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Project Name: Coneheads
Project: Photographing dogs in recovery with cones on their heads.
When did you begin this project and why? The idea began years ago with a dear friend who was a dog fan…she and I would see conheads all over the city and be in stitches laughing…we were to get started on the project but she died suddenly…so I put the project on hold for some time after about a year I decided it needed to happen in her memory and that any proceeds from an exhibit and book will go to a foundation helping abused animals.
Why is this subject interesting to you? Who doesn’t love a done in a cone?
What has been the most rewarding part about shooting this body of work? Its been part therapy to help heal the loss of a dear friend, and its also gotten me back to why I picked up a camera in the first place…Most of my work for magazines is of high profile people and portraits for agencies have so many people involved who I have to make happy which can take a lot of joy out of the creative process…this is just me a camera and a dog…and the chase for great images in a few moments. I recently photographed Richard Branson who asked what else I was shooting that week…I said you and a few dogs with cones on their heads…he was really confused.
What was the last photo book you bought or was given to you? I was given a great book by Trent Park a fellow Australian photographer who takes the most incredible images traveling across the country.
What was your first professional assignment? I cant remember…actually one of the first gigs was shots of greyhounds in Sydney promoting an advertising awards show… so I guess I was always meant to be photographing dogs.
What was your most unusual subject or job? Mubarek & a scarification cult group in Australia.
If you could photograph any person, place or thing (living or dead) what would it be? Has to be the Queen of England. Having the Aussie convict returning to England that way…what would be sweeter.
If given the choice, film or digital? I don’t really care…Its all about story telling ands what ever gets it done best… maybe digital now…less environmental impact.
Favorite technological advancement in photography? The screen on the back of the camera…I get to see the answers as I shoot…and my usual shoots are very brief…every second counts.
What do you appreciate most about being a photographer? Its an incredible privilege to spend time learning from others who I photograph, I get to enter other worlds, ask questions of incredible people and the best part is to leave.
If you were not a photographer what occupation would you have? NYC insider tour guide to show people around who have just a few days in this great town. I get joy in seeing people experiencing this city from an insiders perspective.
Do you have another creative outlet or talent? Not really, thank God (the French actually) for the camera…I am learning to sail which is incredible.
What was your proudest moment? Winning third prize in class in year 7 back home… that and seeing the happiness on my dads face when we got an amazing dinner for free here in NY as a gift from a person I photographed and like the portrait.
What was your childhood ambition? Making my dad proud.
Fondest memory? Rolling around in my sand pit as a young kid with the family dog Cherry who would pretend to be under the sand and then jump up…great days.
Favorite joke? Everyone tells me my jokes are terrible…I guess my fake American accent gets a laugh.
Opening song on your personal soundtrack? Probably Lennon’s imagine.
Favorite movie? Cinema Paradiso.
Favorite city or place? I love NY. I am still in awe when I see it from the plane ride in.
Favorite restaurant or type of food? My mums chicken curry.
Favorite way to spend a day off? A day with no schedules…maybe wander a city I have never seen…usually in the fall.
Favorite museum? The National Portrait Gallery London…for the art, the bookshop and the scones and tea…then maybe a pint across the street.
Project Description: Documenting a day off with my girlfriend Elma and our dog Noi on a modest daytrip adventure- our favorite thing to do
When did you begin this project and why? This project took place over Chinese New Year weekend in our backyard, San Francisco. It was made in the spirit and as an homage to the genre of the great documentary photographers, Seichi Furuya and Lee Friedlander, as the genesis of my work can be traced back to my love of ‘street’ photography.
I love the work they did with their wives and their families- they were haunting and poignant. I wanted my own approach to this story to be an homage to the impression that work made on me. For my story, there is a certain unnerving quietness that would be consistent with that style but I also wanted to make sure it was imbued with a level of uplift and levity and hence the inclusion of our very funny and peculiar dog, Noi.
