There is a reason why celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld have houses (2) in Telluride, Colorado. It’s because there isn’t any other place like it on the planet. Telluride is a special town. One road in. One road out. With a backdrop that looks like it was photoshopped in. It’s been several years since I have been to Telluride, but I won’t let that happen again. It’s a pain the ass to get there, but well worth the drive. Or, if you’re dripping in cash like Seinfeld, just fly your learjet, and land on the single runway just outside of town.
This is one single 8 second exposure. The moon was really strong that night, and illuminated the clouds over the mountains.It was quite the scene.
Just got back from another road trip out to Colorado and back. This time however, I was not working on a project. I was getting married. Which was awesome, but not something I will dive into on this post. We stayed in Telluride, Steamboat, and Crested Butte (our 3 favorite Colorado ski towns), but only stopped in Leadville. And a more unique town I have not been in for quite some time. At 10,152 ft, it’s the highest city in the United States. That alone makes it unique, but that’s not it. Leadville just has it’s own vibe. Feels like a time capsule. A very rugged place, and not a town you’re likely to spend a ton of time in. I can’t even imagine the weather there in the winter. About 6 years ago, I had very memorable assignment in Leadville, but didn’t really have the time to check it out. On Monday, we only had about an hour and a half, but I came out with some cool images. Even if it was only for a few brief minutes, I was blessed with some amazing light. The sky from horizon to horizon was filled with storm clouds, but there was a very tiny break in the clouds, that let the sun shine through. Which perfectly illuminated the buildings on Harrison Avenue, while still keeping the clouds in the background nice and dark. Couldn’t have ordered it any better. The more I drove around, the more I wanted to stay and shoot. The people, culture, commercial buildings, houses, and mountainous terrain could keep me busy for a week straight. There is a very strong chance I will go back there for an extended period of time to make images.
BTW: If Leadville sounds familiar, it’s probably because they are famous for the Leadville 100. Which is considered to be one of the hardest Mountain Bike/Foot Races in the world.
Last winter I flew out to Chicago for a shoot with ABB Performance and a bunch of their sponsored athletes. I can’t think of one thing I would have changed about this shoot. The crew, client, concept, location, agency,and athletes were all awesome. Really enjoyed shooting this campaign. Quads Gym in Chicago might be the blueprint for what an old school gym should be. Brick walls, beams in the ceiling, ancient equipment, and perfectly dingy. If you live in that area, and are serious about working out, you go to Quads. The walls are covered with champion bodybuilders who started their careers in that two story relic. They just don’t make them like Quads anymore and it’s a shame.
We had a really early start time and a lot to get done. Aside from a couple snags though, the day went pretty smooth and we came out with some awesome stuff. The athletes were all great and put in a ton of effort. None of them were afraid to move some weight. This first shot is probably my favorite. Daniel Banks is a beast. There literally isn’t anymore room on that bar to put another plate. Awesome. Almost all of these images are being used for ABB’s latest ad campaign, and can be seen in Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Fitness, etc.
I’ve lived in California for a while, but never had the urge to surf. Right around this time last year though, I really got into body surfing. And have been doing it consistently ever since. “The Wedge” in Newport Beach is known around the world as one of the meccas for body surfing. And yesterday Surfline said the waves there were going to be 25ft and above. So I had to take a quick trip up there to see the show. It was insane. The Wedge is a living monster. Not just for it’s shear size, but it’s ferocity. I’ve never witnessed a wave that forms so quickly and appears to feed off itself. With one concern, to demolish the surfers who think it’s a good idea to test it. The weight of that wave is incredible. So thick and powerful. I’m perfectly alright admitting that I would never think about trying to ride a wave like that. Sometimes it’s good to know when you’re beat. The fact that there are surfers who ride waves 100 feet high is insane. Literally.
Really happy to see that Barbershops of America is starting to get thrown around the web a little bit. Most notably, in The Guardian, which is one of the most popular papers in the UK.
This gallery is filled with images shot on two different cameras (Nikon D4 and Nikon D810) on two different days about 4 months apart. Been slacking, and thought I would just throw them into one post. I’m amazed at how the Nikon D810 preserves detail in shadows. It produces a much different look from the D4.
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Been saying this a lot lately, but I can’t believe the books are actually here. It’s almost been three years since I started photographing old barbershops. 50,000 miles and 50 states later, I’ve finally published an enormous body of work into a coffee table book. Crazy to think what has happened over the past three years, and I’m really proud to share this with everyone. The hard cover books 120 pages are filled with 250+ images from over 70 barbershops in all 50 states of the USA. For more info, or to purchase a copy, go to WWW.BARBERSHOPSOFAMERICA.COM
If you just met Jon Jones and didn’t know he was one of the baddest men on the planet, you would think he was just a normal guy. The night before our shoot, Jon took the red-eye from Hawaii and arrived on no sleep. Not only that, but he was sick and had been throwing up all the way from the airport. Still after all that, he showed up ready to go. And he was genuinely one of the nicest people I have ever met. Forget being an elite celebrity athlete, he was just a nice dude. After our initial conversation, I couldn’t believe that he is the same guy who thoroughly beats the shit out of people for money. Didn’t seem like he had it in him.
Everlast ran a bunch of Jon’s ads in Men’s Fitness. This is my favorite that also ran on mensfitness.com. It’s one of those shots that you swear is photoshopped, but isn’t. Everything just lined up. We had a smoke machine running behind Jon, and for a few brief seconds the clouds broke which let the sun shine perfectly through those huge windows.
FYI: The image of Jon on the left is not mine. It’s an online link to a video.