Emily + Grant:: married

Really enjoyed this day. From the heart pancakes at the beginning to the board-game-bonanza at the reception, it was a truly fun day with some super sweet people.

…and I can’t forget, to to dedicate this post to Teresa Waggoner, whose wedding I shot two years back. If I hadn’t met her and Zach, I wouldn’t have met Emily & Grant. 🙂

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‘Cold Brewed’ gets a show

 

I have a new show opening this week. From NO (solo) shows in the past 10 years to TWO shows in one year… it’s a bit of a jump. I’m freshly familiar with how much work goes into planning one of these things. 🙂

I’m super excited about this one though, as it’s dedicated to my absolute favorite project to date… Cold Brewed. The show opens this coming thursday evening, with a  reception from 6 to 7:30, at Post Memorial Art Reference Library (it’s in the back of the Joplin Library, JoMo peeps). FREE ‘cold brew’ coffee will provided from the one and only Bearded Lady Roasters… Bearded Lady’s own master roaster, Adam Francis, is also an actor from the project.

 

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If you’ve followed me for a bit, you’ll remember this project from a couple years back. But let me fill you in. As a matter of fact, I’m going to pull this straight from the artist statement for the show:

WHAT IS COLD BREWED?

’Cold Brewed’ was a project that basically started as a dare. A dare to ourselves. A ‘you know what would be really fun?’ that actually took form.

 

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The idea was to collaborate. My photos, with words by my good friend Lance Schubert (writer). It would be a photo series that served as a tribute to the old ‘film noir’ style movies, interspersed with text from the story that Lance had penned.

We took the script and mapped out how it would work. And we began producing and co-directing what became an infinitely larger endeavor than expected.

 

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The final product is actually an i-book told in a format that we sort of made up… the photonovel. It goes back and forth between words and pictures, each doing their equal part to tell the story.

 

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You can find the whole thing for a whopping 4 bucks by search out  ‘cold brewed’ in the iTunes store.

 

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THE STORY:

Jett Cropper is a 1940s detective caught in a world in which it was not alcohol that the prohibition rendered illegal… it was COFFEE. Staying true to both Joplin and coffee, we shot the entire series locally and used a cast entirely comprised of true-life-baristas. All slang from the period was swapped for coffee terminology, which makes for a tongue-in-cheek tale that sways from serious action to genre-honoring campiness.

MEMORIES:

I have the fondest possible memories of this project. Moments like it being 11pm, and Lance & I are directing a scene via walkie talkie, whilst a generator runs 7 lights in a warehouse-turned-set, complete with 6 actors, a coil of rope, and a variety of weaponry…

 

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I think that moment was one of the first in which I felt TRULY in my element. (& Lance certainly shared the excitement).

 

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We’re still proud of that project, even if it didn’t turn much of a profit. A print from it (also in this show) was a finalist in the national ‘photospiva’ competition. the i-book got front page under Noisetrade’s ‘books’ section.

 

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we ran a ridiculous grassroots marketing campaign, complete with posters on telephone poles and signs in bathroom stalls…

 

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And now, as a sort of final farewell, here’s a bonafide, non-virtual presentation of some of the favorite sections of our little story.

Hope you can make it. 🙂

 

 

 

Fun with Flour

Sometimes, you’ve already shot a full wedding, and you’re tired, and the last thing you expect is for inspiration to strike.

At a teenage girls’ birthday party.

But then you hear there’s going to be a ‘flour fight’ and you realize this could be super fun to shoot and you set up a light and start playing.

Here’s the random results of all that…

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Side note, for those who were wondering how that black background is working… no, I did not set up a black backdrop, and it was actually still completely light outside. I just cranked up my alien bee (strobe flash) so that the light on the subjects is super bright and the background is darkened out wherever the light doesn’t reach. Fun stuff. 🙂 If you look super closely, you can still see hints of the bushes behind the subjects.

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film noir photobooth

The ‘film noir’ theme is probably my favorite for the photobooth. I get to pay tribute to film noir and also prep for a NEW SHOW (this is my sneaky announcement) in October featuring work from the project ‘cold brewed‘. The show will be up for the entire month of October at the Post Memorial Art Library, located in the Joplin library.

For the ‘booth, I used bare bulb flash for that shadowy look, lots of trench coats and fedoras, and some willing regulars… thanks, as always to Spiva Center for the Arts for graciously hosting the event.

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I love that my buddy Shaun looks like an insane Dicky-Tracy-villain-mugshot here…

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We got bored at one point when there was a lull in people traffic.  So using available models (Shaun, who works at Spiva, and Tatum, my delightful assistant for the night) and taking advantage of Spiva’s amazing retro doors, we took a few stills…

….which proggressively became less moody and more cartoonish as time went on…

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Elijah skates

This is a ‘for the heck of it’ post. Took my good buddy Elijah to the skate park in Springfield last week, and of course, had to pull out my camera. Wasn’t able to bring my flash into the park- which had me frustrated for a minute or two… but there was enough light left in the day to crank up my shutter speed and still capture some of the motion I was hoping for.

Helps to have an awesome subject who knows how his stuff… because, as I’ve often told him, I’d DIE if you got me on a board… 🙂

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