Darrick Mailman (yes, this is his real name). He was a Canadian WWOOFer who had been living at the winery with his girlfriend (now fiance I believe) for two months. He had been up to his knees in mud in the new cellar laying drainage pipe for a few days. Good dude.
Back in December, I photographed doomsday prepper Braxton Southwick at his home in Salt Lake City for Men’s Journal. I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into this assignment but it turns out he was a totally normal(ish) suburban dad with a family and a stockpile of assault weapons and food in his basement. I have also never ever had any photo subject as down to try crazy ideas as this guy. We did this shoot the day before newtown and there were tons of guns in every photo and it seemed like it would be in poor taste to use them at the time so I was glad that we shot these ridiculous cup o noodle photos…
Al Avery in Yellowstone National Park for The New York Times Magazine.
I spent three beautiful days in Yellowstone National park photographing people camping/enjoying the park. I think they call this a “dream assignment” in the biz. Big slideshow here. Out in tomorrow’s print edition.