Dwid Hellion, frontman for legendary hardcore / metal band Integrity, recently sat for a portrait during my U-haul sessions outside of the United Blood hardcore and punk festival in Richmond, Virginia. I have listened to Integrity for the better part of the last 20 years and it was a real treat to get a few minutes to talk with Dwid and make his portrait.
Todd Jones, frontman / maniac behind Nails and contributor / writer for an endless roster of excellent hardcore and punk bands, sat for a portrait during the marathon “Uhaul Sessions” last month outside of Richmond, Virginia’s United Blood festival. Todd was a great sitter and delivered a dose of intensity to his time in the studio.
Jacky Flav, one of the masterminds behind Richmond’s High Point Barbershop, sat for a portrait during the marathon “Uhaul Sessions” outside of the United Blood punk and hardcore festival this past month. While the sitting was brief, I enjoyed catching up with a new buddy and appreciate him spreading the news about the studio.
While working out of my mobile studio in Richmond, Virginia my old pal told me that I had to meet his friend Shatice, a.k.a. Shatty, and ask her to sit for a portrait. Shatty was funny, confident and a great sitter – she was far more relaxed with the experience than most of the weekend’s sitters and her portrait shows it.
Anderson, a fantastic filmmaker, frontman and an old friend, visited my mobile studio in Richmond, Virginia and sat for a series of portraits. The mobile studio – set up outside of the United Blood punk and hardcore music festival – was just getting ready for sitters when Anderson walked by. I delighted in grabbing him and guilting him into sitting for me.
Tad, a buddy from DC, recently sat for a portrait in my mobile studio outside of the United Blood hardcore and punk rock festival in Richmond, Virginia. Tad is a great tattoo artist at Georgetown’s Jinx Proof and plays in D.C. Disorder, who performed at the fest and were excellent.
A quick portrait from Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fnaa made at sunset just over four years ago. The sitter – a friend whose name has been lost to time and distance – was a constant fixture at the public square and recognized me from many, many visits.
My pal Sam Cohen, a firebrand civil rights attorney practicing in New York City, recently visited and sat for a portrait in my Alexandria, Virginia studio. The sitting was a real treat – we covered Michael Chabon, suburban living versus the excitement of living in a city, and the tale of my bar mitzvah outside of Katz’s Delicatessen.
Bryan, a new buddy of mine, recently stopped by for a “straight-ish” headshot to post on LinkedIn and – of course – we knocked out an extra portrait or two for good measure.
Sara recently came by my Alexandria, Virginia studio to sit for a portrait and to discuss art, punk rock, and the “excitement” of large family events held around the holidays – some familiar territory and a dash of new subject matter to laugh over.
John, a photographer here in DC, recently stopped by to sit for a portrait in my Alexandria, Virginia studio. John brought an abundance of energy and a certain thoughtfulness to the portrait sitting – he had interesting points of view and, when I expressed the difficulty that I have with overthinking the artistic process, he nodded in solidarity and grinned while describing his approach to creating art.
Francine, a superstar figure model and veteran of the retail music industry (RIP Tower Records), recently stopped by the studio in Alexandria for a portrait sitting. Francine and I had conflicting schedules for longer than I would like to admit and it was awesome – awesome! – to finally collaborate with her on a sitting.
I recently had the pleasure of making portraits of Matt and Boo, two hilarious and laid-back models from the DC metropolitan area. The couple visited my Alexandria, Virginia, studio for a quick portrait session fueled by heavy metal, dirty jokes, and insider-chat on the state of alternative models, an infamous model-meets-photographer website, and creepy guys with cameras. Fun!
I recently had the honor of making a portrait of Jared Flynn, a fantastic artist and one of my oldest friends, during a trip to New Jersey. Jared, a painter by trade, posed the classic test for any artist – how do you create a portrait of an artist that lives up to the sitter’s standards?
By the time that this post goes live, I will have wrapped my trip to Bismarck, North Dakota, and will be traveling back to Washington, DC. I am not a spiritual person, though standing on the edge of this view of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park may have been one of the more divine moments of my life.