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World Cup is almost here!

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I had the supreme pleasure this spring of photographing footballer Tim Cahill for the cover package for the Austrlian version Mens Health.  Tim is pretty much the best player ever to come out of Australia, and plays MLS now for the NJ Red Bulls here.  Everyone at this point knows my fav subjects are athletes…they are that great amalgamation of celebrity and real person..they are famous, but not actors. But the real pleasure about photographing athletes for me is watching them do their sport on set. I always try and do an action shot of every athlete i photograph in a controlled, portrait setting.  Its so great to watch the skill that pro athletes have. Everyone on set is always in awe watching it up close on set. Whether a basketball player, golfer, etc., always a treat. And it puts them at ease too, as that is their comfort zone, not posing for a portrait. Tim was not the exception, he loved heading the ball with a suit on with the empire state building backdrop..Tim has had an awesome career, having played the peak of his career at Everton in the UK along side another recent subject of mine, Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. He is the star and leader of the team, and this will probably be his last world cup appearance..I will be rooting for the Socceroos, as they are known, although their first round grouping is almost impossible to advance, having to face Spain, The Netherlands, and Chile..But I will be watching Tim and crossing my fingers….

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Every…single…car…made…in…america

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Got a call from Mike Norseng over at Esquire…”do you want to go to detroit and shoot every car thats made in america by the big three?? Oh yea, it’s gonna be outside.”  February. Detroit. Winter.  Of course I jumped at the shoot, who wouldnt want to shoot every single car made in Detroit. Chrysler, GM, Ford…we had one shoot day with each of them. Logistically, we pulled off a minor miracle. Even without the freezing weather, it would have been almost impossible to do. But we planned, hired, scouted, etc to make it happen. And we did. And it was awesome. Had so much fun on this one..We ended up shooting 70 different cars over the three days…And yes, I did get to drive them. The mag wanted them all shot the same, on white, full length…A very democratic vision of each car..But the ones that got my blood boiling got a little extra Natty love…A few of those are here in this post..All I’ve got to say after this gig is “GO MADE IN THE USA!”

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Football

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Washington Post Magazine cover story on Adham Talaat, a deaf college football player about to be drafted into the NFL…He does have some hearing but is still legally deaf…How will that translate as a player in the NFL?  Disadvantage?? Good question, no easy or clear answer…It will be interesting to see where he ends up…I remember during the shoot Adham was on his phone constantly…texting, as thats his primary way of communicating…I finally realized the picture I wanted was him sitting in his chair while on set, his thumbs doing his talking…not unlike most 20 year olds actually, but his seemed profound, not disconnected…great story.

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The deepest cut

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Men’s Health story on the dangers of Robot surgery…the stellar Joe Rodriquez at MH was my co pilot on this one…Concept was to build a robot in studio, but have it look sinister and broken..Terminator movie was my inspiration for the look and feel..Heres the published article as it appeared, as well as a few outtakes that I loved…

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Death From Above

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My shoot  of the X47-B for Popular Mechanics, the first unmanned carrier based drone..It had such beautiful lines, such a pleasure to walk around it and take photographs of this machine…I’ve always loved photographing machines, especially big, American made ones like this one..I also had the privilege to photograph the team that made it, from the US Navy Commander to the lead team at Northrop Grumman. For that portrait we did a diptych, 2 separate images, but concepted as one image, running next to each other.

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