American Stories...Flag PortraitsPosted on February 18, 2016
Inspired by an American flag purchased at an antiques barn, I shot a series of portraits during the 2004 presidential election campaign. Each subject was asked to hold the flag in a way that was personally meaningful. The resulting portraits remain some of my favorites and the series, American Stories, has special resonance for me once again this election season.
I'll be blogging a number of these portraits -- some of which have never been shown -- in the months leading up to the November election.
City Hall, Buffalo NYPosted on January 13, 2016
I photographed this young woman, originally from Somalia, as part of an editorial series for Buffalo Spree celebrating Buffalo's newest residents. I was once again amazed at the grandeur of the outside portico of City Hall which serves as a perfect backdrop for people who call Buffalo home..
Black and White Portrait Photography...Rick Smith, Silo CityPosted on August 11, 2015
The "Of Men" series began as a response to the idealized and youth focused culture in which we live. I wanted to create strong, black and white portraits that reveal the lines and the wrinkles that come with a life lived. Young and old -- these faces have stories. Knowledge, compassion and wisdom are not the only qualities revealed. Intensity, wariness, warmth and even acceptance are captured when the subject is, just for a moment, unguarded before the lens.
Commercial Photography…ONE ROQ and Garrett GreenPosted on June 24, 2015
Garrett Green is one of the many intriguing individuals I've shot while on editorial assignment for Buffalo Spree Magazine. Green is CEO of ONE ROQ, a company that distills and markets an American-centric, super-premium vodka headquartered in Buffalo, NY. ONE ROQ has won numerous awards including a SIPS Awards Gold Medal and a Best of the Best Robb Report citation.
When I next met Green at my studio, he proposed that we spend some time creating new corporate images for ONE ROQ.
Green proved to be an easy but exacting client who knew his brand and had a clear vision for its identity. We shot tethered and fine-tuned the brand identity as we reviewed the shots in real time. The resulting images illustrate ONE ROQ's strong, elegant and carefully crafted brand and, in the process, suggest the vodka's pure, refined excellence.
A notable experience...
Tattoo Portrait Photography…Buffalo Arts Studio Trimania 2015Posted on April 15, 2015
I've been shooting tattoo portraits for quite awhile now, including some photographed at an earlier Trimania. I've always enjoyed the stories behind the images people choose to illustrate on their bodies -- and appreciated the tattoo artistry as well.
Recently, I was asked to photograph local chefs and their tattoos. Phil is the young executive chef at Tappo in Buffalo. His calamari and fork seem particularly appropriate given his line of work. His is one of a series of "Storied Flesh" portraits that will be exhibited beginning this Saturday at the Buffalo Arts Studio's Trimania . Trimania is a fundraiser for the Buffalo Arts Studio and celebrates arts and artists in Buffalo..
I hope you can join the festivities at the 2015 Trimania on April 18th. Check out the tattoo portraits in the Tri-Main Office as you enter the event.
Editorial Photography...Buffalo Spree “Film in Western New York” IssuePosted on March 31, 2015
Chris Schobert, the guest editor for the Buffalo Spree film issue, is universally regarded as a really nice guy and a quite astute film critic. I decided to photograph Chris in two different styles and let the magazine decide which image was preferable. First, I shot Chris examining a portion of a film -- a vintage porn movie, garbage picked some 30 years ago and doubtlessly PG by today’s standards. Then, moving a bit outside his comfort zone, I shot Chris wrapped and wound in celluloid. The resulting images provide unexpected insight into the intensity that lies just below his mild-mannered demeanor.
Street photography...Hokkaido StylePosted on March 6, 2015
Photographed in the underground "city" under Sapphoro's main shopping district, these "girls" were being shot at an open portrait studio. Subjects choose wardrobe, hair and make-up, then came out to be photgraphed in the main concourse. They were really enjoying themselves-- posing for any and all cameras that happened by. Yet another example of why I love Japan.
Architectural Photography….. Hokkaido StylePosted on February 16, 2015
Actual entrance to the Fridge Door --a bar in Hirafu Village. Run by a Canadian ex pat, you have to duck to enter but once inside it's warm, the whiskey selection is unrivaled and the company includes riders and skiers from all over the planet. Kampai!
Architectural photography Tokyo Haneda AirportPosted on February 10, 2015
Only in Japan. A stage, a performance space in the center of the most culturally significant airport I've ever passed through. A magical moment at the end of an almost mythical experience, another story waiting to unfold.
Hotel and Hospitality Photography…CocktailsPosted on October 31, 2014
A widow, the lingering warmth of a bourbon kiss and a bit of folklore make for a memorable bar experience. It is a story I wanted to tell while photographing cocktails for a recent editorial assignment. Bitter Revenge was created by Buffalo bartender Jason Wood of Vera at the request of a regular customer. He is one of a number of fine Buffalo bartenders, including John Karel, Tommy Lombardo, Adam Smith, Kerry Quaile and Tony Rials, whose work is featured on this website. Visit Cold Comforts (under the Portions section) to sample other cocktails.