Shelby Bottoms and Cornelia Fort Airpark

August 14, 2020 at 3:41 pm

Early August 2020, Nashville.

Orange Beach Condo, December 2019

February 8, 2020 at 6:06 pm

Very expired color neg­a­tive film, Leica M3. Decem­ber 2019.

Fourth of July 2019

July 15, 2019 at 7:14 am

Was for­tu­nate to have clear skies, good tem­per­a­tures, and a great view for the Nashville fireworks.

Afternoon in London, May 2019

June 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

On my way to India I was for­tu­nate to have a long lay­over at Heathrow. The Heathrow Express took me right to Padding­ton Sta­tion, from which I walked to West­min­ster and there­abouts. All in all about five hours before I had to return to the air­port — even time for a pint (not pictured).

Henry Hollow Loop, Beaman Park, Nashville. April 2019.

April 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Streambed on the Henry Hollow Loop in Beaman Park, Nashville TN.
Stream bed on the Henry Hol­low Loop in Bea­man Park, Nashville TN.

I love wide shal­low stream beds. I also like dynamic and churn­ing creeks and rivers too, of course, but there is some­thing very mag­i­cal about see­ing those long runs of rock you get with the shal­lower water.

This is from my first visit to Bea­man Park in April 2019.

Kathleen, Asheville. March 2018

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

JCC SNAP Show Selections

July 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Work selected for the SNAP 2017 JCC Show.