Creatives Series – El Vez

I asked performer El Vez to participate in my Creatives series and he replied that he had a 7-foot tall Christmas tree from last year he’d like to set on fire and use that in a photo shoot. Of course, I jumped at this! As I drove to the location, I was actually nervous – thoughts of fire escaping and burning his house, my camera and lighting gear, ourselves! Visions of police and ambulances filled my head. And, when I got there, we got everything set up and El Vez turns to me and says, “If my hair catches on fire, keep shooting!” And now thoughts of Michael Jackson’s hair on fire in the Pepsi commercial back in the eighties is stuck in my head. In the end, the tree went up pretty quickly and erupted into huge flames – it did fall over but nothing horrible happened. I’m alive. El Vez is alive. And my camera and lighting gear is intact!

More Images from Occupy Seattle

These were images taken on October 12 — Westlake Center was still occupied, and some police activity going on in the afternoon. A lot more police at the park than I’ve seen lately. I’ve heard they’re going to be moving today to make room for another protest but unsure what’s going on today.

Dailies – October 4, 2011

So, Amanda Knox landed home here in Seattle today and I very much became aware that her mother’s home was a mere few blocks from my home. Camera crews were around, the whirring of helicopters following her onher way home from the airport — kinda crazy and a little bit sad. And, having said that, I too went to take a photograph — I don’t know why. It seemed noteworthy, it seemed … something. And hence my Daily today — not an amazing photo, but perhaps noteworthy of some sort – -a homecoming that should be private suddenly very public…