an elegant weapon of a more civilized age

I recently nabbed my Force FX Lightsabers out of storage and brought them to the studio to house them on the wall.  I’ve always wanted to find a simplistic mounting option that didn’t look big or bulky, and after doing a little internet searching, I found out that Force FX Lightsaber handles fit perfectly in these mounting brackets made for Maglite flashlights.

They just screw right into the wall and after popping the handles in them, you can hardly see them, and it looks like the lightsabers are floating off the wall a few inches.  The above image was taken a few moments after getting all three installed.  How awesome is that!!

If you are a nutjob like me and have to have lightsabers, these are the classiest, simplistic way of displaying them.  So excellent.  Click the small image above to order them through Amazon.


Brannock Device

While doing an assignment for The Hippo at a local shoe store, I tripped on one of these foot measure devices and instantly flashed back to a little kid; the store associate bending down and slipping my socked-foot into one of these to get exact measurements on my foot.  It was pretty awesome.  I picked this little guy up and placed him on the seat next to me, and I loved the texture on the seat and the highlights from the lights overhead reflecting on the seat and the device.  It made a nice black & white image, and I think it’s fantastic.

Designed in 1927, The Brannock Device® foot-measuring device is a must in all retail footwear stores. Our device’s measuring accuracy, quality construction, and simple, yet completely functional, design is what has made genuine Brannock measuring devices the standard in the footwear industry.

1927.  Man.  Make it once and make it to last.  Good stuff.


“I can’t lie to you about your chances, but… you have my sympathies.”

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:


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…