Josephine is one of the few people I met online before meeting in person.  We had a great shoot planned last fall at the abandoned paint factory, that was cut shot by the arrival of several police cars.  We were told that we were trespassing, and let go with a warning.  Another photographer there was not so lucky.  He had already been warned before, and was arrested.

It took us five months to finally reschedule a shoot, but when it finally happened we got some amazing shots.  I’m sure i’ll be posting more of them in the coming weeks.

Murder Scene


Back in the fall of 2003, my friend Diana and I moved into a huge house over in Little 5 Points.  She had just graduated from college, and I was working at GSU.  Our friend Cynthia moved in with us for a week or two, then left for South America.  It was an interesting time for a variety of reasons.  The place was huge and the landlady was completely insane.

I’ve long known Di was afraid of spiders, but it was our first week living together when I got to experience that first hand.  We had returned from a night at Highlander, and I had just drifted off into sleep, when I was awoken by a scream.  Not an “eeek!” scream, but a full throated bloodcurdling scream of primal terror.  I stumbled out of bed, convinced a bunch of zombie Crips were chainsawing through the front door.  I was met in the hallway by Diana, nearly incoherent with terror.

Turns out, there was a spider in her room.  Not the kind of spider that almost ate the hobbits in the last Lord of the Rings movie.  No, this spider was about 1.5 inches across total.  Two inches, tops.  It wasn’t lunging at her with poison dripping from its fangs.  It was just sitting there.  I smooshed it, flushed it, and headed back to bed.  The last I saw of Diana that night, she was sitting on her bed, legs curled up to her chest, eyes darting around the room searching for the next eight legged beast to attack her.

Fast forward a few months to the night of October 13th.  Our friend Wes came over and we hung out drinking and chatting.  I went to bed at a semi-reasonable hour, since I had work in the morning.  Wes and Diana stayed up late drinking like good unemployed peoples.

I woke up for work in the morning, went in to my bathroom to take a shower, and saw this in the doorway:

In the doorway from my room to the hallway I also saw this:

Finally, in the hall I saw this:

Diana, terrified of spiders, had persuaded Wes to do the dirty work for her, but not to dispose of the body.

Happy Birthday Diana! 🙂

Wedding Day

Mike the Minister

Today I’m in Las Vegas performing the wedding of my friends Jon and Lindsey.  It’s my twelfth wedding.  I did my first on April 21st, 2001, barefoot, dressed in a raw linen robe.  It was obviously a very hippie wedding.  That couple has since divorced, but the other ten I have married are still together.  I’ll be dressed more formally for today’s wedding. 🙂

Along Route 66 at night

Route 66 at night

One more from my 2008 road trip along Route 66.  I found this shell of a building and spent a few hours shooting by the full moon, light painting, and just generally goofing off.

My general travel plan went like this:  Wake up around noon.  Get lunch.  Drive Route 66 all day.  If I saw something neat, save the location in my GPS.  Find a cheap motel.  Get dinner.  Geek out on the computer until the moon rose.  Return to cool spots.  Shoot pictures till sunrise.  Return to hotel.  Pass out.

Repeat for 4 days and 5 nights.  I covered 1727 miles in that time.