James Beard Award winner Chris Bianco with his father Leo, his mother Francesca and his brother Mark for the Italian food issue of Phoenix Magazine. One of the best editorial photographs I’ve ever made. Thanks Chris for sharing your family with me.
A few years ago I had the good fortune to meet and photograph southwestern author J.P.S. Brown for Cowboys & Indians magazine.
I spent an entire day with him and made a half dozen photographs of him. Some of which were to give the magazine enough material for a few editorial pages and some of which we to try and improve on the scenarios I’d already shot. Though 80 years old J.P. was friendly, spry and agreeable and seemed to be fine with whatever I came up with and so the day went. I photographed him by his barn with giant pile of logs he had chopped the the day before, I photographed him in a corral, I photographed him with his horse in field, I photographed him with his historic spurs and finally I photographed him in his office bedroom where he writes surrounded by all of his and other author’s books.
That image was my absolute favorite from that day and to me it seemed to be the quintessential portrait of the man. I felt I had walked away from the the shoot having taken one of the better photographs of the noted author.
Last month I got a call from Kerry Prugh, an art director at Notre Dame Magazine asking me if I could go a make some portraits of J.P. It seems he’s an alumni of Notre Dame, class of 1952 and they were doing a feature article on him.
I explained to Kerry that I had a number of very fine photographs of J.P. and since I was familiar with his home and ranch and its photographic opportunities I was pretty sure I’d run out of ideas but I was happy to go back and give it a try.
Well the moment I stepped out of the car J.P. recognized me and said you got 20 minutes and I’m not leaving the house. I guess I had worn him out during our previous photography session on behalf of Cowboys & Indians and he wasn’t inclined to spent another whole day being photographed by me or anyone else for that matter. I was able to charmed him into 30 minutes and I quickly set up a white seamless background in carport adjacent to his ranch house.
One of those images was used on the table of contents but I knew that none of the images I made that morning on the white background summed up J.P. better then this one I had made in his office a few years ago and I was happy that Kerry agreed.
Numero Uno! Way to go Kevin and Justin!
In mid July the morning after returning home exhausted from my 4 month sailing sojourn on the S.V. Rogue's Scholarship, I was woken by a phone call from Brian Goddard the art director at Phoenix Magazine. He was wondering if I was available to photograph my friend Chef Kevin Binkley for the magazine’s icon issue. Sure I can do that. See below.
It’s July 12th and Jen and I spent the day hiking up to the top of Mt. Alice having just completed our epic passage with Captain Mark Haley from Singapore to Seward, Alaska on S.V. Rogue’s Scholarship.
96 travel days, 68 days at sea…..5 of those days in a storm in the North Pacific which I think we would all agree was not the most fun we’ve ever had on sailboat but Mark(Cappy) is an amazing and confident captain and Scholarship was up for the task as were her crew.
Shiritani Unisuiko Forest on the Japanese island of Yakushima. Truly one of the most beautiful and spiritual places I’ve ever been. You definitely feel Mother Earth’s presence there. It’s enchanting.
When your world is approximately 51 ft long and 16 ft wide you tend to run out of things to photograph on board a sailing vessel. It’s then that you turn to the sea and sky.
Was fortunate enough to be invited on a San Juan River Trip with my Flagstaff la familia. Raechel and I had quite the adventure exploring the Rock House.
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