Interview with me on the "Unprofessional" podcast

October 10, 2013

I’m the guest on this week’s episode of Unprofessional, the podcast where Dave Wiskus and Lex Friedman have conversations with people about anything other than their profession.

Okay, we talk about my profession a little bit. But we also talk about ideas, hotel service (perhaps a little too much), and John Turturro’s daily routine, so if any of these things sound remotely interesting, give a listen below or check out their website where you can also hear previous episodes.

Thanks for having me on!

Inventor Portrait: Donald Scruggs (also: big news!)

November 14, 2012

I’m very excited to announce that the videos I’ve been producing as part of my Inventors Portrait Project are now part of PBS Digital Studios. The first new episode went up on their YouTube channel last week, and new episodes will go up every other Tuesday. Here’s the first episode, about Donald Scruggs, inventor of the Screw-In Coffin:

The series will be mostly new videos, with some of the videos I’ve posted here previously mixed in, perhaps with a few changes. They’ll be new to most people.

The YouTube Channel can be found at its permanent home, and it would mean a lot to me if you subscribe to the channel and/or share it with your friends.

Here are some of the photos from my shoot with Donald Scruggs:

New interviews with me at Wired, Thrash Lab, and Wall Breakers

April 19, 2012

I’m humbled and thrilled that people have been interested in learning more about me and my work lately. Here are three new interviews with me from the past few weeks:

  1. Wired interviewed me about my Inventor Portraits Project for their new design-centered blog.

  2. Ashton Kutcher’s company Katalyst interviewed me for their new blog “Thrash Lab” which they describe as “the ultimate destination for rich visuals, narrative entertainment and high end cultural content.”

  3. Creative inspiration blog The Wall Breakers interviewed me on video, which means I can embed it here so we can all see if I look as awkward as I feel when I’m in front of the camera:

A Couple Interviews With Me

January 10, 2012

1) I mentioned this over on my other blog but forgot to mention it here. Professional Entertainer Luke Burrage interviewed me for his podcast called Luke’s Creative Podcast. It’s a series of conversations with people Luke thinks exemplify creative thinking. Other people in the 10-episode series include jugglers, musicians, and a comic book artist.

It’s a very extensive interview, and goes in depth into all my various projects, past and present. It’s long and hopefully not too boring. If I had Superfans, they’d love this. My mom did.

The whole podcast series is also available to download free from iTunes.

2) Colleen Wainwright, aka The Communicatrix interviewed me for a lecture she gave at the ASMP’s Strictly Business seminar last year. I’m flattered and complimented that she spent several minutes of her talk on me and my projects. Now she’s taking her lecture on the road and will be presenting it in New York next month. Tickets and more info are available at the ASMP website, along with a schedule of when she’s coming to other cities.

Portfolio now iPhone friendly

December 2, 2008

Now, when you visit my portfolio on your iPhone, you get to see a special iPhone friendly mini-version of the portfolio. For simplicity on the small screen, it doesn’t try to squeeze in all the features of the full-size version, but I think it recreates the look, feel, and functionality pretty nicely.

Inventor Portraits: Introduction

June 9, 2008

[Kicking off an ongoing series of inventor portraits]

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. I’m interested in the rest of the family.

Readers of my other blog, Ironic Sans, know that I’m fascinated by ideas. In fact, I started Ironic Sans largely as a place for me to share the ideas I knew I would never act on because they’re either too expensive, too difficult, or too ridiculous.*

Of course, everybody gets good ideas, but not everybody writes them down before they’re forgotten. And fewer still actually take their ideas to the next level. With this photo series, I’m exploring who those people are. Who are the inventors who get an idea and actually take out a patent, or find a manufacturer?

I’m interested in low budget inventors who build things in their basements, and professional inventors who churn out patent after patent. Some inventions are silly. Others may change the world. I’ve brought my project to various inventors groups in search of subjects to photograph, and met a lot of interesting people with big ideas. In this photos series, I’ll showcase as many inventors as I can, and perhaps discover something about inspiration in the process. I’m also enamored by patent illustrations, so whenever possible I will include them as well.

*One of my most popular posts on about inventions on Ironic Sans was this list of celebrity patents. Who knew?!

Starting a new blog

June 3, 2008

Today I begin writing a new blog. This is a place for me to write about work I’m doing, including personal projects and commissioned work, and to highlight other people’s projects that inspire me.

That’s me over on the right. For several years, I was the only staff photographer at Polo Ralph Lauren. Before that, I was a staff photographer at Christie’s auction house. I recently decided to leave the world of staff photography to pursue more creative and personally rewarding projects as a freelancer, and I haven’t looked back.

Also of possible interest: A couple years ago I realized that I needed an outlet for my creative thoughts that weren’t photography related, and I created Ironic Sans as a place to purge those thoughts. At Ironic Sans I write about culture, design, creativity, and ideas about things as I see them through my eyes. I expect there may be some overlap between the two blogs, but I invite you to take a look for a better sense of who I am creatively when I’m not behind a camera.

If you’d like to contact me with any questions, professional or otherwise, please drop me a line.