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halloween 2013

When my 27 year old says it was the best Halloween ever, that means something!

I don’t think we’ve ever laughed as hard as we did Thursday night. Halloween is the only day of the year that collectively we are free to be whatever we want. I chose to be the antithesis of myself, someone that i thought i knew. Yes there were handcuffs involved. I had no intention to put the cuffs on (since i could not locate the key), but being a photographer – a photo was necessary. The sound was disturbingly quiet, when i accidentally closed them on my wrist. 6pm on Halloween night; surely the Webster police department would help. Instead – although at first they seemed slightly amused, they had one option to try – their standard key (which did not work) and nothing else. We walked next door to the fire house. These guys are true rock stars! Not only did they laugh WITH us, they all worked together to solve my dilemma. First attempting a diamond blade ring cutter, then a hack saw, bolt cutters and then (the winner) a small Allen wrench to pick the lock.

What is it about firemen and women? Those who have chosen to risk their lives to help their community. my panic was not smokey or life threatening, but these men remained persistent, resourceful AND respectful. Thank you to a wonderful team of warriors for saving my night!

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emily Doe

Photographer

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Kevin Doe

CEO

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Ema Doe

Strategist

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Ben Deo

Manager

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John Doe

Web Designer

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more sins

honored that this is one of the images chosen for an upcoming Art St. Louis show “Good and Evil”.

from the series ‘Sins of the Father’, Home Coming (below) and Countless are explorations of lies and betrayal. Predators and psychopaths hide in plain view; they are husbands, neighbors, employers, priests and sometimes even muses grinding up lives.

from the series 'sins of the father' home coming

Opening Reception Saturday, September 27, 6-8 p.m.

Art Saint Louis
1223 Pine Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

artist statement – still lives

polymorphic portraits of personal objects

this work was originally inspired by Georges Braque’s still life paintings.

“In tactile space you measure the distance separating you from the object, whereas in visual space you measure the distance separating things from each other.” Georges Braque, quote on his still lifes and the aspect of space in it: “Braque”, Edwin Mullins, Thames and Hudson, London 1968, p. 41

our stories and our possessions bare meaning, “Still Lives” attempts to blur lines between memories, remembrances and character. on the surface this collection represents owned objects, but it is more about one interpretation of personal stories and history. these photographs are intimate glimpses into what objects individuals cherish, whether they explain reasons for actions …

allow them to tell you about individual lives.

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halloween 2013

When my 27 year old says it was the best Halloween ever, that means something!

I don’t think we’ve ever laughed as hard as we did Thursday night. Halloween is the only day of the year that collectively we are free to be whatever we want. I chose to be the antithesis of myself, someone that i thought i knew. Yes there were handcuffs involved. I had no intention to put the cuffs on (since i could not locate the key), but being a photographer – a photo was necessary. The sound was disturbingly quiet, when i accidentally closed them on my wrist. 6pm on Halloween night; surely the Webster police department would help. Instead – although at first they seemed slightly amused, they had one option to try – their standard key (which did not work) and nothing else. We walked next door to the fire house. These guys are true rock stars! Not only did they laugh WITH us, they all worked together to solve my dilemma. First attempting a diamond blade ring cutter, then a hack saw, bolt cutters and then (the winner) a small Allen wrench to pick the lock.

What is it about firemen and women? Those who have chosen to risk their lives to help their community. my panic was not smokey or life threatening, but these men remained persistent, resourceful AND respectful. Thank you to a wonderful team of warriors for saving my night!

————

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Random thoughts on being a photographer

amateur – derived form the Latin, amre, to love.

how do you take the step from being an amateur button pushing photographer and build a successful career?

  • first; photography IS about light. if you don’t know how to control it or translate it’s capture, then stay with your love, but do not call yourself a professional photographer.
  • equipment; sure good glass is wonderful, but then so are plastic ones and phones too.
  • network; friends are much easier to work with than strangers. take initiative, enjoy your community – network.
  • vision: you are what you shoot. make choices about the way you see images. you MUST be true to your vision!

“No matter how much crap you gotta plow through to stay alive as a photographer, no matter how many bad assignments, bad days, bad clients, snotty subjects, obnoxious handlers, wigged-out art directors, technical disasters, failures of the mind, body, and will, all the shouldas, couldas, and wouldas that befuddle our brains and creep into our dreams, always remember to make room to shoot what you love. It’s the only way to keep your heart beating as a photographer.”
~ Joe McNally, The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters

the sounds of life

most of us never think about hearing, until as we grow older, some start asking people to repeat their statements. i think that today my hearing is just fine, but maybe i’m missing something.

i visit my mother every Saturday. we sit and talk about the previous weeks events, upcoming events, family and life. while it may seem like an obligation, i look forward to our conversations. last weekend she informed me that she was going to “spend my inheritance.” she had researched and was going to get hearing aids. i was a bit surprised, since she seemed to have no problem hearing me. her turning point was a guest minister at her church who’s tone was so low that she did not hear one word!

