This is a recent story I shot for St. Louis Magazine, about former Cardinal (that’s baseball Cardinal for you out-of-towners) Chris Duncan, who had a brain tumor removed last fall. Tech secrets: this was completely available light. Controlled available light.

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What do you get when you cross a roller derby girl, an indie pro-wrestling heavyweight champion, a hard rocker, banjo player, rapper, five microbrewery owners and brewmasters, and a hula hoop?

I don’t know, but it sounds like a hell of a time.

We recently wrapped up an intensely fun project for KDHX Community Radio, the results of which are getting a little press and recognition around town, due mostly to the fact that said results are a series of six billboards sprinkled strategically along St. Louis highways. The other reason they’re getting attention, I think, is because this project was that rare and perfect trifecta of adventurous client + excellent design + creative concept. You need all three, but you never have all three. Almost never.

Press and recognition, part one: Riverfront Times piece about the billboards – here.

Press and recognition, part two: Write-up on the St. Louis Egotist (yessss) – here.

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Somewhere in Connecticut, March 2010

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Jackie, August 2011

Sigh. It’s hard being married to a photographer. So much waiting. So boring.

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Wherein your humble narrator employs sarcasm and derision to drive home an important photographic concept to his pupil.

Why didn’t anyone tell me I was such an a**hole.

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In the midst of a portfolio overhaul, and I’m coming across some pieces I had never gotten around to showing. It’s so hard to keep up with both shooting and production – on any given morning I never know which thing to work on. So then I check my email a few hundred times.

Deer Skeleton, Connecticut, 2010

As always on this blog, click on the image for a larger version. I mean, you know, if you feel like it. No pressure or anything. No, I mean just if you want. You know what, fine. Don’t click on it. No, don’t do it, I don’t even want you to do it anymore. Forget it.

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Don and Helen have been married for 67 years.

67 years. Can you imagine? That means they got married during World War II. Not born, but MARRIED. Don is 88 and Helen is 87. He doesn’t hear too well, and her knees are pretty bad. I just hope my life looks like theirs in my late eighties. Still stealing kisses. Still sitting next to my sweetheart. We won’t all be so lucky.

Don & Helen, September 2011

Don and Helen live at The Sarah Community, a retirement home for senior Catholic sisters that also serves the public. I made these portraits for The Sarah Community’s “Chapel Campaign” after being hired by the unique talents at Almanac, who designed the print brochure (see below). Photographing the aged is something special – I actually really enjoy it. There’s so much accumulated experience there, so much life, I feel like maybe I can soak up some of the wisdom just by proximity. And they’re usually enthusiastic, grateful to be involved, patient.

Sister Joleen is 99 years old and she tells better jokes than you.

Sister Joleen

Sister Antonice was a school teacher for 59 years – she said she misses the kids every day.

Sister Antonice

Sister Sarah showed me a professional beauty shot she had done a few, or more likely kind of a lot of, years ago. Wowie.

Sister Sarah

Here’s a portion of the printed piece by Almanac:

Sarah Community Chapel Campaign, Cover

I'm so glad the kiss made the final cut.

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Right, see, this is what I was talking about.  My talented colleague and pal Bill Sawalich (here) fixed up the winter photograph from my last post. Much better, Bill, thanks. You really know how to bling it.

Just Put A Little HDR On It

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Now that we’re supposedly settling into the long haul of winter, and it’s 56 degrees and sunny outside right now, I thought I’d share this architectural shot I did for my best hospital client. (Mwah! You know who you are.) It’s tough to make a hospital look pretty, even when it has lovely landscaping, but this gets close. A little HDR action here (that’s High Dynamic Range: pulls detail back into shadows and highlights), which is atypical of my work, but I still do it manually, and very very sparingly. I want it to look like a photograph, rather than, you know, vomit.

A Nice Hospital, January 2011.

Humor me here, just do a quick Google Image search for “HDR”.   See? Tell me about your favorites.

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The escape artist.

Jupiter behind glass, September 2011

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