Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Night Landscapes (long exposures)

Here are some 40 minute exposures of the winter Ohio landscape, between the hours of midnight and 5:00am.

Dinosaurs Versus Aliens - in stencils

These are some of the stencils decorating the walls of my (former) house. They were designed and cut by me, just for fun.

Slavic Village

Cleveland is one of the cities that was hit hardest in the country by the recent mortgage crisis, with more people fleeing Cuyahoga County in the last few years than any other county besides Orleans County (Katrina, ya know?). One of the neighborhoods in Cleveland most affected is Slavic Village. Right now an estimated 2,000 properties stand vacant out of a total of around 8,000. Most of these are residential, and while some have been leveled by the city, hundreds of homes stand boarded up and abandoned. I took some time this fall to get to know the area, and photographed over a hundred of the vacant homes and vacant lots that pepper the area. Here are some of those photographs.

Special thanks to Jim Rokakis, the treasurer of Cuyahoga County, Anthony Zajac, a member of the Slavic Village Development Corporation, and William Rybak for making this possible.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mattwell Murder (Rancid cover band)

This is Mattwell Murder, a Rancid cover band, performing at Keep Co-op on the Oberlin College campus.

Part 1

Part 2

Bowie Band - Young Americans

The David Bowie Cover Band performing Young Americans at the 'Sco 12.05.08.

WOBC party - Matt Presto and Matt Friberg

This is a performance by Matt Presto and Matt Friberg at the Fall 2008 WOBC party at Oberlin College.

Class Picture

Here's the male half of my final photography class at Oberlin College out on a shoot at an abandoned amusement park. When you've gotta go, you've gotta go.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Live Video for Lionface

This is a short clip of Lionface performing at The 'Sco at Oberlin College on 12.07.08. The live video projection and manipulation going on behind them is my own work using Pure Data / GEM, a laptop, video camera, and projector. This was my first live show as a VJ and I had a blast, played another show last weekend (no documentation unfortunately) and can't wait to do more.

Scream- a one-take super8 film

This is my own entry for the One Take Super8 event mentioned in the post below. The soundtrack during the show was white noise generated by a portable radio and amplified by the house PA.

Chips-a super8 film by Jon Comeau

I did the lighting and camera work for this one-take super8 film. Chips was first screened at the One Take Super8 event in Oberlin, OH this spring. All participants submitted super8 cartridges that they had shot and edited in-camera, the event organizers developed the film and presented it at the screening. Thus the screening was the first time both filmmakers and audience got to see the finished works. Some were accompanied by a live soundtrack, in this case it was Jon eating chips into a mic.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Long Exposure Reshoot

Here's a first look at the reshoot I did last night to replace the exposed roll (see below). Another 40min shot.

ruined negatives are the WORST

Check out these 40min exposure that were exposed when the tank was accidentally opened just prior to developing.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Orange Army Man

Another from my Army Man series. This one in particular looks much nicer in the non-digital print. In person it has a really vibrant flame-orange in the background.

Purple Army Man

Here's another from my Army Man series.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Blue Army Man

Here's the latest image from the Army Man project I've been working on. Sorry I didn't clean all the dust off the negative before scanning.
It was shot on Fuji 160S color film using a Mamiya 645 with a 45mm lens and an auto extender ring for the macro effect.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Night Photography from spring '08

This past spring I shot night photographs exclusively. They are my preference for b&w photography because b&w is closer to the way that we see things in low light, monochromatically that is. Anyway, the first two are from the U.S. Steel Lorain Pipe Mills, a steel works located in Lorain, OH, and the last three three are from around the Oberlin College campus.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mettle in the Storm

My first finished video ever. Check it out, this is classic material. Dates back to the fall of '05.

More Designs From the Archives

Big Lebowski Stencil

Intended to be a stencil of Jeff Bridges from The Big Lebowski. Never got around to stenciling it, but I like the design. Maybe I'll get on that, my walls are looking pretty bare.

Planetary Wallpapers From the Archives

Some designs intended as desktop wallpapers. They are 1024x768. I was making a lot of planet designs around the time that these were made. Not my best work, but I just rediscovered them on my hard drive so I thought I'd throw them up.

(you can find a 1280x1024 version of the above image here)

The Warehouse - Alex Christie mix

The footage featured in this film is from the summer of '06. It was filmed in a granite/marble warehouse in the Boston area (courtesy of Louis W. Mian Inc.). This version features an original score by Alex Christie. Equipment for the shoot was provided by the New York Film Academy.

The Face of Gregg Allen

This is a kinda wierd one. It is based on Gregg Allen's face, for those of you who know him. It's really not a complete piece, but it's been so long since I've worked on it that I figured I should put it up anyway.

Stop-Motion Films

These are two films I made by patching together almost 7,000 still images (apx. 3,500 for each). The process was similar to stop-motion animation, but using live actors. Both were shot and edited in the same week, sometime in March of 2007.

Hat Tricks


I.D. Logo Design

I designed this logo for a student run political magazine called International Dialogue (ID). The magazine is currently in its second year of circulation at Oberlin College.

Here's an early version of the design, intended to be used as an element in the layout

Smoke Wallpaper Designs

These are two abstract designs I made as wallpaper for my desktop. They are 1024x768 jpegs, feel free to download them.

Beer Labels

Here are two of the beer labels I've made for my homebrews. I've got a 5-gallon batch of chocolate porter waiting to be bottled right now, so it'll soon be time for another design.

For a good selection of recipe kits and homebrew supplies, head over to morebeer.com.

Shoot the Sun

This is an album cover I made in the summer of '07 for a band called Shoot the Sun. Their career was cut short by infighting, but the album cover lives on.

Here's a link to one of the songs off their first and only demo album. The track is called Menthol and can be found here for streaming or download. Shoot the Sun was a collaboration between Jared Pryor and Nate Ellis, with Derek Rio providing occasional backup on drums.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Army Men - take one

These are the first images from the Army Man series I'm currently working on.