I was recently assigned by The New York Times to photograph a wedding here in Denver for their Style section. The piece was in the Sunday paper here. It was an interesting endeavor to photograph a wedding and not be “the wedding photographer”. It was also a pleasure meeting Harley and Brooke and I appreciate them allowing me to be a part of this day with them. And BTW, The Clyfford Still Museum is an amazing building. Here are a few of the outtakes from the day.
The magazine finally came out, the embargo passed, and I’m eager to share these portraits I shot in rural Colorado. Glenda is a pleasure to spend time with, and I believe she raises some of the best cared-for cattle in the country.
I had a fantastic assignment recently to spend the day with Ethiopian marathoner and Olympic silver medalist, Feyisa Lilesa. He now lives in Arizona, not returning to his homeland after finishing second in Rio and displaying a protest gesture as he crossed the finish line, for fear of what might happen to him upon his return.
I’m proud to share the current issue of Marijuana Business Magazine with my photograph on the cover. It was an interesting concept, and great to collaborate with the team at the magazine to make this cover happen!
My first assignment for The Washington Post Magazine went well. I photographed Senator Bennet and his family as he was in Colorado for the long holiday. We did some reportage and one family portrait. Here is the result: (there are some reportage photographs in the magazine as well, I just don’t have a paper copy yet of my own to photograph and share)
Many thanks to the editors at Fokus, Sweden’s weekly news magazine, for this amazing display of my photographs created recently on assignment for them. I spent 2 days documenting the business of cannabis here in Colorado.
A few new photographs from inside a Cannabis (marijuana) grow facility in Colorado.
It is always a treat for me to meet and photograph a skilled entrepreneur, farmer or artist as they work to create something that has the potential to elevate an industry, transform sentiment or upturn convention. Recently I had such an opportunity, making photographs inside a Good Meds medical cannabis cultivation facility here in Denver. Growing Cannabis (marijuana) in Colorado isn’t new, but with the rapid approach of legal recreational marijuana being available to those so inclined (and over 21) from shops in Denver on Jan. 1st, attention on the subject has greatly increased.
Farming indoors is a feat I used to associate with survival in a post-apocalyptic movie. But over the last few years I have witnessed substantial crops being raised in warehouses across Denver. The photographs below are a few from an indoor Good Meds cultivation facility. The combination of entrepreneurship, agricultural skills and craftsmanship on display there was wonderful to experience. While complying with complex regulation they successfully grow a variety of strains and create a truly artisanal product.
The DEA did not show up to raid his field earlier this month so Ryan Loflin and a crew of volunteers harvested, by hand, the first major (known) hemp crop in The United States in over 50 years. Ryan quietly amassed the illegal seeds from abroad and planted them earlier this year in about 60 acres of the same land he worked as a boy in a remote corner of Southeast Colorado. In early October, as part of a decision to optimize yield, he opted to harvest the entire crop by hand. Instead of hiring migrant farm workers Ryan turned to twitter and facebook making a general call to anyone interested in participating in this historic event to go to his farm, camp and help harvest. Friday night the crew began to assemble, most camping in tents inside the barn used the following day to store the harvested crop. People came from down the road, and as far away as Idaho and Texas to participate. Saturday morning after filling out an indemnification contract, a breakfast of muffins, yogurt and coffee, Ryan and fellow hemp enthusiasts fanned out across the weedy hemp field plucking the green leafy stocks, now mature and heavy with seed, one by one, pulling out the entire plant by the roots.
Harvest weekend proved to be a visually interesting event full of colorful characters harvesting a crop in the still drought-plagued Southeastern corner of Colorado that directly reflects the changing attitudes and laws about Cannabis and Hemp in Colorado and around the country. And it was all made possible by the entrepreneurial spirit of an enterprising farmer.
I made 3 trips to the farm and hope that the photographs below capture Ryan’s entrepreneurial spirit as well as showcase the undertaking in a visually interesting way.
A recent weekend of heavy combat, fencing, and other Medieval and Renaissance activities provided a prime opportunity to create some visually interesting photographs with my new Fujifilm X100s camera. Combining the ability of the camera to sync with flash at shutter speeds faster than most cameras and this amazing event resulted in some interesting photographs. All are .jpgs straight out of the camera – not even opened in Photoshop.
I spent 2 days on the ground photographing the aftermath of the tornado that tore through parts of Oklahoma City and Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, May 20th, 2013. Below are a handful of the photographs ranging from aerial photographs captured near sunset the day after to residents and volunteers salvaging items of sentiment and value from destroyed homes and views inside Plaza Towers Elementary School.
I have had my new camera, the Fuji X100s, for a short while now and have been rather pleased with it as a camera and the photographs that can be made with it. I took it (and only it) to the 4/20 marijuana celebration in Denver yesterday and made a few available light, documentary style photographs, and a few using off camera flash.
South Dakota’s Chief Justice, poses for a portrait with a sign he had made in the middle of a road near Pierre. My picture editor was open to the idea, the Chief Justice was willing, and the result was a photograph that tells the story of a lack of lawyers in rural areas of the state in a visually interesting way.
A wonderful recent commission to photograph the Denver Art Museum (DAM) Director, Christoph Heinrich, allowed for creative composition, less conservative lighting and the opportunity to craft some visually interesting portraits of an executive in one of my favorite buildings in Denver. The biggest challenge during this shoot ended up a tie between the snow that began falling the moment we went outside for that portion of the shoot and the difficulty distilling such a complex and striking building into one or two portrait locations.
I’m a little behind after spending 16 of the last 32 days in the oil boom area of North Dakota and Montana on various projects; so today is catch-up Friday. I was really pleased at the display of this photograph of an AR-15 type rifle that I made in a rather small room in a gun shop here in Colorado. I had very little time to set-up and execute this shoot, extremely limited space to arrange the lighting, etc., but I think it turned out well – and ran huge 🙂
Former President Bill Clinton made a stop in Colorado the other day – and here are a few of the photographs I captured in Commerce City.
Below are 3 photographs I captured yesterday during a remembrance ceremony to mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Below are some of the photographs I captured during the days following the shooting at the theater in Aurora, Colorado. A terrible thing to happen, a difficult assignment to photograph, but I believe these photographs begin convey the emotions and strength of the community.
A set of documentary, or reportage style photographs of Meeker, Colorado – an energy boom town now experiencing the bust. It’s a great little town, a place I’d enjoy spending more time in.
Ice Shows like the one the following pictures are from are always fun to watch. But for me, the treat of this show was access. I was able to sit on the ice, quite chilly, but that vantage point allowed for some truly dramatic and unique photographs.
I had a great time in Arizona this week photographing a wildland fire camp. A perfect setting for an interesting documentary style photo story. Many, many thanks to all who helped make this assignment and shoot possible.
Maybe an odd subject for gritty documentary photographs, but the lighting and texture of the wall + home created an environment that encouraged these.
A day of hanging out and photographing young, creative entrepreneurs brewing beer in Denver = fun + interesting pictures. I intend to visit each of these breweries (and hopefully some of the others in the area) again, for sure.
All the fun and photography reminded me that there is something about buying a product/service usually procured from a large corporation directly from an individual producer that is quite satisfying to me.
Two of my favorite portraits from a recent assignment. I love the mood and tone created by each.