OAKLAND SHOW – 9/3 – $5

I am playing a show in Oakland next week at The Stork Club.  Their website isn’t the most informative, but the show is September 3 at 9 pm.  It costs $5 and is 21+.  Here’s the show’s official flyer:

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Still Marching

On Sunday, I published a piece on DC Focused, covering a march against police brutality that happened last week.  I hope you get a chance to read it – my words accompany many powerful photos from D.C. photographers.

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Hello Baltimore

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I am playing my first solo show in Baltimore on June 1 at the Sidebar.  It should be fun.  Come hear weird music.

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Thirsty & Miserable

I am playing a show on Saturday with a number of great musicians.  We’re doing it in honor of Jeffrey Prosser, a friend of ours who died suddenly last year.  It should be an awesome night.

 

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Jeffrey Prosser

Almost a year ago, a friend of mine died suddenly.  He made pretty amazing music and frequently donated his graphic design skills to musicians.  He was a really, really generous guy.  So generous that, shortly after his death, two memorial concerts were organized in D.C. and Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Now, some of his musician friends have put together a compilation in his honor, titled Thirsty and Miserable, a phrase Jeffrey was particularly fond of.

The compilation features twenty-one artists (twenty-two for the download version) who knew and loved Jeffrey, featuring both locals and musicians from farther afield. The artwork includes designs by Jeffrey, including art for flyers he designed to promote shows around the DC area.  Proceeds from sales of the compilation go to Bread for the City, a charity selected by the Prosser family.

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2015 Wrap

2015 is a wrap.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the past year, ranging from travel pictures to my mundane daily commute.

January
I began 2015 with a trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to find some quiet, drink good beer, and eat plenty of great food.  It was very cold, but when a warmer front finally came in, the result was a beautiful foggy evening.

 

February
In February, I received my Samyang 14 mm lens as well as my first (of three, due to product defects) Vello Shutterboss.  After work, I strolled down to the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin to take some shots.  This moody number is my favorite from the month.  Were I to revisit it in processing, I would probably lighten it a bit and make the tree shadows on the left side of the frame pop a bit.  I processed this in Aperture (and likely NIK Silver Efex Pro).  Had I known of Lightroom’s versatility, I would have moved away from Aperture earlier.

 

March
I am a big Washington Wizards fan, but rarely bring my camera to games.  This time, I decided to do so and managed to capture John Wall on a breakaway dunk against the Pacers.  The coloring strikes me as off, but then I watch a game on TV and remember that this is stadium lighting – not fantastic.  Still, the red seems a big magenta-ish to me.  One thing I really like about this photo is that it is reminiscent of a Where’s Waldo drawing.  Another thing I like is that while there is a lot to look at – individuals in the crowd, teammates waiting in anticipation, et cetera, one’s eyes are instinctively drawn to Wall as he elevates toward the rim.

 

April
Travel ended up being the name of the game in April and May.  In April, I visited New York City (and Grand Central Terminal) and camped with wild ponies on Assateague Island.  While the weather turned a bit too dreary for enjoyable camping, Assateague is always beautiful.  You’re not supposed to touch the ponies because they can be surly and because they carry a lot of ticks.  That didn’t stop this girl from bonding with her favorite pony.  The range of responses this shot elicits is great: some find it gross; some find it cute; and some find it funny.

Girl & Wild Pony, Assateague Island

 

May
I took a lot of photos in May.  I traveled to Pittsburgh for fun and to Troy, Hudson, and Brooklyn to play music.  During the rest of the month, I took a lot of pictures on Metro (DC’s subway system) and at events like the WWII Flyover (commemorating the 70th anniversary of VE Day).

Troy Nightlife (mirror selfie)

video magic (Dave Vosh at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center)

 

June
This photo was taken using my Samyang 14mm lens.  I’ve always enjoyed the DC Metro’s brutalist architecture.  The lighting is rather yellow (perhaps sodium bulbs?) so making the photo monochrome is both easier and frequently more aesthetically pleasing.  This photo is chock full of leading lines and symmetry, as well as a fair amount of variance in grey tones.

 

July
I caught this seal snagging chum from fishing boats arriving at the Chatham Fish Pier.  The gull was doing the same and this seal knew it.

 

August
I finally picked up a National Parks Pass on my trip with friends to Shenandoah.  One of my goals on this trip was to photograph the Milky Way.  Big Meadows, in Shenandoah National Park, is a great spot to watch the stars.  I, however, being nearly alone in a National Park for the first time, was scared of bears, so I didn’t have a lot of patience.  It didn’t help that I forgot my tripod.  Orion is my favorite constellation, though, and catching it rising over this grove of trees made the late night excursion worthwhile.

