Sunday, August 30, 2009


Saguaro Cactus, AIO Highway, Arizona, 2007
(c) Jeffrey Aaronson/All rights reserved

Border Patrol, All Terrain Vehicles, Laredo, Texas, 2008
(c) Jeffrey Aaronson/All rights reserved

Sister Maria, Palomas, Arizona, 2007
(c) Jeffrey Aaronson/All rights reserved

The border between the United States and Mexico is a construct beginning at the Pacific, snaking through the southwest desert and ending in the Gulf of Mexico. The borderland, the zone existing near the frontier, is an area of messy vitality by virtue of the collision of cultures living within it's boundaries. To live in the borderland is to live at the end of the country, the last place before another place starts.

JEFFREY AARONSON was born in Hollywood, California and lives and works in Santa Barbara. He traveled the border of the United States and Mexico, "a region of low-rise towns and deserts dotted with saguaro cacti and aluminum trailers", in search of cultural phenomena. Aaronson's work has been exhibited at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich and N.Y., Photo Miami, Houston Center for Photographys 27th Anniversary Members Exhibition (Juror´s Commendation from Katharine Ware), David Floria Gallery, Aspen, Colorado and Scope Basel. He was a 2009 Critical Mass Finalist, nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize 2009, won the 2002 Graphis Award from American Photography, among several others. Jeffrey was one of 100 photographers invited to participate in Review Santa Fe 2009. Please click on images to see the photographs enlarged.

Jeffrey Aaronson Website
Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich

Friday, August 28, 2009

Newspaper Sleeve Obscures Your Laptop [DIY]

Found this article on lifehacker. I like this i'm goin to make one. A good way for people not to borrow your newspaper would be to use a foreign newspaper like a chinese or japanese newspaper.

Newspaper Sleeve Obscures Your Laptop [DIY] [via LifeHacker]

Kaisha '10 // Billings Photographer

Kaisha and Whitney were tons of fun to work with and we had so many great shots its hard for me to choose! Enjoy the sneak peek and I'll be emailing your password soon:)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

MARCIA MARTIN: Lucies Nature Award

Stillness (c) Marcia Martin/All rights reserved

Leaf and Sparkles (c) Marcia Martin/All rights reserved

MARCIA MARTIN won an International Photography Award (The Lucies) in the Nature category for her Portfolio of Floating Leaves. Martin is represented by Contemporary Works. Marcia Martin Website


Ocean Pools, Taiwan, 2009 (c) Josef Hoflehner/All rights reserved

Santa Monica Pier, Ca, 2009 (c) Josef Hoflehner/All rights reserved

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Should You Build Organic Traffic or go with Pay Per Click Ads?

Here is a story that caught my attention over at Digital Inspiration via Google Reader. Normally i would "star" it, but this time i click on the "send to" feature of Google Reader and sent this article to this blog. Honestly is these legal? Anyways i liked the story cause it explain organic and pay per click traffic. Enjoy the read and visit for more great articles.

Should You Build Organic Traffic or go with Pay Per Click Ads?: "
There are two routes to get your brand’s website on the first page of Google Search results:

1. Organic Traffic - Your site appears naturally in Google search results because you have some compelling content with a little bit of SEO. Building a site that ranks well in organic search results requires effort and time but the traffic cost is absolutely zero.

2. Pay Per Click - When your site has a problem getting “organic” traffic for certain keywords, you try to buy that traffic through SEM (Google Ads). Unlike organic traffic which is free, here you have to pay each time a search visitor clicks on your link on the Google page.

Google Search Results Page

google search - seo vs sem


So should brands spend money on Pay-per-click advertisements to make their site visible in search engines or should they invest that marketing budget in building organic ranks for their website via search engine optimization?

Well, here’s a clue. A new report suggests that search visitors who land on retail websites by clicking on sponsored links are more likely to buy stuff than those who come via clicking on organic results.

And there’s more. The report also suggests that visitors who come to a site through PPC ads are more likely to spend more on that site.

