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  • Renovating the Photography Studio

    Since moving to our new house here in LA I have been not only renovating our house but have had the great pleasure of renovating the small, but useful studio on the property. The renovations to the house are massive and costly but the changes to the studio are merely cosmetic and much, much easier... thankfully!  Over the course of a couple of weeks I was able to put in a new floor, re-paint the entire studio and add some great lighting modifiers and features.  Here are some pics of the great new flooring:
    Model and Actress Ashely Nedd

    Ashley sitting on the OLD floor

     
    Studio Photography, Maria Breese Seth Hancock Photography Los Angeles

    Wilhelmina Model, Maria Breese posing on the NEW floor in the studio.

    One other big deal (at least to me) is that I was also able to get my old, broken down and beaten up fan fixed.  I was able to buy a Mole Richardson Wind Machine for $25.00 at Hollywood Rental's yearly sale of old equipment.  They sell C-Stands, Apple Boxes, Scrims, Lights and many other goodies.  While waiting in line to check out I asked one of the workers if they had any Wind Machines.  I was happy to learn they had one left but the blades were broken and the Wind Machine needed some love.  So, I gladly bought it for $25.00 and took it to Mole Richardson for repairs.  After waiting about a month and $1700.00 later, I had a completely new Wind Machine.  They re-painted it, cleaned off all the gunk, put on and calibrated new blades and replaced the motor.  Check it out -
    Mole Richardson Wind Machine Repair and Purchase

    Here's my newly refurbished Mole Richardson Wind Machine

    Now while you may think that's A LOT of  money to spend on a wind machine you have to understand the new ones sell for over $9500.00 and the older ones (like I have) sell for about $4000.00.  I think spending $1725.00 for a (essentially) brand new Wind Machine is pretty dope.  I am happy to have it and it makes a really nice addition to the studio and the overall renovations! 🙂  And, I added the best studio fridge I could find... and it goes up to 11!
    Marshall Amp Fridge

    The best damn studio fridge I could find. I love this!

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  • Open Show LA

    Making my presentation at Open Show LA

    I was selected to be part of a monthly art exhibit that is part of the Open Show series throughout the country and the world.  I think it's a pretty nice "tip of the cap" to be selected for this.  Anytime someone is recognized for their work or project is a nice acknowledgement of the work that is being created.  Most of the people selected are photographers but there are others like documentary filmmakers, multimedia creators, mixed-media artists, etc.  It's an honor and privilege to be a part of this show/exhibit.  This show in late March was held at the Venice Arts Center.

    The exhibit features 4 artists and we each get to present our projects, show our work and talk with people attending the exhibit.  For some reason, I was first (alphabetically) and got to get up and make my presentation on my photography and video work for the documentary "Leftovers."  I think this may be the first time I have ever been selected first from an alphabetic perspective but I have no issue being in front of people and was able to get up, introduce my project, show the trailer and the display the photos from the project while talking about the film and life changing experiences this processed has provided me over the last 16 months.

     I was surprised at the reception this documentary received during my presentation but since a film like this has never been made before I think a lot of people in attendance can relate to what is happening to our seniors and the journey I had taken to make this film.  I was asked several questions from several different people and was genuinely surprised at the overall interest in this project.  Some of the questions asked were personal about my experiences but several people asked about a "solution" to the problem.  What's interesting about that is that the film does provide a solution but seeking a solution was something we weren't initially looking for in the initial outline/storyboard of the project.  However, after traveling to a number of places and hearing people talk about solutions (but never really offering solutions) I knew we had to get extra money to travel and find the solutions.  I am so thankful to Meals on Wheels Association of America for giving an additional $30k so we could travel to Austin, TX and Detroit, MI to talk about and showcase some solutions.

    The rest of the night went well and I got to watch and listen to the other featured artists that night.  One of the fellow presenters is my friend, Patty Lemke, who is working on a lifelong photography project of balloons.  And, another exhibitor, Bret Van Ort, talked about his photography/documentary project about Land Mines in Bosnia.  Here' s a link to Brett's work "Minescape" (http://www.brettvanort.com) - which I found quite fascinating.  If there is an opportunity to get involved or be selected by Open Show in your respective city then please do so.  Hopefully your work will be selected and you can share your passion and projects with the community.

    SH

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  • Open Show LA to feature my photography and documentary

    I have some really cool news to share... There's a great group of artists in LA who, once a month, find a very select group of people (4 to be exact) to feature.  And, yours truly was just selected because of my photography and videography work on the documentary "Leftovers."  This is a great honor and privilege to be selected and featured as part of this great group of people.  This project/documentary has been a labor of love for more than a year now and I cannot wait for the film to come out this summer.  The distributor is chomping at the bits to see this finished product and so are the PR people.  The edit is coming along nicely and this will be an amazing story that the American public has never seen before.  It's going to be great and unique. If you want to come out and here about my documentary and adventures over the last 15 months then please do so on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:30pm in Venice, CA.  I would love to see you there.  I am posting the link to OPEN SHOW LA so you can see the address and details of the event and some of the other great artists attending/presenting.  This is really a great honor and something with which I am flattered to be involved.  The long days, weeks and months are paying off and it's nice to be recognized for the work I have been doing.  But, more importantly, it's incredible recognition for a growing problem in America that can and will affect all of us as we get older.  The good new is that we can change or affect this growing statistic but we have to get the word out about our seniors.  The more we can bring light to this subject the more awareness and dialogue we can create to find solution.  Hopefully, I will see you out in Venice on Wednesday so please stop by and say HI! http://openshow.org/losangeles/

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