Recent work & professional musings
Boeing announced today that they will end 787 Dreamliner production in Washington State and will be moving all manufacturing to South Carolina, where a second line already exists. It's a a huge economic hit to the region, especially as Boeing's massive building in Everett will soon also lose 747 production when that ends in 2022. I was able to document the 787 Dreamliner's early development, test flights and delivery for various clients...more
Advice to young photographers? Always be moving, always be working. This is especially true when no work is coming in and you're struggling, because you never know what you might hit upon.
Here, an edit of images taken while wandering the streets of Beijing in the spring of 2000 with my Contax G2, doing some street photography. One of the last images of the day eventually made a book cover a few years later, Kerry Brown's "Struggling...more
I'm happy to announce I've finally overcome by resistance to using drones in my photography. I've been photographing from helicopters for years and always love getting up high with my Nikons and using some beautiful glass (lenses) to capture high resolution images. I was hesitant to use drones for stills for years because the quality just wasn't there but this summer I started seeing some still photography work from drones that helped me...more
It's no better time to remember the importance for photographers to look for small, local businesses to shoot for and not always be chasing the big name clients. It's always great to find a local business that is willing to invest in high quality work and recognizes how important that investment is to their business. The old adage holds true - you have to spend money to make money. This photo shoot was for...more
No nicer place to be in a newspaper than page one, above the fold. In Tuesday's Washington Post for a piece on vaccine trials for COVID-19 here in Seattle.
Ian Haydon (photographed here in Seattle) writing about the trials and errors of being injected with a covid-19 vaccine. You can read the full article...more
I’ve always been the kind of photographer who loves to take on any challenge, photographing many genres and styles of work. If I were a musician I could never stick to one style, I’d always be experimenting; bluegrass one day, heavy metal the next. My only consistent standard is to make images that are natural and authentic. My latest shoot for...more
My images used in Par Pacific's annual report. The images taken just as the lockdown on Washington State was starting, leaving essential services (such as refineries) open. Lots of elbow handshakes and hand washing but it feels like the images are from another time! I'm looking forward to getting back to a somewhat new normal.more
Links below to watch both of the episodes I was featured in for Arirang TV's "In Frame" series. The twelve-part series on Korea's national TV network followed mostly Magnum photographers around the country but when I was asked to do two episodes I agreed on one condition, I could photograph in the southern port city of Busan. I had been to Korea many times before but never to Busan and because it was where my wife was born, and later adopted...more
"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry" - From 'To a Mouse' by Robert Burns
The new norm is, in some ways, just like an old norm for me since I was based in Japan and traveling in Asia during the 2003 SARS epidemic. However, it's pretty clear that in terms of scale and destruction, COVID-19 will be far worse than SARS and far worse for our industry, photography, so often based on travel and social interactions. I was joking...more
I'll admit, when I first heard the expression "hero shot" about 10 years ago, I didn't know what it meant. Mainly because I only started shifting more towards commercial photographer in the past decade after nearly 20 years doing editorial work. While the term was unfamiliar, the idea is pretty straight forward: make a good image. This was especially true back in the days of print when I worked regularly for The New York Times (see...more
The photograph below was taken at Boeing Field airport yesterday, testing a new 200-500mm Nikon lens, at full 500mm zoom. It's a bit of a beast of a lens but combined with a Nikon D850 camera, took this beautiful image of one of the last Boeing 727s in service departing for Kansas City. Old plane meet new lens! It'll be a great lens for industrial work where I can't get close, plus my kids' soccer matches! I got lucky with the light and...more
One of the few benefits of my all-boys British schooling is the ability to talk cricket with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Of course, once I got him started at a shoot earlier this month, I couldn't get him to stop!
Here, photographed for Fortune Magazine in a meeting with the company's leadership team.more
Need a complete overhaul of your website with a mix of location industrial images, office life and headshots? I can do that. Lots of clients these days need to update their webpages - old HTML 2 & 3 websites (some still running Flash!) needing to be upgraded to HTML 5 sites, that work on desktops, laptops and phones, with images that scale to a screen's size. Many clients mention one main reason for the update - the search for new, young...more
Climbing down into yet another construction hole! This time for Seattle builders WG Clark, photographing work on a new condominium going up in South Lake Union. Always lucky when you get a sunny day in Seattle to do a construction shoot. Also, another day to be reminded that immigrants make this country great.more
Recent work for one of my favorite clients, urban landscape architects Site Workshop. The firm has worked on extensive projects on the growing Amazon campus which I have shot in the past, including their now famous Spheres. Last week, though, it was a small public park right across the street from Amazon's campus, called Triangle Park which opened just a week before but is already...more
Images for a recent shoot for Buhler, a large German engineering firm who helped build one of largest malting plants in the USA in Pocatello, Idaho, making malt for large and small American beer makers. It was one of the few times I preferred being outside in 90°F degree than inside the kiln at 150°F! This was a fast paced shoot, all done in one day, covering the 3 main processes of making malt plus other images of the plant. It was also not...more
Images from a photo shoot for Seattle-based ship builders Vigor last week. A gorgeous Wednesday morning out over Puget Sound shooting one of their coast guard response boats. The boats can hit a top speed of close to 42 knots, nearly 50 mph. Shot by helicopter, piloted by the steady hand of Jay Barton from Helicopters Northwest. Try doing this from a drone!more