The Black Rose Ball

I went to the Black Rose Ball on Saturday and saw a lot of talented people at work including several photographer friends who were shooting for the Paul Mitchell School here in St. Louis. I left a little late to avoid the thunderstorms and hail that was coming down all over town. Once I got there I saw lots of interesting and inspiring stuff. I took a few photos but mostly enjoyed the show.


Long Island Getaway

Last week Debbie and I flew to New York and rented an electric car to drive to the end of Long Island. We stopped at the Montauk Yacht Club and got a ship shape room with a view of the water. We didn’t go fishing but I did take a snapshot of this photo hanging on the wall.

These are iPhone photos of ship models at the Yacht Club Inn. The iPhone is great for capturing little details along the way.

Fish for dinner at the mostly empty Yacht Club restaurant. Not much is open this week in Montauk but we don’t care because the weather is perfect and it is quiet except for the sound of wind and waves. After dinner the Chef provides marshmallows and wooden skewers for the fire blazing outside on the patio. We providee shortbread cookies dipped in dark chocolate that we brought with us from home but never had time to eat until now.

This one is from the big camera. If you look closely you can see the big black dog on the right. We arrived too late to take a tour of the light house but I was happy just taking photos as the sun set.

This is a good example of what the weather was like all week. Cool nights, sunny days.

They say that Montauk is a drinking village with a fishing problem. This guy seems to have an opinion on the subject and he doesn’t mind sharing it.

A mess of nets and rope… Tools of the fishing trade.

“The Villas” nestled in between the Coast Guard Station and the Yacht Club. I love the shadow of myself in the corner showing my inner tourist. It’s a salute to the snapshot, often under-rated but so clever and precise at showing us the world as it is and making us hungry for all those details that we once thought of as distractions.




Travels With Boo

On Saturday I had a little photo shoot with Beth Graveman and Steve Yancey. The general theme was travel so we put together a few sets in the apartment building. We started out with some shots meant to look like an old bus station where Boo finds ways to pass time before starting her cross country trip.

Boo finds ways to pass the time including a little friendly flirting. Be careful Boo!

Boo takes on a couple of very odd jobs along the way to pay travel expenses and soon discovers the performer within.

You never know what skills might come in handy on a long trip.

Boo makes a few extra bucks selling vacation photos to other passengers when they make an unexpected stop at a small town gas station. A strange man snaps pictures from inside his car and then drives away…

Sweet success as Boo arrives in a small beach town and finds a charming motel with a pool. Tonight she will dream of being discovered by a well known movie director on vacation and starting her new life as a famous actress…