0 comments Monday, June 18, 2007


In 1999 and 2000 I did a lot of photo manipulation with one of my favorite professors ever, Henry. The man was amazing and I ended up taking five of his classes. This work is a big one created from multiple scanned 6x7 negatives. I used to work in this almost allegorical style fairly often, these days I'm over it.

Today it's pretty rare for me to heavily manipulate my imagery. If my intent can only be reached by such means, then sure I'll do whatever it takes. It's just so easy to make something look cheap.

I still love this print.

1 comments Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Occasionally I work in other media...

Doll Head
30x40" Pastel on Paper

I've Got My Thumb On You
6x10" Ink on Paper

6x10" Ink on Paper

Sometimes it's nice to work in other media. I'll always be madly in love with pastels, I've got a thing for carcinogenic materials I guess.


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I must admit, I have a horrible dreadful aversion to Hawaiian print shirts. I've lost count of the number of photographers I've seen wearing them. Maybe it's a local phenomenon.

There are a few things I notice about other photographers when I first see them in a basic order of importance.

1. How do they carry their gear? Do they have a big SUV (stupid useless vehicle) out in the parking lot with a trunk full of stuff in it and they are working without any bags? Perhaps they prefer belt systems. Are they using a leather satchel with a nice patinae?

2. What are they wearing? Does it fit the demeanor of the event? Do they have any special touches to their clothing to make their job easier?

3. Finally, how is their demeanor and how do they carry themselves? This often requires and introduction and requires a bit of friendliness.

I have a horrible pet peeve with item number two. I should preface this with a bit of background. I used to work in theater, I was the technical director and master carpenter for a troupe and there was a strict policy that all non-actors had to wear black from head to toe. It was a practical policy. It meant you would never draw unwanted attention to yourself in any given situation and you would always appear at least semi formal.

Now when I see someone photographing a wedding in one of the aforementioned Hawaiian print shirts, or covering a ball in jeans and sandals, it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up a bit.

I know the photographer is working, and efficiency and comfort are key. You won't see me in a tux when I'm photographing a wedding, but you're sure as hell not going to notice me sticking out like a sore thumb. I think it's largely a matter of professional courtesy extended to the clients or the guests at an event and I think sometimes it gets too easy to overlook such details.

So here's a plea to others photographers, check yourself out in a mirror before you leave the house for a gig. To everyone who already does, kudos to you. Keep on keepin on.

(I forgot my black shoes in the car in the above photo, but yes I always wear funny socks)

1 comments Thursday, June 7, 2007

Throughout the years I've been called in over and over again as ad hoc family photographer. It's a role I accept, sometimes with enthusiasm, sometimes with great sighs of exasperation. No matter how I may feel about filling the role, I can say it's made me a better photographer.

I've got a feeling the total number of frames I've shot of my family is awfully close to the number of shots I've done for myself. That's a whole lot of experience photographing in a fairly fast paced dynamic environment, if you push yourself to do it well you can learn from it.

This is my new little cousin imported here from Ukraine. It's a fairly typical example of what we end up with and it makes most of the family happy. Hardly a masterpiece, but a decent snapshot nonetheless.

If nothing else it give you an excellent chance to experiment with your equipment in a consequence free environment. Your family won't care much if you photos aren't technically perfect.

0 comments Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I think lots of photographers have an obsession with decaying objects. I know I do, there are whole flickr groups dedicated to rusty objects.

I have a particular weekness for elevator pully motors. Many a fire escape have I ascended in hopes of capturing the rare beasts. I passed up some of the horse show to photograph the chairs in the stadium. I simply couldn't help it.

My name is Jammy, and I'm addicted to junk.

0 comments Sunday, June 3, 2007






Just a quick follow up to the previous post. Comments welcome.

1 comments Friday, June 1, 2007



These were taken earlier today at the Indianapolis Charity Horse Show.

It was exciting, you can Still check it out Sunday night if you like. I've never shot horses before, this was a first for me. The shots have an unusual feel to them. Thoughts? (click on "comments" to add a comment!)