Texas Monthly: Type + Still Life

Creative director TJ Tucker wanted to highlight Knockout (the font we used here) for a feature on GSD&M’s legendary ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ anti-litter campaign. Everything in the feature was intended to be stark and clean. Robin Finlay cut the intro type by hand and we photographed it with some monochromatic trash. All kerning done with scotch tape!

Communication Arts: Austin design firm McGarrah Jessee

In addition to winning design awards for Shiner beer every few days, McJ also does some award winning print. CA ran a whole feature on them in the current typography issue, and lucky me, they ran a news print ad I shot. I also kept most of that cheese from the shoot. Pretty sweet deal.

Esquire: Type + Still Life

For their guide to grooming in the new year Esquire wanted me to do some type focused images. Their sketch below shows a comb on a sink with some hairs spelling out 2011. Robin Finlay helped me out and we did a couple of extra options just for the heck of it.


Exploration no. 2

Last week a few students from the Art Institute of Austin came to my studio to learn stuff. In addition to telling them about stuff, I also showed them some stuff, like a lighting demo. This is a thing I pulled out of a scrap pile behind a barn. Larry (the head of the photo department at the Art Institute) informed me that is was an irrigation pump. I’m obsessed with the gauge on this thing.


Exploration no. 1

Two nights ago, after some dinner conversation about art and personal vision and crap like that, and maybe a cocktail or two, my wife gave me an assignment. One I’m very excited about. Each week I will study an object in light and composition. Sort of an exercise in ‘exploring’ objects. It’s one of my favorite things to do, and my first love in photography. Also, this will help shorten my internal list of things I need to photograph!

My first object was found on assignment for Texas Monthly. They sent me to Llano, Texas to photograph an antique shop among other things. The store was filled with little vignettes and groupings of objects. One table was filled with doll parts. Only parts. A bowl of arms, a basket of torsos, etc. I found a pair of cowboy boots in the shop I still dream about, but they were too small. So I bought this doll head instead. It’s been sitting in the studio (usually by the coffee pot) as a sort of joke ever since.