Spent a few hours last night assembling some photos for the upcoming show. With some much needed help from my sis, we made a huge dent in getting things pulled together. It's fun and  interesting - and overwhelming - to see the finished photos starting to stack up. This is my first attempt at having a show, and I certainly think I dove in head first. While I am having all sorts of thoughts that range from "Why the *&%$ am I doing this?" to "I'm not good enough" to "This is gonna be awesome," I am getting a lot out of the process. From a photography standpoint, it will be good to have gone through the experience - from thinking of the idea, to shooting the images over the course of three years, to showing them off.  From the skatepark standpoint, if the show adds another voice to the overall conversation of skateboarding in Montana, i'll be a happy camper.

So really, once they are all hanging in the gallery I think it will be a success.


Happy Friday. This one is shaping up to be a good one, and its looking like it will continue on throughout the weekend. Full of film, photography and even some good old fashion work - the manual labor kind, not the stare-at-a-screen kind. (Cause if I'm gonna have a sore back, it might as well be from doing something other than sittin.') Anyhow, i thought i'd share this video today. Found it on David Marx's site,

Yet another interesting display here on how the world of magazines is changing. Very interesting to see where it is all heading. And while it is obviously cool checking out all the bells and whistles offered, I was reassured that even though the method of reading/watching/tickling your fingers through a publication are changing, it only solidifies the importance and need for strong photography and good writing. Smart, creative human beings can breathe a sigh of relief.

In other, somewhat-related news, I went and saw Doug Pray's documentary Art & Copy last night at the Wilma Theater. The film was just one of 136 films being shown during this year's BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL. The festival is quickly rising to the top of my Reasons I Live In Missoula List. Hell of an effort pulling this altogether. Great results year after year.

I thought the film was a fantastic commentary on the double-edged sword that is the world of advertising. In the Q & A afterwards, I especially liked how Mr. Pray likened advertising to the counter-culture world he has portrayed in some of his other films like Surfwise, Hype!, and Scratch. Here's a trailer for Art & Copy:


About a week ago, my friend Niki (of TotalFest fame) asked me if I would be interested in talking to the photography club at Hellgate High School, where she works with the Flagship Program. My instant reaction was "of course." A few nano-seconds after getting off the phone,  it dawned on me that I didn't really ask what I would be talking about, who I would be talking to, why I was being asked, etc. After a volley of emails and phone calls, I learned that the photo club at HHS was working on a documentary photo project in which they will be documenting diversity week - a noble, and very broad topic. I wrestled with taking some sort of academic approach to talking to them about things like "what is documentary photography?" and "why documentary?" then, I came to my senses. Trying to take this approach was ridiculous and would not only be uber-unhelpful and boring to a group of teenagers who meet after school is over, but would also probably bore ME to tears and make me feel like an imposter.  Plus, I like to shoot sporty-type things, and actiony-type things and peopley-type things, so plan B was to do a little dance at the beginning with some background info, some introduction stuff, and then then steer it towards being a lively conversation. Bull's Eye!

Some of the students were quiet, but I was shocked (aka blown away, impressed, stunned) at how much some of the others piped up and how much they knew. I had my notes and my key points - heck I even typed up a list of helpful web sites and brought books and a slide show - but the conversations that got going were by far the best part. With the questions, comments, stories that came out, I think it would have been easy to stay in that corner of the library for several more hours. Turned out to be a damn fine experience for me and I hope for the students of the photo club at HHS. If you wanna see the results, their images from diversity week  will be hanging at the Downtown Dance Collective on First Friday in November.