It's mid August in Missoula, MT and that means only one thing to an ever-increasing number of partiers, rockers, floaters, barbecuers and good-time-havers: It's TOTAL FEST TIME! Having photographed this gem of an event for the past several (4? 5?) years, I am stoked to see that one of my images has wriggled its way onto the cover of this week's Missoula Independent. The shot is of No-Fi Soul Rebellion front man Mark Heimer doing his thing in the crowd at the Badlander. Seeing this cover gets me excited for this year's line up of bands. Especially some little known, soft rock emo band by the name of Red Fang.
What a fun and funny ride this whole Lando project of mine has been. What started as a way to capture some zaniness and odd behavior of a friend has turned into something a bit more. Lando and I were interviewed by the Missoulian last Wednesday for an article they wanted to run about the calendars. Needless to say, we obliged. We were shocked, but we obliged. You can read the article here. When we began this thing, we didn't expect anyone to really care, but now that we have had two newspaper interviews, some radio time, and a gang of social media buzz, our eyes are wide open. With most of our inventory sold, we are encouraged about the future of this project. I have a pretty solid plan for the 2014 calendar and hope to beef up the product line a bit too. Greeting cards, postcards, prints, posters ... they're all in mind. Plus, Lando and I have been brainstorming some bigger and better goals as well. We'll see. Regardless, this experience has been fun and affirming to me as a photographer. Naturally (and obviously), the spotlight has been on Lando from the get go. But I have been on the periphery of that light enjoying the fruits of my labor and learning a thing or two along the way. Sure it's a goofy "thing" to have done, but I am very much looking at it through the eyes of a serious photographer too. And just like the gallery show I had a few years ago, which produced a few nice jobs, I trust the Lando project will generate some more work for me as well.
Onward ... with high hopes.
My photo of national champion face puncher Amy Sowers got some real estate in the Fall 2012 issue of Distinctly Montana Magazine that is on stands now. It's great to see Amy get a bit of the spotlight given how damn hard she works. Nice job Amy!
It totally came, totally kicked some arse, and is now totally in the books. Talkin' about Total Fest of course. And in case you're unaware, Total Fest is a Missoula-based rock fest geared toward lesser known, independent bands. Another way to say it is that TF is a living, breathing, performing laboratory in which scientists study how humans interact when subjected to three days of noise, youth covered in jean shorts and tank tops, former youth who speak of the "good ol days," while being subjected to a lot of other people's body odor. Funny thing is, the whole shebang is damn enjoyable. This was the fourth consecutive year I have photographed the fest. Each year has its own unique vibe, and this year was no different. Hard to describe, but I liked it. I liked that the first band I photographed was more or less a country band. A little bit later, it was a surf rock band. Enjoyed a dose of stoner rock. And to cap things off, some face-melting hard rawk. (it's spelled like that to emphasize how rocky the rock really was. got it?)
The weekend was also a great time to hang out and float with some good friends who were in town, float a river, drink a few beers and recreate scenes from "What About Bob." It's how all good weekends go, right?
Here's some photos:
There's just something about PDN's photo contests that makes me want to enter them. This time it's the Great Outdoors Photo Contest. It will be my third time throwing an image into the PDN arena to see how it does. Looking at some of the other entrants, I am totally humbled. There's been some damn good work submitted so far. Below is a screen shot of the image I submitted. It's Bethany Stanbery hangin' tough on her silk in Kootenai Canyon south of Missoula. Regardless of the outcome, I am totally stoked on this image. In fact, both shoots (here and here) I have had so far with Bethany have resulted in images that are among my new faves. Anyhow, we'll see. If I win, great. If I don't that is totally fine too. Sometimes simply creating an image you are proud of can both the means and the end. This is one of those images for me.
A few more photographs of people taken in the towns of Cusco and Pisac.
I've been rather busy since returning from our trip to Peru, and it has been slowly killing me to not spend time with my images. But when I recognized that one month ago today, we began our trek on the Inca Trail i knew I had to get crackin'. It's hard to believe it's been a month already. I am going to break the images up into several posts, categorized by topic. To kick things off, here are a few photos of people taken throughout our visit. Questions and comments are always welcome.