All of my photography projects for art and music in 2017 will be prioritized behind the launch and establishment of my new photo booth company Kool Booth. Please take a minute to visit that site and you will see the photographs I am capable of creating with my custom-built photo booth are truly Hollywood red-carpet quality.
I forgot to post this when it went debuted on Christmas Day. The last of my three videos for the Shagwüf debut album. Lots of hair in this video, some Cheetos in said hair and some cool friends making amusing cameos. Shot in Staunton, Crozet and Charlottesville.
Last week The Hold Steady played a four night run of sold out shows at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City and I was there to capture some of the highlights in this Flickr set. My personal highlight from the week may have been Patrick from Titus Andronicus and Emilyn Brodsky dueting on “Chillout Tent”. So much so, I made a small photo album of just that song.
RVA Magazine in Richmond debuted the new Shagwüf video I shot and directed. They interviewed me and Sally Rose about the Shagwüf debut album, our latest video starring Opal Lechmanski, and why demanding LGBTQ-friendly, all-inclusive shows is non-negotiable. Shagwüf will love you, baby. Shagwüf has love for all. Here is the video:
The PBS show “Hey Virginia!” did a feature on my “Moonlight Silhouettes II” exhibit with an interview and behind the scenes footage. Check it out by clicking this link to the PBS website.
Sally Rose of The Sally Rose Band and Shagwüf is Whurk Magazine’s November Pin-up of the Month with photos by yours truly. Centerfold is Sally Rose coming off the top rope and if you click on “View Slideshow” from this link Sally Rose in Whurk you can see the whole set.
“Moonlight Silhouettes II” will be on display (and for sale, hint) in the Trager Brothers Coffee 2.0 space in the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Afton, VA from November 1st through December 30th. Join us on Saturday, November 5th from 6-9pm for a magical evening at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains for music, art & spirits. Nelson County’s own Sally Rose and Sweet Pete Stallings will play acoustic sets and refreshments will be served. All of the photographs will be available for purchase and 20% of all artwork sales will benefit the non-profit community organization Friends of Nelson.
The Creating Process.com followed my “Moonlight Silhouettes II” project from construction through the first opening of the exhibit and their photos and short video can be seen here :: thecreatingprocess.com/creators/rich. Thank you to Guillermo Ubilla for the nice piece and especially cool photographs of our crew at work back in July. The exhibit will also be shown in November and December with an opening event on Saturday, November 5th. Details coming soon.
The opening of “Moonlight Silhouettes II – This Serious Moonlight” is Saturday, August 27th at the GallerIX of IX Art Park from 5-9pm. Also going on at that same time on the adjacent outdoor stage is the 2016 kickoff concert for the free WTJU / Leviit AMP Fall concert series featuring Grammy Award winning Los Texmaniacs from Austin TX. There will be plenty of beer and wine available as well as several of Charlottesville’s finest food trucks.
To recap the project for those unfamiliar: this work is created using a unique technique on a large scale and is an original collaboration with my daring aerialist friends utilizing a large constructed stage, intense lighting, complicated aerialist rigging and a massive diffusion screen that creates the silhouette effect. A preview is below.
The third installment in our “The _______ and the Sword” collaboration with the beautiful Opal Lechmanski finds her fending off a pack of wild dogs. You know what comes next. Shot in the performance space at IX Art Park with Brian Wimer.