Archive for the ‘52 Project’ Category

Week 52/52: It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. And I’m feeling good.

Friday, December 31st, 2010
Charlene jumps on bed with sun streaming into windows


I am thrilled to share the final photo of my 52 Project. I had been wanting to re-create my Week 1 sleeping shot all year long, but I moved to a new place that was set up differently, and I also wasn’t even sure I could physically re-create it. I really lucked out on that first self-timer self portrait. Since I was in Los Angeles with my family for the holidays, it was the perfect opportunity to do a shoot with my very good friend Charlene Laino who modeled for me a number of times five years ago. I really am lucky to have so many wonderful friends who know how to move well! She was an incredibly good sport and jumped in the sleeping position over 200 times. We got the shot that I envisioned, but during a break from all the horizontal jumping, what you see above happened. This says, what words cannot, exactly how I feel now that I have successfully pushed through 2010 to create, edit, and publish a new motion-based image every week. And while I was editing this shot, Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” kept playing in my head.

To all of you who have liked, favorited and commented on one of my images online and/or in person, thank you. Having an audience helped me stick with it and encouraged me to keep going when I hit a slump (or two or three) and wondered what other ways there are to photograph weightlessness.

Many more thank you’s are in order for everyone who defied gravity for this project and for those who helped and inspired me along the way. I will get to those in another post along with my third annual end-of-the-year video montage and a behind the scenes time-lapse video of this final week’s photo shoot.

A fond farewell, 2010!

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Week 51: I love the lightlife

Friday, December 24th, 2010
AM in the rain on Christmas Tree Lane


Every December for the past 60 years, 52 homeowners on Thompson Street in Alameda string thousands of lights and display other holiday decorations for Christmas. Every home on Christmas Tree Lane is aglow with lights and even the center median is decorated.

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Week 50: A jump in the dark

Friday, December 17th, 2010
AM jumps amid shadows and lights


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Week 49: One jump froggy

Friday, December 10th, 2010
AM's signature froggy jump in black and white


No motion-based 52 Project of mine would be quite right without including my signature froggy jump. For the last 10 years, anytime I had the opportunity to jump on demand, it looked a lot like this. The evidence is below.

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Week 48: Up

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Ben and Chloe, almost circus stars


Models: Ben Kirsch and Chloe Nasser

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Week 47: Synchronized Air Guitrampolining

Friday, November 26th, 2010
Laura, Claudine, Genevieve and Jeanine at the House of Air


A few of the many things I’m thankful for:

  • family
  • friends
  • being healthy
  • huge trampoline parks in historic airplane hangars

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Week 46: The Underland

Friday, November 19th, 2010
levitation underwater image


The month of October for me was bookended by two entirely different photography workshops. A few weeks ago I posted about the Eddie Adams Workshop, a photojournalism mecca where reality, observation, timeliness and documentation are essential. The polar opposite would then be an emphasis on creation, illusion, and trickery. And, for that, I chose to attend a one-day levitation workshop in Los Angeles with Natalie and Brooke.

Levitation is not a new subject for me; but levitation without jumping? Movement in low, all natural light? Definitely new. And definitely inspiring. The experience reminded me of my college days as a print journalism major who realized too late that I would have fit in much better as a creative writing or radio/tv/film major. One of the highlights of college was definitely the insane amount of hours I spent with three RTVF majors recreating the depths of Dante’s Inferno for a multimedia journey through hell.

Truth or fiction? I appreciate both sides of the coin as far as photography goes. Neither (when good) is easy. They both require patience, vision, and a skill for storytelling. The primary lesson I learned from both workshops is that when the photographer feels something, it will come out in the pictures. In New York, I felt like someone socked me in the emotional gut almost the entire time that I was shooting pictures of a man who simply and clearly wants to die. And while the image above was not created wholly in camera, it wasn’t until l actually felt discombobulated looking at it that I sensed it was heading where I wanted it to go.

What do you think? Do you feel anything when you look at it?

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Week 45: Cowgirl up

Friday, November 12th, 2010
Cowgirl Jeanine jumping through autumn leaves


When the going gets tough, ladies, we’ve got to tighten our belt buckles, cowgirl up, and get the job done.

A special thank you goes out to Jeanine for a) being a rockstar jump model; b) helping out behind the scenes on so many of my shoots: throwing objects, wrangling models, bringing costumes and props, holding lights, providing humor; and c) being one of my most supportive friends in photography and life. I’m so glad that I’ve inspired you to spend as much time (maybe more) than me thinking about jumping!

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Week 44: Brought to you by the letter U

Friday, November 5th, 2010
B-boy Kash upside down


As much as I love my live/jump loft, it’s just not quite big enough for dance photography. So it was a lot of fun this past Saturday to rent a bigger space for half a day. It’s hard to believe that the last time I did this was almost a year ago.

Pulling together a shoot in just seven days was challenging. I was on the prowl for capoeristas because I noticed that I had no upside down movement in my 52 Project. And, for the first time, I put an ad on craigslist to find dancers. The response was small but rich.

Superstar Kash “pHlauZ” Gaines showed up with half of his closet for wardrobe changes. He and his friend Daniel “Silver” Fiamingo also came with a list of b-boy moves and freezes to run through for me. This was move #3 on their list, and I caught it on the first try.

Upside down? Check!

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Week 43: A little bit closer now

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
close-up of anna marie with jumping hair


This is my first in what hopefully will be a series of in-air closeups. I posted a few different crops of this image on my Facebook page for people to vote on. This was the winner. Thanks for the feedback, voters!

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