Auschwitz-Birkenau

I've spent the last six months processing and debating if I should post pictures from the visit I had to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps last winter. With only one day off in Poland, I knew it would be a heavy, heavy day but I knew deep down that it was something that I had to do. The feelings I experienced while there were indescribable. How could humans be so incredibly brutal yet how could humanity suffer such enormous atrocties and rebound to be such a beautiful and proud nation? These questions stayed with me long after I left Poland. Here are some of the shots I got from my trip there. My mind was filled with notions of light and dark, the inside looking out, beauty in the grotesque, confinement in vastness and various other paradoxes. If you ever have the opportunity to visit there to see and feel this for yourself, I promise it will change the way you view life.

 

  

Poland and My First Medium Format Film Adventures

Back at the end of October last year I had the opportunity to go to Poland for work for three weeks. Leading up to this trip I had been interested in and researching feverishly medium format photography. I've never really had any experience in shooting film, maybe some point and shoot rolls when I was young but certainly nothing serious. I decided that I wanted to give it a shot on my upcoming trip and started looking for a camera. Lucky for me I have some friends in the photo business so I asked my friend Jeff Kavanaugh if he new of any one that had a medium format film camera they wanted to get rid of. He said "why don't you ask Heinz", that would be the Heinz Klutenmier, famous sports photographer and all round hell of a nice guy.  So I call up Heinz, he asks me what I'm looking for and with in two weeks time a package arrives with a Hasselblad 500c, Zeiss planar 80mm and some accessories. So with this set up I begin my adventure into medium format film and I can't thank Jeff and Heinz enough for getting me set up.  These are some of my first shots with the Hasselblad all manual film camera. Most of these shots are from Gdansk Poland. I have tons to learn but I'm totally enjoying the ride so far.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey 145th Edition

It's been way too long since I've last posted. It was a very busy year last year at work but things are a little more settled now so I have high hopes of getting some new work up shortly. My most recent adventure was rehearsing and opening this years edition to our circus family, Circus Xtreme. Here are a few shots from this amazing show. Go see it if it comes to a town near you, I promise it will be worth it!