Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Coldplay and ANTON!

Here's a cool, new interview film, shot in all B/W, with Coldplay. Anton Corbijn, (most coolest photographer and film director) was asking the questions....and, there's also a LIVE CONCERT, which is visually very inspired by recent U2 shows, duh! Lots of confetti and house lights. COLDPLAY, Unstaged

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

That Yellow House on The Corner

Since I've been back (it's been 3 months since moving back from San Francisco), I've been longing to go in that "yellow house on the corner".

It's now the home of Marcie Brogan's - Brogan and Partners, Convergence Marketing and Ignite Social Media. I had met Marcie while working for Ameen Howrani Photography in downtown Detroit, and he had always said "when you come back, you should go introduce yourself to Marcie."  So, as I was taking a slow drive thru Birmingham last evening, I noticed a flock of people, with cocktails in hand, on the white porch of that yellow house. A local catering van was out front, and I immediately thought, "Ooooh, a work party."

SO, I turned around and parked at a nearby meter, walked up to the house, hesitated a bit, walked by the house, turned around, walked back towards the house, and before I knew it, I was chatting with Marcie and Bonnie Folster, partner and executive creative director. We talked about Ameen and his children Ara (Howrani Studios)  and Ana, and a little bit about advertising and photography here in Detroit. It was wonderful. (The party was to celebrate Ignite's new client, think car company). I'm so glad I doubled back and went up the stairs.
 
My first visit to that "yellow house" was during a College for Creative Studies field trip during a photography class. We went to see a new and futuristic "multi-media" slide show! I remember getting goose bumps and chills seeing and feeling the presentation. There was loud music, lights and about 60 slide projectors all synced up showing us a visual and audio amazement. It was just a hint of the future, and oh my, what future we are in now.

Maybe next time, I'll be there to take official "party shots" or to create my one-of-a-kind "B/W Party Portraits" that I shoot on professional fuji high speed instant film. (think polaroid). Both a party favor and entertainment. (smile)

Find out more cool info on BROGAN and PARTNERS here and here.

IGNITE!!!

I took this photograph on one "real" 4x5 piece of Polaroid film. Oh my, what luck! As Walter Farynk, my mentor and favorite College For Creative Studies instructor, use to say: "The harder I work, the luckier I get".

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Holiday Decorating From The Past

Here's a few photo's from the Holiday Decorating while living in Pacifica, on the ocean, just south of San Francisco. I won the "Neighborhood Holiday Illumination Award" for decorating the outside of the house one year. I wasn't even aware there was a contest. That was funny.





More Holiday Decorating from the Past







Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Giant Has Fallen

Wonderful article on the passing of Steve Jobs today in the San Jose Mercury News.
Here's a little bit:
"A giant has fallen.Within moments, the passing of Steve Jobs reverberated around a world that he has done as much if not more than any other person to shape. And the fact we knew this day was coming sooner rather than later does not soften the blow.
There are any number of ways you could gauge the impact of his life. You could measure the wealth he generated for thousands of shareholders, its flirtation with being the most valuable company in the world, its bulging profits or the thousands of jobs he created.
There are endless anecdotes you could tell to capture his genius and leadership. Stories abound about his attention to detail, his rock-star keynote speeches.
But perhaps the best tribute to his life came in the outpouring of grief and gratitude being expressed both on and offline.
So few of us truly new him personally. And yet millions of us felt his passing so deeply."

Todd Rundren and David Johansen, 2011

Wow, this is pretty cool. Love it!
Todd and David Johansen

Steve Jobs Quote


"Trust that the dots will connect down the road, follow your heart" - STEVE JOBS.
Pee Wee Connect the dots



"Follow The Yellow Brick Road 2" - one of my original "altered photographs" on stretched canvas. A one of a kind!

Thank you STEVE JOBS, you changed the world.

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech from 2005

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Todd Rundgren/Utopia - Live in Manchester, England and MORE

Live Todd Rundgren / Utopia videos from Manchester (WomanChester) last night - Oct. 1, 2011
I'm So Proud
I Saw The Light
Drive
Can We Still Be Friends
Buffalo Grass
Love Is The Answer
Dream Goes On Forever
REAL MAN

MORE:
Todd Rundgren and Friends - UTOPIA Reunion Show
Live Video from Jan. 29, 2011 - New York City
Utopia Theme
Crying In The Sunshine - (duet with Moogy Klingman)
Sons of 1984
The Wheel
Dust In The Wind

BLAST from the PAST:
Couldn't I Just Tell You - Live TV 1978
Ballad of Denny and Jean - 1987 (the drunk concert, solo show at New George's)
Interview - Backstage 1978, oh my (1 of 2)
Interview - Todd before Live "Wizard A True Star" tour

Monday, October 3, 2011

It's All About Back Lighting

Here's the difference between "flat frontal lighting" (top photograph) and "back lighting" (bottom photograph). The "back lighting" photograph is 100% better!