If we were to apply this finding to our example above, Orbitz and PriceLine have better natural ranks in Google for the query “airline tickets” but the traffic to Yatra and MakeMyTrip could be converting better.


Monday, August 24, 2009

STEVE McCURRY: Revealing The World

Jodhpur, India, 2004 (c) Steve McCurry/All rights reserved

Weligama, Sri Lanka (c) Steve McCurry/All rights reserved

Africa, 1986 (c) Steve McCurry/All rights reserved

...what matters most is that each picture stands on its own,
with its own place and feeling

"STEVE McCURRY, recognized as one of the world's finest image-makers, has won many of photography's top awards. Best known for his evocative color images, McCurry endeavors to capture the essence of human struggle and joy in the finest documentary tradition. Many of his photographs have become modern icons." (from Magnum Photos). An exhibition of color photographs "The Unguarded Moment" is currently at the Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado until Oct. 1. The upcoming Special Anniversary Issue of "FOCUS" profiles photographer Steve McCurry.

Steve McCurry Website and Blog
Magnum Photos Portfolio
FOCUS Preview

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Kayta, Stade Nautique Ranier III, Monaco
(c) Damion Berger/All rights reserved

Hula Hoops, Le Roccabella, Monaco (c) Damion Berger/All rights reserved

The human body submerged underwater and illuminated by an ever-changing quality of light provide all the elements for a playful ballet seemingly detached from gravity

In 1995, Londoner DAMION BERGER was offered an assistant position with Helmut Newton while he was still at boarding school in England, a turning point in his life. Assisting both Mr. Newton and moonlighting as a student of Business at the International University of Monaco, eventually led him to New York to study Photography at Parsons School of Design. His work has been featured in PDN, American Photo, Hotshoe, B & W Magazine, The Sunday New York Times and the British Journal of Photography. Editioned Gelatin Silver prints are on view at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, NYC. Damion Berger was one of 100 photographers invited to participate in Review Santa Fe 2009.
Damion Berger Website
Bonni Benrubi Gallery: Hot Fun In The Summer Time to September 5th

WILLIAM L. CASTLEMAN: Astrophotography

M-31 Andromeda Galaxy (Click Images to Enlarge)
Photograph (c) William L. Castleman/All rights reserved

M-101 Pinwheel Galaxy in Ursa Major
Photograph (c) William L. Castleman/All rights reserved

M-104 Sombrero Galaxy in Virgo
Photograph (c) William L. Castleman/All rights reserved

M-8 Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius
Photograph (c) William L. Castleman/All rights reserved

Castleman with telescopes for the 2009 Texas Star Party

The Milky Way Rises Over 2009 Texas Star Party: View Time Lapse Video
William L. Castleman Website

Friday, August 21, 2009


from Living Stone, Dying River/100 Eyes Magazine
(c) Khaled Hasan/All rights reserved
from Children of the Black Dust/100 Eyes Magazine
Photograph (c) Shehzad Noorani/All rights reserved
from The Stone Throwers/100 Eyes Magazine
(c) Tanvir Ahmed/All rights reserved

“Pathshala is far more than teaching photography. Pathshala is about using the language of images to bring about social change.”

ANDY LEVIN is a photographer living in New Orleans, Louisiana and a former contributing photographer at Life Magazine and Black Star. In 2007 Levin was a finalist for the Eugene Smith Grant for Documentary Photography. 100 Eyes Magazine is edited, written, (beautifully) designed and programmed by Levin.

