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LANDO STILL ROLLIN'

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.

LANDO.

And so it begins... For the past umpteen months, I have been working, ahem ... "working" on a project with a big, loud, weird friend of mine named Lance. He goes by Lando. He's a character to say the least. We decided to capture and present to the world many different looks of Lando and package them up, calendar style. With many, many nights and weekends spent shooting photos of things that make certain people cringe, kick ass help from our web developing friend and lots of eye rolling from others, we have officially launched Lando406.com, and have pulled the trigger on ordering the first run of Lando 2013 calendars. 12 months of half-baked photos of a big dude doing big things: mountain biking on an exercise bike, loving cats, and getting whooped at tennis.

If you are in or near Missoula on November 2, 2012 we will be having a First Friday-type opening and sales event of the calendar at Stockman's Bar on Front street.

I love having a personal photography project going on. There are many identifiable stages of the process, and right now, being at or near the completion stage, is always a good feeling and an even better reminder of why its important to keep at it. Laughter, happiness, accomplishment and all around good feelings are the reason to keep pressing on. We'll see how "successful" this project is in terms of being a money maker. But even if it falls flat, I've created something, and at this point it can''t be undone. It's out there and can't be taken back. Onward.

PUBLISHED: CORRIDOR MAGAZINE

I am very happy to be able to share another cool bit of news from the headquarters of Andrew Kemmis Photography on the blog today. As you might remember from this post here, I got the cover shot of the December 2011 issue of Corridor Magazine. Well, it turns out i've done it again. The April 2012 issue hit the streets today and features my shot of my good, lifelong friend, and all around talented SOB, Chris Fairbanks. The feature article highlights celebrities from Montana, but focuses mainly on Chris, as he has two shows coming up on April 28 at the Crystal Theatre in Missoula. On the evening we shot this photo, Chris was feeling kind of sick, but not enough to be deterred by my request to cover him in popcorn and dress him up in a Christmas turtleneck I have (don't ask). After we worked this scene, Chris threw a few screwdrivers at a telephone pole, dressed up like a "questionable" boy scout and then put on a poncho and asked to have water squirted at his head. We got a few gems that night, but this one definitely takes the cake in my opinion. What do you think about it?

FACES

I've never really been one to enter photography contests (aside from this one i guess). Early on, it was drilled into my head that many contest organizers are simply trolling for images which they can then use for other purposes without too much regard for ownership, copyright, payment or final usage. So naturally, I've been weary. However, we all know what they say about rules.

I had this shot in mind for a while, and when I saw the ad for the PDN Faces contest, it clicked. Also, PDN's rules clearly state that "...you retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee..." Right now, I am not banking on the prize patrol showing up with balloons and a big check as there are many quality images in this contest. However, it doesn't matter. I am personally pretty damn proud of this image, and at the end of the day, it makes me happy to look at it. That's enough ... although I wouldn't slam the door on the prize patrol.

What are your thoughts? Comment below.