Wednesday, November 25, 2009

T Minus One and Counting...

Almost done...

Q: So what's your definition of art?

A: It's something that conjures up a feeling in me, forces an emotion, whether negative or positive, that someone has intentionally created. Something that is evocative of a part of my life, my experience on this planet, the way I think. Art is fleeting, rare and completely relative.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

Cover Star: Julia
Headlining Band: Mr. James Moore

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

T Minus Two and Counting...

Q: And what about lighting - what role does light play?

A: Light is everything. I light like I want to see. I tend to light harshly and then figure out how to bring out the best in the subject. My lighting is my signature, even though any photographer or cinematographer of any worth would nail it in a heartbeat. It's still mine.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

"Bed on my back
Dealt my hell I've dealt my months of May
Bed on my back
Get parted ascension day"

It's my Mother's Birthday. Happy birthday, Mom.

Cover Star: Vanity
Headlining Band: Talk Talk

Monday, November 23, 2009

T Minus Three and Counting...

"Unfamiliar skyline
Reading a foreign newspaper..."

Cover Star: Marcela
Headlining Band: Swearing At Motorists

Sunday, November 22, 2009

T Minus Four and Counting...

"Even if you have
Even if you need
I don't mean to stare
We don't have to breed
We can plant a house
We can build a tree
I don't even care
'We could have all three'
She said."

Cover Star: Hands
Headlining Band: He'd be 42

Saturday, November 21, 2009

T Minus Five and Counting...

I had a long conversation tonight with my friend Marko about NASA.
And it's relevance. Now (and ever).

Do you know that they "bombed" the moon a couple of weeks ago to look for water?
While people are dying of thirst.
Do you know that "they" twitter?
WTF? My tax money is being spent on twittering?

Does this bother anyone else but me - "Hey there! NASA is using Twitter."

"Hey there!"??? Seems like NASA might have something more important to do. Like fix fire alarms.

This tweet from "2 hours ago" - really -

"False alarms sounded around 10p EST aboard the space station, awakening the crew. Mission Control verified they're false. Everyone is safe."


Well, god fucking bless! One day they'll figure out how to keep those FIRE alarms from malfunctioning, I swear they will! (Double A batteries?) Go back to sleep astronauts, your government is in control. And really, only two space shuttles out of how many - exploded. And killed EVERYONE on board.

I know, it's the price we must pay for FREEDOM, or at least the price to beat other countries to being FIRST, or to find water on the moon. Yeah...

And these are the guys (or sons and daughters of the guys) that "actually" landed a man (or men, if you believe them) on the moon.

With Double A batteries.

Marko was quick to point out that the phones in both of our pockets are more powerful computers than those that were used for the Apollo missions.

We decided that basically the space shuttle program is a FREE tow truck service for the wealthy corporations that need their satellites repaired.

Anyway, nevermind. Just! hahaha!


Cover Star: Relevance
Headlining Band: The Nova Mob

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some Things Are Worth Fighting For, Even If You Have To Fight Yourself

Q: What personal satisfaction do you get from this?

A: Who doesn't want to be famous? Who wouldn't like to be Jim Morrison for a few hours? It's gratifying to be recognized by your peers or mentors, but really, I do this because I have no choice. There's something ingrained in my DNA that compels me to create imagery. It's not so much personal satisfaction as it is relief. And yes, I would like to leave behind a body of work, because as I mentioned, mortality does play a huge part in this.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

I'm waging war on myself,
Like a punch in the heart...

Cover Star: Mortality
Headlining Band: My beloved Kinks

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Sit at my Table and Wage War on Myself

Q: What do you know now that you didn't know ten years ago?

A: I trust myself now. I've learned that my gut is usually right. And then there's the ten years of experience. You can't really deny that practice improves one's craft. I've become a halfway decent director. I've been around the block with every kind of model, makeup artist, stylist and location. I know my film stocks intuitively as well as my equipment. The act of photographing has become a part of my body. Now my brain can focus more on what the image needs to be.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

"You fill in the mortar
You fill in the harmony."

Cover Star: Ieva @ Marilyn
Headlining Band: Those guys from Athens; major label debut. Sorry Carolyn.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

There's That Melody Again

Q: And how do you know when you've got the shot?

