SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Had the good fortune to fotograf Charlotte Gray this summer, for
Charlotte is just about to publish a true-crime book about some
pretty gothic events that took place in the early 1900’s.
Fortunately for me, the day we shot was overcast and threatening
rain. Also fortunately for me I had decided to do this shoot with
my Mamiya 7 and one roll of film (10 frames) so it didn’t take too
We had just finished the last frame when the rain came down.
I also spent some time with Phoenix. She had a heart transplant
when she was 5 months old. The real story, though, was how the
donor family and the recipient family found each other (against
medical advice and convention) and became close friends. This
was shot for Today’s Parent magazine.
Been working away at this project. And the more I work the more
ideas I get. Ways to flesh it out, add nuance and wrinkle. What
began as shooting from a list has turned into an interesting
I’ve been trying to keep my big mouth shut about this project,
trying to not show all the pix as they come out. (Despite the
fact that there is an edit from the first year of shooting on my
web site. But, like I say, this thing is becoming more complex
and multifaceted than that edit would lead you to believe. I’m
surprising myself and enjoying the chase and evolution and
expect that the final sequence will be more complex than what’s
on view now.)
I will, however, be showing some new Official Ottawa pix here
from time to time.
This week I found an inside man to help me get access to Centre
Block, Parliament Hill. There was a specific thing I wanted to shoot
there, one I have never seen a foto of. While I was there I took the
time to shoot a few other views of that august edifice.
Here’s one of those. . .
Queen Victoria, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, August, 2013
WELCOME BACK TO ME
Christina Riley worked for me way back when ten years ago. We
got on like a house on fire, totally got each other’s funniness.
Then she moved to California where she’s been living ever since.
I see her when she comes to Kapital City to visit her family and I
dropped in on her when I was down there a few years ago. We are
what you might call close.
Me and Xtina, Cali, February, 2011
She dropped by this week. She’d been in NYC where her band,
Burnt Palms, were recording their second album. When they
were done she made the short hop from there to here.
Xtina, Ottawa, August, 2013
Anyway, the reason I bring all this up is because as well as being
a musician, she’s also a hell of a fotografer. STRAYLIGHT Press is
planning to publish her body of work called Welcome Back To Me.
It’s a tale of love and madness, told in the first-person.
She’s still working on the edit and has to kind of deal with her
band’s album release so this is a long-term project. But I’m
really looking forward to working with Christina on this and,
eventually, making the work public.
Here are a few fotos from Welcome Back To Me. Look for it
in a year or so.