March 6th, 2014
ROME’S SISTINE CHAPEL
Born March 6, 1475 in Italy, Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512. This commission from Pope Julius II portrayed the twelve apostles and had a profound influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo was given complete artistic freedom on this project. More
February 28th, 2014
L.A. PORSCHE LIT FAIR AND SWAP MEET
One of my favorite events of the year is this weekend in Los Angeles. It’s more about the people than the cars, even though there are plenty of cool Porsches around, like this Carrera GT at Callas Rennsport.
Lots of good times seeing my So Cal buddies are on hand. And a chance to escape the PNW rain, although this year it looks like I’ll be bringing it with me!
February 17th, 2014
3 IN 1 TRUCK TIES
Here’s a short automotive product video that displays the multiple functions of an ingenious truck tie. It was shot in one afternoon with no crew. Just myself and the product’s inventor, Steve Helms, co-directing. Great location! After a day of editing, Steve took it to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and won an award.
A very fun and simple project, thanks Steve!
February 14th, 2014
In the mid-‘80s a 1974 2002tii was licensed to BMW for advertising the introduction of the 325is. A poster was made featuring this car sitting alongside a red E30 sport model. The white 2002 is now being featured in this month’s Bimmer Magazine, and belongs to Friedbert Wall.
Experiencing this poster car today is a study in déjà vu. Like the 3 series Bimmers, this last of the ‘02 series continues to reward with its performance, while remaining ancestral in appearance. I’ll take that as an acknowledgement the poster’s slogan was right. Thanks to Jackie Jouret and everyone at Bimmer Magazine for publishing my article and images!
February 11th, 2014
THE BEATLES – AGAIN
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the The Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I remember it distinctly, even though I was just a kid. My favorite Beatle? George. My favorite song? “I Saw Her Standing There”. Later it was “Roll Over Beethoven”. Then “Day Tripper”. Lastly, Side 2 of Abbey Road. Seems like “Yesterday”…
February 5th, 2014
THE MAVERICK’S “OUTLAW” 911
Congrats to Ed Mayo and his 1967 Porsche 911S for their feature story in next month’s Excellence. This Texan maverick has been known for building some of the best hot rod 911s east of California since 1978.
In today’s social media, image is everything. Yet long ago there were the first of the early 911 hot rod innovators who didn’t care what people thought of them. Modest Mayo will reluctantly tell you he just happens to be among that gruppe. But, of course, there’s more to it than that. See my article for the untold story.
Thanks to Greg Brown and everyone at Excellence Magazine for showcasing my photography and writing!
February 2nd, 2014
Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks football team for their first ever Super Bowl win!
I would have loved to be there to photograph the ticker tape parade, just like I was there in 1979 when Seattle’s Super Sonics basketball team became world champions, but I don’t like the thought of unruly crowds.
Unfortunately, it’s a sadder day because of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death… A great actor.
January 26th, 2014
A blog is a diary.
I made this art and used it on posters in 1971.
It undoubtedly helped me become Student Council President in my senior year of high school. Nike subsequently incorporated a similar “Just Do It.” logo in their ad campaigns from 1988 on, for different reasons.
However perceived, there is something inspirational about simple slogans. I’d like to think they remind us of how important mental attitude and perseverance is in accomplishing our goals. As I face the challenges of 2014, I’ll remember those posters and Nike’s recommendation.
January 21st, 2014
FROM COURT AND SPARK TO NIGHT RIDE HOME
Released 40 years ago this month, Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark was her first album in almost two years.
Mitchell infused her singer-songwriter folk-rock music with jazz inflections played by session musicians. The result was her most successful commercial effort ever. The album reached No. 2 in the United States in 1974 and eventually sold over 2 million copies. The recent WB 180 gram LP is a sublime reissue. More
January 17th, 2014
“We live in a world that values easy solutions to complex problems. And buying [photographic] gear on specifications is such a solution. Further, instant pop culture has destroyed the ability of most people to appreciate nuance, delicacy and detail, values which require dedication and emotional commitment, and which are only revealed over time.” More
January 12th, 2014
I guess it can be told that I had a walk on part in a film called “The Architect” to be released later this year. Directed by Jonathan Parker (a very nice man), I played a photographer of all things!
My wife volunteered me for the small non-speaking extra role, and I was somehow chosen. “The Architect” is about a husband and wife who are longing to build their dream home only to have those plans crushed when their architect builds his ideal home instead. More
January 8th, 2014
BACK TO BASICS
“Knowing what you’ve got, knowing what you need, knowing what you can do without – That’s inventory control.”
- From the movie Revolutionary Road.
(Photo of hand stencils from Chauvet cave in France: Unknown)
January 1st, 2014
I WAS HERE
One of photography’s purposes is to confirm this sentiment. Dating back 40,000 years to European cave paintings, there’s been a desire to capture an elusive moment and somehow make it stay just a moment longer. That’s happiness for me.
Here are some personal images from our recent holiday trip to Mexico.
Happy New Year!
All Leica M9-P with Leica 35mm Summaron f2.8 lens
December 26th, 2013
THE LAST 959
Excellence Magazine just featured an article of mine on the final Porsche 959 built. This 450 hp twin-turbocharged “time capsule” was recently U.S. dealer prepared after 25 years off the road. It was reconditioned, detailed, and is now being driven regularly on public streets. What an amazing 1000 km car this is – eclipsed by more modern variants (like the Carrera GT), but arguably easier to drive at the limit.
This 1988 vehicle’s refurbishment got me to thinking. Perhaps I should take a clue – get renewed, give myself a makeover, and exercise daily. I guess that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for. Have a good one!
December 20th, 2013
PANORAMA AT ITS BEST
Porsche Club of America’s Panorama Magazine has gone through an epic transformation this year. Through the efforts of publisher Vu Nguyen, editor Pete Stout, creative director Richard Baron, production director Allen Lane and a host of other well-known contributers – it’s never looked better.
I’m pleased to be a part of the latest issue with two stories. One I wrote and photographed (“Life After Racing”). The other I made the photos for (“Fill in the Blanks”), and Peter Linsky wrote the article.
Thanks to the amazing group of folks at Panorama and my fellow writers and photographers for a great 2013. Happy holidays!
December 17th, 2013
SETTING THE PACE
Thanks to Aaron Jenkins, Walter Gerber, Michael Collins and John Goodman for their collaboration in producing a story for Forza Magazine using my text and photos. The featured Goodman owned Ferrari/I.DE.A. Mondial-t is a one-off pace-car commissioned by PPG Industries for the CART/PPG Indy Car World Series in the late ’80s. What a hoot it was to drive with that livery and all those safety lights onboard!