Fartbarf – Mon Keys in LA

  Gentles Readers, I really don’t know if the man-ape in today’s photograph above is Dan, Josh or Brian. And that’s kind of the point. I photographed Fartbarf in their analogue post-neanderthal glory last July. But Dan, Josh and Brian do put on one hell of a show, pre-digital and completely anonymous. Nothing but analogue …

Photo Daily: Jillian Ann Grand Piano Portrait

  I’ve known Jillian Ann for about 14 years now. I met her when she was using her modeling to pay for her music gear. You see, while she loved being in front of the camera, music was always her predominant passion. It still is. A few years ago while we were collaborating on some art and …

Photo Daily: Jillian Ann Dancing Outside the Lines

  Jillian Ann and I have been making art together for about 13 years now. I’d have to say we both grew as artists during that time. It’s been a lovely collaboration. She’s always been a fearless and inspiring muse. She also taught me to maneuver the delicate balance of making sure the lure of mainstream …

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 …

The Embarrassment of Photography Riches Week

It seems like everything is arriving late in Chicago this year. We’re all still wondering if we’re done with rainy 50 degree days yet and it’s mid June. And I finally got a few days of freedom for the first time in I can’t remember how long. My Memorial Day Holiday had to wait until …

Billy Sheahan January 2009 Postcard

My parents are very private people. Bill and Mary come from a time when you work hard and do your best and things usually work out. I don’t fall far from the tree when it comes to my own ethics. As is the circle of life, when you get up there in years, life can …

Photographing the music of ARIISK

I’ve always enjoyed photographing live music. I used to play in bands back in the day so I feel a certain connection to music. Last night I was invited to photograph ARIISK as they were performing some new material at a great local lounge. ARIISK sounds to me like so many things I never thought …