Transmission

I had the honor of making this video with my friends Leon Godwin and William Davis last week. William is Hillsborough’s poet laureate- we met recently and I knew immediately I wanted to work with him. In light of recent events I wanted to push this piece out quickly because it’s so relevant. Please watch and share away. I hope to make Transmission a regular feature, so if you or someone you know would be a good fit for this format, please be in touch.  

Robyn Hitchcock

I had the good fortune to interview and photograph legendary singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock yesterday! We spent an hour talking about his great new record ( YepRoc, April 21), process and what’s next for this whacky world of ours. The interview was for WHUP where I have a weekly radio show called Beggars Banquet (have I mentioned that?). Check out the audio here, including his new single and two live tracks. About the photo: there was no way I was letting Robyn get away without making at least a quick portrait…  I literally shot 6 exposures in about 30 seconds and had to let him go. 70-200mm lens and one light. …

DIG

I’m the luckiest guy I know. I have randomly found myself in amazing places with amazing people more times than I can count. I have somehow made it through 43 years of questionable choices relatively unscathed. By rights I should be probably be in far worse shape than I am now. I was 22 years old in 1995 when I randomly decided that participating in the Work Abroad program would be a good idea. Though I was probably most inspired my friend Jason McGee who was headed to Northern England to study, I was also quite taken with all things England, especially the music. …

Skram

A few out-takes from recent shoots with Skram Furniture Company. Skram craft distinctive, modern furniture here in North Carolina while leading the way as responsible manufacturers and holding their operation  to a high standard of sustainability. Their craftsmanship and dedication are inspiring!  

General Update

Hey folks- it’s been minute since I last posted and it’s been a crazy few months! In addition to having moved my office/studio (more on that soon) I’ve been continuing to try and re-define my relationship to my work. I’ve been shooting for a few commercial clients, working on new videos and am trying to plot a few bigger scale projects. I expect this website will see a complete overhaul again pretty soon and possibly even a full rebranding. Keep your eyes peeled. Also, if you haven’t already checked it out I’m now an on-air DJ at WHUP FM here in …

Personal Project: Walter & Harriet

I come up with far more ideas for personal projects than I’ll ever attempt to execute. In 2015 I took on a few (mostly in video) but this fall I knew I wanted to take on something different; something with a deeper, more personal meaning. “Walter & Harriet” (printed book) is the fruit of a collaboration with my friend and colleague Heather McKay, MS/OT/L, who works with a local branch of Hospice and runs an organization that provides dementia care training for healthcare professionals, families and students. I contacted Heather to talk about working together to create something that supports her (incredibly important/difficult) …

Solo Video #2: Hakomi Mallorca

Continuing my move into the world of video- here’s the fruit of many hours of labor shooting in Spain and editing here at home. This piece is an intro for workshops that my wife Julia Corley facilitates and is aimed at therapists of several different persuasions. I’ve been lucky enough to accompany her on several trips now and was intrigued by the challenge of interviewing some seriously smart people about the method and distilling it into something easily digestible and (hopefully) engaging. Aside from the sweltering heat (it was filmed in July) and schlepping gear across the world, the biggest challenge here was the …

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FUTILE* ENDEAVORS

A few things I’ve learned from attempting to shoot 4×5 / Polaroid for the first time in 2015: • 4×5 viewfinders are a pain. Really dark, not to mention (and I already knew this) they preview the image upside-down and backwards. Tough to nail a composition when you can barely tell what’s happening. • Polaroid chemistry doesn’t hold up well a decade after it’s expiration date, but you can get some interesting effects if you’re patient. • It gets hot under that black velvet drape. • I’m glad I have reading glasses now. Adjusting unfamiliar settings up close was revealing that my eyesight …

SPAIN 2015

As promised, here are a few highlights from our last trip to Mallorca, Spain. If you follow me on the Facebook a few of these may look familiar. Yes, I worry a little about Facebook and copyright, but as of now I figure I’ll cross that bridge if I ever get to it. In any case, this corner of world has some of the most dramatic landscapes I’ve ever seen and an abundance of interesting characters to photograph. Getting permission in broken my Spanish always makes it interesting! I’m looking forward to returning this summer for a short commercial film project- stay tuned and …

PRAGUE 2015

Of the hundreds of photos I made over our week in Prague, here are my self-selected favorites. I’m officially in love with the city- a place of beautiful contrasts, dramatic vistas and quality Pilsner. I’m grateful for the opportunity to visit and can’t wait to return someday. If you’d like to see more from this series, drop me a line. I may add more to Tumblr. Next post- Spain!