Dec 6th, 2013
Football. The South. An American tradition.
I grew up in Nebraska where football was king.
In undergraduate school at Arizona State, we had a big, powerful program — during my time there, we were always among the nation’s best.
But then I moved to the South, and I found the mother lode.
Before Friday Night Lights was a thing. Before the SEC ruled the land with seven straight BCS Championship wins. Before 39 cable channels were devoted to the sport.
Before all of that. Every small Southern town, seemingly every conversation not specifically related to religion or food, and every childhood and young adult sports fantasy, all revolved around a powerful high school football tradition.
It’s then, it’s now, and it always will be much more than a game. It’s pride in community and hard work. It’s the culture.
Working for Sports Illustrated as a staff photographer, I’ve spent a lot of time on the sidelines of football games of every stripe. SI through the years has covered the game better than anyone. I’m not sure that any of the images shot close to the action in stadiums big and small said as much about how I think of a life around football than this image, made with a Nikon P7800, when I dropped my 12-year-old daughter off at her school yesterday morning.
Dec 5th, 2013
I’m lucky that my vocation and avocation are one in the same.
I almost always haves a DSLR close by, but there are just some times when I want an extremely lightweight, very small, but full featured camera that I can take everywhere.
The P7800 is a camera I can comfortably share with my 12 year old daughter Havana, and that’s a real joy.
Small enough to fit in her pocket and easy for her to handle, it has features and files good enough for me to use for art prints.
These rich, contrasty, luscious black and white images essentially came out of the camera that way. The top image I lightened to bring out the clouds, the other three images are straight from the camera, nothing was done in post production. I configured the camera to shoot b/w and using the built in ND filter, I shot these during the middle of a bright South Florida day.
Dec 3rd, 2013
I am an unabashed lover of photo books.
My collection is somewhere north of 4,000 hard cover, beautifully printed books.
That’s right, I have a rolling ladder in the library.
This year, I purchased right around 200 new volumes.
Here are 12 of my must have favorites from 2013 (in no particular order).
Nov 27th, 2013
The start of the holiday season is always that learning time of year for us, where we slow down (a little) and catch up on readings.
Just in time for Black Friday, here are a few recommendations from our library and our friends at Peachpit Press.
Also, this weekend the folks over at Kelby training are offering some extra help.
On Monday, we will be posting our list of favorite photo books for the year. Be sure to check back with us.
The Second Life of Jeff Lukas
Tim Layden is the writer I work with the most often, and he is a close friend. To say he is intense, driven and immensely talented is an understatement.
Laura and I were fortunate to be asked to shoot video and still portraits, to accompany Tim’s incredibly moving, powerfully written essay about Jeff Lukas. I’ve been reading SI for many years and this long form essay is one of the best.
As usual, Laura and I had to work fast. We had just a few days from start to finish to get to Kentucky to interview D. Wayne Lukas and then move on to tiny Atoka, Oklahoma to complete our part of the Lukas project with Jeff Lukas and David Barrage.
Unusual for us, we sent the footage raw to New York where Collin Orcutt and his team did all of the edits.
I learned a long time ago to let Tim tell the story with his words.
Please spend some time with this piece, you won’t regret it: Out of Darkness.