A: Lightning strikes. You just know. Like anything else, it's just right time, right model, right direction, right place. You always know when it happens. I remember the first time I felt that and always will. And then you go to the lab and cross your fingers, but you know nine times out of ten, you're right. Or you don't feel anything at all and you get nothing. Or you don't feel anything at all and you get something. That's what you hope for. Hope for. But you can't plan it. You just have to be confident. And take photographs.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

Cover Star: Chantal @ Marilyn
Headlining Band: Rocky Muzics

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Out Of The Blue

"The Fourth Roxy Music Album" is nothing short of a masterpiece. By this time (1974), with Mr. Eno departed, Bryan Ferry had really found his stride lyrically and vocally as had Mssrs Manzanera and Mackay, instrumentally respective. Add Eddie Jobson's electric violin for good measure and you've got something like no other.

I would argue that most of the songs are ruminations on love. From the obvious "The Thrill of It All" to the veiled "Prairie Rose" most likely about Ferry's then Texas born girlfriend, Jerry Hall. Then there's "Out of the Blue"...

This song is a musical orgasm. I'd put it in the same category as "How Soon Is Now" but different. Actually, upon further thought, "How Soon Is Now" is more of an aphrodisiac. Play that one first...

...then get off.

"You seemed so sad
I could see
Through your twisted smile
So unsure
Always confused
Pale blue eyes
Gazing down
From your ivory tower
Through the haze
All broken and bruised
Then, out of the blue
Love came rushing in"

I've always wanted to make a film based on this song.
Even with the Velvet Underground reference.
"Out of the sky came the sun..."


Cover Star: Country Life. Photography by Eric Boman.
Headlining Band: Mr. Ferry, et al, for George, who is missed.

Friday, November 13, 2009

It's Friday the 13th, Baby Kitty!

C'mon! Put your little black dress on.
We're going downtown!
To see Greg.

Cover Star: The BK by the illustrious Charles Willis
Headlining Band: Mr. Dulli. It's one of those nights...listen.


"Got my girl and she's a wow..."

You Lying There With All The Light In Your Hair

Q: What about black and white vs. color?

A: I primarily shoot black & white film, which I find approximates how I "see." There is also a classic, timeless quality to black & white film - I love photos that aren't betrayed by any specific time period, you know they could have been taken in the 1920's or they could have been taken yesterday. I also find that by controlling contrast you can heighten a mood - much more difficult to do that in color. I do shoot color film when the idea is "color" or the end product needs to be in color, and it is also very satisfying. But it's a different tool altogether.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

Cover Star: Ieva @ Marilyn
Headlining Band: Mr. Cave, for Lauren, missed.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Something's That Real

Q: So, it's all about sex?

A: Of course it is. It's about mortality, too. And don't forget money!

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

I'll let Willie say the rest.
Listen. Missing. Listen.

Cover Star: Ieva @ Marilyn
Headlining Band: Mr. Nelson

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bittersweet Distractor

From yesterday. Ieva in a $1,000 dress circa 1920 in a house built in 1790. She has a twin who also models.

They're both 1991.

The afternoon was entirely hers, pulling off a good three (and a half) looks.

You'll be seeing more of her. Here, there and everywhere.

Cover Star: Ieva @ Marilyn
Headlining Band: Mr. Yorke

Monday, November 09, 2009

Fate Has Only One Thing In Mind

From this morning. Chantal in a $2,000 dress circa 1890 in a house built in 1790. She left at 12:30pm to go shoot with John Paul Gautier for ELLE.

She's 1992.

But I pulled off two looks before he snatched her away.

Apparently I gotta good eye...

You'll be seeing more of her. Here, there and everywhere.

Cover Star: Chantal @ Marilyn
Headlining Band: Beck

Sunday, November 08, 2009

I Didn't Know This Could Happen To Me...

"I saw her, yeah I saw her with her black tongue tied
Round the roses
Fist pounding on a vending machine
Toy diamond ring stuck on her finger
With a noose she can hang from the sun
And put it out with her dark sunglasses
Walking crooked down the beach
She spits on the sand where their bones are bleaching
And I know I'm gonna steal her eye
She doesn't even know what's wrong
And I know I'm gonna make her die
Take her where her soul belongs
And I know I'm gonna steal her eye
Nothing that I wouldn't try

Hey, my sun-eyed girl
Hey, my sun-eyed girl

I saw her, yeah I saw her with her hands tied back
And her rags were burning
Crawling out from a landfilled life
Scrawling her name upon the ceiling
Throw a coin in a fountain of dust
White noise, her ears are ringing
Got a ticket for a midnight hanging
Throw a bullet from a freight train leaving
And I know I'm gonna steal her eye
She doesn't even know what's wrong
And I know I'm gonna make her die
Take her where her soul belongs
And I know I'm gonna steal her eye
Nothing that I wouldn't try."

Beck. And a bunch of other stuffs.

