Ivory Flame – Wistful Enigma

  Ivory Flame – Wistful Enigma~ My series of recent blogs about my favorite photographs I’ve made since arriving in LA last year continues today, Gentle Readers, with another collaboration with Ivory Flame. During a break in shooting, this was an image, in the course of our back of the camera review, that she and …

Ivory Flame – Resilience Ascending

I photographed the lovely and emotive UK-based Ivory Flame in Los Angeles in late 2016. It was my first time collaborating with Ivory and I can describe our wonderful creating simply as, just playing in the light. In this photograph, she conveys her natural state of elegance, optimism and strength, with a nod to Old Hollywood beauty.

Christian – Hands that Hide

Hands that Hide I really didn’t understand until the midway point of my shoot with Christian, but it was to become one of the more profound shoots I experienced in some time. As my alert Gentle Readers will have noted, I photograph a lot of women. Not exclusively, but pretty damn near. Before Christian, it …

Photo Daily: End of the Line

  The light was really incredible the day I made these photos in that old Santa Fe rail yard. The sun was low in the sky, but oh so powerful. The sky was the deepest of blues. And when I made the B&W conversions of these photographs, it very nearly looks like night. Very dramatic. …

Photo Daily: Clouds, Towers and L Train

  I was walking back to the studio the other evening at the end of a very long and busy week. Completely cashed. But you know, the world around us has a way of making all of that melt away with its beauty sometimes. Awe has a way of lifting us up when it seems …

Photo Daily: Magritte Holds Court

  Anything new or different can be shocking to the senses. In life and in the art world. It’s hard to imagine what the first viewers of René Magritte’s work between 1926 and 1938 must have felt discovering this inventive and experimental period of his work. Picasso and other surrealist artists of the era had …

The Inspiration Folder – Magical Sharing that Keeps Giving

Working in the Creative Industry is a lovely, wonderful, amazing, horrible, maddening thing. Just like art. When we’re lucky enough to be making something for ourselves or a client that truly resonates with who we are and what we stand for as artists, it’s nothing short of bliss. As much as is possible, I try …

How it Used to Be vs. Where it’s Going: On Being an Artist… Today

I watched an excellent film today called Pause Press Play. Great documentary on the current state of creating and consuming art and the implications for the future. If you’re an artist, you should watch it. Yesterday, I watched a thought provoking presentation on TED by Larry Lessig called Laws that Choke Creativity. They both, in …

Michelangelo Pays a Visit to the Chicago Sky

I love walking through my home city of Chicago. It’s a time to think. Observe. Be inspired. And some walks are more inspiring than others. As I walked back to my studio late yesterday afternoon, there was a report of a large storm getting ready to roll through Chicago later that evening. The sun began to …

Screw Smelling the Roses, but Remembering to Stop Anyway

I forget to stop. I’m not really sure why I’m wired that way. Maybe it was the way I was brought up. Maybe I’m trying to prove something to myself. My friends tease me about how many hours I work in any given day. It’s true. They’re right. I do work too much. I do …