We get excited about strange things around here. LIKE NEW THICK WHITE BOARDS FOR LIGHT FILLS. It's the (not so) little things...
Got trainers from YourTrainer back in the studio today. Trainers with real live mustaches.
Prepped the studio for some headshots for a local web development team the other day. Big thanks to Leah and lil' Susie for sitting in for some test shots. You did great.
It’s hard to believe, but Dr. Jeff Wilson, aka Professor Dumpster, has completed his 365 day stint of living in his dumpster home on the Huston-Tillotson University campus. I had the honor of making his portrait for the January 2014 issue of Austin Monthly Magazine. When we met up to do this shoot, he had just sold off the majority of his belongings…just about all of his possessions were in a duffel bag he arrived with. He was heading off to NYC to appear on The Today Show, and was about to secure his soon-to-be dumpster home. For the shoot, he had chosen this dumpster behind Shangri-La in East Austin to pose in. As the Austin Monthly staffers Cory Rivademar and Kimya Kavehkar might recall, it was a smelly day full of wet Franzia box aromas, thanks to the foot or so of soaked garbage lining the bottom of the dumpster.
Prof. Dumpster was a great sport. The smell didn’t bother him one bit, and he jumped right into the big metal box. I had him pose with a coffee cup, and then some tiny fake birds. We made little window curtains out of an old dress I wore to a Mad Men-themed party once back in Chicago…which he kept. I’m sure he found a use for those curtains somewhere.
So, without further ado, congratulations Dr. Jeff Wilson - one year living in 36 square feet to show everyone that you can live well with less. Here’s to your next adventure!
For more information, here’s a link to the KXAN story posted today: http://kxan.com/2015/02/04/professor-dumpster-marks-year-living-in-36-square-feet/
And to The Dumpster Project website: http://dumpsterproject.org/
Switched things up a bit for the February issue of Austin Monthly Magazine. Instead of making a portrait for the “Character” section, which typically features those people doing their part “keeping Austin weird”, this month, I did a portrait for the “Creatives” section, which highlights members of the creative community in Austin.
Mark Bristol was very gracious in letting us come into his home studio for the shoot. Seeing his storyboard art and movie posters he had worked on was a treat. He had told us ahead of time that he was a big fan of Austin Monthly, which always adds another layer of enthusiasm into the shoot itself.
He came across as a very sincere and thoughtful artist, and I tried to portray that in his portrait. Pick up a copy for yourself, on newsstands now, and read his story, written by Austin Monthly’s Executive Editor, Sarah Thurmond.
Last month, I did a shoot for Austin Monthly Magazine featuring Geeks Who Drink trivia champ, Bobb X. Ha, who actually doesn't really drink during trivia contests. In a pretty cool twist of events, we were able to setup the shoot back where Bobb’s trivia career began — The Highball over on South Lamar. This place was very much still a construction zone, so what you see is a sneak peek into the new bar area. It was pretty cool — they turned the old bowling alley floors into the bar floor and upstairs is private room-style karaoke paradise. I recommend the Super Mario Bro.’s room.
We loaded in the gear with hard hats on, and did the shoot in surgical booties. Oddly enough, this was not the first time I’d done a shoot in booties, and I certainly don’t expect it to be my last.
Bobb, escaping from his day job for the shoot, came with his typical gear for trivia contests - a shopping bag full of notes. Apparently, this is just a fraction of note sheets he has. Also, not pictured, was a giant check from a recent win for his trivia team, Team Dong (insert joke here). All in all, a fun afternoon shoot, and as always, it’s so fun getting to help highlight all the people that make Austin the great city it is for Austin Monthly Magazine.