Yes. Crazy, weird and, oftentimes, preposterous things happen in Manhattan’s favorite, neighboring borough. Desperate housewives cook the kids’ burgers to well-done deliciousness. Pro bowlers wash up on the shore of the East River. Zany folks walk their cats on leashes. My new, ongoing series entitle Calamitous Brooklyn discovers and documents much of this BK kookiness. Below are a couple of examples to wet your whistle, so to speak.
It’s crazy insurance for this era of electronic information–Beazley insures businesses against data theft, loss, hacking, etc. The ad campaign portrays the dangers of businesses who don’t have this type of coverage. Thanks to creative director Michael Demos for selling advertising you wouldn’t expect to see for this category. Here’s a shot:
My niece has a 1 year old Labradoodle that she really likes and claims is the most beautiful dog in the world. My niece likes photography. My niece likes trips to NYC. I think my niece likes me. Put that all together and you get a full-on studio photoshoot, in NYC, starring “Ziggy.” All-in-all he was easier to work with than many people I shoot.
Caddyshack is one of the best movies of all time. There, I said it. Every time I see it (TNT, USA, TBS seem to play it twice a day), I’m reminded that Harold Ramis is a genius. It’s classsic comedy whether you play golf, watch golf, despise golf or couldn’t care one way or the other.
So, I was surprised to learn that this summer marks the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. Yes, 30 years. And I realized, that over those 3 decades, Caddyshack has continued to remain relevant. People of all walks still quote it. Myriad fan pages scatter the web with trivia, pics, clips, memorabilia, etc, et al. Notions such as cinderella story, doodie doodie, the world needs ditch diggers too, night putting and a dancing ultra lo-fi gopher make the Caddyshack faithful nostalgic for those simpler times.
To celebrate Caddyshack’s big number 30, I decided to pay homage with a tribute photoshoot. Bring back all the characters. Recreate the iconic scenes. I was lucky enough to find a willing country club and an amazing cast. NYC phenom producer Inna Khavinson brought it all together. And on the longest day of the year, we shot like crazy and captured images I feel do the film justice.
I hope Harold would agree.
Below are a couple behind-the-scenes pics. The full series, along with Caddyshack trading card (collect ‘em all) are up on my site
A while back I shot Ashley Dupre (of the Eliot Spitzer saga). Why? Well that’s an entire other blog entry. Anyway, at one point, I was playing with literal underexposure since I thought she could use some, figuratively. Here’s a pic of Ashley as well as a couple of my assistant Kirsten, who was gracious enough to model a bit, too.
Okay, who saw “Whip It?” I did not. But heard a lot of good things about Drew Barrymore’s comedy/drama following a “young misfit who finds a way to deal with her miserable, small town life through roller derby” (quote from rotten tomatoes). The trailer on youtube looked pretty cool, too.
Regardless, I was given the opportunity to head out to Schnecksville, PA for a portrait project with the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls and decided I better not pass it up. The entire team–the pivots, blockers and jammers–all would be there. And they were excited, really excited for the shoot.
The second I walked into the skating center and saw the women sitting around, I knew I had some big personalities on hand. These women are tough. And cocky. And funny. And athletic. Some mothers, some in their 40s. Everyone with a different reason for taking up roller derby. I shot for about 6 hours and it was a blast. I even was invited to an upcoming bout in Newark, NJ (which I most certainly will attend). Below are a few pics and video from the shoot. More will soon be up on my website.
By the way, these “girls” could definitely take me. On or off skates.
… things can happen. Some more in the “on white” series of goofing around.
Office workers. In an office. Wearing clothes made out of office supplies. Sound fun? It’s my latest project that is now ready for prime time. Retouching props to Playground in Prague (that’s quite a few “Ps”) who were amazing to work with, virtually/digitally. Two shots below to tease. The rest are on my site.