I shot this picture of the Appleseed Cast at the Fireside Bowl (where they performed later that night) circa 2001. They’ll be back at the Logan Square bowling alley and music venue this Thursday and Friday, August 8th and 9th.
Last month I drove to Indianapolis to photograph 14-year-old genius Jacob Barnett, for a feature that ran in last Sunday’s London Times Magazine. The pictures accompanied an article by Louise Carpenter titled Is Jacob Barnett the next Einstein?, which profiles Jacob and his mom Kristine, who just published a memoir about raising him called The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius.
You can witness his charm, wit and intelligence for yourself as he discusses creativity and quantum mechanics at this 2012 TEDx talk.
Jason Molina died on Saturday. I was lucky to meet him in 2006, when he came to my studio for a photo session. (One of the shots was used for the cover of his album, Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go, above). We only spent a couple hours together, but hit it off right away. I found him to be a sweet, authentic, substantive guy; a mensch. Be sure to check out his gorgeously poignant music if you haven’t already. Here are 9 songs you should know by Jason Molina.
Ramova Grill panoramic photo
Here’s a 360 degree panorama I shot at the legendary Ramova grill in Bridgeport (the neighborhood where last night’s enormous warehouse fire took place) not long before it closed last May. This will be part of an interactive documentary project that filmmaker Jen Kienzler is producing, which will include brief audio stories as told by many of Ramova’s regulars. (She is currently seeking tech help to put it together; if you might be available, please email her.)
Click and drag on the image to pan; use shift and control keys to zoom in and out.
I had the pleasure of shooting the cover of My Gold Mask‘s new record, Leave Me Midnight, due for release next month. This is the third time I’ve collaborated with the Chicago duo (sometimes trio); I shot the cover for their previous album, A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last), and shot and directed the music video for their track Violet Eyes. Set styling for the above photo by Marianne de Ley.