The Blu Koi series was inspired by an old film process we used when designing record covers. The art director wanted to maintain the Asian theme connecting to the restaurant but also convey the concept of playfulness through caricature. Hope you enjoy.....
"Birds of a Feather" started as a wet-plate tintype exploration for an intimate gallery show. The finished images were eventually mounted onto a rustic abandoned birdhouse we found on our back property.
10 Barrel is a component of a small niche craft brewer, which is a bigger part of the Northwest Craft brewers movement. I was inspired by their concept of brewing! Cheers!
This series was a project that comes around once in a lifetime. I was very fortunate to have collaborated with such a great creative friend Jeremy Ragonese (who really runs Boulevard Brewing, K.C. in my opinion!). It was luck and being in the right place at the right time, with the right eye.
This unique chapter was one of my first assignments, having moved to K.C. from L.A. We applied an uncommon process of mixing digital with wet-plate. It became a style that I would continue to explore because of its depth, contrasting with most of the work out there becoming progressively bland and singularly digital. All the set ups and scenes were major productions -- very much like the days of the record business where "concept was king". Concurrently, this was a time when the craft brewers were slowly squeezing the large beer conglomerates for a piece of the beer-drinking audience. This was a monumental project, enough that I could go into lengthy detail, but you'll probably enjoy the whimsical visuals more! Cheers!
This City Wine Market series is quite special to me because of its conceptual and theatrical nature. The client let me run with my own ideas, and, as with most of my wet-plate work, I try to push the boundaries of the conventional . The series was inspired by old 1930's silent cinema verite films.
Fun Fact: my wife was the patient model in all of these scenes! I am a lucky guy!
The Filling Station is a great hang out in Kansas City and, notably, the first place in the studio neighborhood to feature a really cool vegetarian menu for lunch.
They have a nice business model where they placed their coffee house in a great retro gas station. I tailored the imagery to reinforce this look. Hope you enjoy.!
Little Apple is a small hole in the wall brew pub that has great local beers. We would often stop in after a long hot day shooting on location.
Lots of concepts for this project came to mind, be it N.Y. or Manhattan, Kansas. The memorable idea that stood out to me and sparked this concept, was the story of "William Tell."
This series Lucky Brewgrille "Be Lucky" was a piece that was done for promotional purposes for the brewpub. I have a strong passion for the vintage and unconventional film processes. Wet-plate continually tends to creep into all aspects of my work. Additionally, this concept features another retro aspect and the play between male and female as a story line.
CCP is very large corporation which houses many big companies under its umbrella. The art director aimed to portray the workers in a proud teamwork-centered environment. We ended up casting models to be the workers for the final session. We produced this project intentionally on Fuji film then desaturated in post-production, which resulted in a different quality than what Photoshop produces. Good fun!
The Roasterie is a fun piece in which I feel the post production from the art director really left a great mark on the series. Also, we were really excited to be able to produce the project on our own land at the time. The absurd is a great avenue for these images! Salude!
Being an avid Harley enthusiast, I decided - after working on my vintage 55 Harley for years - to photograph it and pitch the concept to HD Corp. It seems a reality of today's creative business climate that a person has to be continually open to finding avenues to promote his or her ideas to potential new clients. Peace!
"The Flowerheads" are super special to me, simply due to the sheer longevity of the project, from concept to implementation!
I was showing my work at the Austin Art Fair in Austin,TX., where Sher and I had a great booth full of my wet-plate work and were enjoying a 3-day show. We did really well and were wrapping up, when in walked a wonderful bubbly lady from Atlanta. Her name was Robyn Spizman. She walked around the booth and bought 3 large framed murals. We were ecstatic (and a little shock). Usually, at art fairs, small pieces such as prints move really well, but seldom the high ticket 30x40 pieces!
In short, she introduced herself as a freelance writer with a syndicated radio show, who also did features on the Today show. It was the beginning of a long friendship. We were so impressed by her, we drove the pieces to her house in Atlanta. This project is an evolution of our friendship, her writing and my concept imagery. Ciao!
A crazy set, heavy propping, and a ton of post filtering by the art director made this series stellar. It was a great challenge and we assembled a strong creative team for this short run promotion for a local hair salon in K.C.
Due credit to Whiskey Design.
An ongoing annually challenging assignment where cost and production often have no boundaries! The opportunity was great and the artist Stephan Pastis is a wonderful talented bright man. I always embrace political people with opinions, I think it must come from hearing from my dad for 30 years as a brilliant political science professor. In short, the sets and cast and crew were all vast, leading to the finished digital composite. The wet-plate image coupled with the digital factors help this finished piece stand alone. Hopefully it will enjoyed. Best!
This series for Gibson Guitars was inspired by a recent visit to Memphis and taking a tour of the Gibson Guitar factory.....
This series was inspired by a recent Los Angeles gallery show of Mark Ryden's.
He is such a talented artist. If you ever get a chance to see one of his shows it will be a treat. His images are social comments and executed brilliantly. Enjoy my interpretation.....
This piece was inspired by our property and the serene quality and a friends little boy who was curious of our set. This was a wet plate shot composed on three tintypes and later tinted in post.Enjoy!
KU Catalog on location
Autumn still life...