This image was taken with my remote-operated, elevated pole camera system.
I think that because all of the commercial work that I do is in color my personal work has leaning heavily toward the black and white side of the artistic spectrum. Almost all of the film I’ve been running through the antique cameras lately has been black and white. That means that here in my journal where I primarily display personal work there will be plenty more monochrome images to come.
Effective today I am disabling comments on posts here. Spam comments have now reached 600+ daily and it’s a big waste of my time sifting through and deleting them.
I put my ancient Polaroid SX-70 back into service this week with a pack of black and white film. I have been feeling the urge to get creative with some of my old gear and this is where I started. The shutter on the camera lags right now from lack of use and tends to overexpose the images. Additionally the internal mirror has years of dust accumulated on it and I deliberately did not clean it. The combination of the dirty mirror and the inaccurate shutter makes for some very unique images. They come straight out of the camera with a beautiful vintage look that otherwise would take a lot of work to create using a digital camera and software. Here are the very first usable images that I’ve produced with it since pulling it off the shelf along with a look at the camera, a work of art in its own right.
This is the ballroom inside of a home I photographed this week.
A look at the interior of the home I posted a twilight photo of here yesterday.
This home was one of my assignments to shoot this week. I always try to find interesting angles to shoot with swimming pools and this home provided me with nice perspectives.
This is an interior view of a home I photographed recently and it gave me a sort of flashback when I first walked in and took a look around. I had the distinct sensation that it looked like it could have been a set from the 80′s television show Miami Vice. If you are interested in seeing a few more images of the interior they are in this gallery of recent real estate photography: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b1qkw7d9hdt69dp/qOwROvlU4R?m
One of my favorite exterior shots from an assignment I had last week.
This wood in this bed and all the rest of the wood in the room was milled from a single cherry tree.
This weekend I started a project photographing the mansion that was once the winter home of cereal magnate W. K. Kellog. The rooms inside are highly ornate, very beautiful, and a challenge to photograph. I will post a few more of what I have done so far over the next few days.
The back cover is all me as well:
The water in the swimming pool at the home I photographed the other day looked the coolest and most inviting of just about any I’ve seen. As I sit behind my computer processing the images from the assignment I keep daydreaming about how refreshing it would be to jump in for a swim.
I love to shoot during the blue hour after sunset and it’s become one of the specialties that I’m known for in the luxury home market. In addition to the cover I have dozens of images printed throughout the magazine including several more of this home. A different set of my images from this home is being published both inside and on the cover of a duPont Registry magazine in early 2013 as well.
I felt it wouldn’t be inappropriate to get “artistic” with this image that I took while I was outside the Salvador Dali Museum last week.