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photobook!

25 Aug 2014

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I know I’ve been remiss with posting on here recently, but I’ve been working on a little something which finally went live this weekend — a Kickstarter campaign to generate initial funding so that I can produce a 70 (or so)-page hardcover book of my film photographs! You can read more about this over at the Kickstarter page HERE, but suffice it to say, I”m excited about the prospect of a proper book where the best of my photos will be collected in one place.

If you have any interest in backing this campaign ….. well, I urge you to take a look at the various reward options. There are photo postcards, 8×10 prints, and the photobook itself, all available. Your support for this campaign would mean a great deal to me, but I’ll be honest: your ongoing support of this blog continues to bring me such happiness. It still amazes me that there’s a community of photographically-minded folks who seek out like-minded work and ideas, and ways of capturing all the little bits of everyday gorgeousness.

Anyhow, before I get too sentimental, let me just say this: can you believe summer is nearly over?! This year is cranking along so quickly. Thanks again for your continued readership of this wee blog, and, if you decide to back the photobook project, thank you for nudging my ongoing photowork forward. You’re all the best.

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last weekend.

7 Aug 2014

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Lunch, a walk, a couple of photos with the old Nikon FE, some more walking, a mid-afternoon drink, and so on: the hallmarks of a quiet, perfect weekend in Brooklyn.

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people, recently.

25 Jul 2014

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Sorry for the absence; I’ve been making an attempt to enjoy the city a bit more this summer, which has meant not carrying the cameras around quite as much. (Truth be told, after Iceland and carting 10+ pounds worth of cameras in my pack, I’m rather happy to be a bit … unburdened!) But here are some photos I did manage to take:

1. Lupe | Brooklyn
2. Jason | Lower East Side
3. Michael + Time | East Village

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Between a BBQ and a wedding, it’s a full weekend for me — and likely a great deal more photographs to boot!

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iceland (4).

7 Jul 2014

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Both of these shots were taken on our first day in Iceland, up in Holmavik, a town of just under 400 inhabitants. A completely surreal way to start our journey, with the harbor and hillside full of mist and fog.

I’ve also updated my portfolio to include my favorite film photos from the trip. You can view the slideshow here.

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iceland (3).

30 Jun 2014

We tried to drive on Road 630, way up in the northwest corner of the Westfjords just outside Bolungarvik, but were thwarted by quite a bit of snow that had yet to be cleared. In early June! So we walked as far as we could before, sans proper snow shoes, we had to turn back. On the walk back down, we saw this mysterious structure in the distance.

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Closer ….

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Closest! Still not sure what it is/was, but it was fun to photograph, especially with the big Pentax 6×7.  Does anyone have any idea what this structure might be?  We came across several of them, perched over small bodies of water, during our trek around the Westfjords.

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Over the next few days, the Westfjords proved thrillingly gorgeous and desolate, all at once.  I probably should’ve taken more photos with the black & white Tri-X 400 — the graininess really adds to the mood.

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If they ever found water on Mars, it would look a heck of a lot like Iceland.

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iceland (2).

23 Jun 2014

Rooftops | Holmavik

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Storage bins | Bolungarvik

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Harbor | Holmavik

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I … have no idea what this is/was | Isafjordur

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Beached fishing boat | Bolungarvik

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Local architecture | Sudureyri

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Storage bins | Holmavik

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Along Vestfjarðavegur (Road 60) | Westfjords

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More Iceland. All shot with the Pentax 6×7; all color photos taken with expired Kodak Portra film, while the black and white is Tri-x 400, my old grainy standby.

Iceland is this heady mix of gorgeous, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonderfully mundane. It’s there that I discovered I apparently have a bin fetish (!).

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iceland (1).

20 Jun 2014

Repurposed shipping containers | Holmavik

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Mike | Along Djupvegur Road, Westfjords

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Dumpster + Landscape | Holmavik

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Beached vessel | Along Orlygshafnarvegur Road, Westfjords

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Harbor | Isafjordur

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Mystery structure | Holmavik

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I just got back the scans from all 27 rolls of film from the trip to Iceland.  It’s going to be a bit of a trudge to sort through them — they’re all jumbled, in no particular order, which is the problem one faces with Way Too Much Film and mailing it all off to a faraway lab — so bear with me while I try to put 264 images in chronological order!

I think I’m just going to post the photos as I go along, so the chronology is going to be off, but all of the photos were taken over a five day period in the Westfjords, the northwestern region of the country.  (There were only a handful of film photos taken in Reykjavik, the result of No More Giant Backpack fatigue — *you* try carrying around a digital Leica and a 6+ lb 6×7 medium format camera, plus film, plus sundries, all stuffed in one pack, for a few days!)  And, in keeping with my sensibilities about film, I’m going to show the photos pretty much straight out of the scanner, with minimal-to-no editing, other than minor cropping and exposure correction.  What you see here is basically what I saw there.  And it was all so stunning, even the mundane stuff.

Many more photos to come.

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iceland! digital!

17 Jun 2014

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I’ve got 27 rolls of film, taken with the giant Pentax 6×7, currently getting processed in a photolab. Here are a handful of shots taken last week around the Westfjords with the Leica M9. Iceland was incredible. Can’t wait to show you more.

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iceland!

4 Jun 2014

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Yup, I’m headed to Iceland on Friday with my friend Mike D. We’ll be spending 5 days in the Westfjords, way in the northwest corner of the country, and then 3 days in Reykjavik. So excited! I spent a few days in Reykjavik back in the late 90s, and I’ve stopped over in Keflavik airport a couple of times, but I’ve never really seen the countryside (other than from an airplane — the photo above, of the western part of the country, was taken in 2009 after a brief layover at Keflavik).

So I won’t be posting anything here for a week, but you can follow me on Instagram (here!), where I’m sure there’ll be loads of photos of fjords and hills and maybe a bit of snow.  And puffins!  And when I get back, there’ll be tons of photos here on the blog, hopefully — I’m planning on bring three cameras with me, two film and the Leica M9.   You should see the backpack I bought just for the trip; I can almost fit into it myself!

Have a good week and a half, everyone!

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lazing.

2 Jun 2014

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Just another lazy Saturday at the local.

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