Catching up on old images and realized I never posted my layover in Amsterdam. I used a milage reward ticket to Paris for Thanksgiving and had a 5 hour layover in Amsterdam. When factoring out the train ride to the city I had a little less than 3 hours in the city but enough to whet my appetite. Somehow in all my travels I had never been there and now I can’t wait to plan a real trip back. Take these for what they are worth, a few tourist hours in a new city.
While I tend to stay away from work items on my blog, I think it’s so cool that Communication Arts recognized our campaign as one of the years best. I shot all these and about 100 more(except the guys in the mud masks). Thanks to the great creatives, clients and crew who worked on all these shots.
Trying to get caught up after an insane last quarter on the road. For thanksgiving my wife, son and I took off for Paris for a short week and a chance to get away. While Paris is full of amazing restaurants and not so amazing restaurants(Frenchie comes to mind, come on Anthony Bourdain, really?)
We choose out favorite neighborhood restaurant to celebrate thanksgiving and for about the 10th time it exceded my expectations. I know what I’m going to order before I walk in the door(cassoulet, frog legs) and it’s always better than I remember.
Managed to sneak away last week for a little time in northern california. My grandparents next door neighbor had a go cart so my son Rogan and I tore the place up. What a great summer!
OK, only 4 so I lied
Hot air ballooning seems so iconic to me and Iv’e always wanted to experience it. Getting to try it in Luxor Egypt made it even better. Other than having to wake up at 5 in the morning the entire process of watching the workers set up the balloons for take off is quite surreal! All the hustle and bustle is very exciting and then you jump and/or climb in the big wicker basket and the jets are bursting hot air and your adrenaline is pumping and then its just peace! As soon as your 50 feet off the ground its quite and your amazed at the view of the Nile river and ruins all around you.
Camels are mean. They do not, i repeat, do not want to be your friend.
Assistant extrordinare Dave Weaver realizing he remembered cameras but not water.
10 minutes later.
Mint tea is the perfect thing to sit down and relax with in the middle of this crazy market.
Such amazing curry!
The owner greets everyone at the door upon arrival and sees everyone out.
Recommending Hagia Soghia in Istanbul is like recommending the Louvre in Paris but it as absolutely a must see. It was built as a christian church, converted in to a mosque and is now a museum.
I have an absolute obsession with fish markets. If a city has one I will be there before sunrise to see what’s going on. Istanbul was no exception and I ended up here 3 days in a row.
Unloading the days catch at sunrise.
If you have ever parked a boat before you will understand how amazing the captains are in Istanbul.
Again, low lying fruit as far as exotic goes but the smells, chaos,variety and quality of food is not to be missed. It is surprisingly hard to find as it is not well labeled or as large looking from the outside as one would expect.
The area surrounding both side of the Galata Bridge is one of the most amazing people watching places I have ever encounted. On the south side you have the mosques, markets and bazaars and across the Bosphorus you have Galata Tower in a neighborhood much like the East Village of New York. As well, an amazing little street of nothing but hardware stores.
Each day hundreds of people fish the Galata Bridge. All the fish I saw they kept didn’t look big enough to bother with.
On every corner is someone selling Simitci, a third cousin to the pretzel.
There are so many Mosques in Istanbul it’s hard to pick one. All seemed to be very open to westerners visiting but please check up on local customs before entering to save you and them embarrassment(no shorts, etc).
View of the Blue Mosque from Hagia Sophia
The traditional washing of the feet before entering the mosque.
View of the Blue Mosque from the roof of my hotel, the Eresin Crown Hotel.
Note- Most of these are new but a few images were posted on my old blog or on my site but wanted to display them in context.
Sometimes it’s good to actually enter award shows, especially when you get picked. From the newly released Communication Arts photography annual.
After spending most of the winter working on my letterhead and overall branding I was looking for a letterpress artist and my friend Michelle Wells recommended Peter Kurty and his wife Sayre. After being totally blown away by their work and studio space I jokingly asked if he ever gave workshops and he offered to have a weekend workshop for just me and my assistant Pat. I took him up on the idea and needed to print opening pages for my new portfolio so the timing was perfect.
Peter has an amazing collection of antique type. I could go through it for days.
Inks of every shade and type known to man.
SPOILER ALERT! I little preview of the plate used to make the opening page of my new portfolio.
Pat printing his cards on the second day.
Peter showing me how to tie metal type together to save it for reprinting if necessary.
It felt so good to get in the studio and do something entirely by hand. Thanks to Peter for an amazing experience.