Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Shariff Simmons



This past week I had the privilege to photograph an amazing man, an amazing talent. Few who meet Shariff aren't completely blown away by his charisma and intellect. I think that it is rare in life to meet someone who is so inspiring, so profound and so genuine.. and I consider myself fortunate to have been able to work with him on his new album, "American Music" (which will be released in January 09). 

For the photoshoot, we had access to several hundred vintage cars.. Sharrif and I chose a red 1931 LaSalle Convertible... it was amazing! For the image above, we put all of the guys that played on the album in the convertible and I got on a lift about 20 feet up to photograph.  Although I am nowhere near done with his album layout, here are a few working shots for the cover and insert... Hope you like!

For more on Shariff, check out:

http://www.myspace.com/shariffsimmons

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Aesthetic


So..... for a long time I've really been drawn to this particular aesthetic... and although I've spent considerable time trying to figure out how to achieve it, I haven't really had success..... until last night! In an effort to keep friends and family abreast of my endeavors in the photographic medium (which is generally the purpose of this blog).. I thought I would post my first experiment that I think will spawn my next body of work.  Let me know what you think!

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