Forty something days on the road with a bunch of kids and “The old lady” :)
We have been on many summer road trips over the years. Most of them
blend together and it’s hard to remember what year we did what and saw whom.
This year for me was life changing; kind of like taking a hit of acid. Once you commit and open your mind to it all, you come out thinking a different way. The cast of characters this year consisted of the twins, (Tripp and Milo), My nephew Atticus, myself, and my “old lady,” Raphye.
We knew we were gonna head to Florida to visit my mom. The rest of it was kind of up in the air. We left all the kid’s electronic devices at the house and zig zagged around the entire country.
I could write a book about all of our experiences; the people we met, the people we already knew and had not seen in a long time, and the thinking. I thought a lot over the forty something days.
It is hard for me to articulate my feelings but I just know that I want to spend as much of my time from now on seeing the people I love and taking advantage of my time with my kids before they are all grown up.
Here are a bunch of images from our journey.
If you were to ask me twenty years ago what my dream photo assignment would be, this is it.
For the last couple of weeks, I got to travel from Fernandina Beach, Florida down to Key West with Bote Boards, working on their 2015 catalogue.
Pig hunting, fishing with top anglers, working with top videographers and hanging with a bad ass crew of paddle boarders; I honestly have to say that it was one for the books.
The master of the Drone.
This time period is hazy. I had just had my first kid so this would have been like fourteen years ago. I knew Maynard from previous shoots and he suggested to Billy Howerdel (lead singer of APC) that I would be a good choice for shooting their upcoming album. I met with them and Billy told me straight up that I wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. I convinced him that I could adjust my style to be more depressing and dark. I was in.
We shot the album at Maynard’s loft in Hollywood that was located right next to the Tool rehearsal space. That comes into play later in my story. The night of the shoot was rainy and cold. We all piled into Maynard’s place where I had a set built where I would do some multiple exposure stuff. I remember the manager of the band pulling me aside and asking me to ask Maynard not to wear the wig in the pictures. If you know anything about Maynard, you don’t tell him much. He is successful for a reason.
O.K. this is where it gets fuzzy. I somehow started pounding bottles of red wine. I think we all had fun for a bit, or at least I like to believe that we did. After the shoot was over we went and hung out in the Tool rehearsal space in the back. I was drunk and taking pictures of Danny’s drum kit. He told me not to take any pictures because the kit was top secret. Twenty minutes later I forgot and took another. He got in my face and demanded the film. I proceeded to rip it out my camera and go crazy. Ahhhhhhhhh….
I did work with A Perfect Circle again and Maynard again but never Tool. Alcohol is a hell of a drug. The coolest thing about getting to shoot A Perfect Circle was the rotating line up. Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel, James Iha, Jeordie White AKA Twiggy, Josh Freese, Paz Lenchantin and Troy Van Leeuwen.
I think it was around 2000 when I had my first encounter with Weezer, on a gig for Alternative Press. I can’t quite remember the magazine’s initial concept of the shoot but my good friend and stylist extraordinaire, Houston Sams, had an idea to build a cardboard space ship and space costumes out of tin foil and air conditioner tubing. The band showed up at my house in North Hollywood, with no knowledge of the concept. I was really nervous as I explained it to Rivers, who just looked at me with a blank stare on his face. As I was going on about how awesome it would be, I was also thinking “this dude hates me and my shitty ideas”. I could not have been more wrong. The band let us put all this bullshit on them and then got completely into character. Awesome experience!
Over the next decade there were many, many more shoots, changes of band members, marriages, and kids.
The process usually went like this…. we’d have a general concept for the shoot…run it by the band..they’d approve… and it was on.
Maybe the theme of the day was their outfits blended in with their environment, or they were roughians or members of a sports team.
I can’t remember a single time that there was any idea they said no to. They are the most unique band I’ve had the pleasure to have a relationship with. Top Notch for sure.