Was happy to see a shot from the home I recently shot for dwell made it into the new “Rooms We Love” Special Issue. The rest of the home should be out soon in Dwells normal monthly. Big thanks to photo editor Anna for the assignment and Julia for the PDF!
Dow Griffith splits his home time between Los Angeles & Vashon Island. He has a unique skill that has landed him a career of travel. Dow is one of Hollywood’s go-to Jungle Scouts. He helps directors/producers find the best places to shoot all across the world. Originally a documentarian himself, his unique knowledge of indigenous people and remote locations helped transition him into scouting. We had a blast shooting around Vashon island and trading NW fishing stories.
I honestly couldn’t imagine a better 30th Birthday present this week. This Sunday I will have 3 photos in the The New York Times Sunday Magazine. One of my dream clients! The story features Matt Dillon (Sitka & Spruce/Bar Sajor/Corson Building) and his salad preparation of the Pacific Northwest Octopus. The article is ONLINE NOW. Please do pickup a copy of the magazine this sunday.
This summer I set out to devote more time to two things I desperately needed more of; Personal Work & Time Outdoors. My WA State Fire Lookout project offered both of these things. It combined my loves of portraiture/exploration/landscapes and northwest history. I will continue to chip away at the 92 remaining lookout towers of WA State next summer but for now the project will pause. I cannot thank Filson enough for helping sponsor the project. Part 2 is live on the Filson Life Blog today. click HERE
Had a really fun shoot in Brooklyn with Justin Chearno (formally of bands Pitchblende, Panthers, LCD Soundsystem) at the home of his new natural wine Importing business. The feature is in the new quarterly publication Popular Noise which is a fresh non typical music publication that is now printed and hitting stores. You can see more about it HERE.
Recently traveled down to the bay area and photographed the men behind “Back to the Roots” Grow your own Mushroom kits. Martha Stewart Living featured them in their November issue featuring their annual American Made Awards. It was interesting the see the science/production facility behind their idea. Both were super nice dudes who deserve the praise.
I somehow managed to sneak my way into an Outstanding In The Field Dinner at Skagit River Ranch cooked by my dear friends at Delancey. I was mostly fishing the mighty Skagit River and drinking beers/stealing brisket but I did manage to bring my Mamiya7 and sneek a few photos of the men behind the meal and my lovely girlfriend.
I’m super honored and proud to be among the featured photographers in PDN. PDN Magazine has always been a great way to get inspired and learn more about my industry as well as see who is doing great work within it. In the October issue (featuring Michael Jordan on the cover) I told my personal story of transitioning from assisting and part-time coffee job work into full-time freelance photography. It was fun to think back on all the things and people who made my dream of shooting full time come true. There is no one perfect way to turn photography into your full-time job but I hope the story helps to inspire some people to take the leap of faith and work hard at making their own transition into full-time. Read the full article HERE
It is always exciting to shoot for a publication you have admired/read for a long time. I had my first assignment for WIRED Magazine’s new September issue shooting a sleep deprivation study Boeing is currently conducting on pilots. It was not only a fun shoot but really interesting to witness. I never realized how real a flight-simulator would feel in addition to its look. Big Thanks to Kristen Fortier for the assignment!
Had the honor of shooting Larry McKaughan aka The King Of Vintage for Wallpaper* Magazine’s September issue. Larry has the definitive collection of American Workwear (including pieces dating back to the late 1800’s) and runs his own brand/showroom Heller’s Cafe. He has impeccable taste in collecting and it was truly an honor to meet and chat with him during our shoot. Wallpaper* has been such an important client for my career and I cant thank them enough for continuing to give me assignments nearly 3 years since our first; that are not only enjoyable but that are always presented in such a classy/well designed final spread. Cheers!
I recently had a super fun assignment down in the Bay Area for the new issue of Popular Mechanics. I shot the three creators of Boosted Boards. These three guys have produced an electric powered longboard capable of speeds over 25mph and easily cruising up hills with no energy. As much as the skateboarder in me wanted to hate on the longboard thing..I couldn’t deny riding it was super fun. Big thanks to Allyson over at Pop Mechanics for the great shoot and my assistant down there Justin Kaneps.
