Friday, May 29, 2009

David Adjaye has skills

Spent some time at the MCA Denver last week. It's a new building by David Adjaye, and is one of the more beautiful spaces I've ever been in. The art was nice too -- a few works by Damien Hirst, and Anthony Goicolea. There are only 5 galleries -- each one is unique, and the whole experience of walking through them, and finishing on the killer roof deck, leaves you wanting more.

I'm hoping to get back soon to do some architectural shots, the interplay of light and space is unbelievable.

Also visited the new wing of the Denver Art Museum, designed by Daniel Liebeskind. It looks nice on the outside, but as a museum is total crap. A $90 millon disaster. I have no idea how this happens.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

It's a girl

I'm taking the week off to hang with my wife, daughter, and new daughter. The weather is amazing, and I have some more work lined up for when I get back, which is nice.

I meant to shoot video of Kate in labor, but forgot. Although I'm not sure if that would have been a good idea or not. It was pretty insane.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Nadav Kander, photojournalist?

Saw these images in yesterday's NYT magazine article about Obama and the economy. Once again, Nadav was hanging with the White House crew, and applied his signature touch to this portrait of our Pres:

I can't tell if I like this or not. There is something kind of sinister about the way his eyes look -- the shadows in the eye sockets are a bit dark. And the blue cast makes him look a bit sickly. Then again, how cool is it to see a portrait of our president shot by Nadav Kander? It's hard to imagine GW sitting for a portait like this, let alone allowing it to run. I guess I like thinking that our new president is a bit more open to new ideas.

But then later in the article, they ran this picture:

Which is pretty interesting. Totally unlit, candid, and his eyes are almost closed. Such an odd image to choose. It's even more odd to think that Mr. Kander shot this. It is unlike anything he's ever shown. It looks like all the pictures I took in high school.

It's funny to think about photojournalism and how it really levels the playing field: Fancy cameras, complex lighting, and excessive retouching all go away, and it's just a photographer and a camera.