Photolucida 2015 Fund Drive!

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The SXSW of art photography, Photolucida, is having portfolio reviews in Portland April 2015, and I was lucky enough to make it through the lottery process they have for registration.  The next hurdle is registration costs- roughly $1000 due Oct. 7, 2014, one week.  Photolucida is a big enough deal that I am ready to sell my car to pay the registration, but since I do have an Etsy shop full of art, anyone who buys from me this week Sept 29-Oct. 5th will get something extra in their order, to be determined depending on what anyone orders!

Shots from the Road: Kelly Eden pt. 2

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I mentioned working with model and cosplayer Kelly Eden in a previous post and these are two of the Lego-themed images we made.  Basically I was thinking of booking Kelly, wondering what would be an interesting theme, and my children were watching the Lego Movie in the other room… really not much more to it than that!  Originally I was making more complicated Lego “clothes” for the model to wear, until it was clear that it was beyond my skill to make fully wearable wardrobe accessories with my limited resources.

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At the last minute I made this Lego toothbrush which turned out to be the “shot of the day.”  All images shot in LA at Pillar Box Studios with Fujifilm X-E1, 35mm Fujinon lens, and beauty dish.  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

October 2014 Class/ Travel Schedule

First I’d like to mention I’ll be in NYC roughly Oct. 28-31, partly for the NYC Photo Expo and partly to make a bunch of new art.  Wherever I have a hole in my Arizona schedule and the flights look decent I’ll be in Portland and Seattle as well.

Classes:

Locally in Chandler/ Tempe/ Mesa AZ, I have a bunch of new classes starting in October:

Chandler:

Oct 15 “Beginning Photography” starts 6-8pm at Tumbleweed Rec Center

Oct 17 is the Chandler Art Walk, complete with a zombie walk.  I made a bunch of ceramic zombies for just the occasion.

Oct 20 “Portrait Photography” starts 6-8pm at Tumbleweed Rec Center

Tempe:

Tempe Rec is continuing my “DSLR Basics” class that started in September.

Oct 10 Jerry’s Artarama in Tempe features an artist demo by me from 12-2

Oct 24 Jerry’s Artarama has a mixed media workshop involving photo transfer from 3-5.

Mesa:

Oct 25 begins a new set of kid’s art classes at Mesa Arts Center- “Making Manga,” “Acrylic,” “Science Art” and “Charcoal”

I like how busy this coming month looks!  I’ve done a lot of dark horror/scifi artwork in photo, ceramics, music and video so expect the next month to be filled with pure spooktacularity.

For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

Shots from the road: Kelly Eden #1

david miller kelly eden web size_10My first shoot in LA last month was with model/ cosplayer Kelly Eden.  Because she had a lot of videos and interviews online, as well as creating her own visual artwork, and years worth of previous photoshoots online, it was pretty easy for me to come up with ideas of what we could do.  I’ll post some of the more “conceptual” images later in October, in the meantime, here’s Kelly up close and personal!  Shot with a Fuji X-E1 and 2 Einsteins, one with softbox and one with a beauty dish.

 

Owl Portrait in Portland

untitled (116 of 162)I haven’t added to my series “Animal Sight” in years, but having the 55-200mm Fujinon lens on my little X-E1 makes it possible to not only revisit the series, but improve on the kinds of images I was getting.  This was shot at the Oregon Zoo in late August.

Three Little Buzzards with Shonda Mackey

When I first work with someone local I usually head for the Salt River- it’s a pretty locale that defies the expectation that the desert is a scorching hot wasteland.  On September 7th I met with model Shonda Mackey early enough to catch these buzzards in their morning perches.  Big scary birds are quite impressive when there’s a bunch of them along a Dr. Seuss-like tree.

model Shonda Mackey with buzzards along the Salt River near Phoenix.
model Shonda Mackey with buzzards along the Salt River near Phoenix.

 

Influence + Inspiration: Sinead O’Connor

When I think of artists who “walk the walk” rather than merely “talk the talk”, Sinead O’Connor immediately comes to mind. When I was a teenager she was more famous for ripping up a photo of the Pope than being a singer, but the reason for it- the Catholic Church’s long history of covering up sexual abuse of children- is, in my mind, a noble and righteous reason to tear up a photo of someone who essentially enabled the crime. I’d be interested to meet the person who actually believes the Pope and his church are correct for the heinous actions against innocent children.

Every moment of Sinead “controversy” seems to be like that- people bark at her, tell her to keep her opinions to herself, call her screechy or bossy in the manner that strong women are often derided. From an objective point of view, she’s standing up against the exploitation of women and children, against hatred towards the LGBT communities and other minorities, and pro- love and artistic integrity. Nothing that really actually should be controversial, just common sense!

It’s this melding of morality and integrity with well-crafted tunes and a love of specifically cultural music (reggae and Irish folk) that get me excited when I listen to a Sinead O’Connor track. It feels like “purity”, mainlining straight to the artist’s soul.  A lot of my recent work is being edited while listening to Sinead, and hopefully some of these good vibes are making their way into the images.