Archive for March, 2009

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09

Polina & Alex Wedding

Polina & Alex – a very beautiful couple.  They have insisted, however, that they “don’t know how to pose”, which is what I hear from literally almost half of the people I photograph.  As you see on the pictures, you would never be able to tell that these guys are “scared of the camera”; I think this should be my new speciatly – taking pictures of people who think “they don’t know what to do” when I point the camera at them.  Most are taken by surprise when during the photoshoot, all I tell them is “alright, go stand over there. Ok, that looks good. Relax. Smile. Ok, done” 🙂 so much for the “instructions” on what to do (the secret of course is not that I don’t pay attention to what they do or how they look. Not at all. I do pay very close attention to that. But the thing is – when you let people do what they do, and be themselves, they relax, and the natural beauty comes out. That is what I capture).

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Mar
09

Drusjki.com Website & Concert


I am back. Totally. Now that I am done with some of the stuff that has been holding me back from my photography, more posts are coming. Lots more.  Yay.

One of the reasons that there has been so few posts lately is that in the last couple months I have been working on a band’s website – Drusjki.com.  This is a Russian band that has been by far my most favorite in the last several years.  I cannot overstate how influential these guys have been – on many, many occasions I have listened to their music to sooth the pains of life.  So many times the only way I would get out of my mini-depressions would be to close my eyes and listen to the messages that these guys sing about.

As former drug addicts, Drusjki also run anti-drug campaigns in Russian, telling the kids the dangers of heroin, cocaine, etc.  Unfortunately there is a real lack of funds that the organization “Drusjki Ministries” is experiencing, which really hinders their effectiveness.  If you find it in your heart to help the organization out, please see drusjki.com for details on how you can do this.  Any amount helps.

Couple years ago I had the privilege of meeting the lead sing Gera in Seattle,  and we became friends.  As we got to know each other, I realized that the band doesn’t have a good, modern website and that I could help out with that.  With another friend, Alex Commer, we have just recently finished the website, which came out wonderful.  Please do see it, and feel free to leave the feedback here.

Gera will be playing in Seattle on April 4th, and I would love to see you at the concert.  (Of course, keep in mind that the band will be singing in Russian).  Some screen shots of the website and the concert info is below:

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Mar
09

Get High and Read the Bible

Ok, so recently I have decided that my blog will be less formal, with more funny, outrageous, and weird content.  Of course with that comes the danger of offending everyone at once*…but I think I am ok with that.  This is my blog after all, right?  Anyways, here’s a really funny clip I found just now; Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church is on the right, and some hippy at Hemp Fest is on the left. Enjoy!

*I still kind of worry some of you will totally misunderstand stuff like this; so if you’re deeply troubled by this or other posts, you can email me and we can chat 🙂