Saturday, November 2, 2013

Faux Tintype, Part 4: Squibbin and the Rural Gandalf

Two of my most favorite lady-type persons on earth. Allesandra Bellos and Elizabeth Williams. And this incredibly tall bearded fella who approached me while shooting pictures at a farm-machinery show, introduced himself as “Boogie” (with the accent on the “boo”) and started up a lengthy conversation. Immensely tall, a little bent by time, and carrying (no kidding) a walking staff. Thought of a rural version of the Gandalf “You shall not pass!” meme. “Ain’t passin,’ ya varmint!”


Kristin Russell. “Writer, hair stylist, mom” and all-around lovely gal;)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Faux Tintypes, Part 3: Buddy, Beardy, and...oh, nevermind

A few more of these. Old pal, sculptor, designer, banjo-player Buddy Jackson. New pal Elizabeth Williams of Isle of Printing. David Powell, podiatrist, glass artist and snappy beard owner.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Que Sera, Sera.

This is my friend Caroline’s granddaughter from NoCal. Pronounced like “Sarah.” She was visiting the grandparents (and GREAT grandmother Jean) recently here in the Bedford Falls of southern Indiana, and we did a tiny little shoot the day before she headed back west. “I should tell you...I’m not very photogenic,” she tells me as a preamble. Balderdash, I say to this.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Faux Tintypes Pt. 2 (Lordy, Lordy, Lora’s...thorty?)

Really lovely party in Church Park (where the original Harmonist church stood). My sweet friend Lora Arneberg turned 30 a while back and had the party today because of bad weather on the original date. Was shooting the gig “for real” with the big camera, but as usual, love the faux-tintypes. Thank you, Mr. Apple, for your wondrous invention.

Entertainment by Opal Fly & the Swatters. Great music and sideshow-style exploits. Belly dancing transformed a young boy’s life. A fire-breathing lap-dance was had. Everybody had tails (you had to be there)

Good food and drink and hats and friends were had. Perfect evening.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Faux-tintype 1

Been trying to do one of these every day. Friends and strangers.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Jake Leg Stompin’

The Jake Leg Stompers’ new record release last night at the Station Inn in Nashville was quite a rare night out. A good time was had by all with a pulse. A few pictures from the iPhone.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Quelle Elle.

The word-play post-title schtick won’t hold up past this one. But thought it was too good to pass up, since my maiden post on this blog is the lovely Elle Long. From a pretty quick getting-to-know-you test shoot at her house. She has such a great look. Quelle Elle!

Does the world need another %@$#%$ blog?!

The answer, in short, is probably “no!” Or possibly “Non!”

But I’ve been feeling for a while that as an up-to-date resource for showing People pictures, my Backwoods Utopia blog has become kind of hodge-podgey. It began as a sort of small-town life chronicle, and has evolved into something slightly larger and slightly more discombobulated.

So. Another day, another person blogging into the ether.

I wanted to call it “Picturing”—because I’ve always liked the funny simplicity of that word describing making pictures of people/things/places, as opposed to the the venerable “making a portrait.” I mean it in a kind of skewed, non-traditional sense, more “He was caught in the act of picturing her” than “Frankly, I was picturing something quite different.”

Sadly, that name was not available. Neither were nearly any of myriad variations upon the word “picture” or “image” in English, Latin, Greek, et cetera.

Settling on the French “Quelle Image” was fairly tongue-in-cheek. It means, literally, “What an image(!)”—and is more cheeky than boastful, though I will always be rather proud of what’s on display here. And so it goes.