Band promotional imagery

A promotional photo I took for the band Opus Dai is now being seen worldwide!  ...And by "worldwide," I mean Japan (heh heh).  The following is a promotional poster for the band's Japan tour with my photo on the far right:l_571c6cd58a514b8b93a2e64be3fb2976A pre-poster-ized version of the picture:l_fd90040799fc403983337a725207e1ae

Coldplay: Strawberry Swing

I'm a huge Coldplay fan, but I haven't found most of their music videos too intriguing lately. Until yesterday, when they released the official vid for "Strawberry Swing" off their latest album Viva La Vida, which came out last year.To be honest, after viewing this video I can see why it took a whole year...I can't imagine how long it took to make it. We're talking chalk-drawing animation starring a live-action Chris Martin. Honestly, the visual effects have to be seen to be believed. I won't even post a wee little YouTube preview because it's an insult to the artistry. You have to watch the real thing in all its large screen glory here.coldplay-video-strawberry-swim_210x

My "band"!

I don't normally post memes on this blog because memes are SO 2003, but this one was fun!coomonteThe rules are:1. Go to "wikipedia." Hit "random article" or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RandomThe first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.2. Go to "Random quotations" or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.3. Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7daysThird picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.4. Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.5. Post it up!If you're curious, Coomonte is "a municipality located in the province of Zamora, Castile and León, Spain."  The quotation I used was from The Dhammapada, which is "Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone."  The photograph is "Skylight" by Stewart Ayrey.I think it's perfect. I love travel.

[3] band portraits

Yesterday I shot some portraits guerrilla-style of Opus Dai, out near Pasadena. The guys are headed out on a tour of the Southwest today, and I wish them good health and good luck!

This setup was the band's concept. I thought it was appropriate that they envision at least one shot as they know themselves, their style, and their music better than anyone.* * * * *
I am very, very excited about Barack Obama's victory on Tuesday. Charles Ogletree said Tuesday on the Daily Show that "two skinny guys from Illinois have made a difference: Abe Lincoln and Barack Obama." Obama has a tall order to fill, but I've never felt more confident about any other American leader. It will be tough, but he'll be great.

Violet Scripkus photoshoot

Saturday I did a shoot for a band discovered by Matt via Myspace called Violet Scripkus (view the band's profile/listen to them here).I found an old abandoned elementary school a few years ago when scouting out film shoot locations for school, and we used it as a backdrop. I must say, it was spooky-spooky at times, since some of the the facilities we saw and used look as if they could date anywhere from 1940s to the 1990s. Perfect place for deformed psychotics and ghosts. Didn't see any, though.Chaise, Roberto, and Marvin are a bunch of really funny, goofy kids, and I had a great time. The sky was perfectly amazing for an outdoor shoot, too...a clear day with plentiful, defined clouds. These kids lucked out, to the max.

Chaise, guitar and lead vocals.Roberto, keyboards and synth. And backup vocals, I think?Marvin, drums

Obviously a lot of the images look pretty spiffy. It recently dawned on me that a lot of the successful photographers I know and know of rely heavily...and I mean heavily...on Photoshop and Photoshop actions to make their pictures absolutely stupendous, so now I have NO shame and utilize my little digital darkroom freely.