Photographer J. Wayne Higgs, a fixture of the Washington, D.C., photojournalism and fine arts photography scene for the past forty years, recently came to my studio to sit for a portrait. Over the course of an hour, Mr. Higgs shared incredible stories touching on everything from the Pentagon riots in 1967 and the 1971 DC riots (both assignments that he covered from the front) to his adventures as an artist and figure model working consistently for longer than I have been alive.
I recently collaborated with David Segal, a talented photographer and figure model, on a series of portraits here at my home studio in Alexandria, Virginia. During the course of the portrait session we covered topics ranging from organized religion and atheism to adulthood and the mania that drives photographers to buy more and more stuff for no good purpose – normal small talk, right?
I recently completed a three-day-long assignment covering two cities in Morocco and am looking forward to sharing some of the images with you once they have been cleared. I can’t share the images yet and shouldn’t mention the subject’s name in order to avoid jeopardizing my good fortune, though I will mention that it was an incredible experience and I hope to receive another assignment like this again. I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me and thank all of the people who came together to make it happen. You guys are the best.
Life has a certain way of obliterating any plans to revamp websites and produce portfolios (the kind that elevate one’s middling photography into a stellar form of expression that causes art buyers to quiver in their boots and fight over your oldest edits). That’s just fine with me.
The Padrão Descobrimentos / Monument to the Discoveries is located on the Lisbon waterfront and across the street from the Jerónimos Monastery. The monument is beautiful – one must see it to appreciate its form and aesthetic accomplishment.
The pediment atop City Hall, Lisbon, Portugal.
A tomb housing the mortal remains of Luís de Camões, the Portuguese poet and chronicler of the Age of Discovery, inside of the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal. The monastery is located across the street from the Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. I recently visited Lisbon and was blown away by the beauty of the city and the warmth of its people. One week was nowhere near enough time to explore the city and I am looking forward to returning soon.
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…
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….
A quick post for tonight – my old friend Brian from Bleeding Through, a great metal band from Orange County, California, live on stage at Hellfest 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…
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While taking a break from a lazy weekend at the fantastic beach resort Mazagan, I broke away with two great buddies for a trip to El Jadida to see the Portuguese Cistern. From Wikipedia – Built in 1514, this former warehouse (possibly an armory) was converted into a cistern in the 16th century. The underground chamber, measuring 34 meters by 34 meters, was constructed with five rows of five stone pillars. The cistern is famous especially for the thin layer of water that covers the floor, and which creates fine and exciting reflections from the little light there is and…