Orion (Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia)

 

September
My friend and fellow photographer Cody Williams frequently asks me to join him on walks around town taking photos.  I rarely agree to do so.  The last time we went out, I took this photo, which is one of my all time favorites.  I really like the color, the ghostly stairs, and how monolithic the brick building appears.

 

October
I walked around taking a lot of photos in October, but most of my time was spent making music.  This anonymous and vaguely unsettling bus, though, really caught my eye as it barreled down 9th Street near the Washington Convention Center.  Also vaguely unsettling – I had a nice ride on a completely dark Metro car a few days before Halloween.  I don’t think WMATA was trying to heighten the Halloween vibe intentionally, but it was pretty cool to have the car illuminated solely by tunnel lights.

 

November
“Turkey for Turkey Day!” I shouted as I booked my flight on Turkish Airlines in August for a Thanksgiving trip.  I took over 5,000 photos in Turkey over 11 days.  Go to Turkey.  It’s beautiful.  The food is delicious.  The people are incredibly hospitable.

waiting for the bus (Istanbul, Turkey)

 

December
I ended the year where I began it – in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  This is a long exposure (20 seconds) lighted by the boardwalk behind me.  I really love the colors of the inversion and the receding water.  I also really like the detail of the shells and the contrast between the shells and skeleton and the sand.

Inversion (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)

 

2015 was a great year for me in terms of learning – I learned a ton regarding processing (in Lightroom, specifically) and how to improve my composition.  I hope 2016 is equally as educational… we’ll see!

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments!

Cheers.

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Retirement

Last week, Fuzzy Panda Recording Company released the debut album from one of my bands. I had been working on an album with a gentleman in Ojai, California on a project called RETIREMENT.  Well, Fuzzy Panda finally released it.  It is now available for your enjoyment: http://fuzzypanda.bandcamp.com/album/retirement.

It’s a slow moving collection of tracks that I’m quite proud of.  It’s probably classified as ambient or drone, as it’s glacial and atmospheric.  It’s also one of the best things I’ve been involved with.

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Updates

Over the past few months, I’ve had a few wonderful opportunities come my way.  The first is writing and taking photographs for the vibrant new DC website DC Focused.  There, I started a series called Drink City (cross-posted on Prince of Petworth) about the growing drinking culture in DC.  This series mostly consists of interviews with and portraits of bartenders.  With Drink City, I avoid silly shock pieces about “worst customers” or “worst bartender stories” and clickbait like “10 best hangover cures.”  I’m interested in how these folks got started, what they enjoy about their jobs, and changes they have seen and changes would like to see in DC’s drinking culture.

I’ve also begun selling photographs on Fine Art America.  These photographs are available as prints, framed or not, and on a variety of merchandise, including tote bags and iPhone covers.  While I do not expect this to be a significant source of income, I hope I can offset some of my equipment purchases and provide some folks with a photograph or two that speaks to them.

In addition, I’ve begun a number of photographic projects while continuing some others.  My projects include the DC Metro, commuters, certain storefronts, and the southwest quadrant of DC.

In terms of music, Fuzzy Panda Recording Company has enough upcoming releases that I’m almost overwhelmed with being busy.  This administrative side of a record label, even a small one, is the least interesting thing I could be doing with my spare time.  The FACE-EATERS OF HONG KONG will be releasing their debut EP shortly.  Fuzzy Panda will release a drone compilation, featuring Timmy Sells His Soul, Immanent Voiceless, Katoendrato, Tag Cloud, and others.  We hope to re-release the Doogie’s EP Out from 2005 or so, as well as music from The Prisoner’s Dilemma.

That’s enough for now, but there is plenty more going on, especially on the music front.

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Drink City

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I’ve started a new feature for DC Focused, called Drink City.  It’s been picked up by PoPville, another DC blog.

Drink City consists of interviews and portraits of folks in DC involved with drinking in DC.  Seems self-explanatory, right?  Good.

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DC02: Franklin

 

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DC Focused

I’ve started writing for DC Focused, a mostly photography-oriented site that also covers random goings on in Washington, D.C.  My first piece is about an interesting and semiannual phenomenon in D.C.: D.C. Henge.  It’s like Stonehenge, with its purposeful solar alignment, but instead it happens with modern building aligned on a N/S/E/W grid.

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