yesterday as i sat down at her kitchen table, she asked if i noticed anything different. looking around the room … no new refrigerator, nothing looked out of place. her pride was evident, pulling out the high tech, rechargeable, programmable aids. Marian knows what she wants in life. at 87, and in good health, she wants to keep moving, she want to share stories with friends and family, and she wanted to hear her world.

i was thinking about her when i woke up this morning, when the phone rang. she sounded like a child reporting things she realized she had not been hearing for years: the baritone behind her in church, the car turn signal, her footfalls, and best, she sat giggling at hearing her own pee.

don’t miss a thing – enjoy all the sights and sounds in your life.
mom, you go girl!

the sins of the father

Biblical or Shakespearean? i’ll quote from Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice – Act III. Scene V. (Launcelot):

Yes, truly, for look you, the sins of the father are to be laid upon the children. Therefore I promise ye I fear you. I was always plain with you, and so now I speak my agitation of the matter. Therefore be o’ good cheer, for truly I think you are damned. There is but one hope in it that can do you any good, and that is but a kind of bastard hope neither.

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white lies

“White lies are like the gateway drug to bigger offenses. Get away with them and you’re tempted to tell ever bigger ones. Eventually, your lies will catch up with you and will damage your relationships with clients, vendors, and employees. … it’s not a risk you should be willing to take.”
How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK: A Biblical Blueprint to Bless Your Business ~ Dave Anderson

today’s life lesson

Someone once said – “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” ~ thanks Paul MacFarlane @prohumanbeing (i needed that reminder)

Forward Investing

I am not wealthy, nor am I anywhere near poverty. Though I have not always done the wisest things with my expendable cash, I do have some long range plans for investing.

When I started my first company, at the peak of the 80’s recession, I did not take home a pay check for the first 10 months. It wasn’t because the cash flow was weak. In those days clients always paid within 30 day. Our billing at the time exceeded our projections. Every dollar of profit was re-invested in equipment.

In those pre-digital days we weren’t dealing with computers or software, and we opted for basic large format cameras, studio monopods built by a machinist friend and used strobe systems, but we did invest in some of the finest lenses on the market.

Glass is an amazing element. Glass has been manufactured for human use since 12,000 BC. It is not a solid, not a gas, and not quite a liquid either. Generally, it is classified as a rigid liquid, or is it an amorphous solid? At the heart of our investment choice was quality. The parallel is your view through any Plexiglas, compared with crystal. For film photographers the bottom line on quality has always been driven by the lens choice.

Today, as we deal with digital technology, life has become a bit more complicated. While lens quality is still on the front line, the constant need for investing in computers, memory, software and storage is key to forward investing. I still shoot with lenses purchased in 1982. But I doubt that I could even count the number of computers that I have recycled since my first Performa. My outside computer consultant has rightfully recommended purchasing a new iMac every 3 years. Today’s low end iMac model is 4 times faster and 1/6th the price of my 3 year old Mac Pro.

Modern photography is proof of Moore’s Law:

The prediction by Gordon Moore (co-founder of the Intel Corporation) that the number of transistors on a microprocessor would double periodically (approximately every 18 months).*

I’m not suggesting on jumping on the latest releases of hardware or software. We all know that many things need more beta testing then release dates allow. I am a firm believer in growing with proven technology.

I am only slightly insulted when people talk to me about photo “toys”. The tools that I invest in are mandatory for the quality of the end results that I require. I’ve been on photo shoots when equipment fails, it’s frustrating and embarrassing. I don’t pack for a shoot with one camera, or one lens, why would I pack only one computer. It has always been about preparation, in and out of the studio. I like problem solving, not failure.

Anyone in business today had better have a plan for re-investing. Good corporate governance is more than gathering the right team for production, and more than payroll, it about investing in people, their knowledge and skills, and the tools to keep them efficient and able to deliver the quality that exceed client expectations. When the worker bees labor over the details, the person in the corner office can afford to miss a pay check (or three). It’s about commitment to quality and investing forward.

Photography

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I knew that i was going to be a photographer – since i was 10 years old. my vision is going beyond mastery of the medium and cultivating improvisation, self-expression and defining communication.

Web Programming

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A distant memory of my first access to a computer was in junior high school, a dark closet with punch cards. It must have been Cobol, but all i can remember is typing <ENTER>. Somewhere along the way I found an outlet for problem solving.

Print Design

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I love to journey side by side with clients to bridge the gap between creativity and strategic business outcomes. I see all projects as journeys in visual communication.

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Volney Palmer opened the first advertising agency in Philadelphia in 1841

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There are 12 Hasselblad cameras on the surface of the moon.

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My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye

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Rhein II by Andreas Gursky sold in 2011 for $4.3 million.

pinhole camera

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The first pinhole camera principles were documented by Chinese philosopher Mozi in the 400 BC