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Alien • NECA figures

I LOVE the 1978 movie Alien.  The atmosphere, the design, the cast, the ambience, the pacing – everything is just darn perfect.  Toy company NECA has been making figures based on the movie Alien and it’s franchise, and I’ve been picking some up, making some dioramas here at the studio and making some more “cinematic” photographs using the toys.  I wanted to share a little about how I’m making them and share some of them here on the blog. More after the cut: CONTINUE READING…

Aaron Draplin • DDC

Aaron Draplin • Draplin Design Company

Aaron Draplin.  Graphic Design God. Thick Lines. Weiner Dogs. Field Notes.  100% Awesomesauce.

Aaron is currently the hottest thing in the world of design.  You might have seen his book.  You’ve very probably seen some of his work, somewhere.  You might even jot notes down in his Field Notes branded notebooks.  I’ve been a big fan of his work for a while now, and when my wife Sara told me she booked him for an appearance at NHIA as part of his cross-country tour, I knew I had to make a portrait of him.  Read more about this quick session with some behind-the-scenes images after the cut:

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The Square Aesthetic

an homage of Donald Byrd’s “A New Perspective” cover

I love record and album design. Part of what I hope to do as a photographer is make images and help musicians design album covers for their releases.  I love the square format of album covers. And nobody has made better album covers than the jazz music label Blue Note Records.  There was a period in the 1950’s and 1960’s where Blue Note was producing what I consider the greatest album design in history.  I wanted to share a little bit about it and why I love it so much.  More after the cut: CONTINUE READING…

The Flea Market Dance

Hollis Flea Market Salem Flea Londonderry Flea Market Derry Flea Market Grafton Flea Reitta Ranch Brimfield Raynham Flea

I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t get up early on a Sunday morning and go flea marketing.  Some people go to Church.  Some people sleep in.  Some get the paper and plop down with a cup of coffee and read the news.  Some go for a jog. For me, it’s always been walking up and down dusty paths and looking over other people’s things that they are selling.  Rows and rows and boxes and boxes.  Thousands of strangers. Haggling on prices.  People watching.  Fried dough and hot dogs and snow cones. Toys and records and music and comic books and movies and … everything. I got my first 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (along with Castlevania) at the Derry Flea Market. I got my friends into buying speakers and speaker boxes and amplifiers for our cars at the Salem Flea Market. I am a product of swap meets and flea markets.

I’m going to delve into my history of Flea Markets and give you a few tips if you haven’t been before and how to conduct yourself.  More after the cut:

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When the Needle hits the Groove

I’ve recently dug out my old record collection, moved it to the studio, and have been doing something I haven’t done in decades: spin records.  Music moves me in a way I can’t explain. I have it playing all the time. I spent my 20’s working in record stores. I love photographing musicians that need images for things like album/cd covers and packaging.  After the cut, I’m going to do a bunch of talking about my history with them, their importance to me, and why I won’t ignore my records again.

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