For some time, I have had this idea of doing a portrait series of owners with their motorcycles. Mostly as a spin off of my “faces of Blip” Concept. Which in and of itself, is a starting point, for a larger concept that is still gestating. I have struggled with exactly how I wanted it to look, and the best way to execute on the concept. Friends have provided valuable feedback on options, and ideas. This last sunday it all sort of clicked together serendipitously. I am not sure if this is the end of it, or just the beginning, but I am at least satisfied with the execution. . . this time. But like my other projects, I think this one is still a work in progress. I have some other images, of people on foot, or riding by passing in front of the white board, that has been the connecting component through all of these images. I will post those at another time. These shots, I want to stand alone for consideration as a single piece of work.
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A couple weeks back I went and spent a few sweat drenched hours documenting my friend Doug work on his 1976 BMW 2002 in the mothballed GM Leeds assembly plant. The old GM plant leases out space for storage and what not, it is not big on air conditioning though.
The car was more or less a basket case in the most literal sense of the phrase when he picked it. Here is a brief write up from Doug on the history of the car.
"We bought our 1976 BMW 2002 in July 2017 as a rolling chassis with carton upon carton of parts. It took three trips to Tulsa to get everything home to Kansas City. Now, a year later, the car is nearly complete, awaiting the final touches to the interior and final stage of conversion to electronic fuel injection.
The suspension has been upgraded to Bilstein shocks with Ireland Engineering springs, along with IE adjustable swaybars. Stopping power comes from ventilated front discs and four-piston calipers, complemented by oversized rear drums.
Prior to our purchase, the car had been sent to body work. All rust was cut out of the chassis and replaced, and it was repainted its original “Malaga” color. The engine was rebuilt to high-compression specs, as well as being desmogged. Some exterior trim has been shaved, and the U.S.-spec “diving board” bumpers have been replaced with smaller, lighter “euro” chrome bumpers."
I love these old square body cars, I can't wait to see this one out on the road.
And a big thanks to Doug for letting me come out and snap a few pics of him doing his thing.
a fellow photographer and friend of mine also moon lights as a drummer with Rex Hobart. I believe he may be a Stanard Honky Tonk. They play at a bar where the entrance is in an alley. There is an interesting back story to this particular joint, but that is for another time. Either way, I stopped by and checked out a set and snapped a few pics while I was there. If you enjoy either kind of music (that’s country or western for the ill informed) then you should definitely check them out. Normally you can find them Playing on the first Tuesday of the month, but not always.
Anyways. Onto the photos.
I was recently commissioned to shoot a bike built by Greg Hageman by the bikes owner.
It wound up on the cover of the July / August 2018 cover of Motorcycle Classics Magazine. To say I’m excited is a mild understatement. This is some of my very best work to date.
Ride em, don’t hide em.
Some years ago, I remember driving back from Wichita to Kansas City through the Flint Hills north of Wichita just as the sun slipped quietly below the horizon. They were burning the prairie, and for as far as you could see there was a thin ribbon of fire scorching the earth. Golden yellow grass laid in front, burnt black fields were left behind. This burning helps control invasive species plants, and helps native grass grow back stronger. Ever since I witnessed the beauty of this, I have wanted to capture this for myself. A few weeks back I was able to to join a burn of some pasture land, near where I witnessed that iconic scene that was seared into my mind so many years ago. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did getting to follow along and document the day. I can still smell the smoke in my nose.
A huge thank you to Carey Andy Scott for making this possible.
All of these puppers are available for adoption at the KC Pet Project
A little ambiant, a little flash, a lot of differences. More street portraits.
I know there is a lot of incongruities between these shots, but I think that is what I like about them. I try to keep everyone inside the white, but sometimes they bust out. When asking strangers to stand in front of a white board so you can take their portrait, you don't have a lot time to make everything perfect. With that all said, I think they work, but I'm probably biased. If you would like your own street portrait, hit me up!
And I can't say thank you enough for the people; some I know, some that are random strangers, who are willing to let me take their portrait. Without them, this doesn't happen.
Round II of my new Faces Series. These were also shot down at Blip Roasters this last Sunday Morning. I plan on moving this around some, so keep look out for me and my whteboard.
I hope you enjoy viewing them, as much as I did shooting them! And if you find yourself at Blip one Sunday morning, or where ever I have my setup, feel free to jump in front of the whiteboard, and add yourself to the collection.
As Monty Python Flying Circus once said. . . "And now, time for something completely different". This weeks installment I'm tentatively calling "Faces of Blip". Thanks to the encouragement of a few people (Thank you Ian and Travis), I took a step forward and out of my comfort zone, and started taking street portraits today. (Don't worry, I have some bike pics coming soon too). I am not sure if I will keep the raw edges or not, this is something new I am exploring, and I hope you enjoy it. Hopefully there will be more of these to come.
Its been a few weeks since I have had a chance to make it down to Blip Roasters in the West Bottoms to shoot all the cool bikes & people. This morning, I had a chance to fix that.
I hope you enjoy the images from today.
The other night while shooting Cody Canada and The Departed, I had a chance to catch the opening band, Mike and The MoonPies. Great Country and Western band from Austin TX. Here are a few shots from their sound check and their show. Enjoy!
A few nights ago I was lucky enough to get all access to the Cody Canada & the Departed at Knuckleheads Saloon. Anyone who has ever been to a show at Knuckleheads knows what a truly one of a kind and great place to see live music. If you haven't seen a show at Knuckleheads, what are you waiting for? If you are a fan of Red Dirt Rock, then you are probably already familiar with Cody Canada & the Departed, but if you're not, you should check them out http://www.thedepartedmusic.com/#home
Anyways, here are a few shots from the night, hope you enjoy!
A few weeks ago I received an email from SleekLens.com to do a review of some of their lightroom presets, in exchange for the presets for free. So being a bit of a tart for free things I agreed. I was sent the "Through the Woods" (https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-lightroom-presets/) preset pack containing 50 presets and 30 brushes. I haven't had a chance to play with the brushes a lot yet, but they apply different effects using the brush tool in light room similar to the teeth whiting and iris enhancing brushes.
Since they sent me a landscape focused pack I decided to go with a recent image that was a commissioned project for a client of mine. It is a shot of Downtown Kansas City looking south from the Charles B Wheeler Downtown Airport just a bit after sunrise one chilly morning this past winter. The starting image is actually my final image I had printed for my customer. So my basic edits and some minor photoshop work had already been applied to the image.
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I stopped by last night and visited with an old friend, and snapped a few photos of his band.
One of the risks you run when having dinner with someone who has a penchant for photography is you never know when they will take your picture. Mix in cute kids, and its almost a sure thing the camera comes out. I appreciate the fact my friends put up with my chinangines. If you're interested in having a day in the life of your family captured, please feel free to reach out to me.
I've been wanting to move to a new direction in my portraiture work. More of a lifestyle / documentary style. I believe capturing people in real moments has a stronger and longer lasting impact then staging people in front of a camera and pressing the shutter. Luckily a few friends recently had the same idea and allowed me to capture their family over the course of a few hours one cold winter afternoon. I'm really pleased with what we were able to capture and hope these images bring them joy for years to come.
A few photos from Blip Roasters in the West Bottoms of Kansas City from his last Sunday. Some beautiful bikes for sure.
Recently I was tasked with coming up with a new angle on an old favorite. I love our skyline, but I may have been stuck in a rut. So I went out looking for a new place and a new space. Below is one shot of the old tried and true, and the rest are what I found when I went looking for something new.