Monthly Archives: March 2013

Getting Plastered for Easter!

My friend Jessi Browne-White is a very talented artist — visual and performing.  She was recently selected to be one of the artists to adorn a piano for the Sing for Hope Pianos project.  As part of her vision, she needs body parts… Well, faces and arms, anyway.  So for Easter, she hosted a plastering party!

We sat around the living room enjoying snacks and wine while one by one we were led to the plastering chair!

Jessica Browne-White applies plaster bandages to Tina Mitchell for a piece she’s creating for the Sing for Hope Pianos project.

Thanks to Jessi’s facility with the plaster bandages, it was quick and painless.  Now I want to buy some and try my hand at plastering.  Nothing is safe!

I can’t wait to see the finished product when it arrives somewhere in NYC!

Horse Play

New York is an amazing place for art.  It’s also an amazing place for crowds.

I dropped by Grand Central Terminal to see Nick Cave’s HEARD•NY, a performance art piece of stylized horses parading in Vanderbilt Hall.  I had stopped by Monday morning to see the Soundsuits “at rest” on display in the hall.  I was looking forward to seeing them in motion.

When I showed up today, 15 minutes before the showing, the hall was PACKED.  There were two performance spaces on either side of the central aisle through to the main hall and they were each surrounded by hordes of people.  I got shoved down the side of one of the spaces and wound up about halfway along the space and 4 rows back.  But since everyone was standing, it meant I could see little.  So much for my idea of a nice quiet shoot.

In fact, the only way I could get any images was to go paparazzi style: arm straight up and shooting just about blind! This is the first time I’ve tried shooting this way and the results were… as expected.  I’ve got a couple shots that weren’t bad, but I think I’ll go back much earlier to get a good spot.

A New Look

Welcome to my updated photography site.  This marks a big shift for me.  For years I’ve been my own coder and I will continue to maintain my theatrical site myself — I do like control!  But for my photography, I knew I wanted a site that would hit some specific marks:

  1. Easy to create, aesthetically pleasing galleries
  2. Blog features so I can write about my shoots and include a gallery
  3. Free up my time to shoot, edit and deliver the important stuff: the pictures

After helping out my friends Paul Peers and Tina Mitchell from Chopt Logic set up their website on WordPress, I knew I was going to go that route.  Some further research brought me to the folks at Photocrati, who do a great theme with strong gallery support.

And here we are.

I’m going to be back-filling some shows I’ve shot recently and talk about my experiences.  I hope I can be a resource for others as much as I’ve taken from the folks out there already.

The Tragedy of King Arthur – Guerrilla Shakespeare Project

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This was an interesting shoot.  My friend DarrylLee (SM from Zombies – gallery coming soon) is the stage manager for the show and I saw the marketing material come by on her Facebook. It looked like it might be interesting to shoot, so I reached out to DarrylLee to ask if I could come by.  She said they had “some photographers” coming by for their final dress and I was welcome to join.  Little did I know that “some” meant SEVEN other photographers.  We outnumbered the cast!

Despite the fact that it felt like we were waiting for Lindsay Lohan to show up, it is a very strong show and the production values were well realized.  Creative set and costumes, good fights (a personal barometer of theatrical worth) and a very good script.

One final interesting note:  The producers created a drop box where the photographers could put our wares, so I got to take a peek at my fellow shooters’ work.  It’s rare I see the “dump” of images from another photographer — usually it’s a few shots on a blog, one or two photos on a review or in Facebook.  It was interesting to see how others chose to shoot, what they chose to show and how they chose to edit.  I think I fared well amidst the crowd!