Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fractions.

 Republic Square. Austin, TX.
 Flock With Us. Austin, TX.

Flock With Us.


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BLUE731.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fractions.

Party people. Austin, TX.
Party time on 6th Street. Austin, TX.

Fun times on 6th Street. Just another Saturday night in Downtown Austin. Cheers!

Dude was NOT having it lol.
Drunken lust.

Security at Frost Tower.
Graveyard shift. 

Did that shirt brutha.

My homie Ethan at Voodoo Doughnuts.
 Yung Ethan. Put him on game on Voodoo.

Woooorlllddd Staaarrr.


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BLUE731.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fractions.

Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX.
Barton Creek Greenbelt. Austin, TX.


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BLUE731.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fractions.

Sixth Street. Austin, TX.
6th Street on a Friday night. Austin, TX.

Last night I hit the streets of downtown Austin once again, this time with a co-worker of mine. It felt good to be out lurking at night, looking for images to make. It's been a while since I been out here and shooting with someone definitely brings a new perspective when in the streets. I feel very creatively invigorated. These are some of my favorite shots of the night. Enjoy!


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BLUE731.

Biliiards in Downtown Austin.

S/O 13th Witness.

One Time.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Fractions: Skate Film.

Jaws Skatepark. New Braunfels, TX.
Zumiez Best Foot Forward stop at Jaws back in2014. New Braunfels, TX.

Continuing with my recently developed film rolls I've had stashed away, today we highlight some old skate photos. I spent a lot of time at the different parks during my time in Arizona, I couldn't help but be inspired when I came back to Texas. Shooting film is always a challenge, especially when there is movement involved; there's no sure way to see if you timed your shot just right or were slightly early/late. But that's the fun part of shooting film!

These images were shot back in 2014 from a skatejam put on by Deadbeat Skateboards (if memory serves me right) and also some images from the Zumiez Best Foot Forward contest in New Braunfels, TX at Jaws Park. It's crazy to see these images as both events are still pretty vivid in memory. There's something very magical about shooting film, especially when you hang onto it undeveloped for so long.

Flying out the quarter at Normoyle.

Moments like this were my favorite parts about skateboarding in my teenage years--being surrounded by skate homies.




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BLUE731.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fractions: Street Film.

Downtown Austin, TX.
Nine floors up and counting. Downtown Austin, TX.

I've been sitting on a few rolls of exposed/undeveloped film for a good minute now. No discernible reason other than prioritizing among other projects. I've finally made time to get these developed and I want to share my favorite images with you all.

The first set of images from these rolls are some classic black & white from one of my free-roams in Downtown Austin. Having seen the images now, I remembered how I inspired I was during this time to focus on controlling the lights and shadows in stationary subjects during my street walks. This was during Stephen Vanasco's most recent shift in his own work. Stephen is a big source of inspiration for my photography in that I appreciate his technique and the knowledge he shares to flow within my own eye for photography. Having seen the shift in his work pushed me to look at my own work again and reevaluate how I look at my surroundings once more, particularly within the context of photography.

These images were a lot of fun to make for various reasons, but learning more about my camera and about photography is the most valuable part of approaching my creative endeavors. There is always room for growth in anything you do, so keep pushing forward!

Lookup Club.

Couple at the Capitol in Austin, TX.

My favorite alley in DATX.


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BLUE731.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Live From The Stage: Incubus at COTA.

Brandon Boyd of Incubus. Austin, TX.
Brandon Boyd in a deep moment during his performance with Incubus.

Great googly moogly, everybody. What can be said about such a strong band like Incubus that hasn't been said through their longevity alone? Everyone who has followed a talented band for over fifteen years usually finds themselves seeing growth and evolution in their music. You can honestly say Incubus' sound has changed so much since S.C.I.E.N.C.E., and yet their sound is just as strong and powerful. And, somehow, it's still Incubus 100%. I've seen plenty of bands from the Nu Metal era, where Incubus saw their initial mainstream success, come and go. Even some of my favorites like Rage Against The Machine and Staind, who were just as strong, have since split. Others have come, gone, and returned like At The Drive-In. (And we're all thankful for that reunion!) Keeping yourself  happy and sane on one creative track for over a decade is incredibly difficult and is so much harder when it is a group of creators part of one collective, like a band. Yet, Incubus has not only managed to stay together but have also kept producing solid music over the years ad touring like madmen.

Incubus' "8" record in full effect.
8 vibes in full effect.

DJ Kilmore killing it on the keys and turntables.
 DJ Kilmore, a man of many musical talents.

I've received the great pleasure [and blessing] to have the opportunity to photograph Incubus at such an amazing venue that is the Austin360 Amphitheater. I am not here very often, so I am always excited and taken back by the enormity of this place located on the racetrack of the Circuit of The Americas. How fortunate am I to be able to photograph one of my favorite bands who have helped mold my creative approach all these years later? When I first discovered Incubus in high school, I was a mere scruffy lad with hopes and dreams of somehow becoming a professional skateboard and comicbook artist. I had no idea I would one day be making photos of the band playing the music through my DiscMan (S/O to anyone who remembers those lol). It's funny how life works out...

From The Roots to Incubus, Ben Kenney is still wrecking shop on bass.
Ben Kenney used to play for The Roots prior to joining Incubus. Pretty dope transition if you ask me. Hashtag #themoreyouknow.

When Morning View was released, I was pretty elated. The band took a severe turn from their previous two records and produced an amazing piece of peaceful rock music. If you're familiar with the band, then you are well acquainted with that oxymoron. The sounds on that record were very new and relaxing, yet still very much Incubus. I was surprised how much I like this record because it was such a different vibe from their others. Nevertheless, they flipped the script once again a couple of years later when they released the politically-driven powerhouse A Crow Left of The Murder, featuring new bassist Ben Kenney who had just departed from The Roots (a band I had just discovered right before this record dropped). I really appreciate artists who can change and present something new to their audiences, yet still somehow retain their DNA. It is not an easy feat and it is often what loses fans and artists' endurance.

Powerhouse vocals from Brandon Boyd.
Brandon Boyd belts them out as well as ever.

This band has produced some really amazing music for over twenty years and continues to push the boundaries of their own sound with every record released. They are as tight as ever onstage, meshing so well with one another and showcasing some great visuals to coincide with their performances. Incubus continues to inspire many people through their music and through their visual arts as well. Brandon Boyd in particular has been a massive influence in my exploring of different avenues of self-expression over the years. It's people like Brandon that make me feel comfortable to paint, draw, design, dream, photograph, write, and then showcase it in whatever medium I choose to. If you've ever wondered how I am able to push myself and produce in so many different areas of visual art, Brandon is a strong influence in that part of my upbringing. For this, and for Incubus' music, I am forever indebted to them. Through their own growth and evolution, they have inspired myself and countless others to grow and evolve as well. And what is life worth without improving and expanding what it is you love doing?

Incubus live from the Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of The Americas.
Nearly twenty years later and I am still very much in love with Incubus' music.

You can find Incubus' latest record "8" on all major music platforms and outlets. Incubus will remain on tour through October of this year in support of their latest release so be sure to catch this amazing band.


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BLUE731.