Monster Trucks with Danu

My 11 year old nephew, Danu is visiting from Moldova for the summer. It’s his first time in the United States. First time on a plane, in a big city, or really anywhere outside of his town in Moldova (He’s been to neighboring Ukraine a few times). He’s also a big car fanatic and loves anything with a motor. So when I saw there was a Monster Truck event at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, well it was too good to pass up. What better way to introduce him to America? He’s never been to a stadium or any kind of motor sports event either. I only had a little point and shoot camera with me but I managed to get some shots of the adventure. The last part of the night didn’t go so smoothly when the dark side of eating 2 hotdogs, a pretzel, cotton candy, fries, cookies and a gallon of soda hit home. America should be eased into it a little more slowly next time, at least at the concession stand.

AiCure Commercial Spot

AiCureA few months ago I was asked by AiCure to direct a spot that showed their technology in action and could serve as a quick way to communicate the power and scope of their solution for medication adherence. It’s pretty amazing technology and it was an interesting and inspiring challenge to come up with a narrative that would showcase both the user and monitoring sides of their technology. It was also a pleasure to be a part of something that has the potential to help many people in a variety of ways. A big thank you to Adam and Laura Hanina, Gordon Kessler, and Jeremy Peterson at AiCure. My Crew: DP Andrew Trost. Gaffer, Keagan Fuller. Grip, Alex Baker. H&MU, Martina K. Editor, Brian George. Actors, Angie Bullaro, Emily de Villa, David Pendleton, and Chris Rex Stone. Voice Over, Haneen Arafat MurphyCharlie Beyer for Movi expertise and Rick Kaplan at Sherpa Productions for camera support and advice.

Manhattan-Henged

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Manhattanhenge – when the sunset aligns exactly with the grid of Manhattan streets – happened today. It was supposed to be last night too but there were too many clouds. Glad it all lined up. It was worth the wait. But it only lasted about 3 minutes. Next time it will happen is July 12th.

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NYC from LIC

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I’ve never been much of a morning person, but having a baby sure changed that. It also meant it was time for a 2 bedroom apartment and our days in Tribeca were over. So back in August we found ourselves in a nice new place in Long Island City, with a great view of Manhattan. Since I’m on the early shift with the baby, I’m suddenly witness to the sunrise regularly for the first time in my life too. Every day it’s a different light show as the sun hits the city across the East River. As a photographer it would just be negligent not to shoot what’s happening out there. So here are a few of the many pictures, all taken from the same spot on my balcony, that have become the project – NYC from LIC.

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My new favorite background for Fitness mag.

140115_Fitness_635HThe new issue of Fitness magazine comes out today and my story with model Anna Louise Herzog doing some snazzy moves is in it. But it’s almost the background that’s the star of the shoot. A big thank you to Toby Kaufman and Karina Dearwood at Fitness for coming up with such a cool concept (and for thinking of me to shoot it) and to ACME Studios for doing a great job painting the syc. Yes, it was actually painted and there is no photoshop going on. Here is the story below:

 

Oscar Feud!

2013 Toronto International Film FestivalA big congratulations to Steve McQueen, the director of 12 Years a Slave which won best picture at last weekend’s Academy Awards and John Ridley who won the Oscar for adapting the screenplay. It’s a great film and I was happy to see it win, but it seems these two may not have been happy to see each other win. Ridley didn’t thank McQueen in his speech and McQueen did a sarcastic clap when Ridley won. I guess the 2 are feuding over the writing credit for the film. Too bad. I photographed them both for different projects in the past and realized I had them in the same pose. I hope both winning a gold statue will help put it to rest.

 

Elijah Wood. Wouldn’t You?

I just received the new issue of Beyond Cinema in the mail and it’s another good one thanks to the hard work of Elliot Kotek, Peter Trimarco and Cory Michael Skaaren. It was a pleasure shooting Elijah again. He’s always easy going and fun, but in the end all he has to do is look at the camera with those piercing eyes. Click on the cover image to read the digital version of the mag online.

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The Irony of a T-Shirt

_D7C9076       If you haven’t been following the news in France lately, you might not know that their President, François Hollande is embroiled in a bit of scandal after he seems to have been caught cheating on his girlfriend (The first lady of France) Valérie Trierweiler with actress Julie Gayet. I guess he’s been photographed leaving her apartment and his bodyguard was seen delivering fresh croissants there. Very French, I must say.

Well as it turns out I photographed Julie Gayet a few years ago at the Sundance film festival while she was there promoting a film. I didn’t realize it was the very same Julie Gayet that’s in the news until today when my editor Ben, at Corbis let me know that the pictures have been doing well in syndication suddenly. I’m sure her choice of T-shirt doesn’t hurt since its certainly taken on another meaning in the last week. You know now that I think about it, François Hollande and Batman have never been seen in the same room together…. Maybe she knows something about the president we don’t, and the French people are much safer from super villains than we thought.

Here is the situation explained quite well:

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Interview on Shoot For Thrill Podcast.

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Earlier this month I was interviewed by Chris Smith (@theecjsmith), founder & host of the Shoot For Thrill Podcast. It’s one of the top podcasts on iTunes and focuses on successful photographers that are at the top of their craft and aims to inspire action in others. In the interview Chris drew out of me not only my story in photography, but also some challenges I went through, successes I found, and some of the gear I use. I would love for you to hear the interview. Have a listen below and let me know what you think.
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A whole lot of weather going on out there today:

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