March 29, 2009

Night Revisited

I am shooting Monday and Tuesday for a commercial in a style I know well. Tonight I went out to the "set" that is the original Coyote Ugly just to see how my new camera would fare.

Inevitably, the night provided. I shot this group of tourists enjoying themselves using my 24-70mm lens and a little customization to my on-camera flash not worth mentioning. (It's an uncropped image). Two other images are part of my Flickr stream if you're interested. I'm not sure I'll have time to blog about them.

This morning, on my walk to Gimme Coffee in Ithaca, NY, I was thinking about this style of work. I originally came to it in response to frustrations related to my Streetstudio project. After years of distance, it's interesting to see it through more contented eyes. It's interesting to see what images attract me now. It'll be twice as interesting to see how it unfolds in the commercial context. I'm excited.

Take pictures, stay tuned.

March 12, 2009

Clay Live!

I will be giving a multi-media presentation on Friday, March 20th at 7PM in the Apple Store, SoHo. I'll be sharing stories, boatloads of behind-the-scenes shots, a smattering of portraits from my book, and a good number of images that no one has ever seen before.

The event reads like this on Apple's site:
Meet the Photographer: Clay Enos, "Watchmen: Portraits"
Join Clay Enos for a special slideshow presentation of black-and-white portrait photographs from his new book, "Watchmen: Portraits". March 20, 7:00 p.m.

But there will be so much more. I'll be taking questions and explaining my methods for those interested in process. I've got video clips, I've got surprises. It's shaping up to be a good time so come on down to SoHo for just a little more Watchmen redux.

Make pictures.

March 09, 2009

Inspired Down Under

I received this excerpted note in my inbox yesterday:

"I am an Australian high school Media teacher and just wanted to write to tell you that my class has been looking at your work over the last couple of weeks and have enjoyed it immensely. Although your Watchmen work was our 'in' point, the class has taken to your other photography subjects and style with great enthusiasm.

To see twenty students avidly studying the theory of photography, as well as taking pictures whenever possible, has been incredibly rewarding. I would just like to thank you for being so accessible on the internet and for creating such engaging work."

That's is very gratifying stuff. A BIG SHOUT-OUT to Norwood Secondary College from little ol' New York City.

Keep up the good work gang and be sure to share your work with anyone who'll take the time to look. A good critique is the secret ingredient of success.

Make pictures, you never know who'll be inspired.

March 07, 2009 has a nice little video allowing me to tell a bit of my Watchmen photography story. Watch the whole thing and you'll get treated to a small commercial for Nite Owl Darl Roast. It'd be cool of someone could leave a comment with the URL.

The interview was filmed at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco where fellow Ithaca alum Michael Capazzola and I met again after almost 20 years. That was a bonus.

Let's hope the video sells some coffee. Seriously folks, please spread the word. It's real coffee. It's not a joke. It's single-origin, fair trade, organic coffee from San Ignacio, Peru. It's not silly movie SWAG and the majority of profits go to a charitable scholarship program.

Make pictures, drink great coffee.

March 06, 2009 features my Watchmen Portraits

Humbled, thrilled, totally glad I don't sound like a goofball in the Q&A, is featuring my work on Claire O'Neill's The Picture Show.

I am a member of two public radio stations. I listen through all fundraisers. I couldn't be a bigger fan of NPR so their interest and subsequent sharing of my work is the highest honor. I hope my photos reach a new audience and inspires others to make pictures in their garages just like mine.

There's beauty in the un-retouched. There's beauty in your neighbor's face. There are unsung heroes everywhere. Photograph them!

Make pictures, support your local public radio station.