For the fifth year in a row I packed up my cameras and headed over to the Old Soul Hot Rod Shop to attend Jesse Coot’s & companies party like no other, the Hardcore Happening. If you haven’t been, you should come by. It’s a great time with an solid group of people. You can find a selection here of some of the images of click this link to see everything I captured that day.
Last week I was in Buffalo displaying some of my work as a featured artist at Voodoo and Burnt Rubber. It was a great time and the raffles, including a customer Harley, helped raise money for charity. It was a great time with good people and other fantastic artists. Scroll through to see some of the images I captured at the event.
On June 4th and 5th, a different kind of race than what is typically seen was held in Wildwood, NJ. The Race of Gentlemen is a throw back to an earlier time, where period correct hot rods and motorcycles race on the beach in Wildwood, just as they had done earlier in the 20th century.The weekend is prefaced on Friday June 3rd with a car corral at The Starlux Hotel where folks meet up after registration and a good bit of the cars racing are parked. Later that same evening is The Night of the Troglodytes, a chopper party accompanied by music. At the race itself beyond the competion, is Kustomrama, custom cars by the sea, and The Wall of Death. I was in attendance all weekend, photographing for Show Class Magazine and below is a small sampling of the event as more images (most of the motorcycle content, The Wall of Death and The Night of the Troglodytes party) will be published by them.
Going through the archives I realized I never posted these images I made while at my last job. I was lucky enough to take home equipment to test to get more familiar and help customers. These are a two images I made while testing a Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 Wide Spectrum digital back represented a few ways. The camera body I used was a Cambo WRS AE and the lens was a Rodenstock 40mm HR, which would equate to a 32mm on a 35mm camera system. All images were made at the Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve in Dekalb County, Georgia. The wide spectrum digital back allows for a lot of creative control in making your images, yielding unique effects based on the wavelengths of light captured.
The first two images are a three shot vertical panorama. Image one is shot Wide Spectrum, meaning no filtration was used over the sensor thus capturing all waves of light. The second image was made using an RM90 filter which cuts all waves of light except those at 900nm or above.
The last two images are a one shot horizontal capture, both made using a Blue filter, though the last image was converted to black and white. All post processing for these and all my images are done using Capture One Pro software.
On March 5th I ventured up to Western NY and attended the Hamburg Cavalcade of Cars and Old S’Cool Review. It was at the Hamburg Fairgrounds and in the main room you found your mainstay of customized and show cars out on display. In the back, there was a barber giving traditional cuts, a pinup contest and both The Greasemarks from Toronto, CA and The Blue Ribbon Bastards from Buffalo, NY playing some rockabilly. I photographed qute a bit, so here are few highlights. If you’d like to see more, you can check them out here.
Again, if you want to see the full gallery you can find them all here.
Last week I headed out to Asbury Park, NJ to meet up with Devil Chicken Design at the Cheap Thrills Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet, where he had a booth displaying his art. I met Chris awhile back and always dig checking out what he’s a part of and like motorcycles almost as much as hot rods and muscle cars so I figured it would be a good time. There were definitely some solid rides, quite a few folks and apparently bands at the after party, which I missed as I had to get home. Well worth the trip, but maybe I’ll schedule a little better for the next one. Here’s a few selects, scroll to the bottom for the link to the rest.
You can view the rest of the images here in my gallery.
On January 1st, 2016 I decided to welcome the new year by heading off to Coney Island to join in with the Polar Bear Club on their annual New Years Day swim. This was my fourth time attending, and as always it was a great time. The air and water temperature were both in about the mid 40’s, so not too cold. In light of this, there were a bit more participants this year than in years past, and even more spectators. Previous years my wife has accompanied me an brought our digital camera to get good pictures, however this year she decided to come along with me in the water, so we opted to not bring a nice camera as we had no one to watch it while we went it. Instead, I brought along my Holga for some on the beach shots and a Canon 35mm waterproof camera that I brought in with me. The Holga was loaded with some expired Fuji Provia 400H transparency film and the Canon with expired Kodak 160vc film. I didn’t take as many in the water as I had hoped, and some were so blurry due to the light / slow film speed conditions that they weren’t as usable, but I was happy with the image I got. Scroll through to check them out and if you have the opportunity, do this swim on New Year’s Day, it’s my favorite way to start the year. Just pack warm clothes to change into and wear some water shoes / booties (no cheating with a wet suit though).
Back on Nov 1st my family joined our friends at the Queens Zoo so the kids could enjoy some outdoor time and visit the petting zoo. As it was the day after Halloween and the Dia de los Muertos there were plenty of activities going on. I brought my Polaroid 250 with me loaded with some expired 667 film that I was finishing from the day before to make some images. Below are some of the best ones. The day was overcast so the 3000 speed 667 definitely helped out.
I’ve been going through my stockpile of instant film and realized I really should be using up my monochrome film, so I have been carrying it around lately. Here are some images made since moving back to NYC both in the neighborhood where I live and one near where I work. The first four are made in Queens using my Konica Instant Press camera loaded Polaroid Sepia film stock I had left and the last is from my Polaroid 250 camera using Polaroid 667 film.
I have finally set up the office in our new apartment and as such, can scan again so I spent the last two days catching up on digitizing the instant I have made since returning to NYC. These images are some of the first I made upon my return. I happened to be working the Saturday of the Indian Larry Block Party so when I finally wrapped up I headed over to say hi to Chris Galley of Devil Chicken Design and his wife Joanne, they had a booth set up selling his amazing wares and was even painting helmets on the spot. I met Chris a few years back at the Broken Sprockets Garage Voodoo and Burnt Rubber Show and stayed in touch since, so it was cool to see the local Buffalo artist in my part of town and get a portrait of him working. It was good to catch up with he and his wife while they were in town.
I used some very expired limited run Polaroid Sepia film in my Konica Instant Press to get the image. Unfortunately the chemistry did not spread as well so my first try yield nothing, the second didn’t capture his head and the third didn’t get his lower half. Take a look at the best two of Chris.
I also met artist Darren McKeag at the show. He was in the booth next to Chris and I made my way over to check out what he had on display. I introduced myself and asked if I could make a portrait of him working and he agreed. Same pack of Polaroid Sepia just a few more frames in and this one seemed to work no problem.
Before I made any portraits, I had to finish the film that been in my camera awhile, which was some expired Polaroid 689. I shot a few frames of the bikes, again with hit or miss results.This happens sometimes with older Polaroid and honestly is part of fun, you never know exactly what you are going to get.