Here's an incredible interview on Jean-Francois Leroy of Visa Pour L'image festival held in perpignon, france every year. the financial struggle of the photojournalist and the media industry is both appalling and just as disgusting as the media circus and celebrity photography. its disappointing.
i decided to go to SF to shoot the same-sex marriages on monday, the first day. since i don't really shoot a whole lot of news at the newspaper i work at, i thought i ought to go out on my own and cover the event as a freelancer. my pictures are up on atlas press photo agency. the light that evening was really nice. my mental conflict about freelancing/documentary vs. shooting for a community newspaper is for another post.
june 16, 2008 5pm: City Hall, San Francisco same-sex marriages
every year there's a big money making auction in the napa valley. the funds go to nonprofits in the valley. on thursday i had to shoot the local auction events around the valley, the ones that you know, the regular people can actually afford. some of them. anyway, the bubble here can be quite a trip.
speaking of bubbles, there was a party at a sparkling wine winery, can't say "champangne" because we aren't in france, they say.
a masquerade ball - i couldn't stay for the actual ball - but this venetian mask is pretty cool
Here's a series of portraits i shot for our weekly photo page. I scrambled to find something, like usual, a day or two before deadline. I went to the grange to check out the boots and belles square dancing club to find these locals decked out in these wonderful skirts. actually, its the women that looked incredible.
i'm working on my portraiture. and though i did these in 15 minutes, I need to slow down and watch what i'm shooting. im just lucky i was able to pull something fun off in such a short amount of time.