Why is this subject interesting and rewarding to you? What can a viewer hope to learn about you through these images? I have built a career on the back of emulating and imbuing a documentary feel of authenticity within rigorous, prescriptive, production-heavy commercial constructs. It is always rewarding therefore just to do it for myself without the giant support apparatus and perhaps illuminating for viewers to see how they may differ. I hope they find that there isn’t much dissimilarity between the two
What are your favorite photo books? Josh Kirschenbaum, Dexter Manor, Seichi Furuya, Christine Furya-Gössler Mémoires, 1978-1985, Lee Friedlander, Maria
What was your first professional assignment? Levi’s Silvertab. Art Directed by Julian Quayle and styled by Nice Collective
What was your most challenging subject/job and why? Experiencing a reality and responsibility realignment- going from a production heavy and upbeat Nike job right into an emotionally challenging job sitting alone with an incapacitated stroke victim for Time Magazine
If you could photographer any subjects past or present what/who would they be? People- John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig; Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-n-Furter; The Muppets Puppeteers Places- Onkalo Nuclear Repository in Finland; Željava Space Program, (Former) Yugoslavia
If given the choice, film or digital? I’d shot professionally for 10 years on film and 8 years on digital. I will therefore revisit this question in two years for a balanced, informed answer! At the moment we are fortunate to still have a choice
What do you appreciate most about being a photographer? Giving voice, acuity, and dignity to subjects that might otherwise have gone amiss
If you were not a photographer what occupation would you have? Industrial Design
Do you have another creative outlet or talent? Ice Hockey. Apart from that I like to do what a lot of guys like to do which is build a lot of stuff
What was your childhood ambition? My childhood ambition was to one day have an adult ambition
Fondest memory? I was lucky to experience childhood before cell phones and the internet
Favorite joke? What do you call a Noi when he’s cold? A Chili Dog! (Elma invented this joke because Noi shivers all the time)
Opening song on your personal soundtrack? Harry Belafonte- Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Favorite movie? Betty Blue
Favorite city or place? San Francisco
Favorite types of food? Bosnian, Japanese, American, Mexican
Favorite way to spend a day off? Daytrips with my girlfriend Elma and dog Noi, and that can happen at any time in any town. The small towns in America are my favorite
Favorite Museums? Centre Pompidou, Paris; The National Gallery, London; I’institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
When did you begin this project and why? I started working on this project during the summer of 2011. I’ve always been interested in people who make things with their hands and I wanted to start documenting them. I was especially interested in people who make luxury goods by hand, they way it was done 100 years ago, or for motorcycles, 50 years ago.
Why is this subject interesting to you? its classic americana. The working man or woman that toils in their shop all day to make something incredibly beautiful. Who wouldn’t be interested in that?
What has been the most rewarding part a about shooting this body of work? Definitely meeting the craftspeople I photographed. These are some of the most interesting, hard working people I’ve ever met.
What was the last photo book you bought or was given to you? It was Stephen Shore’s American Surfaces. Chris Bradley gave it to me. What a fantastic book.
What was your first professional assignment? Oh man, I don’t remember honestly. I’m sure it was something for the weekly newspaper in Portland, Oregon. They hired me quite a bit when I was first starting out.
If you could photographer any person, place or thing (living or dead) what/who would it be? Oh man, I think I’d want to spend a few days with DeNiro with his blessing. He has an amazing face.
If given the choice, film or digital? Film, every single time.
Favorite technological advancement in photography? I’d have to say the low light abilities of digital cameras and how small and quiet they are getting.
What do you appreciate most about being a photographer? : The people I meet. I’m forced out of my comfort zone every day and I get to meet people I never would if I was a lawyer or something like that.
If you were not a photographer what occupation would you have? I probably would have gone to Med school. I like the idea of being able to help people.
Do you have another creative outlet or talent? Heh, nope, not a thing I’ve got cats.
What was your childhood ambition? I think I wanted to be a fireman.
Fondest memory? I have some memories from Big Sur with good friends that I cherish.
Favorite movie? Big Lebowski
Favorite city or place? New York!
Favorite restaurant or type of food? I know its absurd but I love a good slice of pizza more than anything else.
