Monthly Archive for September, 2012

back home in carolina from new york where here things are just more laid back…as in ny, i shoot a lot at home…the 200 year old oak tree in my back woods always a great climbing tree…melissa can climb with the best

back home from new york where things just more laid in ny, i shoot a lot at home...the 200 year old oak tree in my back woods always a great climbing tree...melissa can climb with the best

Gaston Lacombe – Captive

Gaston Lacombe


In zoos all around the world, visitors go to admire some of the most beautiful, rare or fierce creatures on Earth, but often fail to notice the deplorable habitats in which they are kept.

I have been gathering pictures from zoos all around for the last three years. I like most zoos — I really do. Some zoos need to be congratulated for making great efforts at conserving endangered species, providing shelter to animals who could not otherwise survive and educating the public on ecological issues.

However, even in the best zoos, there are animals that are stuck in cement enclosures too small for their needs, or in rooms where the only vegetation they see are the plants painted on the wall. I’ve seen animals living in cages where they cannot even sit up, or have no access to daylight or clean water. At these moments, I feel guilty for supporting a system that treats animals cruelly, and at these moments, I take pictures.




Gaston Lacombe is a photographer and filmmaker, originally from the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

He has left his footprints all over the globe, including living in Latvia for 12 years, and is presently based in Washington DC. He completed his Professional Photography degree at the Center for the Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University (Washington DC campus), and also has studied at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. level in History.

He specializes mostly in documentary projects that have taking him to all corners of the planet. This includes an art residency in Antarctica with the government of Argentina in early 2012. His work has been shown in PDN magazine, the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, and many other publications. His photos have also been exhibited in solo and group shows in North America and Europe, including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.


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I mostly take pictures at home as here in my apt in NY. I am driving tomorrow morn to Carolina and more cat pictures.

I mostly take pictures at home as here in my apt in NY. Headed tmrrw morn to Carolina and more cat pictures.

Red Bucket

I have always loved the freshman art class assignment to go shoot “found art”…. So, while taking a break from the “must do’s” that are raining down on me, I went for the rain on the roof. I turned the found art into a manufactured sequence. I just could not help myself. Just too too symbolic to pass up. I mean, I even use this scene in my classes, with my students. I have it as a wine glass in class, but you get the idea. The edge is the only interesting place to be. The risk is over the edge. Balance is the game. No danger, no gain.

window graffiti in my …

window graffiti in my ...

window graffiti in my building only now serving as a test instagram for my new Road Trips page on Burn Magazine. We want to be able to post here on instagram and on my page simultaneous. .. testing one two three

Edite Haberman – It’s a Girl

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Edite Haberman

It’s a Girl

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The visual story of a childless woman.

“It’s a Girl” started as a simple exercise and transformed itself into a potent self exploration through visual expressions of longing and loss. It is a conceptual story of childhood, motherhood, and the absence of children – a tragedy of the thwarted wish for children and the loss that this can signify.

There’s no lesson, there’s no cry; just an attempt for the need to express what no medium can, what no words or time could ever color, what no dreams or images could ever realize.

The indoor images were shot between bed sheets and bedspreads much like children in bed. The outdoor images were shot either on strollers or children’s playgrounds. Vintage doll heads sit on swings and slides that are not fully revealed – swinging, sliding, falling and playing as if they were children.

Being childless is a condition that society does not understand, nor has been able so far to accept. Being childless when one does not want to be, is an emptiness that cannot be explained. I am attempting to explain it through my images.



After studying architecture in Buenos Aires, Edite immigrated to the US where she received a degree in graphic design. She went to work for international advertising agencies in Los Angeles and San Francisco as an art director. Later she studied and graduated in film and directed and produced short as well as video and TV campaigns. After purchasing a DSLR camera a few years ago for an European trip, she went to study with some of the world’s finest photographers. “Photography for me is the culmination of all my experiences in architecture, design, film and art direction. It all comes together and this is where my passion is”.

Edite has been exhibiting her fine art and documentary photography in galleries and juried shows in the US and in Europe. Her project “It’s a Girl” won a honorable mention in 2011 from the International Photography Awards and an official selection from IPA in 2009. It also won a spotlight award from Color Magazine in 2011 and it’s been featured at OpenShow in 2012. Images from “It’s a Girl” have been exhibited in different galleries in California as well as in Europe. She has been the recipient of multiple awards for her other projects in documentary photography.

