I played a small time thief who accidentally kills a girl while robbing a house.  I got to walk around and be arrogant for a few days while they filmed me and while it felt great to be extra mean to Zack on camera, it kinda carried over to our personal lives for a while. (Not good)

He goes to NYU film school now and before he gets big time, I gotta give him his own blog post so that he doesn’t get too cool for me in a few years.  After some whiskey cokes and a some red wine, I busted out my camera with a my small octabox that i rigged up with gaffers tape.  Points to anyone who can guess what I did.

I have this hat that when you put on, you instantly transform into some type of old time journalist.  I picked it up a few weeks back from an old house in Point Richmond that Angie and I had stayed at.  Thanks Peg.  Anyways, I sat him down handed him a small shovel and told him to look at me like he’s been doing this all his life.

This last photo is most like the Zack that I know.  Just standing there scratching his head uncomfortably in the awkward moments between us.  Although it sounds funny, there’s something really raw about the way he conducts himself around other people.  I like it.

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August 11, 2011 at 11:37 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

Tony Borrmann

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I always like a name like Borrmann, two unnecessary letters that are just there for fun.  That’s why I’m make photographs, for fun.  Tony had asked me to photograph him welding some stuff to see what kind of cool shots we could get and since it’s summertime and all I want to do is build my portfolio, I happily agreed.

Tony is a guy who’s had a million and a half dead end jobs and has probably met more screwed up people at those jobs than you will in your whole lifetime.  It wasn’t until recently that Tony began to study welding at Cerrito’s College.  From what he tells me, he loves it and has finally found something that has 1.) job security and 2.) held his attention for more than a few months and not to mention 3.) totally badass.  There’s sparks flying everywhere and you gotta wear heavy leather jackets or else.  (Believe me, you don’t want to find out what’s happens.)

I couldn’t have imagined what a pain it was to photograph someone welding.  Basically, the arc of the welder is .9 times the brightness of the sun and looking at it with your bare eyes will give you something later on called “sandpaper eyes”.  Apparently, it feels exactly like it sounds.  Tony was kind enough to loan me a hood, so I could shoot from inside the booth.  Wearing a hood which felt like 5 or six stops down from ambient light, I had to shoot blindly with a fairly tight lens (35mm on a cropped sensor) and hope for the best.  I set my exposure with my shutter speed at 120th and slowly crept down to see what kind of motion I could get with slower shutter speeds. I propped a SB-900 (light) on a stand and used it as a rim light allowing the arc’s light to serve as the main light.  Soon the sun started to play a factor in my exposure but everything turned ok perfectly well.  I’m so happy with the results and I’m sure that you will too.  Since I only had a handful of winners this time I decided to do multiple edits.  Enjoy!

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July 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

Portrait of The Midway

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I’ve been going to The Midway ever since I turned 20.  It’s that place where nothing’s expected and anything can happen.  Sometimes, there are women there, but most of the time, there are not.  There are esé types, sketchy drug people, younger kids (like myself), older Bellflower locals who ride bikes to the bar and just about every other type of person that may live nearby.  It’s place for everyone to have a beer and try to keep the drama to a minimum.

Sometimes, I ride my bike there and catch up with friends over a pitcher of beer but most of the time I drive.

Monica, who basically runs the place was nice enough to let me set a date and take photographs of the people that come to the bar.  I want to capture the essence of the Midway.  The photos are not flattering, they are not meant to be.  They are meant to be a raw representation of the people that make up the Midway family.  This is the first set of what I hope to be many sessions of portraits.

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June 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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