Monday, April 30, 2007

Px3 Competition!


WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris

Jake Garn of United States was Awarded Second Prize In Px3 Competition.

Paris, France, 30-apr-2007, Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) announces winners of the 2007 competition.

Jake Garn of United States was Awarded: Second Prize in category ADVERTISING for the entry titled, " Local Haunting ." The jury selected 2007’s winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.

Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Jérôme Ormieres, Art Director of BDDP & Fils, Paris; Simon James, Publishing Director of EC1 Publishing Ltd, London; Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Naomi Cass, Director of Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australia, Steve Fine, Director of Photography of Sports Illustrated magazine; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris, Susan A. Zadeh, Artistic Director of Eyemazing International Contemporary Photography magazine; Jeannette Mariani, Art Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Tom Meerman, President of the GKF/Dutch Photographer's Association; Adrian Leeds, Director of Adrian Leeds Group, Paris; Scott Mc Kiernan, Director of ZUMA Press, Inc. and Publisher of DOUBLEtruck Magazine, Los Angeles; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.

Winning entries from each major category (Advertising, Photojournalism, Book, Fine Art, Nature, and Portraiture) are exhibited in Paris at the prestigious 13Sévigné Gallery in June/July 2007 and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book, which is distributed to galleries, agencies, publishers and bookstores worldwide.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Search for a Yellow Umbrella

My PDA/Phone has been possessed by the minions of pure evil. Why would Rosie O'Donnel want to possess my personal electronic devices? I have no idea, but whenever I type something into my calendar random letters appear. I can't control it, I've tried everything. When I scheduled this shoot for Monday night I assumed my trusty Treo organizer to store the details just fine, but alas, it failed me. So I had no idea who I was shooting until I opened the door.

In walks Shelley! And what was she carrying but an originally made dress, created with plastic and safety pins. This is my kind of girl. It only takes me a few seconds to decide a yellow umbrella, plastic dress, and rain clouds are a fantastic combination - but I have no idea where to buy a yellow umbrella. So it's off to Wal-Mart.

My personal Wal-Mart is the super center variety, which means it's huge. You can buy car tires, a frozen pizza, a lawn mower, get your oil changed, a home entertainment system, a diamond ring and a Big Mac all at the same time. Ridiculous. So obviously we have no chance at finding an umbrella on our own, we have to walk clear across the store looking for an employee to ask. The employees were so hard to find that a RANDOM STRANGER asked me if I knew where to find school supplies. He knew I didn't work there, he was just desperately hoping I would know where they were - I didn't - but I pointed anyway. What is it about the human desire to help even when we're positive we're of no use?

Finally we found a Wal-Mart lady and asked her, sure enough, she knows exactly where they are which is absurd! I can't even tell you where the remote is in my OWN house and these people know where every item is in a store the size of three football fields.

So, all the way across the store we find a pretty much empty rack of umbrellas. No yellow ones. Dang. Off to the next store.

Three stores later I'm trying to convince the model that the umbrella isn't a good idea in the first place (we both know I'm lying) but we decide to give Walgreens a try. Now we're trying to beat the sun in it's slow climb towards the horizon so we don't waste any time asking a cashier where the umbrellas are. "Aisle thirteen, halfway down the aisle, left side, bottom half of the shelves." -exact quote, these people really make me sick.

No yellow umbrellas, but we spot the perfect shade of lime green, we argue over which shade of lime green is best. We don't have time for games so I grab one, pay for it and we are off to the races.

I call my assistant and tell him we're swinging by his place to pick him up (it's on the way) and we're cruising along the street when we spot the perfect meadow. We unload, set-up and start shooting. What a perfect day - and screw the yellow umbrella, green was much better.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Steps for creating your own pineapple hat photograph:

Step 1.
Find a willing, beautiful model.

Step 2.
Go to grocery store and pick out the perfect pineapple, pay particular attention to the leaves.

Step 3.
Put back your selected pineapple in favor of the model's choice which is far superior - wonder how you missed it.

Step 4.
Purchase pineapple, but have a story ready for why you are purchasing a pineapple at 10:30 pm with one model and one photo assistant. The cashier WILL ask questions.

Step 5.
Cut pineapple in half while model fixes her hair and make up. Carefully hollow out the inside of the pineapple and dry it with paper towels.

Step 6.
Start trying to fix all of the now broken leaf tips that you ruined whilst cutting and hollowing it.

Step 7.
Model will finish her hair and tell you that you probably didn't need to hollow it since she doesn't have a cone head. Realize model is right. Feed her hollowed out pineapple so she stays quiet.

Step 8.
Photograph pineapple hat wearing model.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

My New Blog

Welcome to my new blog. Here you will be able to find information and photos from my latest shoots and maybe I'll even post tricks and tips... keep your eyes peeled and if you like what you see be sure to subscribe!