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BigZona Burlesque Visits the Monte Vista Hotel

mahoney_20130714_2879A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interacting with and shooting the always fabulous BigZona Burlesque Troupe. This time we took over the roof the the historic Monte Vista Hotel in downtown Flagstaff, Ariz. The monsoon clouds were just forming and the sun was setting in the west. This is one location in town that isn’t opened to photographers or anyone for that matter, very often, I felt quite privileged to be given the access. Please head over to the bZb Facebook page to see more of the images from this series and the other shoots we have put down..

 

4×5 Preview

Over the last few weeks I have been working with my Speed Graphic Miniature. Instead of using normal 4×5 negatives, which are difficult to develop, easily scratched and must be processed in total darkness; I have opted to use regular photo paper as negatives and contact printing the resulting images. Photo paper is easy to handle, cheaper than negative film, and can be processed under normal dark-room conditions. The only draw back is that the paper has an ISO rating of about 3. This means that in full sun at f/32 (I always use the same aperture for consistency in timing my exposures) a normal exposure is about 2 sec…These are a few of my more successful attempts, however they have not been digitized very well (somewhat soft focus). These really need to be viewed in person to appreciate the detail, sharpness and tonal range produced by this camera/paper combo…

Deserted Desert Drive

While on a recent trip into the California desert via State Rt. 62, I shot a few photos. Strange things exist in the California desert, here area  few of them…

Once again, disregard the pesky metadata provided by the slide show…all images were shot on my trusty Vivitar 35ca (which is more and more my go to travel camera) with Lomography XPro Chrome 100 film…

Compositions Etc. Etc.

Finished a few rolls of film this week…Many/most of the images are on hold for other projects and can’t be published just yet. However, My Little Droogies, here are a few images I shot around Flagstaff today. Click on an image to enter the slide show…

Never mind the pesky metadata the slide show provides, all are shot on my Vivitar 35ca using Lomography  XPro Chrome film…

‘Best’ of 2012

Here on the last day of 2012 I have compiled a ‘Best’ of reel (I use the term ‘best’ loosely) These images represent my creative journey this year, and while I may have shot better work, these are some of my favorites. Click on an image to enter the slide show and enjoy…they are in approximately the following order…compositions, disco-tec, studio portrait, location portrait, critters…

BTS Orpheum Shoot

Just a quick behind the scenes shot from an equally quick shoot with the owners of The Orpheum Theatre here in Flagstaff, Ariz. This editorial shoot is being used for press releases celebrating their 10th anniversary owning the theatre after saving it from the dust heap…Thanks to Kayla (Orpheum marketing) and Jared (my trusty V.A.L.) for helping me with this shoot. I may do a full bts write up once the images are published (don’t want to scoop the client).

What I Did With My Summer Vacation::Preview

Just a quick cell phone image of the proof prints from my ‘Then and Now’ project that I have been working on over the last few month for the City of Flagstaff. More info to follow in the coming weeks, for now just know that I am glad to call this project a wrap…

 

Culture Shock Interiors::September 2012

This month the Culture Shock crew built an underwater octopus/jellyfish  paradise. After a more than seven hour build, Octopus Nebula, from Denver Colorado unloaded for a sound check, and then proceded to get the crowd real octopussy until the wee hours of the morning, tentacles were flying…Here are some of the interior shots, Samantics 3d bit mapping was particularly good this time, click on the first image to be taken on an unter-the-sea journey.


 

Just Some Powerlines

In an effort to beak up the blog roll a little, I present you with some new compositions. People often ask me, what do you take pictures of? My usual answer is, “mostly power lines.” These industrial forms speak to me, I see the contrast between them and clouds, trees and more as very interesting…

At a recent showing of some of these images, I wrote a short piece to help describe my thinking…

Industrial Compositions

“Mathematics would certainly have not come into existence if one had known from the beginning that there was in nature no exactly straight line, no actual circle, no absolute magnitude.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I am intrigued by the walls we build to construct and divide our reality. The images presented here are intended to highlight the places where the natural world and the man-made one collide. The natural and organic shapes of plants, animals and people juxtaposed against the hard, angular and artificial forms of man-made objects.

Sometimes I have taken these industrial forms and isolated them. By looking at man-made objects out of context and through the lens of abstraction I aim to highlight the individual form and functional beauty of industrial objects. I try to divide each frame in a very conscious way, everything exactly where it should be, not unlike the way we divide our world with these forms.

By carrying a camera most everywhere I go, I am able to capture the world as I see it, highlight the beauty I find in the mundane, overlooked or everyday and share my vision with others. It is my sincere hope that these images will inspire others to slow down enough to really see the world around them and appreciate the details that are an integral part of our reality.

This portfolio of images represents a selection of photographs collected all over the world over the last six years. These photos are shot with both digital and analogue capture methods and a variety of camera systems.

The above images were all shot on my Nikon FM with Ilford F+ Pan 50, but more on that later…

 

 

Culture Shock Interiors::August 2012

Spent all afternoon yesterday helping build the stage and lounge for Ill-Esha’s set at Culture Shock. Below are some images of the stage with the bit-mapped projections. Above is the Sunflower Lounge area, which is a seven or eight image panorama. Be sure to see them in full size and head over to my Facebook Page to join the conversation…