GALLERY EXHIBITION

WINTERlands

Gallery Exhibit @ SPACE studios in the Arts District

I am happy to announce a collaborative gallery exhibit with photographers Jana Cruder and Aeon Jones at  SPACE studios in the downtown Las Vegas Arts District. Prints are for sale on-line at http://spacestudio.wordpress.com/purchase-artwork/

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RARE BJORK PERFORMANCE

I was very fortunate to be in a small 25-person audience for this private, 3-song concert performed by Bjork during a press conference at the Nordic House protesting the acquisition of Icelandic geothermal resources by Canadian firm Magma. They told us not to record video so I was respectful of that and only recorded this crude audo. I created the video so I am hoping it is OK to post on Youtube. Many Bjork fans have written me asking me to share this audio so I think it only serves to grow the love for Bjork, so there’s no harm in that. The tracks are unrecognizable to me, and are not part of her usual repertoire. I think one is an Icelandic folk song. She sings accompanied only by a piano. I must say that during one song when she really started howling my hair stood up on my arms. Her voice is so powerful, especially when she is only 8 feet away. I hope you enjoy.

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SKOGAFOSS

This is the first retouched image in a series of Icelandic landscapes shot when weather permitted over a 10-day period on the road in Iceland. On my first evening in Iceland I drove to the base of the waterfall Skogafoss along the Southern glacial coast. It was a wonderful place to wake up in the morning and a very inspiring initial subject to shoot before embarking on my journey around this magnificent country. I will post additional selects over time.

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CANADA INVADES ICELAND

The opening speaker at the Bjork press conference.

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I'M IN LIKE FLYNN

Made it into the Bjork press conference. Sweet.

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WELCOME TO REYKJAVIK

Strolling into town on the sunniest day of the year. I would sit at a cafe drinking beer and meet a couple of hilarious Icelandic dudes currently living in Norway. Bjarki asked me, “Have you noticed how beautiful our women are here in Iceland?” “Yes,” I replied. “I would be lying if I said I didn’t notice.” He then says, “The girls are beautiful in Norway, too, but not as beautiful as here in Iceland.” I say, “But aren’t the women here all descendants of Norwegians?” “Yes,” He replied. “Same blood, but different tits.” LOL. Sorry if this sexist commentary offends any ladies. I’m just repeating what was said.

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I'VE GOT A DATE WITH BJORK

Listen, if you’re going to gatecrash a party as a journalist, at least master the basics:

1) Look the part: Carry a pro camera with a super telephoto zoom lense. For me, a Canon 1Ds MarkII with a 70-200mm zoom attached did the trick. What sort of tourist carries that shit?

2) Have a lanyard with laminated fake credentials. Nothing says, “I’m for real” like lamination.

3) Cover your fake ID with real ID. If you hand your bogus press credentials over with a real driver’s license and passport they will skip over the press cred and evaluate your real ID. Subconsciously, they would never expect a con artist to surrender real, incriminating evidence. It’s a confidence game.

4) Know the story/your subject: If they start asking questions, you better have answers. Do your background work to find out what the press conference is actually about and you might get in.

5) Be quiet, confident, and if possible, charming. Everyone responds to a smile.

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I ENJOY LONG WALKS ON THE MOON

While driving on the bumpiest road known to man I came across these guys who were walking their way across the Highlands of Iceland. Somebody always has to outdo you. I don’t know if it was a budget issue or if they are just crazy. I saw people bicycling around the country and thought that was tough. These guys are walking. Maybe someday….

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A VAN RUNS THROUGH IT (THE RIVER, THAT IS)

Word to the wise, when attempting to cross a river, don’t gun it. It seems like the natural thing to do, build up momentum and power through it. However, this can create a splash/wave effect beneath the vehicle that will flood and stall out the engine. Also, if the water is too deep, it is like running into a wall at high speed. Ease into it slowly, get your traction in 1st gear, then gun it across. :-) Worked for me.

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MANY RIVERS TO CROSS

Don’t try this at home kids.

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