Box of bodies

Here's some behind the scenes of an image I shot for my friends at Collaboraction Theater for their upcoming production of, Dark Play. The story is about a phenomenon all who have dated on the internet has experienced. I call it "ideal projection". It happens when the person you've just met on the internet but know scant about seems to possess all the ideal qualities you've ever been looking for in a mate. In actually meeting them however, you find that your imagination has sorely let you down.

In Dark Play the story is fortunately more disturbing than what most of us have ever encountered on the web. In conclusion, things are not what they've seemed and let's just say the end comes with a visceral twist.

Our set was conceived and built by Collaboraction art director, Sam Poretta in my studio. We needed to shoot down on a box of writhing white bodies lit from below. Luckily I'd just received an iPad 2 and it came just in time for shooting this scene where the camera necessarily has to hover on a boom 12 feet in the air. I directed, shot and reviewed the whole thing from the iPad connected to a computer running capture software. Can photography ever get more slick?

Ameriville for Victory Gardens

Marketing image for Ameriville opening at Victory Gardens in January.

I've been steadily working on shooting the season's marketing images for Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. We've finished the second to last for the play Ameriville opening Jan 27.

It's been a labor of love for everyone involved including the actors who've braved cold wet pavement, masturbating upside down and drifting forgotten in a flooded world . Ameriveille will be an eye opening examination of whether we'd be ready for another Katrina somewhere in America.

I was inspired by German painter Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's famous 1851 depiction of Washington Crossing the Deleware as a symbol of American perseverance and courage.

Retouching: Fred Muram
Assistant: Tim Blokel, Sarah Linder
Set design: Brynne Rinderknecht

Masters Cup Winner

A few of my pictures were recognized in the 2011 Masters Cup international photography competition.

Butcher, won 3rd place in People category.

Dancing Man was a nominee in the People category.

In addition to this award I was awarded Best in Show in the 2011 APA Awards.

60 Second Portraits.

Some of my editorial shoots are over before you know it. If shooting a celebrity, or a CEO, (who thinks he's a celebrity) sometimes I get 15 minutes. It's important to stay well lubricated for these assignments. Below are 15 portraits each shot in 60 seconds or less. All were guests (except for one) at my recent Open Studio party.

(This is coded in Flash. My apologies to iPad users)