Matt spent last semester shooting a full-length film, and while it still has yet to come out (blame Louie Sallerson), he’s quite proud of his work on the opening titles. Using a Manfrotto suction cup mount, he was able to do some fun stuff with the camera (while also being terrified of it falling-off/hitting-something/breaking-$$$$-of-equipment).
The first [...]
I recently watched 180° South, a documentary following Jeff Johnson’s journey from California to Patagonia. After seeing him drop everything to ‘just go’, I’m thinking about my stay in Colorado and California last summer.
Now, I’m in the process of attempting to plan a similar trip (smaller scale of course) in the U.S. Any suggestions? Here are some [...]
This summer I was asked to create a patch for Lincoln Memorial Garden’s 75th anniversary. The organization in Springfield, IL wanted a patch due to its association with Scouting (both boys and girls) historically. That’s right, it’s story time. As the epic tale goes, in 1936, Harriet Knudson got the crazy idea to create a [...]
My girlfriend and I went to the SoWa Open Market, which is really hip artisan and farmers market in Boston. Every Sunday, May through October, 10am-4pm on the South End, when the organic growers and hipster art makers get together, crowds follow. The produce looked yummy, and I decided they might make a good wallpaper [...]
As April arrives each year it brings lots of cheer to those who dislike the harsh winter months we experience in the northern states. Flowers bloom, the grass begins to grow, and people enjoy spending time outside. For me, though, Spring time means something else; the arrival of another storm season. I have always been [...]
Last summer I got the idea to do this picture with conte crayons. I had always thought one of my older brothers (Jeff) looked like my dad, who in turn looked like HIS dad. In other words, I thought my brother, my dad, and my grandpa O’Brien looked very similar in their early 20’s. So [...]
Digital is dead. I’ve picked up shooting film stills. It’s an exhilarating feeling. Rather than simply creating digital pixels, it feels like you are actually capturing a lasting moment in time. I’ve been shooting on an old 1971 Canon Canonet 28 with a 40mm lens at f/2.8 and a newer Nikon F100 with an old Tamron manual [...]
On a garage sailing expedition, quite similar (and possibly the same as) the one where I obtained my sweet, sweet, Bill Cosby record (see the Nerds’ Blog back log…Back Log? The Blog b-log? Blog blog…weird…anyway, see the previous blog entitled “Records” if the phrase “Bill” and “Cosby” in succession tickles your fancy), I obtained ANOTHER [...]
My Dad has always had an affinity for lighthouses, and because of this, I spent a lot of my younger years being drug begrudgingly from lighthouse to lighthouse on any vacation we took. Reflecting now, I can realize that they’re actually some pretty cool structures, and often significant historical landmarks, especially in regions of the [...]
A young musician once said, “Don’t let haters get me off my grind; Whip my hair and I know I’ll be fine.” Taking this inspirational quote, I decided to delve into the exciting, yet challenging task of self portrait photography. An obnoxious electric green bedroom wall, remote control for your camera, and a full head [...]