No pictures this time, sorry, just a quick update. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind. Last week I spent a day in Ithaca NY shooting portraits of Dr. Bill Thomas, a geriatric doctor, who has some revolutionary ideas on aging. This was shot for AARP’s new program, Life Reimagined. Later in the week it was off to Durham NC to shoot Rob Cotter, the founder of Organic Transit and creator of the ELF, a solar power assisted recumbent bicycle. Both Bill and Rob have recently given lectures on the TED Talks circuit. Being a huge fan of the TED Talk series I was pretty excited to meet them. It was a great week of shooting.
Just yesterday I got back from Vermont shooting a home and recording studio in the hills outside of Brattleboro. It was my first time in VT, believe it or not, and it is definitely not my last. Love that place and the project, designed by my all time favorite architectural clients Ryall Porter Sheridan, was amazing. Can’t wait to show those photos off.
Going back even further, ESPN sent me to Sartonk Designs to document the process of the making of those super cool Championship Boxing belts you see on TV. It is ran by a grandfather and grandson. The grandfather is the one who made all of the belts going 40yrs back! Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson, Holyfield, etc…. all have belts make them. Then there were a few architectural assignments for James Wagman Architects and Architecture Outfit. Arch Outfit, aka Thaddeus Brinner, just completed Aesop’s Madison Ave store on the upper east side. It’s a very cool place and Thaddeus is doing some amazing work. (Actually going to post an image from Aesop in a minute).
Wish I could show some images but everything is in a holding pattern waiting to released. Will share everything very soon!
At the end of last year I met Adam Kamens, the CEO of Amuneal, when I photographed him for a Metropolis Magazine story. Amuneal fabricates high end metal structures, art pieces, etc.. for Coach, W Hotel and Barneys, to name a few. Adam got in touch earlier this year and asked if I’d come document their “Maker’s Weekend” workshop. They invited some of their clients to come down to make their own personal design pieces. It was a great opportunity for their clients to see what really goes on in the shop and to work with the actual people who make them. It was a great weekend and Amuneal is fully stocked with some great people too.
Posting more images shortly.
After high school I moved to Auburn, Alabama, home of the great Auburn University. I never attended the university, actually I went to the community college down the road, where all the less than average students enrolled but still lived among and partied with the Auburn students. I’ve been an Auburn fan all my life. These days I’m more of a fair weather fan but a fan nonetheless. If you are from the South then you know college football rules all. You can’t drive 100ft without seeing an Auburn or University of Alabama (Auburn’s long time rival) paraphernalia pasted on someones bumper or sweatshirt. Seriously, it’s God, Family and football, in that order.
Two years ago EPSN the Magazine sent me down to Auburn to photograph Toomer’s Corner, the epicenter of Auburn’s campus. On Toomer’s Corner sat two live oak trees that the students, yours truly included, rolled with toilet paper after every Auburn win. It’s one of the biggest traditions at Auburn. When I was there the live oak trees, shown above, were dying thanks to a deranged Alabama fan who dumped a ton of poison into the soil. They’ve been trying ever since to save the trees but it is now fact that they did not make it. Just two days ago they cut them down. It’s a tragedy. Imagine NYC w/o Times Square, seriously, that’s what’s like. Here is a link to a recent ESPN piece about the removal of the trees.
WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!!
Outtake from Fortune Magazine shoot. March 2013
Fortune has been sending me on some great shoots lately (many thanks the awesome PE, Armin Harris!) First it was an oil distribution center in Cape Canaveral, FL. This time it was a plant in Columbus, MS that turns WOOD CHIPS INTO OIL! Crazy, right? Talk about solving a ton of problems. It’s pretty amazing and once they get that place up and running full boar it’s going to be revolutionary. Let’s just say the name of the company is the same as their ticker symbol, KiOR.