Very excited to launch part 1 of my summer personal project hiking/shooting the fire lookouts of WA State. Here is a peek at the images & a bit more about the project as well as link to the full feature on Filson Life & Cool Hunting!
I recently shot my first feature for Bon Appetit in their august issues Navigator section. Here is the tear sheets as well as a few favorite out-takes. I was super excited to see some of my favorite new Seattle restaurants in the feature. Let it be known I could eat Il Corvo pasta for every meal indefinitely.
Photographed UK Dance Producer Andy Stott as part of the dance cover story in self-titled’s recently released 19th issue. The magazine is always such a blast to shoot for! I mean…how often do you get to shoot a guy in a scary pope outfit listening to RAM?! seriously
Doing a bit of Hard-Drive organization tonight and stumbled across this outtake from a summer LL Bean shoot. I am finally learning to Fly Fish this summer which made me excited to look back on these. Even with such a simple shot you cant deny its a photogenic/romantic sport.
I have started a summer long personal project documenting the historic Fire Look-Out towers of WA State. I will be hiking to many of the most impressive look-outs that still stand in my home state. Shooting all Medium Format film and eventually publishing the series with my amazing project partial sponsor Filson via there “Filson Life" blog. Here is a small preview. Much more to come!
I had the pleasure of being the Producer on a Shabazz Palaces short film we shot this past year. It was an incredible experience working with such a talented group of people to create something for a band whose music means so much to me. Originally it screened as part of the FRYE Art Museum’s Moment Magnitude show but is now online for everyone to view.
Sub Pop Records Official Press Release:
We’re pleased to share (Sparkles)…Recollections of the Wraith, a new minifilm from The Black Constellation featuring music from Shabazz Palaces. The film is part of a thirteen part adornment, performance and object based ritual that began in the fall of 2010 dedicated to transitioned science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. The video was initially shown as a large scale projection on a continuous loop for four months as an installation during the Frye Art Museums “Moment Magnitude Art Exhibition”. The (Sparkles)…Recollections of the Wraith clip was conceived, written and directed by visual artist and TBC collaborator Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, produced byphotographer Kyle Johnson and shot by Miles Burnett/Ben Kasulke at various locales throughout Washington State.
I recently shot still profiles to coincide with several short videos about profiling some notable men as a collaboration with Nordstrom’s mens denim department. Here is a few favorites of Kia Karimi; who works on vintage Harley’s as well as Whiting Tennis is a well known showing visual artist. It was a blast working with my old buddy Alvin Stillwell again who styled the shoots.
My first coverstory for Seattle MET is out on stands. I had the fun assignment of running around Seattle shooting the best bar’s that feature equally as good of food as their cocktails. I did my best to restrain from trying every drink they made….I cannot say the same about not trying each plate of food. Needless to say, my photo assistants were stoked.
I had the chance to shoot Glenn Kelman for Bloomberg Businessweek’s latest issue. The article talks to the CEO’s of the leading online real estate company’s. He was a super interesting guy to talk with and turned out to be an investor in my favorite Seattle breakfast spot.
Had the fun task of shooting some of Seattle’s best seafood in town. Featuring everything from Beer battered Fish & Chips to EEL (that mouth watering opening image from LARK) & Raw Oysters. I cannot deny that I did indeed eat that entire plate of Oysters.
Michael Lerner aka Telekinesis is releasing a new record Dormarion this april via the always great MERGE records. I shot some promotional portraits for the record here in Seattle. These two were a couple of my favorites from the day.
Kurtwood Farm’s is part 2 in my series on Northwest Cheese Farms. I had a great morning shooting at the Vashon Island cheese farm. Kurt Timmermeister’s Dinah wheel cheese (a soft, buttery Camembert-style cheese) has been one of my favorites for the past year. It was wonderful meeting the man behind it. Kurt was such a humble and lovely human. The tucked away farm fits right in on Vashons hippy island vibe. I hope to enjoy one of his many communal dinners thrown on the property.
Did my best at creating a fun holiday still life for this week inspired by the classic Dutch Masters paintings. Big thanks to Ashley & Gabe Rodriguez for the food styling collaboration. I had the pleasure of using a Phase Digital 645 back on a commercial job last week and used it after-hours for this still-life. The resolution was unbelievable. CLICK HERE for a lovely high res jpg version that is still only at about 1/4 the size it could be.