Archive for August, 2010

Empire State Games

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

I recently ran into my old coach from High School, Rod Mergardt.  He is now 70-years-old and still diving.  Every year he begins training on Memorial Day for the Empire State Games in late July.  I asked if I could follow his progress, and from then on, I’ve been meeting him at the pool for practices and went with him to the Games.  The woman pictured took up diving at the age of 67; the pole-vaulter is 80.  That’s right – 80-years-old and pole-vaulting!

The senior athletes, called “Masters,” are an incredibly inspiring group.  When I first heard the story from my coach about what he was doing, I thought, “Here is a man that is living well and enjoying his life at 70.”  These are the types of people I enjoy photographing.  If I can cause one person to stop and consider, to appreciate life, I feel rewarded.

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Because it doesn’t get any more random…

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

We recently set out on a completely unique assignment to photograph some very interesting people. The nature of the assignment at this point in time needs to remain under wraps, but I can share one of the most random thank you notes I have ever received. It is certainly going in a frame on our wall of random assignment memorabilia.

karlroveNow if that is not enough for you, how about a dog that surfs! We recently went to Hawaii to photograph Bugsy, the surfing pug, for a Reader’s Digest cover. It was great assignment, to say the least. It was pretty amusing chasing this dog around Waikiki.

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The past six weeks have been very rough with a ton of travel, including trips to NYC, Chicago, DC, Dallas, SF, and Beijing. This past week we were able to stay in San Diego and shoot a piece for Newcastle Brown Ale. Nice staying local for a change.

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Paws Up Montana

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots from an amazing shoot in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana for Paws Up Resort.  Thanks to my great crew and 28 mules that helped schlep our gear.  More photos and video coming soon!

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A Prairie Wanderer in Search of the Human Touch

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

How cool is this…Dave Jordano’s fine art series, “Prairieland,” was featured in the New York Times photography blog, LENS. Check the article out here.

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