personal project

Hey, blog, I am sorry that I have left you alone for a year or so.  I had writer's block.  But I kept on shooting since.  :) . I worked on a new personal project called, #PhillyOver9000.  I was able to shoot two sessions of people who work in the food and beverage industry in Philadelphia.  Not the greatest turn out, but I was able to photograph about 12 people.  Which I am very thankful for.  I wanted to do a fun white seamless portrait project that was also slightly high key.  

Back from Vietnam

I came back from Vietnam on the 29th of October.  Since then I was editing the photographs and posting all of the images to my exposure site.  If you want to read the stories, go to these links.  

  1. HCMC the first part
  2. Going in Deep
  3. Rain in Danang
  4. That Hue
  5. How Long til Ha Long?
  6. Ma Hai

Now that I am back and all of the photographs are edited and posted in the long story format, what I am going to share here are the portfolio pieces which are linked to my smugmug so you can purchase those images if you so desire.  Which you should.  

As I am trying to work on In Search of Little Saigon in America flush with images and work, I realized I didn't have a good representation of Vietnam from the last time I was there.  So going back to Vietnam for that was one of the primary reasons.  Stay tuned for the gallery showing in the near future.

Each of these images are linked to my smugmug gallery where you can purchase them.  For more choices, go to my smugmug gallery. And buy as much as your heart desires.  :)  

Falling off the wagon.

As the title says, I figuratively fell off the wagon.  By that I mean posting here on this blog and my personal project, In Search of Little Saigon in America.  On the plus side, I have been updating my Exposure site!  So if you want to stay really up to date with me, subscribe to my Exposure site.  The last work I posted there is quite cool, Felt + Fat.  

I also did a story for Philadelphia Magazine on Wm. Mulherin Son's for their September issue.  Can't post any images of them till a month or so after it has been published.  But the place was pretty awesome!  It was a really amazing experience and much more involved than my work with Edible Philly.  As the editor loved the work, here's to hoping that I will shoot more stories for them.  

But it's like this, after an assignment I just meander around, both walking and photographically speaking.  It helps me readjust from shooting for work to shooting for personal where I can take risks and do whatever I want.

With my pending adventure to Vietnam in October, I need to really get back into my personal project groove.  I guess I'll look for details and scenes, while I continue to push for portraits and interviews.  

Looking at what's being made at home and inspiration.

As I have been working on test shoots, to improve on my lighting manipulating and styling, I have forgone mentioning something else.  Lately I have been buying more heritage clothing and shoes.  My dad would be shocked if I told him how much each item costed.  The way I see it that I am spending a lot up front, but over time these clothing and shoes will be with me a good 20 years or my entire lifetime.  I am not a fan of fast fashion which majority clothing industry is at right now.  I know that some of my clothes, like my Levi jeans and dress shirts have come from overseas, but I am slowly moving my wardrobe to be Made in America.  If you want to see the human costs of fast fashion here are some youtube links to watch.


John Oliver

Give them a watch.

So these brands that I have been buying?  Wolverine bootsFilson and Allen Edmonds.  So while I do admit that the cost of each item is a little hair raising, e.g., just one pair of my allen edmonds costed me $395.  Thankfully I am done buying dress shoes, or shoes in general.  I previously owned some shoes that I bought from DSW a year and a half ago that broke.  I spent $120 on that one pair.  If I had to spend $120 every year and a half for shoes, that would be more costly if I bought them every year and a half at about the same cost compared to buying a pair of $395 allen edmonds that is recraftable.  What I am trying to say is just buy smart when buying clothing for your wardrobe.  

Because of these new wardrobe purchases my own personal style has evolved from the put whatever comes in my hands or college dressing to a more refined and heritage look.  The three businesses, Wolverine, Filson, and Allen Edmonds have been making their products for a very long time.  I think Filson is the longest lasting one of the three.  Having three of their items, a Mackinaw Cruiser, Tin Cloth Short Cruiser, and their Magnum camera bag, it is suffice to say that I have a great love of their products.  

I am pretty close to finishing my wardrobe now.  I might pick up a pair of Redwing boots...

At this point, how this fits with my food work.. is that I am drafting up story pitches that combines those pieces and brands with food work.  For example, since I am in the city often, one story is a couple guys wearing allen edmonds shoes going to get cocktails and tapas.  Another is of an outdoor shoot, with filson gear and wolverine/redwing boots cooking food over a campfire.  I am trying to iron out those ideas and finding people who would be up for that.  I don't mind if they have to use my items, provided they fit and don't be abusive to them.  

While I was mulling over story pitches and ideas, I did some test shooting.  Check them out.