Cover Star: Angela, 2006
Headlining Band: Big Star

The Lure of Your Chemical is All I Can Taste

Q: Does truth matter?

A: I suppose that any image I create is by definition "the truth" but the real truth? Doubtful. What is "truth?" I think of truth more as documentary photography. My work is mostly artifice. A happy artifice, but not so true. Some of it, maybe, but the true part is hard to pinpoint.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

Angels are everywhere. You just have to pay attention and be aware. Hard, I know. But if you do'll be astounded.

Thanks Chip. Thanks John.

Cover Star: Bathroom, Berlin
Headlining Band: My beloved Grifters

Friday, November 06, 2009

I Was a Planet When I Was Smaller

Q: In that old Hollywood pitch fashion, I've sometimes described your work as being a cross between that of Nan Goldin and Cindy Sherman. What do you think?

A: I admire both of these photographers' bodies of work. I think I share certain sensibilities with both, but a hybrid of the two? I don't know. I share Goldin's fascination with the odd, the socially unacceptable, the 'we know about it we just don't want to see it.' I think my work tends to be a little lighter and it's not straight documentary. I create my characters - she photographs actual people. Sherman obviously creates characters, but I'm rarely in my own photographs. It's interesting to me that you chose two really strong female photographers to compare my work to.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

When you said it would be forever, that's the sweetest thing I ever heard.

Cover Star: Hay Dee
Headlining Band: My beloved Grifters

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Fixed In The Sky

Q: There are also a lot of "vices" in your photographs. Do you celebrate them? Or are they just props?

A: Vices make people interesting. Everyone has them, and the people that say they don't have them are lying. I do like the image of the classic underbelly dweller, for instance, a prostitute that smokes, drinks, takes speed and curses. The work of The Beats, Lou Reed, Larry Clark, the sort of characters they create or document. To me, vices do represent a certain truth about people. Not necessarily a "pretty" truth, but the truth nonetheless. Personally, I do enjoy a good drink and need to stop smoking...again.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

Oh to be the sunshine on your ass.

Cover Star: sunshine
Headlining Band: My beloved Grifters

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Q: Your style is often rough-edged, and you talk about seeking surrender and vulnerability, shooting depression and sadness. Yet some of your work is quite romantic. How does that all go together?

A: Perhaps my definition of romanticism is full of surrender and sadness, ultimately, I've been battling with that my entire life - I am drawn to "sad" music and "depressing" films. I don't know, those are just labels. I guess misery loves company, but only to a certain extent. I do appreciate melancholy. I don't necessarily enjoy living through it, but to me those feelings are much more human than happiness. When I see someone who is "happy" all the time, I am immediately suspicious.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

And if God hears all of my questions, how come there's never an answer?

Cover Star: Marie
Headlining Band: Lips

Caligari's Attic

Q: Is there an autobiographical element to your work?

A: Yes. I think that there is an autobiographical element to any artist's work - there has to be - I don't see any way of getting around it. We are. I think that anyone that knows me personally would be able to see that. It might frighten them, but they could see it. With my self-portrait series, I try to turn that convention on its head - it's really not me that you see.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

I just don't want you anymore.

Cover Star: Kelly
Headlining Band: Athens' Finest (demo)

Monday, November 02, 2009

This One Goes Out to The One I've Left Behind

Q: William Burroughs, no stranger to vices, wrote: "Nothing is true, everything is permitted." Does that have resonance for you?

A: Absolutely, in the truest definition of what Burroughs was trying to communicate and also - with many more limitations put upon the statement, which Burroughs would argue kills it outright - how it defines not the art, but an approach to creating art. In my opinion, there should be no subject that is off limits to an artist, but we know that man-made conventions, such as religion, tend to limit what some people will tolerate. And also in the sense that I am creating something. It's not the truth. Every non-documentary photograph I take I make it up. It didn’t exist before, but now it does. Which arguably makes it the truth - or not.

- From "Some Of This Is True"
© Luxxus Press

Monday night in the universe.

Cover Star: fire
Headlining Band: Mono

Sunday, November 01, 2009

And Like A Doll That Loses Its Balance

I know a couple or two...

There's a fine line between living and not. There's a fine line between making ends meet and not. There's a fine line between coping and not. There's a fine line between one and one's family. There's a fine line between being fine - and not.

I'm on the other side of the line. The other than not side. Things are happening. Strange things, but things, indeed.

Video documentary. Historic NYC House fashion shoot. Travel.


Note to self:

If it happens, I just might name my daughter "Melody."

It doesn't get any better than this.

Cover Star: The worst peacetime decision ever made
Headlining Band: Serge and his gorgeous strings and other genius things...