I had the pleasure of photographing Michele and Jim Ostlund in their studio space on the island for the July issue of Asheville Made Magazine.Read More
I got a new HUGE softbox for my studio yesterday and had to test it out.Read More
My first trip to IsrealRead More
When I first entered the home of Dr. Charles Quarles in Forest City, NC it was rather unassuming. From the outside it was just another ordinary ranch style home on a long suburban street. The first floor was carefully decorated with antique furniture, landscape paintings are hung on the wall and I could hear I Love Lucy playing on the TV in the kitchen. Then Mr. Quarles invited me downstairs and things quickly become out of the ordinary.Read More
I met George as he was working on horses in a barn near my where my parents live in North Salem NY.Read More
I spent a sunrise in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains standing on a pile of rotting food.Read More
This past month I shot a story for the Mountain Xpress Newspaper on the racial achievement gap in Asheville, NC pubic schools.Read More
Last night I went to my first ever rodeo in Asheville, NC.Read More
Habitat Brewing in Asheville, NC for the Mountain Xpress NewspaperRead More
Inkwell Press is an Asheville, NC based company that creates beautiful organizational products to help its customers feel empowered, prepared, and successful. I worked with Inkwell Press back in the summer of 2016 to produce a commercial video for their product release at the time (video below). Reccently they hired me again to shoot portraiture for their latest project a podcast called "Productivity Paradox".Read More
Leslie and Mondo came down to Asheville from Baltimore for a weekend vacation and while here hired me for a little portrait session downtown.Read More
Friday afternoon in Baltimore with Moses.Read More
I was super excited to see my image in the Mountain Xpress, an Asheville, NC based newspaper yesterday! The photograph is of world class aerial and pole artist Waverley Jones in her new aerial arts studio Empyrean Arts in Asheville. My good friend and talented writer, Eliza Stokes wrote the article. Can't wait to collaborate with Eliza on more projects in the future.
Interview with Kam Franklin, lead singer of the Houston, Texas based band The Suffers on 7/23/16 at The Newport Folk Festival.
Q: How did you get started in music?
A: “I started playing when I was 5 years old in the Baptist churches back in Houston, and I started performing in bands in high school. I’ve been performing ever since.”
Q: Has there been an evolution of the genre of music you’re attracted to?
A: “ I think its constantly evolving. I started doing gospel music, but I got into soul and hip-hop and then, in high school, ska and punk and reggae. As I’ve gotten older it’s everything from traditional country to traditional pop, classical jazz, everything.“
Q: Have you always known you’d be a professional musician? Ever since you were 5 years old singing in those churches?
A: “ Yeah I think I’ve always known it would be what I did. I just didn’t know in what capacity. When you grow up seeing people on TV thinking, ok yeah I’ll be Janet Jackson too, I’ll be Madonna too, and now I don’t think that’s the direction I want to go. But if I could have a career like Mavis or like Gladys Knight I’d be eternally happy. “
Q: So, what’s next for you?
A: “Well… I want to travel the world with my band; I want to release our next record, and just to do this fulltime forever. This is our second year touring fulltime. While it gets discouraging sometimes because of the way we have to do it (Everything we do is pretty much independent), it is extremely rewarding and I just really look forward to all the adventures we have coming up together.”
Q: So, you really like the traveling aspect of it?
A: “I love the travelling aspect of it! I get to see things that I never-ever thought I’d get to see, and I learn to appreciate the United States in a way that I never used to. I used to almost fantasize about so many other countries because the way that they advertise the beauty. But some the most beautiful things I’ve seen have been right here in the US.
Q: What are some of your musical influences?
A: Well I already mentioned Gladys Knight, to Betty Wright, to Dolly Parton, George Jones, Prince, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross. Its pretty all over the place, but at the same time all those artists I mentioned are artists that have stepped out of their boxes a lot. Like Dolly has done full on gospel records, and a few weird blues records, but most people only know her for the country stuff. Same with Prince, all over the place. But it’s because as an artist I don’t think you should be labeled by that first genre you come out with. You should be allowed to evolve. It gets boring if you don’t, and I’m not here to be boring.”
Q: Have you performed at Newport before?
A: “Yes. Last year we performed on the fort stage and this year my band went home to Houston yesterday and I’m sitting in where I fit in.”
Q: As an artist, how does Newport differ from other festivals and venues?
A: “As an artist, especially from playing last year, Newport was the first festival that ever treated us with an extreme amount of respect. There were no class systems. Like, nobody had private anything. When you go to the artist’s area everybody is out there. There’s no, oh you’re at the top of the poster so you’re going to be over here, and you’re at the bottom so you have to stay over here. No, there’s none of that.
If you’re there it’s because you deserve to be here. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing it or how good or bad you are. It’s because somebody believed in you enough to say that you should play here. And for us, last year being our first year touring, that meant everything to us, so I’ll always respect and appreciate that.”
Freaks and Geeks Tattoo Sideshow, Asheville, NC 2016Read More
Austin, Texas 2016
Model: Briana Palacios
I was digging through my archives today and came across this image of my good friend and documentary filmmaker Tarek Turkey. It is from back in 2013 when Tarek and I took a trip up to NYC from Baltimore for fall break and I shot my first roll of 120 film. It was a roll of Kodak Portra 400 on my mom's Hasselbald 500c/m (the same model camera that first went to the moon in 1969). Despite it being 3 years since then, it still totally holds up to anything I would make now. Its really rare for me to feel this way about my old work. I guess I just love this image.