Friday, January 23, 2009

Man on Wire

I took some pictures for my syndicator, Retna, during last years Tribeca Film Festival and shot the star and director of Man on Wire, the story of Philippe Petit's notorious tight rope walk between the Twin Towers in the 70's. I finally watched it last weekend up in VT with my partner and was blown away. A fantastic movie. Go rent it! It has the greatest pace to it and feels more like a thriller than a documentary. It is also such a celebration of the buildings and made me realize how much of a void our city still has without them. I had posted some of these shots before, but felt that since the movie was just nominated for the best documentary Oscar yesterday they deserved some more air time. Congratulations to both Philippe and James Marsh, the very talented director. I have a feeling that it will win.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Mastic Beach Moonscapes

Here are some new moonscapes from Friday evening, which provided many new images for the series. I am really loving the painterly quality they have as well as the subtle earth toned colors. Always amazes at the forms I end up seeing within these abstract images. I do think that they would make a beautiful show. A portfolio of the collection is @

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Rich, Model & Actor

Some shots from Thursday of Rich, a model and actor that I have been wanting to photograph since I met him a year ago at a friend's Christmas party, where he was the bartender. Seeing him again this year working the same gig, we decided to try and make it happen sooner than later and I went over to his pad to take some shots of him before he shaved off his beard. I went in tight and decided to show off his amazing face. I think I may start to shoot other male models in a similar fashion, at home, comfortable in their environment. Maybe a new project in the making...

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Carrie Fisher

I have been lucky enough to photograph Carrie Fisher a couple of times through the years and she has to be one of my all time favorites. I mean Princess Leia for crying out loud. She has the sickest sense of humor and is one of the most down to earth celebrities I have met in the industry. Her battle with bipolar depression and the way she handles it is inspirational. Lord knows that I deal with my fair share of depression and I find her humor and honesty on the subject refreshing. She was just on the Bonnie Hunt show yesterday and it reminded me of our shoots. I love this photo of her and think it is so sincere and sexual at the same time, dare I say, even a little Mrs. Robinsonesque. It was even a Sunday afternoon too...I'm not joking. Hopefully she won't hate it if her people ever stumble across it. I know that she has a soft spot in her heart for gay guys and often puts up artists in her guest house out in LA so I've daydreamed that I could become her in-house photographer, documenting her fabulous life and interesting friends. Dream on Scott... As her ex-husband Paul Simon wrote and seems rather fitting, "Here's to you Mrs. Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know, woah woah woah."

Monday, January 05, 2009

Marisa Tomei

With Marisa Tomei again in the headlines for her role in The Wrestler, I decided to post some shots I took of her on set a few years ago. She was very sweet as I remember and certainly stunning, as seen here. My friend Craig also has a huge crush on her and wanted to see the pictures I had taken. Here you go dude. Anyway, after doing a little research on IMDB, I thought I'd include a few interesting facts about her. She was born in Brooklyn in 1964 to an English teacher mother and a lawyer father. She has one brother, Adam, also an actor. She dropped out of college for a co-starring role on As the World Turns and soon after that she was cast as Lisa Bonet's college roommate on A Different World. From one world to another... or was that another soap? My attempt at a little humor, ha! Her big break came in 1992 when she starred alongside Jo Pesci in My Cousin Vinny which earned her her first Oscar nomination for best supporting actress and subsequent win. Nine years later, she was nominated again for her role in In The Bedroom and I wouldn't be surprised if she did it again this year. Congrats Marisa!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Robert & Gia's Wedding

Last weekend my partner's nephew Robert married his beautiful girlfriend Gia on a very atmospheric misty evening along the Hudson River about a half an hour north of Manhattan. They had a very simple ceremony and a small party at Harvest on Hudson, a fantastic Italian restaurant. Interestingly, Gia's maid of honor was her twin sister Dana and Robert's best men, Joey and Michael, are also identical twins. Good looking crew. Thanks to them all for including us and making it so special.