Friday, January 27, 2012

road journal from Appalachia #2

Occupy Charleston, WV, November 2011

Thursday, January 26, 2012

road journal from Appalachia #1

toilet paper tree, VA, November 2011

Sunday, January 22, 2012

February 2012 edition of Harper's Magazine

This picture was made on Aaron Siskind's birthday, 2011.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 - the year of the little red pickup truck

In June of last year, I saved up enough dough for the little red pickup truck of my dreams - a 1996 Toyota Tacoma. I bought her, and I thought she really needed a name, so I named her Harriet Ethel Truck. She is so mighty fine. (See actual picture below.)

I had to say farewell to my faithful old 1996 Toyota Tercel - it was very hard to say goodbye. But, I have always - since childhood - dreamed about having a space of my own to sleep in that I could also drive around in. Plus, my packed Tercel typically looked like this: a mountain of gear stuffed into a tiny 2 door car with a small, cleared out area on the driver's side. Usually with a tripod whacking me in the back of my head whenever I stopped. Whenever it rained, I still had to put up my tent - there was no way to lay down in the car without unpacking it. The added space really makes quite a difference.

Here is a self portrait of me and the White Beast at the end of a rural farm road back in 2008. Not gonna lie, I still miss my little white car.

So here is what happens now: I am in the process of figuring out how to build out the back of my truck so I can sleep comfortably in it. I am meeting with a carpenter friend this week or next to discuss the details. I plan on building a little bed on the right side with shelves underneath, a little table to work on, and a small area to lash my darkroom in so it doesn't go bumping around. Here is my non-architectural and probably very idealistic drawing:

One of my goals for the year is to spend at least 3 months on the road shooting.

It's gonna happen.

Here is to 2012.

And here is a little song for you to tap your feet to.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mountaintop Dance Crew featuring DJ Hot Tub

Boone, North Carolina
September 2011

Throwback to summertime. Good people. Missing my bared feet.