Favorite way to spend a day off? If I’ve been working a lot, sleeping with the cats. If I’m caught up on sleep I like to check out a museum and get some good food with friends and then maybe I’ll go see a show (music not musical)
Favorite museum? MOMA
When did you begin this project and why? I started the project in June of 2012. I’ve always been fascinated by old images of famous artists before they were famous so I wanted to see if I could photograph 100 artists that were hustling to make it through their art. It’s also a great excuse to spend the day with some super interesting people.
Why is this subject interesting to you? I think the body of work will be interesting to see as soon as it’s complete but I think that it will be more and more interesting as time goes by.
What has been the most rewarding part a about shooting this body of work? The most rewarding part has been the time it has allowed me to spend with these artists and the connections that I’ve made with them. It’s the only way I would have been allowed into Annie Monroe’s childhood bedroom or walked the Sunset Strip with Britt Warner or climbed barbed wire fences with Morgan Saylor.
What was the last photo book you bought or was given to you? I’ve collected books for years but have not bought anything for quite some time now. Motion pictures have been my inspiration over the last 2 or 3 years.
What was your first professional assignment? My first assignment was from the Chicago Tribune while I was a student at Western Kentucky University. I went into eastern Kentucky with a writer for a piece on coal mining.
What was your most unusual subject or job? DMX for Rolling Stone at 3 in the morning in Myrtle Beach SC. The shoot was so crazy that it was actually reported in the story.
If you could photograph any person, place or thing (living or dead) what/who would it be? I would love to spend the day with Johnny Cash on his farm. That would have been tremendous.
If given the choice, film or digital? Whatever works really. I’m a visual story teller. The camera is just a tool…like a shovel or a hammer. Whatever I need to tell my story is what I want.
Favorite technological advancement in photography? None
What do you appreciate most about being a photographer? The adventure for sure.
If you were not a photographer what occupation would you have? Writer
Do you have another creative outlet or talent? I play guitar and I’m writing my first documentary.
What was your proudest moment? Birth of my children.
What was your childhood ambition? To see the world.
Fondest memory? Large family gatherings in my grandmothers house.
Favorite joke? The one about the priest and the rabbi.
Opening song on your personal soundtrack? Led Zeppelin’s Trampled Under Foot.
Favorite movie? Field of Dreams
Favorite city or place? Manhattan Beach
Favorite restaurant or type of food? Cordele Recreational Parlor. The world’s best chili dogs, the coldest beer on the planet and where I realized the earth was not flat.
Favorite way to spend a day off? Throwing baseballs.
Favorite museum? The Vatican.
Project: Cedar Fair
When did you begin this project and why? On set of a commercial I was directing for cedar fair. We used high pressured air tubes to distort peoples faces. The idea was to visualize the feeling while on a roller coaster.
What was the last photo book you bought or was given to you? GRUNGE by Michael Lavine
What was your first professional assignment? Shooting an ad for a juice company which had a bunch of guys in riot gear surrounding the bottle.
What was your most unusual subject or job? I photographed a chimp in a karate dojo wearing a pilot hat that was eventually striped into the cockpit of a plane… that has to be up there. Best part was sitting on the floor at lunch watching him eat a big mac meal.
If you could photographer any person, place or thing (living or dead) what/who would it be? Tom Waits
If given the choice, film or digital? I’d like to say film to sound all ‘purist’ but if really given the choice I’d go digital.
Favorite technological advancement in photography? iPhone… I’ve always carried a camera with me and the iPhone is by far the most convenient one yet.
What do you appreciate most about being a photographer? The opportunity to meet people I would never have access to without it.
If you were not a photographer what occupation would you have? I would most likely still be working in the produce department… either that or a chef.
Do you have another creative outlet or talent? I find cooking is a great outlet.
What was your proudest moment? Becoming a father.
What was your childhood ambition? To become a professional skateboarder.
Fondest memory? Too many to choose from.
Opening song on your personal soundtrack? “Waiting room” by Fugazi
Favorite movie? High Fidelity is definitely in my top 5. and if you’ve seen it you will get that statement.
Favorite city or place? Mission B.C
Favorite restaurant or type of food? Vietnamese
Favorite way to spend a day off? Lying on the couch watching cartoons with my son.
Favorite museum? Louvre