Edite is currently working on a book of “It’s a Girl” and has started the second part of this project – a documentary project that will follow this conceptual work. Her vision is to bring awareness at a national and international level about the stigma of involuntary childlessness. Her mission: to interview and portray women from different parts of the world who have experienced similar heartbreak with infertility and are living with it. She will document their stories and experiences – and through her images, Edite expects to put a face on a condition that still remains largely hidden and shameful.

Edite also works as a portrait and lifestyle photographer for private, editorial and corporate clients.


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dark chrystal pays a visit to the outer banks…i followed her self-portraits on Instagram…asked her if i could shoot one of my own…did this and then others….

I will photograph Dark Chrystal with her mother for part of my Off For A Family Drive essay. What I am doing right now with this is thinking thinking and experimenting a bit with how I am going to do this work. Establishing parameters, or perhaps eliminating “parameters” totally. At the beginning of any new work one must first decide on the “size of the canvas” so to speak.

My dear friend Renata Tavares from Rio has just arrived in New York, her first visit. She seems to like it so far.

My dear friend Renata Tavares from Rio has just arrived in New York, her first visit. She seems to like it so far

I will start posting my own work/life on Road Trips over in the right hand column. I am here no more. Just click there if you dare…

Antoine D’Agata…Motel 6…Bismarck N Dakota


Our road trip across America officially starts on October 1…We are trying to decide now whether we go from east to west or west to east…It doesn’t really matter. Nor does it really matter if we even make it across. All the way is a loose goal but not a requirement. The only “must”  is that I manage a few good images. Off For A Family Drive is most surely based on family. That is the whole point. Yet “family” is loosely interpreted. Panos Skoulidas, Antoine D’Agata and I were most certainly a bonded family as we crossed North Dakota last spring as part of Magnum’s Looking for America project. We laughed together , we got so so frustrated together, we got scared together, and we suffered together. Our project pretty much fell through. Antoine did not take a single picture for it, and I took very few. Busted. It happens. At the same time, we became friends. Sure we were friends before, but we became the kind of friends you become when stuff goes wrong.

You find out about people when things go wrong.

Things will go wrong on the trip upcoming. We know damn well they will. That’s ok. We just need more right than wrong. So I am stacking the deck for right, but with a team that can handle wrong.

Candy Pilar Godoy, my first assistant in New York, and muse for (based on a true story) and I are building a team for the trek across. Panos will join us at some point to shoot video, help drive , and just do his best to do what he always does and put things right out there on the edge. Candy and I have obviously collaborated a lot. First in the Rio shooting itself, and later in the editing process where she proved herself a terrific editor as we created the Rio book along with Eva-Maria Kunz, Diego Orlando and Bryan my first born. So that was a family too. We have since traveled to Australia for the opening of (based on a true story), to Look3,  and France for a projection at Arles of Tell It Like It Is, my first published family story.

This audience can watch it all here. Just like the audience that followed us for the making of the Rio book, you can see how I try to build a narrative etc for Family Drive. Sure a diary, but hopefully educational in nature for all. Just like with Rio, I am now looking at a blank canvas. I got nothing going. Nothing. Not a picture yet. 6 weeks in front of me and not only nothing , but with this audience watching. You can watch me nosedive to earth!  For sure some of it will be a disaster as was our trip to North Dakota.

On the other hand, I like the hard edge. The abyss. The fear. The ecstasy. Why do you think I even do this?

Find out more. Join us on Oct 1 (more or less) and we will show you how it is done. I am joking of course. I have no clue what will happen nor how I will do it. Not a clue. I wake up in the middle of the night now thinking about it. Fear? Oh sure. Yet not of expectations from this audience. Fear of my own expectations is THE fear. Even my pictures of others are often almost emotionally self portraits perhaps expressed above with Antoine.

This could be epic, this could be another disaster. I have failed regularly throughout life. Mostly failed actually. Yet that is part of the deal. Part of the art. The way I like it. Going bad. Going.




I am bringing back Road Trips, my original online blog,  for this audience. This picture of Michelle Madden Smith (iPhone Instagram direct to here ) kicks off our testing for this new page which will mostly in the next few weeks concentrate on our upcoming , Off For A Family Drive, across the U.S. trip.  Focusing on a loose interpretation of American families. What does Michelle have to do with a family theme? Well, she is part of my family. Michelle, yoga guru extraordinaire, is my son Bryan’s right hand and life partner. She helps keep things straight for me as well having produced some of my workshops, ad campaigns, and tries her very best to keep me out of trouble. Michelle is also my neighbor, living just down the street. If you come to the Bubble Lounge event on Monday, you will meet Michelle. A more complete person you will not find.