Thursday, February 26, 2009

Back In The Game, Baby!

I'm happy to report a serious uptick in the work department over the past two weeks, which partly accounts for the lack of activity in this little corner of cyberspace. Last week, there was an editorial assignment for east coast based magazine Woodshop News. The assignment was to shoot images for the cover story of a future issue featuring Maui woodworker/artist Tom Calhoun.Tom is a master furniture maker & highly skilled craftsman. You can check out some of his work by clicking on his name above.

Three days of food & beverage photography for one of Maui's large south shore resorts followed and then a trip to the Big Island for a day & night of food, architecture and portraiture for the newly remodeled and re-opened Mauna Kea Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast. What a fabulous hotel! Returning from that assignment mid-afternoon on saturday, there was barely time to unload the gear before heading off the an arts organization's annual benefit fundraising event in Makawao for images of the local gentry to fill the society pages of the newly launched On Maui! Magazine.

Just wrapped up a preproduction meeting with musician/songwriter Erin Smith for upcoming album art for her two recording projects. You can check the MySpace page for The Erin Smith Band here. Cool gal, cool tunes...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Links

The past week or so has seen a real uptick in business around these parts, hence the relative inactivity here on the blog. There has been a multitude of requests for estimates, proposals and potential assignment work... some of it signed off on and ready for pre-production, some still in the initial bidding phase with the ripe potential for coming to fruition. All good news!

However, rather than spend these few moments at the keyboard shamelessly reveling in my new found potential for continued prosperity, I thought I would use this time to provide you, dear reader, with some links to some of the wonderful imagery, information and fun that has popped up recently on the photo blogosphere.

Andrew Hetherington is a New York editorial photographer, all around witty guy and tireless proponent of all things photographic. In addition to his work, Mr. H also publishes one of the most informative & entertaining photoblogs you'll find. His What's the Jackanory blog makes for most entertaining reading, often includes stunning eye-candy produced by the mad irishman and lists a blogroll of the best and most popular photoblogs ever to be found.

Andrew's entry for today details his attendance to the invite-only gathering of New York photographer's Nutopia Forum, hosted infrequently by acclaimed celebrity portraitist Platon. Last evening's gathering featured a lecture & slideshow by the great Jim Marshall, a man who's career has spanned over 50 years and has created some of the most iconic photographs from the world of rock & roll ever to see publication. Andrew has even posted video from the event and it well worth a watch (caution... a bit long but worthwhile nevertheless. You can find it here.

Over at Conscientious, the weblog published by fine-art photography connoisseur Jorg Colberg, stunning images from the 2008 war in the Russian Republic of Georgia by Rena Effendi is on display. Find it here. 

An interesting discussion of the topic of "fair use" is currently taking place over at the blog published by the editors at Photo District News. The now iconic Obama "Hope" campaign poster created by street/grafitti artist Shepard Fairey apparently began it's life based on a photograph by former AP photographer Mannie Garcia. AP is now claiming copyright infringement. You can find it here.

OK... that should keep you busy over the coming weekend.