Wasteland Paradise (Salton Sea)

This is what urban legends are made of. The Salton Sea was once a prosperous vacation spot during the 1920’s, thriving with ski boats, new housing developments, night clubs, and wildlife. The “Sea” (which is technically a lake) was formed from a sudden influx of water from the Colorado River. At first the new found mass of water was hailed as a tourist attraction, but because of a lack of water outflow, the lake progressively became more and more polluted and salty. So much that many species of fish are no longer able to survive in the Salton, let alone people. So in a nutshell this vast area is FILLED with signs of abandonment from a once optimistic 1950’s era. A modern day Atlantis… only MUCH MUCH smellier. Did I mention it’s a GREAT place to take photos?

(Fashionable) Cowboy Up

OK right off the bat, I wasn’t jumping out of my chair when my buddy Clinton Thompson (great name) suggested doing a cowboy photoshoot. For some reason he’s hung up on modeling an old west theme. Not really my style. However I haven’t done a shoot for a few weeks, the weather was beautiful, and I didn’t want to get rusty behind the camera! SO, first things first, LOCATION! This is where having the hobby of road biking comes in handy. You get to see all these places you’d never see whizzing by 50mph in a car. I’ve had this oil refinery in my back pocket for a couple of months, and I’ve been itching to have a good reason to shoot there. Bingo. This place had everything; old trucks, graffiti, steel buildings, oil rigs, dead vegetation… all of which looks like it’s been there for ages.

New logo, new biz cards

I was 2 seconds away from buying new business cards a few weeks ago, but I thought my old logo looked a little dated. I wanted something more simple and professional looking. You know, something sophisticated like me! (right). So I came up with this little circle logo, chopped up to look like “CD”. Matte black finish, spot-UV coating on both sides, and a white “signature box” to jot down misc notes. I think they came out pretty cool 🙂 If you’re lucky enough, maybe you’ll get one of my highly exclusive signed 1 of 500 business cards.

Climbing to new heights

1 more week until the dreaded 100 mile Assault on Mt. Mitchell “event” in S/N Carolina. I knew I had to kick my ass this weekend so I’d have a fighting chance to get to the top of Mt. Mitchell the next. This ride was sort of a last-minute decision, so I couldn’t find any buddies down to pedal next to me on the trek. Just me and my iPod jamming the workout playlist. The route is estimated at 7,000′ in 23 miles. Starting at the bottom where Hwy 39 splits (West Fork) and ending at Dawson Saddle (the highest elevation point on the Angeles Crest Hwy). You can literally start at the top, and not have to pedal at all until the very bottom. Very little flat or downhill sections on the way up. PAIN!

Turbo Magazine: Twisted Sixx

I’m in LOVE with this old ’71 Datsun 240Z. College kid Austin Hoke from NC built this beauty from the ground up, cutting no corners. I squeaked it into a feature of the June ’07 issue of Turbo Magazine. It’s turned into one of my favorite motion shots… so much that I framed it on my bedroom wall to stare at it everyday. It’s a reminder that I’ll probably never BUILD a badass car like that, only buy.

Modified Magazine: Acura TSX

Another oldie. I shot this back in 2006 during my college freelance days and was featured in the July ’07 Modified issue… now, Modified is ironically owned by the very company I work for. Desmond Performance who built the car were super nice. I felt this was a breakthrough shoot for me. It was the first time I combined flash exposures to get the best image. I’ve learned a lot since then!

Import Tuner: Supra Cover

Old news to me, but considering my blog is new, I feel I should touch base on a few of my highlights from the past few months. One of them being cover for Import Tuner Magazine, October 2008 to be exact. Working for the magazine I sort of took this accomplishment for granted, but just because I’m the Art Director for the magazine doesn’t give me a shoe-in for the cover… However so far I’m 1 for 1 haha.