9 February, 2009 (04:24) | My Photography | No comments

Just a few images I shot at night playing with water and light. I’m working on purchasing a better lighting setup that I’m excited to start using soon.

29 January, 2009 (20:10) | My Photography | No comments

I had a cd sitting on the table this morning bathed in sunlight. The streaks of color caught my eye. I had to take some shots. Here are my favorites. Also on my Flickr.

29 January, 2009 (15:44) | Design | No comments

I finally got a subscription at the end of last year to Eye Magazine (Thanks Anneka!). I’ve been craving a subscription for a long time now to feed my graphic design bones. These are the first two issues I have received and there’s a ton of great articles on a wide range of design themes. They also showcases great type design. If you are passionate about graphic design, this subscription is a must.

27 January, 2009 (01:30) | My Photography | No comments

I had this idea rumbling about in my head since the end of last year for a photo series. The thought was to paint objects (particularly technological objects) white and shoot them on white giving them a whole new visual context than what one is used to seeing. The happy accident was how close some of these approximate the look of ambient occlusion passes that are typically rendered with 3D software. I plan to explore and continue this series farther….so hopefully this is just the beginning. You can also view these against a white background at my Flickr.

19 January, 2009 (15:29) | Design | No comments

The new series “United States of Tara” debuted on Showtime last night. I did this pitch over a weekend back in May of 2008 for Colourmovie. Although I didn’t have too much time to put it all together, it was a great opportunity to do a board using just my photography. I wish I had more time to evolve the look and ideas further, but it gives the taste of what the titles might have been like if this direction had been chosen. I watched the first episode this morning on Showtime.com, but haven’t seen the main titles yet. I look forward to seeing what the show ended up choosing.

17 January, 2009 (15:06) | My Photography | No comments

I always request a window seat when I fly, unless it’s an overnight flight. Of all the photos I take from airplanes, very few are worth showing. It’s usually too hazy, too dark, too high, or just simply too boring to get a great shot. But if you wait, watch, and are patient….sometimes you get lucky with the perfect moment presenting itself only momentarily (depending on altitude) with the perfect cloud formation, lighting conditions or fleeting landscape. Hope these make you want to fly.

14 January, 2009 (14:49) | Miscellaneous | No comments

I visited Washington D.C. for the first time in November of 2008. One of my favorite parts was visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. I’ve always been fascinated by space travel. So, the combination of graphic design with space travel can’t help but intrigue me. I took photos of these two space patch designs for the Apollo 10 and 13 missions since they really stood out to me as solid designs. If you like these two, there’s a great website that chronicles Space Mission Patches and gives some history behind their design.

12 January, 2009 (05:34) | My Photography | No comments

These are some textures I’ve captured over the past year from travels, work projects, etc. These were shot using either a Canon 20D or 40D, depending on which I owned at the time. Also viewable at my Flickr.

12 January, 2009 (01:42) | My Photography | No comments

Living close to the beach in Santa Monica means there are some nights where heavy beach fog rolls in off the Pacific Ocean and is usually the most dense in the early morning hours of the night. These shots were taken between about 2-3 am on an October night close to Halloween. The diffused lighting makes for some eery and interesting lighting setups. Since shooting these, I bought a flash and am hoping to get better results with shooting at night. You can see these on my Flickr also.

11 January, 2009 (22:00) | Music | No comments

Darkel – “Be My Friend” (from the self titled album “Darkel” released September 06)

I recently stumbled onto a song called “Be My Friend” by Darkel listening to The Knife Radio on Pandora. The singers voice sounded so similar to Jean-Benoit Dunckel, one-half of the French electronica band AIR. So naturally, I created a new station just for Darkel on Pandora and also went and bought the self-titled album off Amazon MP3. I found that this album has been out since September 2006. A shame I didn’t know about Darkel sooner.

I absolutely love AIR and saw them play live at the Greek Theater in September of 2007, so anything that comes from either Nicolas Godin or Jen-Benoit Dunckel who make up AIR is gold to me. Here’s the first track I mentioned – “Be My Friend”. If you’re a big AIR fan like myself, you’ll be hooked on Darkel.