SHAHIDUL ALAM founded the Drik Picture Library in 1989 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography, taking advantage of a World Press Photo initiative. Most of the photographers showing work in this issue of 100Eyes went to Pathshala or taught there.

rom Andy Levin's Introduction: "Alam and his fellow teachers, along with the World Press folks including Robert Pledge of Contact Press, have done a fantastic job. The students are exposed to classic photojournalism, poring over old issues of Life and National Geographic. Having spent hours going through the Drik archives I can testify to the training of the photographers– they always look for the single image that tells the whole story."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kayla...Billings West .....2010 // Laurel, MT photographer

Kayla was the easiest senior ever!! So cute and full of fun poses and expressions:)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

PAUL McDONOUGH: NYC in 35mm b/w

Priest With Dark Glasses, NYC, 1970
(c) Paul McDonough/All rights reserved, Courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery
Blind Man, Old Woman, Hari Krishnas, NYC, 1972
(c) Paul McDonough/All rights reserved, Courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery
5th Avenue Parade, Group of Men and Boy, NYC, 1969
(c) Paul McDonough/All rights reserved, Courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery
Photograph by Garry Winogrand of Tod Papageorge
helping a lady across the street, with Paul McDonough on the right

PAUL McDONOUGH documented life in New York City in 35mm black and white during the late 60's and early 70's. His images capture the "improv theater" feel the city streets had at that time. His introduction into the photography scene, including workshops with Garry Winogrand, came through fellow photographer Tod Papageorge. It's probably fair to say Papageorge influenced McDonough to get into photography after his earlier career as a studio painter. They had known each other literally since kindergarten and grade school. When Tod was 12, his family moved to a house just across the street from Paul's.

In the late 60's and 70's, you would find McDonough, Tod Papageorge, Garry Winogrand and Joel Meyerowitz in the Museum of Modern Art cafe
deep in discussion. Before the 2000 MOMA expansion that now brings visitors in by the hordes, the MOMA cafe and sculptor garden was the nicest place in NYC to hang out over coffee. Beautifully designed by Philip Johnson, it had just the right atmosphere. On any given day you could find yourself sitting next to Cartier-Bresson at one table and sculptor Claes Oldenburg at another.

McDonough has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Dreyfus Corporation and many other public and private collections. He's taught photography at Yale University, Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design and Fordham University. Expect Paul McDonough's book New York, 1968-1978 to be published by Umbrage Editions in 2010.

He is represented by Sasha Wolf Gallery

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

MATTHIAS VRIENS-McGRATH: Matthew Avedon in the Maldives

Matthew Avedon, the Maldives. Photograph (c) Matthias Vriens-McGrath

Matthew Avedon, the Maldives. Photograph (c) Matthias Vriens-McGrath

Matthew Avedon, the Maldives. Photograph (c) Matthias Vriens-McGrath

MATTHIAS VRIENS-McGRATH is a NYC/LA based Dutch fashion and fine art photographer. His signature style "uses humorous erotic overtones to inject personality and wit" into his photographs. Matthias has had solo exhibitions in NYC and the Netherlands. In addition to his work as a photographer, he has also been Creative Director of Giorgio Armani and Senior Art Director at the Gucci Group.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

INES D'OREY: Porto Interior

Casa da Música (c) Ines d'Orey/All rights reserved

Piscina de Campanhă (c) Ines d'Orey/All rights reserved

Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro (c) Ines d'Orey/All rights reserved

These images are part of an ongoing project, the result of my interest in strange and, at the same time, familiar spaces. They are the result of an urban experience, the experience of Porto, the city where I was born and where I live.
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INES d'OREY was born in the northern Portuguese city of Porto. She was educated at the London College of Printing and won the FNAC Award for Talents in Photography in 2007. Her ongoing project "Porto Interior" comprises a series of large-format photographs of public places in Porto. Using a series of photographic manipulations, d'Orey alters the urban motifs to impose the atmosphere she finds appropriate. Her aim is to capture the spirit of the place and intensify it so that it seems to have origin in another world. "They become images of mysterious transit zones, imbued with a melancholy beauty." Ines d'Orey was one of 100 photographers invited to participate in Review Santa Fe 2009. Her website.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Specular Rays

A September '08 morning at Trout Lake Park here in Vancouver.

Kelli and Kirk's wedding is almost done!! //Billings, MT wedding photographer

So most of you wedding peeps know I am running a tad behind....... Kelli and Kirk have been patiently waiting to see the final product:) The slideshow is going up this evening!!!!