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Motel Pinup 4

Motel Pinup 4


Link is to uncensored version

This is a slight departure from the rest of the Motel Pinup mini-series. Usually I try to incorporate retro lingerie to help define the genre I’m working in and that’s absent from this shot. While shooting in this kitschy motel room I noticed these snow shoes could look like wings with a person between them. The idea for this shot came in a sort of stream-of-consciousness. I asked the model what she though and she liked the idea. The image has a fairy read more

Skull Vodka Decanter

Skull Vodka Decanter print available!


Please ignore any dust, it comes from the scan and is really noticeable on dark backgrounds.

If you like Skull Vodka you might recognize this. A friend of mine had one and I just had to borrow it. 

Setup for the shot was pretty easy just a light tent with a black background. 

I shot this with a Graflex Pacemaker press camera with a Kodak Aero-Ektar lens, on some expired TXP320 film. Stand developed for 1 hour in Rodinal 1:100. 

Follow me for a minute while I talk about a picture of a mushroom.

Sure it sounds weird, but I’m excited about this picture of a weird mushroom I took the other day. If you’re interested in large format 4×5 photography, stand development, Kodak Aero-Ektar lenses, niche films, etc., then this might interest you. If not here’s the picture and the link to purchase it: 🙂

Large Format 4×5 photography
I kind of made a new years resolution to shoot more large format 4×5 stuff. I used to really be into it and I read more

.45cal Pinup

From my first pinup shoot. Shot most of it on Efke KB100 because it was cheaper and hadn’t changed since the 40’s. I figured it’d be great stock for a mid-century themed shoot. I still have a few rolls floating around. I was shooting with two cameras at the time. One was a Canon A-1, 50mm/1.8 and a 100mm/2.9. I think I had a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 Zoom too. The other was an EOS 650 with 50mm/1.8, and a 80-200 zoom. Also have a couple holga Pics from this shoot. read more

First print off my new (to me) enlarger!

Here it is, my first print off my Omega D5, which I picked up at Photostock 2015. It’s of my grandfather in law. Printing with this is very different than my Beseler 23c. This uses a Dichro head instead of a condenser.

Dichro heads use a diffuse light source, as apposed to columnated, which reduces contrast, increases exposure time, and has a different feel.

It kind of feels like I’m doing something wrong and I’m not getting prints that look how I expect but that’s ok. read more

Only the chimney remains.

Found this gem in Saginaw Township. It looks like it’s nestled deep in some creepy woods but it’s right next to a house and a subdivision, and a busy road. Evidence of our transience in the middle of suburbia.

I believe this was shot with the Konica Big Mini (fixed lens) on Arista Premium 400 (believed to be Tri-X), and processed in R09 (Rodinol).

Collapsing City

The abandoned Packard Plant is 40 acres of industrial ruins. From certain points it looks almost like a city. The Packard Plant hasn’t made cars since the 50’s. I think this image looks like a scene that could have been captured at the end of World War II in Europe, but it’s present day America.