I shot this in my studio – the photos of drapery were from classical statuary. I have lots of random images piled up all over my studio – so there is a lot of trial and error when I go about incorporating these into still life arrangements.
In this image, I really enjoy the journey of the fabric rendered in marble then reproduced in a photograph where it takes on a completely different kind of sculptural presence.
The original idea of the photo came when me and my wife were fooling about at ours. Then we found her school time velvet jeans and I made the shot just in front of the wall - of course, to add some beautiful pastel background instead of it later. I think it reminds of teenage dreams we all used to have, silly college movies, first love and that unforgettable hangover after the prom.
This photo was taken after coming back from accidentally spending a month living out of a backpack in New York City. I quit my summer job working at a burger restaurant and decided that going on walks throughout Austin was going to be my job for a bit. So I started walking around with a camera again through all the back alleys in my neighborhood. The photo was a wonderful surprise because it was almost not a photograph. I just remember enjoying the walk until this tiny dog decided to crash the party. He was jumping like three feet into the air and yipping at me so I stopped and just watched him do this for about five minutes because I told him, “Hey you better get used to this. I’m a daylight, back alley, kind of guy and you’ll be seeing a lot of me.” While he yipped and I watched I smacked myself on the head and was like, “Ooooph…Take a picture dummy.” So I did and this was it. I also befriended a charming little goat in the same alley but that’s another story.
We met Ruth on our third day in Gettysburg. We were working together for the first time, on a collaborative book project about the 150th Anniversary of the Battle. It was mid July, over 100 degrees, and there were thousands of people in each direction. We spotted Ruth fanning herself by a wooden fence, dressed elaborately in 19th century garb. We approached her and struck up a conversation. It was her first reenactment and she was in high spirits, eager to share her experience with two sweaty strangers. We learned that she had travelled far from her home in the NorthEast to attend the event and had been preparing for the reenactment for weeks. Typically, we had to move quickly to keep up with the chaotic and changeable environment. However Ruth was in no rush. Her cooperation and enthusiasm was key in achieving this image. She took great joy in being photographed and was down to get weird.
This picture is part of 4 pictures i made for last BLAST magazine. The issue is about sport. I was looking for some inspiration on a still life editorial but did not want to have something too steady, I wanted something in action and tension somehow.
This was shot with 2 models on a private Parisian climbing wall club. I wanted to show hands and feet in the same shot and have some colorful universe.
These photographs of Julien, a very close friend of mine, were taken last August during a week-end on my father’s boat in Lake Champlain, USA. I liked the dynamic play of light on his clothes and the strange positions of his body. We can’t see his face, but we can tell that he’s enjoying the moment.
I shot this for KENZO x VANS final shoe collaboration. I was inspired by 80s female news anchors and the aesthetic of the television programs from that decade.
This portrait of Signe Pierce was made for a series of blog posts on emerging artists in New York funded by the Camera Club of New York last spring. We had spent the entire day in Times Square. I assisted Signe as she filmed herself eating appetizers in a Planet Hollywood restaurant and out in public walking among the freaks and filthy cartoon mascots, dressed like this, engaging full-on with hyperreality.
I got the idea when I was working a sad part time job at a grocery store. I shot it in my moms kitchen on the floor.
I shot the photo as part of a lookbook for Maximum Henry, a brand who specializes in handmade belts and wallets.
The image was made inside a house in Brooklyn. I setup the wallets on the stool and the owner of the house’s dog came over to see what was going on.
I allow for a lot of chance in my art practice - if I am not surprised by an image as I am making it, no one else will be surprised when they see it.