Learning to Fly (2012)
I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings.
Coming down is the hardest thing.
—from Learning to Fly, Tom Petty, 1991
The Dark Forts (2013)
Just another day with Celeste in an Icelandic lava-field next to an active volcano. Ho hum.
She and I are taking a group of photographers back in June, and we still have openings. We’ll also have Ginger Pixie and Tricia Mack. Iceland is rich in scenery such as this, and all three models are capable posers even in tough arctic weather. All the details are on my website, please let me know if you’re interested!
Here’s an untitled portrait of a model wondering why Daylight Savings Time makes any sense in our 24-hour world.
There’s no answer up there, Bambi. Nice pose though.
I sometimes struggle with naming my images. When this cow came to me in a dream (in miniature form) and insisted that I know her name is Walter, I took that as a sign.
Celeste, well, she’s in everybody’s dreams. Especially Walter’s.
Feed the Tree (2009)
Take your hat off, boy,
When you’re talkin’ to me
And be there when I feed the tree.
—from Feed the Tree, Belly, 1993
This photo was featured as a finalist in the 6th Black and White Spider Awards, and later published in Black and White Magazine.
My Head is an Animal (2014)
Some days I don’t know if I’m wrong or right,
"Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear."
Don’t listen to a word I say,
The screams all sound the same.
Though the truth may vary,
This ship will carry our bodies straight to shore.
—from Little Talks, Of Monsters and Men (My Head is an Animal album), 2011
Stella Blue (2012)
When you hear that song
Come cryin’ like the wind,
It seems like all this life was just a dream.
—from Stella Blue, Hunter and Garcia, 1970
There’s a Girl on that Rock and She’s Naked! (2010)
Titled by a trash collector at a state park in Utah, shortly before we hurried out of there. He seemed to find Trishii to be very threatening.
Monster Truck (2013)
I’m just tryin’ to get from here to there,
Swear to the Lord I treat everybody fair.
I don’t want no sympathy,
A shake, a “howdy”, or a cup of tea.
That’s my state of mind right now, I think I’ll go out and eat a cow.
That’s the truth as I know it to be, here in the Land of the Free.
And if you don’t like it you can kiss my ass
‘Cause I drive a monster truck.
—from Monster Truck, Ramsay Midwood, 2002
My wife always says she has no idea from where I get my titles. This title won’t help that matter much. But I like Ramsay Midwood, and his operation has the same spirit as mine.
I think my friend Ginger Pixie's operation runs a lot like that too :) She's moving soon to the Land of the Free, and I'll miss her.
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