Production Shot - (Joan Powers portrait session)

These are some of the production shots taken during my portrait session with photographer Joan Powers. This will be one of the last portraits I’ll be taking for the end of my series, Portraits of Photographers. 

I’ll be trying to make a blog post every Friday at 5pm, so keep a look out for the final portrait of Joan next Friday. 

What’s been on my mind…

Most of what I post on this blog are old photographs. It may come off as if I haven’t been doing much, haven’t gone anywhere, or have gotten lazy. 

About 5 or so months ago, I decided in a change of direction for my work. This was met with skepticism, intrigue, and anger from peers and close friends. I would love to say what the change is, but that wont be revealed for some time, which is very disappointing. The one thing that is truly difficult is the waiting. This process seems to take quite a bit of time, which is hard to get used to. 

So it may seem like I haven’t been doing much, but in fact, I am busy working on a very ambitious project. I’m very excited to reveal what it is, when it’s ready. 

But in some photography related news, I’ll be starting a new photography series this summer. This will be very different than any of my previous work. The series will be updated regularly on this blog, throughout the summer.

(What I’m watching right now: Secret Sunshine: Directed by Lee Chang-dong)

I’m not Melissa Butler, she is. 

I’m very excited to show one of Melissa Butler’s photographs from her new series, “Carousel.” Melissa Butler is a Fine Arts photographer and just re-launched her website with a bunch of new content. Check it out at:

Updates to her website:

- New images from her series “Slow Wave

- New series entitled “Central Park" (Some of these images were featured in Aperture Foundation’s Gallery in NYC)

- New series entitled “Carousel

- New series entitled “Gone, Still

She also shoots strictly 4x5, which is very cool! You can keep up with whatever she’s doing at her BLOG.

The End of Portraits of Photographers - Pt. 1 (Joan Powers)

When learning a craft, it’s always good to have someone there to challenge you as you learn, whether it’s in your approach, views, or personal beliefs.  Joan Powers was the person who challenged me as I learned photography.  Joan is a well established photographer, having had work shown in galleries from NYC to Italy.  She is also the head of Long Island University’s photography department. 

In my early years of studying photography and being quite stubborn, I constantly clashed with Joan in the classroom.  However, I very slowly learned that her challenging me is what made me grow and learn as a photographer.  I had the chance to meet with her again at her home in Queens for a short portrait session with her.  It’s funny how you can go from arguing with someone in a classroom to having a casual dinner and catching up on life. 

To see Joan’s work, check out her website.


Since everyone gave me plenty of films to check out, I figured I’d do the same for you guys. Though I have more than 10, here’s my top 10 list of films I suggest everyone to check out. 

10 - Red Road: (Andrea Arnold, 2006) Incredibly haunting, all that needs to be said.  

9 - Blow Out: (Brian De Palma, 1981) This film is a perfect example of why I love thrillers. The ending was perfect. 

8 - Shaun of the Dead: (Edgar Wright, 2004)  I can’t sit here and not mention this one. I’ve seen this countless amount of times and it never gets old - I don’t know why. 

7 - The Thing: (John Carpenter, 1982) This is the 1982 version, not the prequel that came out last year. 

6 - Videodrome: (David Cronenberg, 1983) I’m a huge Cronenberg fan. Videodrome is one I would suggest multiple viewings of. 

5 - Cronos: (Guillermo del Toro, 1993) Seeing Pan’s Labyrinth in high school changed my perception of movies. Instead of just being there for the sake of entertainment and popcorn, there was something more to movies, something to learn, discover, feel - Cronos is a way to see where it all began for director Guillermo del Toro and to be able to dive into another one of the worlds he has created. 

4 - I’m the Angel of Death: Pusher III: (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2005) For the many fans of Drive, I would suggest taking a look at the Pusher trilogy. You don’t necessarily have to see all of them to see this one because they’re not direct sequels, but you should see all three. Alright now I’m telling you to see all three. 

3 - Dead Ringers: (David Cronenberg, 1988) I mentioned I was a Cronenberg fan. 

2 - Alien: (Ridley Scott, 1979) This one should really be #1 because it will forever be my favorite film of all time. Oh and “Prometheus” is coming out this summer, so if you haven’t seen Alien, do it before you see Prometheus. 

1 - Shame: (Steve McQueen, 2011) I was blown away by this film. It’s my #1 suggestion because It’s right up there as one of my favorite films of all time. 

Thanks again, this was a fun little experiment. 

Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience

I watched this the other day and this still really stuck with me.

Finding out that Sasha Grey, who plays the main character of the film, was a porn star made me a bit weary to see this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. One of the very few times I’ve ever started a movie over after the first viewing. 

What movie would you suggest for me to see?

Help further my personal cinema education by recommending a film for me to watch. Do you have a favorite film? Director? Send me an ask and I’ll give it a try if I haven’t seen it yet! 

You can recommend me anything, so don’t be shy. 

I’ll most likely publish user recommendations I get for everyone to check out. 

What would you like to see on this blog?

The title says it all. I would like to post more often, so I’m curious, what are the kinds of things you would like me to blog about? Previews of projects? What inspires me? What my peers are working on? Stories behind photographs? Stuff other than photography? Feel free to let me know below.

Production Shot - (The End of Portraits of Photographers Pt. 2)

Next Friday at 5PM I’ll be posting the last image from my series, Portraits of Photographers. In the meantime check out some production shots from a couple of the set ups we did that day.

Print trade with photographer Chris Buck

A couple of months back I was flattered and very excited to have a print trade with photographer Chris Buck. I’m still trying to find the perfect frame for this print. 

One of the first posts I made on this blog was about my portrait of Chris Buck. I wrote a little something about my session with him and how much I love his portrait of Chris Farley. 

As for the print he got from me…Click the LINK, it’s the photo on the left.