A while ago we were able to see Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement) and his all star band The Jicks play at The BellyUp Tavern in Solana Beach with our friends Billy and Rachel Rose from AZ. This show freaking rocked. What an amazing band! and the group that opened for the Jicks, The Fresh & Onlys from San Francisco, had a great sound as well. The photos were taken with our Mamiya C330 55mm f4.5 on Delta 3200, our Polaroid 195 Land Camera on FP3000b, and our Nikon FE2 85mm f/1.4 on Fuji Pro 800Z. All these films performed great under the low lighting at the Belly Up.
Last Friday Brian and I had the distinct honor of working with one of today's most creative genius commercial portrait photographers, Jeremy Cowart. His work is amazing! Go check it out if you haven't yet. And he is a great guy ta boot! He was doing a photo shoot in LA for some friends of his (The Daylights) who also happen to be a really great band and he needed some assistants. We met at Wayne Gretzky's house, yes that Wayne Gretzky, and from went to a 25 million dollar mansion! Wayne's wife, Janet, was our location scout and she did a fabulous job! After that we made our way to the Murdock Ranch where the guys mounted the billionaire David Murdock's priceless steads for some very manly photos. It really pays to know the rich and famous when looking for locations. We ended the night with some salty margaritas and mexican food in Studio City near my brother's place. It was great getting acquainted with Ran and Ricky. Such rad guys. Oh! And did I mention that they are twins? Just like us! Haha! Partway through the shoot Jeremy asked me to take a few shots with my Polaroid 195 I had been lugging around. So here are a few. Enjoy! Left to right: Svend Lerche, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Jeremy Cowart Ricky and Jeremy getting in touch with the open range via their iPhones. Real iCowboys! Meet little Miss Gretzky! Jeremy was taking photos of her throughout the day and she and the camera seemed to get along just fine. I can't wait to see the stuff Jeremy got on his website. The previews off his digital were looking incredible!
My church had an event earlier this year with the talented Evan Wickham and did a short video interview with him to help promote it. I helped out with the lighting and took a few quick portraits. Originally I had the film scanned by Photoworks in San Fran but they did an awful job. I just got around to rescanning a couple of the shots at home on my flatbed and they turned out much better! It's crappy labs like PSF that push people away from film. This was daylight ballanced Fuji 400H film shot in Tungsten. Looks wonderful when scanned propperly. Find a good lab that cares about your film and preferably uses Frontier machines and you will always be stoked to see the results!