Sunday, November 30, 2008

more body english

My mother-in-law Diane...the form is unusual...and the ball is all gutter :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Body English

My daughter Hanna puts on some major body english at the lanes today.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Letter Slipped Under The Door

Some of you may have read this week that my wife Kathleen and I have decided not to renew our lease on The Photography Room after nearly 7 years there...we're closing at the end of December. It is a wonderful space, we loved our time there and we have many accomplishments to celebrate.

But the reality is that I've always had a very busy schedule shooting commercial photography and making short films. But when push comes to shove, even I can't do me, I've tried ;)

So I was feeling a bit melancholy this week after the press releases went out and Chris Knape from The GR Press wrote a brief but very nice blog entry. I've bumped into all kinds of people this week and they have been so gracious and kind in making a point of saying that The Photography Room will be missed and it was an important part of the art world here in GR.

On Saturday, I was grabbing the mail at the gallery and found the letter pictured above slipped under the door. Although I'm not exactly sure why it's anonymous, I certainly appreciate the time it took to write me and the effort required in hand delivering to whoever wrote it...thank you.

So please join us on December 4 for a big celebration with a fantastic concert by Glen will be a very fun evening! You can order tickets here.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Glen Phillips Returns...soon!

Glen Phillips (formerly of Toad the Wet Sprocket) is coming back to play The Photography Room on Thursday, December 4. His last show in April was sold out and a big success...

This night will be extremely special (for a lot of reasons) and you won't want to miss it!

You can purchase tickets via this secure online's very simple:

See you at the show!

Friday, November 14, 2008

film shoot-two

Ashley plays our lead...and she's doing a great job.

We have one more day of shooting to go...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

film shoot

I'm working on a very cool short film project that I can't really talk about yet...but it will be made public in mid-December. I'm directing and producing the film along with Creo Productions for a very progressive thinking client.

These photos aren't exactly film stills but they'll find a way into the film one way or's fun being cryptic.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pile of Leaves

Autumn fun...Faith throws leaves at Hanna.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

High Fashion and the Homeless - Heartside

On Wednesday I shot a fashion show at Rockwell & Republic; an uber hot restaurant/bar in the Heartside neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Heartside has seen tremendous revitalization over the last 3 years or so...and it's long been the base for many of the city's homeless shelters and food kitchens.

The obvious social contrasts of an event like this are interesting...and in between shooting models on the sidewalk in expensive clothing I chatted with the guy above...not really because I wanted to...but because he kept asking me for money.

I nearly always refuse panhandlers based on one simple principle; creativity. Their plea is typically based on needing a dollar (or two) to purchase a sandwich...and 9 times out of 10 we are both standing within a block of a food kitchen giving out 3 full squares a day. So I assume they aren't exactly being forthright with their request.

This guy asked me to take his picture several times...and each of his invitations stated that it was an opportunity to photograph "the real mother f-ing deal."

Hard to pass up...