WELCOME TO OUR LIFE ON FILM

 

MY LOVES...A BILLION EXPOSURES COULD NEVER CONTAIN IT OR FULLY EXPLAIN IT.

(But that won't stop me from trying)

Memory is a funny thing.  For some strange reason my mind only holds memories that are tied to a photograph. Five year old me collecting nails at the house my parents were building. The look on my daughter's face when she first met her baby brother at the hospital in the wee hours of the morning. The memory of these events only live in my head and heart because they first existed in the form of a physical image. The tangible images made of my life and loved ones anchor our collective past and present and form our future. Making photographs of these experiences is the most important job I will ever hold. My images won't change the world, but the simple art of creating them continually changes me.

This work isn't done for fame or fortune. It's done for memory and legacy, for something that overlooks and outlives the immediate. I want and need to make images whose true value will only be known when I or the people in them are gone. My work may never hang in a gallery, but in many years when my loved ones open boxes and books full of my images, they will be taking part in my dream exhibition of my life's work. 

This is my end, film is my means.

A FEW DAYS IN MARFA, TX FOR PHOTO FIELD TRIP 101

 

A creative island in the middle of the Texas plains was home to the first of many of our new endeavor, Photo Field Trip 101. Spent most of my time teaching a handful of wonderful new friends the joy of photography and the ins and outs of their cameras, but when I wasn't doing that, I saw the following...

 

 

* Leica M6 + 35mm Nokton and 50mm LTM

Agfa Vista 200

AN HOUR WALKING THE STREETS NEW ORLEANS

 

Had an extra hour to spare on a whirlwind 36 hours in New Orleans for some shoots, so I went out for a walk around the French Quarter. What a place, can't wait to get back.

 

Leica M6 + Voigtlander 28mm Ultron

Kodak Tri-X developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on a Pakon F135+

THE ELLSWORTHS WOULD DRIVE 2000 MILES

 

...and then they'd drive 2000 more to get back home.

When we both lived in the tiny mountain town of Idyllwild, seeing each other was an easy five minute drive. We've never lived physically close to we've been personally close to and that year spent on the mountain together was one of our most treasured times. When we both left the mountain we unfortunately left far too many miles between us, but on the rare chances we have to visit with each other life just feels right.

 

Leica M6 + 28mm Ultron and 35mm Nokton / Minolta Autocord

Kodak Tri-X film developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on a Pakon F135+

A WEEK IN CHICAGO

 

 

 

We had a two day wedding in Chicago and a dear friend kindly offered up their place in the city for us to stay in, so we made a week long family trip of it. We'd been to Chicago before, but this was the loinfruits first time, and Jasper's first time being in a truly big city. We've got a few more trips back this year and can't wait...definitely one of our favorite US cities.

 

 

Leica M6 with 28mm Ultron and 35mm Nokton / Contax T2

Kodak Tri-X developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on Pakon F135+

PHOTO FIELD TRIP 2016 // LAZERS AND BLAZERS

 

 

Once a year, I'm guaranteed to have my favorite night of the year. 

Once a year this ragtag group of slightly introverted, slightly nerdy, totally dance starved from sitting on the sidelines documenting everyone else dancing at weddings, group of friends, lovers, humans, and dancers just let it all hang out for six glorious hours together. It's pure magic.

Every Lazers has it's own flavor, I've been lucky enough to taste them all:

2015 - Black Lung Edition

2014 - El Capitan (not black lung edition)

2013 - Las Vegas Edition

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My biggest, heartiest, loudest BRAVO to michael-the flashdance-antonia, his whole crew of phenomenal DJs, mr. fucking-follow-your-bliss whitney, and all the crew for making this dream a reality year after year. the biggest of bear hugs and all the love to you all.

 

*Before you dig into the images below, click play on the music. If you were at Lazers this year, you danced to this...if you missed it, have your own dance party wherever you're at by downloading Michael's "The Thin White Duke" DJ mix. 

 

 

Contax T2 on doublerolled Agfa Vista 200

AUGUST 2015

 

Glimpses of life in the waning days of summer.

 

 

* Leica M6 + Nokton 35mm / Contax T2 / Nikon F3 + 50mm F1.8 and 180mm F2.8

Kodak Tri-X developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on Pakon

A DAUGHTER WAS BORN UNTO US, THEN !POOF! A FEW BLINKS LATER SHE WAS 12

 

We have a 12 year old? 

I don't understand. 13 is after 12 right? 

OMG.

...

Birthday girl got her dream day: breakfast at Marche, a bike ride through Edwin Warner Park, Jeni's ice cream, and confetti cupcakes.

 

 

* Leica M6 + 28mm Ultron and 35mm Nokton / Polaroid 180

Kodak Tri-X developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on Pakon / Fuji FP3000B

A FEW HOURS IN CHICAGO AND MILWAUKEE

 

We had a wedding in Milwaukee, so we stopped over in Chicago on the way. The more cities we visit out here, the more we're convinced: midwest is best.

 

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Chicago

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* Leica M6 + 35mm Nokton

Kodak Tri-X developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on Pakon

RIVERING

 

One of the things we were most excited about moving to Nashville for was experiencing river and lake life. Although we were born and raised by the ocean, lived blocks from it for a while, and enjoyed it often in our 30 some-odd years of living in Southern California our official stance after living by abundant fresh water for a year is:

Rivering > Beaching

Special thanks to our friends the McCoys for guiding us in the proper way to river.

 

 

* Leica M6 + 35mm Nokton / Nikon Action Touch

Kodak Tri-X developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on Pakon