A quick one from Josh’s house – playing with the new Sigma 35mm 1.4, New Jersey

A recent visit to B&H camera in NYC resulted in me adding a new lens to my kit – the much hyped and eagerly-awaited Sigma 35mm 1.4 in a Canon mount.  The early reviews were all positive and fueled a rough bout of “GAS” (gear acquisition syndrome, for the blessedly ill-informed).  Would it meet the hoopla?  Would I dump all of my Canon glass and go Sigma all-in?  I bought the lens a few weeks ago and have been playing with it since. While visiting my friend Josh / Bullet Tooth / Trustkill (RIP), I saw an opportunity to make…

Hopesfall – the Satellite Years, Syracuse, New York, 2002

Back in 2002 / 2003 I went on a tear photographing most of the bands on Trustkill’s roster – 18 Visions, Bleeding Through, Open Hand and Hopesfall. Between cranking out promo photos, photographing shows, school, personal training and working as a bouncer, I was beyond busy and I have no idea whether I could keep up such a hectic schedule now. I loved the Hopesfall guys. They all had great senses of humor and were totally humble. We made two sets of promo photos that day, the first at Syracuse University and the second – a blatant Salad Days rip…

An afternoon at the Smithsonian – Washington, D.C., 2012

Prior to moving to Morocco I spent a great amount of time running around Washington, D.C. like an overgrown grade-schooler on a one-man field trip. I ran myself ragged across the city visiting the National Air & Space Museum, the National Archives and the National Gallery of Art, amongst others. I had an absolutely fantastic time taking in all that the museums had to offer…or all that I could handle per visit! You could easily spend weeks hopping from one museum to the next and I look forward to visiting them again in the future. Just days before leaving D.C….

43% (sun) Burnt – The Dillinger Escape Plan live from Hellfest, Syracuse, New York, 2003.

As I posted earlier, 2003 was an interesting time – I was finished with school (for the first time), was fresh from a stint in London and had my whole future in front of me (much like I feel now, aside from the London part).  Photographing hardcore and heavy metal was familiar and I took to it as soon as I returned from London.  I hoped that tour management and the opportunities that came with it would help push my photography beyond the then-contemporary magazines “borrowing” my photographs for nothing more than a credit.  In many ways, it did.  More…