This is the musician known as My Sleepy Hummingbird, along with his unusual guitar, outside The Hotel Utah Saloon, in San Francisco, right after an outstanding open mic performance. Here’s one of his songs, from KC Turner Presents:
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve left Chicago and am traveling for a while, first stop Bangkok, Thailand (on my way to Chiang Mai), where I shot this portrait. I plan to continue posting photos here at PictureDujour.com, but I’ve started a new blog, PatrioticEarthling.com, specifically for my nomadic excursion.
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.
I recently had the opportunity to work with the talented folks at Jell Creative, who created a new web site for charismatic personal style consultant Deirdre Pursel. I photographed Deirdre for the site, and also shot the video below, which was produced by Jell and directed by Nancy Bardawil.
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.
Author and professor Rachel Shteir causedastir with her Chicago-bashing New York Timesarticle earlier this month. Here’s a portrait from my archives, shot in 2005 for a profile in the Reader. The Reader‘s Michael Miner weighs in on Shteir’s article here, and follows up here.