International travel and shooting on EU soil again...Mallorca!
This project is still under wraps but here's a shot of a very curvy road I got to shoot on. More to come.
A 16mm Musing on the Handshake as Announcement of Collaboration
For the past few years I've been inspired by, and guided by the idea of a handshake. The simple gesture of two humans joining hands together can be the beginning of so much. The handshake is at its root a gesture of possibility. With this gesture in mind I knew two kindred spirits in my life must meet in a meaningful way simply because I knew much could and undoubtedly would come out of it. Richard Sachs and Anthony Mangieri are both practitioners of unique trades which require dedication and humility, and from my perspective they would be fast friends upon meeting. Of course, each was already aware of the other and it was only a small role I played in getting them together one drizzly Fall morning in Manhattan's East Village. Both men knew this neighborhood well from their respective years diving into the city from their New Jersey homes. On that day we filmed a short documentary, an open-ended film about the idea of the handshake. Someday we'll see what comes of that, but more pertinent to the day at hand, Richard and Anthony are now good friends with great respect for each other's particular craft, one a pizzaiolo and the other a bicycle maker. As a simple gesture of friendship and respect the two have made available a cycling water bottle featuring my artwork of each. The process was born of my own desire to make more art with my hands. As a filmmaker and photographer much of my work lives in a digital realm, and to create with my hands is if nothing else a frustrating, uncertain process that imposes humility on me. The portraits printed on these water bottles feature my mixed media collages of watercolor, photography, wax pencil and acrylic.
Trail Guide for The Pro's Closet
I Like Tools, Even Though I'm Bad At Using Them
6 IN 1, a classic. Never leave home without one.
Hlynur Atlason in NYC for Design Within Reach
Hashtaglunchbag X Charge Bikes
A quick little shoot and edit for Charge Bikes and HashtagLunchbag Los Angeles.
Gear Patrol Cover Shot With Mark
GP cover shot with The Handsomest Man in Cycling, Mark Allen Alford.
The Nomad, a short bio doc with Erick Cedeño for Blackburn Designs
“I’m not from here. I’m not from there. I’m from everywhere. And I belong there.” – Erick Cedeño
Blackburn ambassador Bicycle Nomad, aka Erick Cedeño, is a nomad in the truest sense of the word. Long a traveler, Erick chose the bicycle to satiate his curiosity about the world around him. The bicycle continues to be his medium to inspire others to push themselves and make their world a little smaller.
Film maker Brian Vernor spent three days with Erick riding and camping in California’s Los Padres National Forest. This film represents just a small part of Erick's journey.
Rime Shoe Launch for Specialzed (my first shoot of 2021)
Went to NYC (it was amazing to travel again)
New Short for GIRO
Photography for the Re-Launch of Charge Bikes
For the Launch of RESERVE WHEELS
For the Launch of RESERVE WHEELS
The Blue Wall
I've always liked to have a loose, informal photo series ongoing in relation to my home. Back in Santa Cruz I did a long running series of photos of friends who stopped by my house on their bikes (I lived near a busy bike route and people would just drop in on their way to one place or another). Those photos were all made in front of my garage. About a year ago I got a new apartment in Los Angeles, and it's blue! The light is usually harsh, but I just liked the simplicity of the wall as a backdrop. So for the past year I've photographed friends and neighbors on the Blue Wall. I usually shoot with a Nikon 35ti I have loaded and laying around. It's limiting and I like that. These photos aren't about formal approach to photography, but they are a satisfying and brief moment of connection with some people I care about. This photo is of Jordan, who visited from Toronto with her husband and long time friend of mine (and filmmaking peer) Christian Huizenga.
Design Within Reach spot for Loll Designs
Design Within Reach spot for Tuuci Shade
Design Within Reach spot for the EOS Collection
Burned Lines for Patagonia.
Steve Gunn at Zebulon
Most of my music photography has been purely personal, with a few editorial assignments mixed in. Going out to shows and shooting casually has let me experiment and see the music in my own way. That process is rewarding in its own right, but it also contributes to film ideas, both in visual concepts and directing approach. I'm interested now in putting a lot of these ideas together into a project with music. We'll see where that goes...
Hello, is it me you're looking for?
Recent BTS shot of me double camera slinging by my collaborator and friend, Brian Larson.
Not the State Bird of California
For me the Red Tail Hawk is the state bird. I've seen more red tail hawk's in my life than any other bird. Well, that's not a scientific proof, but I've seen a lot of them. I definitely want to be one in another life.
EF Education First Pro Cycling: Logan Owen and Cyclocross
Cyclocross is the best. Logan Owen is one of the best. Great to be back in the sloppy, muddy, Pacific Northwest to make this short film for EF Education First Pro Cycling.
Zoe Schack, Editor at Final Cut
Longtime friend, and filmmaking peer, Zoe Schack, got the big career bump to Editor at Final Cut.
15 Years Ago, My First Film
It took three years to make Pure Sweet Hell. It was painful, fun, frustrating, hopeless, and it set me down the path of making films to this day. This is the full film, just now online for the first time. PSH Premiered in December 2004, and the DVD release was in 2005, distributed by now defunct VAS Entertainment. I still love cyclocross, and every year I go to a few races to shoot photos, if not also pin on a number and turn a few laps.
L'Etape Du Tour de France
Here's a video project I directed for Zwift . These riders took on the ride of their lives in the mountains of France. The Alps are magical and I can't wait to go back someday.
Midnight Half Film with OSR, Trimble Racing and Nike NYC
This was my third time at the Midnight Half, the Orchard Street Runners and Trimble racing collaboration, and now legendary underground running race in New York City. It was great to have support from Nike NYC this time as we were able to make a nice little film about the event and the scene which supports it. I love NYC, and this whole film is a celebration of the characters and spaces that make it so unique.
Featuring Caitlin Philips, Ash Gilbertson, Kim Rodrigues, and the city of New York.
My right hand man, cinematographer Mike Sassano.
Score by Analog People
Design by Jonah Birns
CicLAvia, my favorite day in Los Angeles, for Bicycling Magazine
Full story online here:
I've spent nearly twenty years getting to know Rick Hunter. It was only this year I felt I could write my own story about him. Above is the opening spread from the feature just published by Freehub Mag.
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Launching WEST Skincare
Based on personal work I'd been sharing on instagram, WEST Skincare asked me to help with an overall look and feel for their newly launching brand. I worked closely with WEST over a six month period to build a deep pool of images articulating the spirit of the brand. I incorporated elements of my personal work I'd been making on road trips around the Western US--sometimes more magical thinking than traditional landscape representation. Over many conversations during wind battered camping trips in the desert we came up with a tone for for the non-product photography. When WEST finally had finished product to photograph I also jumped in and helped art direct and execute the photography. It is always nice working with people who want me to use the breadth of my skills in a project.
NYC Shoot for GIRO
I've worked with GIRO for the past 11years. It's great having a long relationship with a consistent team, and where everyone has a lot of trust in each other's work. This shoot came about because I was going to be in NYC for a post-production on an unrelated motion project, and I was able to add a couple days to my stay to produce this shoot. I hired local talent, and a local videographer, and I was able to deliver both still and motion assets to GIRO.