July 09, 2017 – George Bellinger

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
~Henry David Thoreau

I could write volumes about this man, but I’m not confident in my own abilities to put the quality of his character into words. This is a gentleman I met several years ago who, like most grandfathers, couldn’t stop telling me about his children and grandchildren. But his stories were always imbued with a thoughtfulness and a history that I was able to learn more and more about him – where he has been and what he has done in his life, the people the he loved and lost, the jobs he worked and the places he lived, the hardships and celebrations – and I valued every last second I had, telling stories about our families, discussing moral and social philosophy, and eating marijuana chocolate and laughing at inappropriate jokes.

This is a man who has lived life to an extent, in my estimation, that few ever do.
This is a man that has positively affected my life, and changed it for the better.
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July 08, 2017 – Baby Gavin

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“It’s extraordinary to look into a baby’s face and see a piece of your flesh and your spirit.”

What can I say? I often photograph unique personalities, wanderers and artists, musicians and random encounters on the street. I like vagabonds, the gritty and the homeless, the creative and the mad. But sometimes it’s refreshing to just look at an innocent face, a tabula rasa that hasn’t yet been marked by experience. ‘Portrait Month’ continues today with a smiling baby boy with some pretty remarkable eyes.

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July 07, 2017 – Mitch

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“Most of my photos are grounded in people, I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a persons face.”
~Steve McCurry

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July 06, 2017 – Heather

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“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”
~Eve Arnold

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July 05, 2017 – The Submissive

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“A person himself believes that all the other portraits are good likenesses except the one of himself.”
~Edvard Munch

Another image for ‘Portrait Month,’ this was done as a request by the subject, who desperately wanted his portrait taken, nude and masked, in the dingy back room of a dusty old gym with splintered wood floorboards, old rusty lockers, and split leather weight benches and a deflated speed bag. We assumed, since nobody was there, that the owner wouldn’t mind if we made some pictures.

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July 04, 2017 – The Dog Walker

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“It’s not how a photographer looks at the world that is important. It’s their intimate relationship with it.”
~Antoine D’Agata

Portrait month continues with this cute little duo, taking a little break at the park.

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July 03, 2017 – Laura

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“The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader.”
~Irving Penn

This is a portrait of Laura, taken in the Rillito River wash during that bone-dry time before the monsoon rains.

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July 02, 2017 – Danny

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“To sit for one’s portrait is like being present at one’s own creation.”
~Alexander Smith

Today we have a portrait of Danny Baker. It’s not about the model of the car or the year of manufacture – it’s the mileage, folks. And I think Danny has driven far and wide, through some rough terrain.

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July 01, 2017 – Ariel

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There will be few words or personal stories this month. Today marks the beginning of a month of portraits – some are street photographs, some improvised, and others from formal photographic sessions. Rather than press into these images my own stories, I would rather the faces speak for themselves.

I hope you enjoy that images to follow. But for now, we’ll kick things off with a beautiful woman – it never hurts to start things off with a beautiful woman…

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June 30, 2017 – The Mission Creeps

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To close out a month of images of performers, musicians, circus acts, and poets, I decided to reach back to the Zombie Prom and the band The Mission Creeps, and a photograph of lead singer James Arr. The following is lifted from their website, which describes their style and method more effectively than I imagine I could:

“Hailing from Tucson, the same diverse music scene that spawned Calexico and Bog Log III, The Mission Creeps spin tales of a different, darker kind of desert, one of lonesome highways and ghost stories. Inspired by art and film noir and horror movies, The Mission Creeps take their cues from bands following similar inspirations, such as The Cramps, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Joy Division, and Deadbolt.

Rue Morgue Magazine described their sound as “awash in surf guitar” and noted singer James “Arr’s ability, much like Nick Cave, to switch between seductive narrative and a raving yelp.” Supported by the throbbing rhythms of bassist Miss Frankie Stein and drummer George “of the Jungle Beat” Palenzuela, a scary good time can always be had at their shows. With six releases, they continue offer up musical tales populated with witches, killer gnomes, and parties for the undead while providing beats that keep the body moving and the demons at bay.”

Every performance is memorable. These guys don’t phone it in.

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