Jim Barker, Palm Reader

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Continuing with my psychic series, I met with Jim Barker, palm reader in Seattle.  I was curious as to how one discovered they had talents in palm reading. Jim told me he discovered a book on how to palm read in his grandparents’ attic in Ohio.  He, of course, wanted to try it on someone and his older brother was his first guinea pig.  His older brother immediately went and told their Catholic mother who was horrified of course.

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Jim has come a long way from reading his brother’s palm in the attic. He’s studied and practiced his art for over twenty years now.  His readings tend to be on the more optimistic side and, if my impromptu reading was any indication, pretty accurate.   His mother no longer considers it evil, she now considers it a gift from the Holy Spirit.

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Creatives Series – Austin Kleon

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I’m a little late on posting this one, I had the privilege of photographing Austin Kleon, a “writer who draws,” back in March when I was in Austin, Texas.  I’m a little late on posting a bunch of the Creatives series stuff so I’ll try to catch up!

I think I first saw Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout pieces on the 20×200 site and, ever since then, I had seen it here and again on the web.  I totally loved the random but not really random aspect of it.  Check out his book, too — Steal Like An Artist — a nice easy read that is awesome in how brilliant it is.  Looking forward to his new book, Show Your Work, that will be out in March 2014!

I Shot A Centerfold

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I recently had the pleasure one late afternoon to photograph the comedy troupe The Habit for the local magazine City Arts.  I had known John Osebold before and I kind of knew this group would be game for anything we set out to do.  Hence, we brought in a mini trampoline and proceeded to have one of their members, Luke Thayer, throw himself into the arms of his comrades … again, and again, and again.  The facial expressions and height had to be just right, you know.  We shot a bunch of different versions of course (throwing troupe members around, putting some upside down, etc.) and in the end, all that was left was a heap of bodies.

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