Monday, December 03, 2012

Pam Tufts for The Wall Street Journal

I recently shot a portrait of Pam Tufts for The Wall Street Journal. I always have a good time shooting natural light portraits. I find it to be challenging and depending on the light, architecture, and subject, it's always fun to try and make everything come together. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot. View Article Here>>>

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Same Sex Marriage for The New York Times

Here are some images from an event last weekend where supporters of same sex marriage dressed up and reminded people throughout Seattle to vote in the coming weeks. Happy Halloween and don't forget to vote!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pre-Operative Care for The Wall Street Journal

Not all assignments are exciting. In fact the majority are very difficult, many times tasked with creating a pleasing and telling image from an inherently sedentary situation. Sometimes these are my favorite assignments. They tend to push you to pose your subject more deliberately, use the light more creatively, and basically get your brain working on overdrive. The article was about the benefits of caring for yourself before a big operation. Doug Rice recently had a large tumor removed from his lung and my job was to create both posed an candid portraits of him in his mobile home community. Here are a couple of images from the shoot. View Article Here>>>

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Coffee for The New York Times

The assignment was to take pictures of Tully's and Starbucks throughout Seattle that create both a sense of place, but are more than the exterior of a building. It was a fun shoot and gave me a chance to walk around in the rain, trying to catch moments of people enjoying their coffee.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Washington's First Congressional District for The New York Times

Last week I drove around the new 1st congressional district of Washington trying to capture some of the diverse economic flavors that are represented throughout the area. Besides capturing some of the candidates fighting for the congressional seats, I attempted to capture some feature shots of the area, which turned out to be a fun excuse to poke around in some of the small towns that are scattered through the area. View Article Here>>>

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Tatoosh Island for The New York Times

I had the privelege to go out to Tatoosh Island off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington this summer for four days. Tatoosh Island is part of the Makah Tribe and is off limits to the public. Cathy Pfister and Timothy Wootton, both biology professors at the University of Chicago, have spent years studying the effects of ocean acidification on the intertidal zones around the island. Having grown up in the midwest, spending time on the coast and exploring the island was pretty exciting for me. It was incredibly beautiful and the environment was always changing throughout the day as the tides came in and out. Below is a selection of images from the shoot.
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Sustainable Prisons Project for The New York Times

I had the pleasure of photographing the inmates at the Cedar Creek Corrections Center working on raising endangered Oregon Spotted Frogs to be released back into the wild. This is the first, of I hope many, successful pitches to a publication. Usually it happens the other way around, starting with the reporter, so this was an exciting change for me. I have shot imprisons before, but this was a very positive change. The inmates in the Sustainable Prison Project were excited to be working in the expansive gardens scattered throughout the center, the large composting operation, and in the more specialized programs such as bee keeping, and in this case, raising frogs. It seemed as if they took real pride in their work and many explained to me the complex ecological relationships they came to understand as they worked with the land.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

3-D Printing for The Chronicle of Higher Education

I had an interesting assignment request several weeks ago to shoot a 3-D printing lab at the University of Washington. The lab was a cluttered collection of machines buzzing away making everything from owls, cookies, cogs, and machine parts to make more 3-D printing machines or "bots". Brandon Bowman, who works in the Soldheim Lab, was a great sport as I tried to capture details and the process that happens between computer and 3-D printer. I decided to try a new approach with portraits and use video lights, or constant light sources instead of strobes. It was a low light situation to begin with, so using less powerful lights really worked well and they were much less cumbersome than using strobes. I'm interested to try more portraits with LED lights and tungsten lights in future assignments. Here is a selection of images from the shoot.
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