February 18th, 2011
We have been posting away on Tumblr. Follow Us Here. Also check out more of pics throughout the Glamour website (including the homepage today) and on the Glamour Tumblr page. Click on the contributor link at right on their Tumblr to see everything we have shot. One of the more popular posts from the Kate Spade show is below.
February 9th, 2011
A recent Tweet by Dan Milnor (www.smogranch.com) started me thinking about taking some time to disconnect from my phone and email. The article Dan referenced is titled, “What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking and Sacred Space” by Scott Belsky. The article starts as follows:
“Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a thousand satellite radio stations. When walking from one place to another, we have our devices streaming data from dozens of sources. Even at our bedside, we now have our iPads with heaps of digital apps and the world’s information at our fingertips.”
I read the tweet and the article one morning on my ipad from bed. When I told that to Dan he replied, “U R Screwed.” Just when I thought I was beyond hope the cows came calling.
I spent the last several days shooting an editorial at a cattle ranch in the Dragoon Mountains 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona. No cell phone. No email. Instead my time was filled with photography on horseback, sporadic running water, grand vistas, star-filled nights and as the article states: a space “void of distraction” where the mind returns “to the uncertainty and fears that plague all of us.” The idea that a pack of wild boars would attack me on the walk back to my cabin or that a tarantula would dangle down from the ceiling are not based on a reality I have ever experienced yet both those thoughts had me searching every which way with my flashlight. Then I realized it – this is disconnection and it’s giving my mind the space to create. As I enter the fashion shows for the next month there will be no prolonged disconnection for me, however, keeping my iPhone, iPad and Mac in the other room at night might be a good first step towards creating some sacred, creative space.
While I’m waiting quietly for that happen, here’s a picture of my road to disconnection – aka the road to Dragoon, Arizona.
February 3rd, 2011
Living in Los Angeles for more than a decade I have heard many stories about the business (and debauchery) that happens at Sundance. After my shoot there last week, I am happy to confirm that it is far crazier than I had imagined.
Here are some Sundance tips and observations:
1. Snow boots and camera backbacks. If you are an exec and think your Prada pumps will survive, think again. And if you are a photographer and think you can roll your cameras around, sorry.
2. PR runs the show – be nice. There are a lot of intelligent and fun women who are the connections to everyone and everything. I had a blast watching them in action. And when they were crossed – bad news.
3. I love the Sundance Press office. That’s less of a tip and more of a huge thank you. They get their s**t done and made my job way easier.
4. Movies. I did not even see one because my shoot schedule was so busy. But I heard they were great and you should see them if you can.
5. Remember that you are at altitude and should drink accordingly. You can see who did not follow this role by their sunglasses in the coffee shops. As we discussed at our table, is the hangover ever that bad that it is okay to wear sunglasses inside?
To see some of what happened check out my gallery here:
And here are a couple pages from the magazine. On the left are Another Earth director Mike Cahill and star/co-writer Brit Marling. They won the Special Jury Prize. On the right are Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics.