Joshua Tree National Park Calendar 2018

 While I was working with 2 clients in Palm Springs and at the Joshua Tree National Park, I discovered that the gift shop didn't have any coffee mugs for sale.  Of course, that led me to the opportunity to make mugs with my images on them. And that's how I was asked to make a calendar for the Joshua Tree National Park as well. 

After months of working on a short film, I finally got a chance to make that calendar. Hopefully they will like it as much as I had fun making it.

Sand & Sea Photo Exhibit Swept San Francisco!!

June 3, 2017 the day after our successful Sand & Sea Photo Exhibit with Laura Wais at the Canessa Gallery in San Francisco,I take a deep breath & reflect. It was a beautiful blend of images of the glowing desert and the watery magical sea.

Moscow Mule served with an umbrella and lime while guest were enjoying the artwork and poetry by SicatriX. Both men and women seemed to be floating back and forth to see all the different images created by me & Laura Wais. We want to thank everyone that came to our show and supported our art, life and love.

Your Place. Your Shoot™: Fresno/Gary

I love it when I can combine my love of photography and traveling together. Gary, a very talented singer from New Delhi, reached out to me when I was traveling to Fresno, California. He wanted some photos to use for his new album. The camera definitely loves him!

Check his awesome music video -> 'DESIFORNIA' 

Contact Me to Shoot Your Next Album Cover or Portrait: HERE

Chyanti First Look!

Veemsen Lama, the director, sends me the first edit of Chyanti yesterday. First, I couldn't believe how beautiful the film looked, the mountains and scenery looked as breath taking as it did when I was there and the timeless tale fills my heart with warmth and longing. Each frame was made with love and hard work and I couldn't wait to see the next scene. I want to say what thank you to everyone that worked on this beautiful and powerful story. I'm looking forward to the day when I'm sitting in the auditorium with Chyanti's cast and crew and I hear  ‘the winner is…’ 

CAST

Shyam Khadka...Father

Babita Tamang...Mother

Sangita Tamang...Sani

Kaushal Pandit...Goat Seller

PRODUCERS

Veemsen Lama...director

Sampada Malla...screenwriter & executive producer

Tom Cullingham...producer

Ashok Yadav...producer

Bobby Pin...executive producer 

Roger Cullingham...associate producer

Brent Curless...associate producer

Oliwia Siem...associate producer

Peter Stelzhammer...associate producer

Jeff Tobak...associate producer

Kevin Wallace...associate producer

CREW

Arran Green...director of photography

Kaushal Pandit...production manager

Bimba Adhikari...first assistant director

Peet Denny...best boy electric

Michael Ling...sound editor

Ben Winwood...music

Biki Gurung...editor

Joseph Bicknell...colorist

Niel Chiu...storyboard artist

SPECIAL THANKS

Eyaz Chishty...special thanks

Nicholas Collins...special thanks

Marie Dubreuil...special thanks

Jim Pearson...special thanks

David Stelfox...special thanks

Stuart Tunstall...special thanks

Gope Walker...special thanks

Barbara Webb...special thanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016 Reviewer Feedback

A couple days ago I get this great feedback from LensCulture on five portraits that I've sent to them. After attending the College of the Arts & Crafts and earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts, critiques are a standard and I welcome it with open arms. I grow from critiques and it feels meaningful & valuable to me that someone took the time to evaluate my work. 

"I can definitely see the film influence on your work. I think its interesting to think about the difference between how films work and how still photos work and where the overlapping aesthetics are. In some of the above images your film aesthetic works with the ideas to create an effective still image--"

"However in the first image and the third image there is too much implied by a suggested narrative, the image itself doesn't carry me. This is to do with the fact that much of the importance in the image is in the shadows. (see notes above)."

"I'm also struck by how all your images are of men, while men tend to feature in films where they can be more subjective themselves, people seem to photograph men less in still images where they become objects. Is this something you've considered or is it just a coincidence?"

... David Campany's Art and Cinema and Vision Anew By Charles Traub and Adam Bell both address ideas around still photography and cinema and the overlapping and differences between them. I would suggest that you look at these as well as the work in the Directoral Mode", I feel like you don't necessarily need/want to make work like that, but I think it would be useful to be well-versed in their language. Good luck I think you have the potential to make a lot more engaging images."

"The picture of the man in the Mickey Mouse ears has a snap shot aesthetic and the use of color elevates it to something more. It reminds me of Martin Parr's work--which if you don't know you should look up."

"I think your last picture, 5 is particularly striking and it works as a still image, the ideas are conveyed through the picture...The final image is sensitive and engaging in a way that I do not see that often with men."

Thank you LensCulture!!

Sin City Gallery 12" of Sin Juried Show (NSFW)

I'm super excited about being in this show at Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas. Owner Dr. Laura Henkel greets me with a warm hug when I arrive. Her incredible staff: Paloma Solamente, Patrick Lai and Will Shea are super friendly and fills the room with electricity. 

As I meander through the huge space, I meet and talk to other artists in the building. I immediately fell in love with Alexander P. Huerta's work. He is unrolling his paintings on the floor as we talk about his work and his life. I think I need more wall space in my house. 

"That is the best thing that ever happened to my artwork!" says Joel Spencer from #222space, as my sister gently nestle herself into his artwork 'Metamorphosis'. 

Then I hit the MotherLode at the 12' of Sin Show! Max Koo! Max's photography mixes the inspiration classics with The Sister of Perpetual Indulgence® and the results are just heavenly. 

Thank you Dr. Laura Henkel, Paloma Solamente, Patrick Lai, Will Shea and Sin City Gallery.  See You NeXt Year!! 

Small Crew, Big Location, Solid Script -> CHYANTI

Who knew within 24 hours I would be greeted with beautiful traditional silk Nepalese scarves around my neck from (director) Veemsen Lama of Javija Films and (producers) Tom Cullingham, Hupu Ashok Yadav and (screenwriter) Sampada Malla (both just finished Bollywood's Kerry On Kutton - soon to be release feature).

The next day I'm back at the airport to help pick up (DP) Arran Green and (Location Sound) Michael Ling and then we whisk away to Sampada's Dad's (Ashesh Malla) Famous Acting Theatre in Kathmandu. We meet (PM) Causall Vedder and (AD) Bimba Adh for pre production on CHYANTI.

Up the next morning at 4:30AM to load the truck with camera and light gear and 10 hours on a curvy bumpy road to the mountains, Mustang - North of Kathmandu.  Next day we are immediately on a tight shooting schedule due to uncooperative weather, people getting sick, working with both kids and animals, not having enough of the right kind of lights, crowd control that is out of control, etc. 

A week later and it's a WRAP!! I wouldn't trade my life with anyone. I feel so lucky to be working with an amazing and hard working cast and crew. I feel so blessed and fortunate to be given a tiny role in helping independent filmmakers, storytellers and artists to get a chance to have a voice in this world that can make a big difference.