This issue arrived last week: it was a wonderful experience photographing Eckhart. From the first contact with the editors and on through planning, shooting, and edit. I previously posted some behind the scenes shots and some notes while scouting and getting to know Eckhart. This cover was voted on by the Facebook community of Spirituality & Health magazine with three options to choose from. My favorite is the last shot of the afternoon which is the opening inside spread. In Eckhart’s words “Life is now…it’s through the the very challenges of daily life that you become more motivated to awaken…the answer lies within rather than obtaining more possessions, or achieving this or that, or changing the world out there…”
To Russia with love. The XXII Winter Olympics begin in Sochi in February 2014. Stalin’s favorite dacha (summer house) was built in this city on the Black Sea just north of Georgia. As is typically the case for the host country there is a LOT of work yet to be done. The big concern is warm weather – Russia is stockpiling snow just in case.
I was in Steamboat Springs a few weeks ago working on the slopes with Freestyle skiers, Snowboarders and Slopestyle athletes, Nordic Ski jumpers and Alpine Slalom skiers. The coaches allowed very close access so that I was often working with a wide lens and my studio strobes within feet of the athletes. Here are a few early test shots:
Look up the term Skater Girl in the Urban Dictionary and you’ll find Peggy Oki in the definition, an archetype of the skate scene and the Z-Girl in the skateboard history books. The hit documentary “Dogtown and Z-boys” profiled the skateboard revolution in the mid 70s in Venice and Santa Monica, the old Dogtown of west LA. It was all male with one exception: Peggy – on the Zephyr team from the beginning.
Peggy still skates and surfs, her custom boards are always nearby, though now she combines her passion for the grace and flow of moving along concrete or along ocean waves with her passion for the arts and for the protection of marine mammals. A touching encounter with a pod of grey whales while surfing a dozen years ago set her on a path that defines who she is today: an activist and champion of protecting whales and dolphins around the globe. She inspires thousands to action with her art, her energy and commitment. Currently campaigning hard to save the Maui’s dolphins off the New Zealand coast, Peggy uses her skills as an artist to bring the message. She’s coordinating the “Let’s Face It” visual petition campaign which features thousands of portraits of supporters (5,500 and counting) as a massive visual petition to the New Zealand government. After a session shooting with Peggy last month she turned her own camera on me to add my mug to the wall of faces. The portrait below is at her home minutes from Rincon, one of her paintings on the wall behind her and a hand painted surfboard in her lap. Take a look at Peggy’s site: www.peggy-oki.com. An amazing woman.
Here’s a quick look at some images with the very talented dancer Kaita yesterday – continuing the FallingWater series I began 15 months ago. Warm water, of course!
Shooting for a two page national magazine spread, we brought in the special sky, coordinated the dolphins in the background and laughed all the way through. In Venice Beach, LA this evening. Assistant and soon Brooks graduate Megan had the jokes ready to roll.
Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, releases in the USA today. Here’s a shot with Jeff Nelsen earlier this week. What if Bond had a French Horn?