Kathleen, Asheville. March 2018 (Part 1)

March 23, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Some pho­to­shoots are fun, some are stress­ful, some are for learn­ing from mis­takes and some are for teach­ing. Some are for­ma­tional, and a very rare few are those which you know — even mid-work — there will be a “before” and “after” against which every­thing else is created.

Both times I’ve worked solo with Kath­leen Hahn of idodances.com and Dance­club Asheville have been those last types. Her abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate not just through dance but in the dia­logue before and after a piece is unique and I’m all the bet­ter a pho­tog­ra­pher for it. Our first ses­sion was a time lapse of sorts, her danc­ing in var­i­ous places and com­bin­ing them in post­pro­duc­tion. The rep­re­sen­ta­tive piece of that ses­sion is “Ten­nis Courts”.

This ses­sion, indoors at her stu­dio in Asheville, was entirely dif­fer­ent. We were look­ing for indi­vid­ual moments where Kath­leen was mov­ing much less delib­er­ately, with quicker move­ments but with more com­mu­ni­ca­tion between us. It was also a ses­sion where she was using a pole, which sur­faced a num­ber of lay­ers to the work.

As a male pho­tog­ra­pher, it’s easy to be in the posi­tion of power in a pho­to­shoot. Ooften the pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio is intim­i­dat­ing itself, and one is work­ing with a sub­ject who can­not eas­ily stop and say “show me what you have so far”. There are often dis­crep­an­cies in vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and also the inher­ent prob­lem of “male gaze” that must be addressed in every shoot. Put all of the above together along­side a ses­sion in a dance stu­dio where a main impe­tus is to reclaim all dance forms from patri­archy (if not too strong a phrase here) and impart con­fi­dence, my emo­tions were all over the place. “Should I be here with my cam­era? Should I be here at all? What is my role, what is Kathleen’s role? Why can I do this with Kath­leen as a friend, and is that dif­fer­ent than a pro­fes­sional? Can I pub­lish these? Should I even con­sider sell­ing prints of these?”

For­tu­nately, Kath­leen was more than up for the con­ver­sa­tion before, dur­ing, and after the shoot. And just as before, I came away a lit­tle wiser and grate­ful for all those I encounter in my photography.

Fashionable in Asheville, March 2018

March 14, 2018 at 11:13 am

Fall 2017

December 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm

A few selec­tions from September/October/November of 2017.

Leica M3, HP5+ at 1600

Self Portrait, September 2017

November 9, 2017 at 11:57 pm


Leica M3, HP5+ at 1600.

Asheville, September 2017

September 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Gray weather per­sisted for a visit to Asheville. HP5+ 400 devel­oped at 1600 in D-76. Leica M3.

Kathleen, Tennis Court

September 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm


Sum­mer 2013, Mont­ford Park Asheville TN. Pho­tog­ra­phy from a long ago ses­sion that I finally put together.

New Altitude at 2017 Sideshow Fringe Festival

August 18, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Aer­ial per­for­mances at the 2017 Sideshow Fringe Festival

JCC SNAP Show Selections

July 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Work selected for the SNAP 2017 JCC Show.