April 1, 2014
150 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
There’s something about this building that really gets my attention. It’s not the design or the location or anything. From what I can tell, the edges of the building are not perfectly straight - they’re curved. And that’s cool. Unless I’m just seeing things or it’s some kind of bizarre distortion from the camera lens.

150 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

There’s something about this building that really gets my attention. It’s not the design or the location or anything. From what I can tell, the edges of the building are not perfectly straight - they’re curved. And that’s cool. Unless I’m just seeing things or it’s some kind of bizarre distortion from the camera lens.

March 26, 2014

My Name is Albert Watson - 1994 BBC Documentary

The sound is lousy but it’s a great look at a master at work.

March 24, 2014
OCD and Photography

I’ve thought long and hard about what draws me to photography.

I don’t specialize in particular subject matter. I dabble in everything from traditional street photography to architecture to still life to portraiture to sports to still life to abstracts. My favorite photographers, like Irving Penn and Edward Weston, excelled in multiple genres.

When I’m shooting, all I really care about is graphics. In some cases, like with documentary or portraiture work, the graphics have to meet with some type of gesture or expression.

But generally, all I see are colors, patterns, shapes, lines, and textures.

There’s something very calming and gratifying about analyzing those components and putting them together to make pictures. So I’m always looking for tiny little details around me that present themselves in some interesting form.
I see it as an outgrowth of my history with obsessive compulsive disorder.

OCD was once a very destructive force in my life. My struggles, which I once kept secret, destroyed my career at one point and screwed up many, many relationships. Now, it’s more of a minor annoyance that’s not too disruptive.

Much of the improvement came from two years in therapy.

But I’ve clearly channeled some of my pattern-seeking, order-craving energy into photography.

That’s my fuel.

OCD once gave me nothing but shame and anger.

And I don’t think I’ll never be 100% cured. But at least I got all these pictures.

March 24, 2014
White Bird, East River
Yep, that’s a bird all right.

White Bird, East River

Yep, that’s a bird all right.

March 13, 2014
A Slice of Light

A Slice of Light

March 4, 2014
Street Crosswalk

Street Crosswalk

February 24, 2014
Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson

February 19, 2014
CoolPhotoLinks.com - My Curation Project

Hi all! I am launching CoolPhotoLinks.com, the first photography blog that is not a photography blog.

CoolPhotoLinks.com has no news, no reviews, no rumors, and no dipshit ‘rock star’ photographers - just cool links and videos with a major focus on the classics.

Hell, it doesn’t even have posts - there are just two pages, one for article links and one for videos. That’s it. And I’ll never cut them down in size unless they break the site.

If you go there now, you’ll see a ton of cool stuff, ranging from a classic 1991 interview with Irving Penn to a cheesy 80’s fashion movie featuring Steven Meisel.

I’ll be posting regular updates to it going forward.

Check it out.

February 16, 2014
I’m a Selfish, Competitive Photographer

I’m a very nice guy, but when I really think about my nature as an artist, I realize that I’m very selfish and very competitive.

There are a select number of people I enjoy shooting with, mostly because they have very different eyes than me, and because there’s a great deal of mutual respect. If they spot something interesting, I won’t shoot it, and vice versa. Or at the very least, we take very different approaches to the subject..

But the majority of the time, I shoot alone because I’m very concerned with losing shots to other photographers. I don’t want to be in a situation where I want to say “hey, this one is mine!”

For example, take this image:

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This is my favorite image out of the thousands I’ve shot this winter.

I’m sure I’d enjoy it less if someone had been sitting next to me taking the same exact photo.

In today’s era of social media circle jerking, I feel like the photography world is way too friendly. There’s all this sharing and cooperating and mutual butt-kissing.

Everything is AMAZING.

Everything is OMG INSPIRATIONAL.

Forget that shit.

I want to make images that are better than yours, and I hope you’re trying to make images that are better than mine.

Don’t just retweet and reblog and like what you see; top it.

Note: this was inspired by a great essay by Texas photographer visualsciencekirk: Lonely hunter. Better hunt.

February 10, 2014
Snow Angel
This was one of those moments where anything I could have planned wouldn’t have ended up as cool as what actually happened. I was walking across the Manhattan Bridge  and saw this girl posing for another photographer.
Normally, I consider it extremely disrespectful to shoot a human subject another person is shooting. But I figured the fact that I was at least a hundred feet up above meant I wasn’t stealing someone else’s shot.
But to whoever got this girl in this dress out in the snow, I thank you.

Snow Angel

This was one of those moments where anything I could have planned wouldn’t have ended up as cool as what actually happened. I was walking across the Manhattan Bridge¬† and saw this girl posing for another photographer.

Normally, I consider it extremely disrespectful to shoot a human subject another person is shooting. But I figured the fact that I was at least a hundred feet up above meant I wasn’t stealing someone else’s shot.

But to whoever got this girl in this dress out in the snow, I thank you.

February 5, 2014
Knife, Chopped Garlic

Knife, Chopped Garlic

February 3, 2014
My Garbage Can Cover

My Garbage Can Cover

January 18, 2014
Jasmine & Christian, November 16, 2013

Jasmine & Christian, November 16, 2013

January 5, 2014
Crossing Under

Crossing Under

January 3, 2014
Queen Bacon

Queen Bacon

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