LUKE PERRY (1966-2019)

It’s been a long time since I posted and to make matters worse, I’m posting today as I learn of the loss of another good human with whom I’ve been blessed to work.  I am determined to post more new work here in the future so this doesn’t simply become a celebrity obituary blog but out of respect to those that pass too soon I am compelled to honor their memory. With regard to this blog it appears that I’m lazy but respectful.

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I first photographed Luke when he was brought onto 90210 as Dylan.   I was doing quite a bit of Fox’s gallery work and probably did his first sessions for the show.  A couple of years later New Line Cinema called me do publicity photos for 8 SecondsThese photos are from the last session I did with Luke when I photographed the cast of 90210 at the end of it’s run in 2000.  

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By the time we made these photos we had a good rapport, I would never say I knew Luke personally but we shared some memorable days, a few laughs and some interesting conversations.  From the very beginning he “got it” and was my favorite kind of subject - he was witty, honest in front of the lens and knew exactly what he wanted to give to the camera.

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BERNIE MAC (1957 - 2008)

BERNIE MAC (1957 - 2008)

The shoot was never recovered so the only images that survive are about a half-dozen snip-tests from the E-6 lab and a couple of proof sheets from black & white negatives.

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VERNE TROYER (1969-2018)

VERNE TROYER (1969-2018)

In an effort to focus on Verne rather than his stature I tried to photograph him on seamless whenever I could to remove him from spacial comparison and make his size irrelevant to the things around him.  

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DAVID CASSIDY (1950-2017)

DAVID CASSIDY (1950-2017)

David shared a story about an evening when John Lennon showed up at his house and they proceeded to get drunk and strum Beatle songs all night, which should lend perspective to his level of popularity at the time.

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TOM PETTY - 1950-2017 / NIL DESPERANDUM 

Over the years I saw important members of the intricate machine that powered Tom’s career come and go, band members leave and return, his family circle grow and his kids mature to start their own families.  I watched Tom battle some demons and saw him grow spiritually but I never considered, not for a second, that we would all wake up one morning and he would be gone.

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LIFE IS STRANGE

LIFE IS STRANGE

So now, many years later, I would like to thank a man that I never knew, who is almost certainly dead for a minor act of kindness that has resonated and shaped an important part of my life.  

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BACK IN THE USSA

BACK IN THE USSA

Even stranger than paying respects to a Beatle in the land of Nirvana was realizing my mistake and finding an impressive statue of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in the land of Microsoft and Amazon.

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SPRING ART EXHIBITION – USC

SPRING ART EXHIBITION – USC

I took the opportunity to show images that were not be likely to be exhibited otherwise.  Other than the fact that these are “found images” that I encountered and made on various occasions they have no specific unifying factor.

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CLUSTER INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION

CLUSTER INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION

Cluster: “A group of similar things or people positioned or occurring closely together.”  I admire the implied confidence when an effort that is targeted by critics is entitled in a manner that invites the less-than-inspired pundit to take a cheap shot.  Like naming an album Bad or a band Garbage or an invitational art show made up of divergent talent as a Cluster.  For me this show has special meaning as the “people positioned or occurring closely together” in this case would be Jesse MyersMyles Pettengill and  myself.

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