“Good gets better. Love gets bigger. Keep it simple, love everyone.” – Leonard Knight. September 2011 Salvation Mountain is a colorful art installation covering much of a small hill north of Calipatria, California, near Slab City and just several miles from the Salton Sea. It is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It was created by Leonard Knight to convey the message “God Is Love.” Another of Leonard’s expressions “Keep It Simple” refers back to his message of universal love. Knight refused substantial donations of money and labor from supporters who wished to modify his message of universal love to favor or disfavor particular groups. (text from Wikipedia) More information on Salvation Mountain: Salvation Mountain’s Official Website Salvation Mountain: one man’s momument to God’s love. Salvation Mountain – A Visit with Leonard Knight Interview with Leonard Knight Salvation Mountain scene from Into the Wild
Slab City has been created by a small but committed community of squatters in the Colorado Desert of South Eastern California, USA. Taking its name from the concrete slabs that remain from an abandoned World War II base, it is a tragic yet romantic landscape that commands its residents to possess the same balance of beauty and beast. Unbearable temperature highs in summer weed out the many who inhabit the free space in winter leaving only the most resilient, or the most unfortunate, as permanent residents. These same people maintain the ad-hoc infrastructure that makes it such a desirable community to visit in the cooler months. Those who stay year after year could be described as poverty stricken; living in some of the worst conditions in America. Some residents would tell you this is the truth. Others fiercely defend their lifestyle as a deliberate choice of rejecting mainstream society. For these people Slab City provides a freedom they’d never experienced before. There are others who were forced here through circumstance; society won’t tolerate them due to their pasts as felons, addicts or vagrants, but who wholeheartedly embrace the opportunity to live in a community that won’t judge them. Slab City […]
Lots to update here. I’ve been either working or shooting literally every day this month and I’m loving every moment of it. I’m going to try to remember all of the events here, but there’s too many to keep up with. Another photo giveaway to the 50th person to retweet this blog post! I had to opportunity to see Sufjan Stevens at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI — it’s been awhile since I’ve seen him live. If you haven’t yet, I recommend doing so. Haven’t heard of The Classy Gents yet? It consists of Brian Southall (The Receiving End of Sirens, Boys Night Out, Isles & Glaciers), Nick Martin (Underminded, Isles & Glaciers, Cinematic Sunrise) and Tommy Simms (Automatic Loveletter). They’re the classiest group of gentlemen you’ll ever come across and I had the privilege to take their very first promo photos. Stay updated with them here -The Classy Gents. On October 1st, I took the longest road trip of my life. Driving from Michigan to San Diego. Made it in under two and a half days. Celebrated the end of the trip with Sushi Deli 3 then headed over to the Pierce the Veil benefit show for A […]
I haven’t updated in a couple of weeks because I’ve been on tour and in San Diego during that time. I had the opportunity to hit all the west coast dates on the last leg of the tour. Here are a couple of my favorite photos, just a preview for now! I’m working on new ways to promote, so the 25th and 50th person to re-tweet this post will get a print of the SKSK photo. You can retweet this blog post by click on the green “tweet” button in the upper right hand corner of the entry. *Update* ROUND ONE – the winner is @JulzGoesRawrr. ROUND TWO – Just starting! Start tweeting! Mike Fuentes of Pierce the Veil / Isles & Glaciers / MikeyWhiskeyHands. Was going for a dramatic/contrasty 50s style photo. Shot in San Diego. Canon 5D + 35 1.4L and two Alien Bees lights. Scary Kids Scaring Kids & Friends. It was 101 degrees outside and I spent more time trying to drag these boys out of the bus than I did photographing them. It was well worth it. Canon 30D + 17-40 4L and one Alien Bee light w/large octabox.