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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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Downtown Association for Seattle Business

A couple of weeks ago I shot some portraits for Seattle Business. Portrait shoots are always challenging, especially when the subjects don't have a lot of time and they want to shoot on a bright sunny day during the noon hour. It was fun hauling some lights around the city trying to make some interesting images. Here are some of the tearsheets from the magazine.