2005/6-hanna rides the max fish pony… nyc
for my first time shooting a kapital catalog i pretty much just shot my friends in my neighborhood, the lower east side of manhattan. this is still one of my favorite photos.
2005/9- my dad with my motorcycles… ohio
for this shooting kiro and the crew slept at my dad’s farm in tents. every night there was an amazing bbq with plenty of beer. i think we were only actually sleeping 2 or 3 hours each night, what with the bonfires, the drunken ballad singing and the rickety tents.
2005/12- break dancer in jeans… okinawa
this is the only book i’ve shot for kapital in japan. i went to check out some japanese hula dancers and ended up discovering these breakdancing boys nearby. scouting is pretty much like that, you never know what might turn up.
2006/3- my hooligan sailor friends… the Philippines
for our first big adventure i took kiro to the philippines. just to get to the island required several airplane flights, a boat ride, motorcycles and even a short trip carried on the backs of local natives. our shoot there was a good example of everything falling into place. a nice blend of the clothing, the people, the props and the location.
2006/6- real cowboy rides like a bat out of hell… hawaii
i love shooting horses and i love shooting total badasses so this photo pretty much combines those two passions. these cowboys were amazing to work with. one of them had just broken his neck so the entire day was filled with cowboy “broke back” jokes. but it was kinda sad, you know, because his neck was really broken.
2006/9- matt has power… nyc
the kapital hell’s kitchen photo shoot was once again filled with friends, nightly parties, super loud neighbor shaking jam sessions and morning hangovers galore. when bunny saw that i shot 99% of the catalog with a dinky point & shoot looking camera she thought i was some kind of charlatan or con artist… well, some things haven’t changed.
2006/12- one old man’s last stand in the apocalypse… california
for this kapital shoot i had a story stuck in my head. i envisioned an alien invasion and the plight of survivors after the end of the world. a jet fighter pilot who ran out of fuel and fell out of the sky, biomorphic alien invaders and then this one old cowboy who had lost everyone he loved making a doomed and tragic last stand. a science-fiction fairy tale is kinda out there for a clothing catalog and i really appreciate kiro letting me go for it.
2007/3- supermodel alien at elephant’s sanctorium… thailand
after having been going to thailand for ten years it was a good time to take kapital there. the great thing about thailand is the unbelievably overwhelming amount of beautiful girls. well, and then there’s the temples, the back alleys, the buddhas, the food and… elephants!
2007/6- sunny and her teepee… new york state
this kapital catalog was shot entirely in my friend’s back yard once again using friends as models. my friend kyle did a surprise bigfoot appearance which inspired me to write a bigfoot short story that was included in the book.
2007/9- gotta love girls who love the sea… hawaii
this was the zillionth time i had gone to hawaii and the second kapital shooting there. we were fortunate to work once again with my local friend wendell and just as fortunate to have found this amazingly beautiful local girl. well, hawaii is kinda like that.
2008/1- king of the sea gypsies… thailand
when i was introduced to the king of the sea gypsies he showed me his boat and it was sadly not quite kapital material. i sketched my fantasy gypsy boat on a brown paper bag and told him i’ll be back in a week to do a fashion photo shoot and gave him some money to build my dream boat with. a week later he had made waiting for me. just one more example of why i love thailand and it’s people.
2008/5- keeping it real… alaska
twenty years ago in alaska i worked an 18 hour shift, 7 days a week, no days off. one of my friends was almost decapitated, one of my friends was killed and another friend of mine was beaten so badly in a knife fight he was flown to seattle by helicopter and was never seen again. at the end of that season i fell asleep and woke up three days later.
so returning to alaska to shoot a fashion catalog was strange bordering on surrealistic. there were moments i was once again awed by the splendor of our last frontier and other times i was frozen by the sudden appearance of a nearly forgotten ghost. but i was able to put all of my personal first hand experiences to genuine use and in this way i hope to have honored my long lost, broken and deceased friends.
2008/9- old, blind and beautiful… new mexico
when I finished high school i high tailed it to new mexico. twenty five years ago men still caroused the streets with side arm pistols and giant bowie knives strapped to their belts. real life cowboys and indians mingled together on the main avenue. my friend and i rode horses on the streets mixed with the cars and sometimes were chased by packs of wild dogs at full gallop. i feel like perhaps i witnessed the last gasp of an era which now only exists in dreams and fantasies. new mexico is still the place that i am most proud to have called my home.
2009/1- massai women and their children wander away… tanzania
the kapital shoot in tanzania was the first time we went to a place that was new and unfamiliar to me. it was the first time i had been on the african continent and each day was truly an adventure. the people of tanzania were amazing hosts, models and friends!
2009/5- viking funeral… iceland
when the sun never sets its easy to forget to sleep and then because you’re partying with a biker gang all night it’s easy to wake up in the lobby of your hotel delirious and naked… just saying.
2009/9- thayna imitates sugarloaf… rio de janeiro
i always wanted to shoot in brazil and this was my first time. the kapital crew actually staid in one of the infamous favelas and yes, occasionally there were gunshots and bullets to dodge and this is not an exaggeration. But the people were friendly, the scenery beautiful and the food was out of this world.
2010/1- thor and jerome, tough travelers… bali
kapital went all the way to bali and my favorite photo is two dudes in kiro’s hotel room. well, it’s all about the props… i spent two months gathering vintage diving gear, watches, underwater cameras and anything else intrepid scuba-diving travelers would use. but trust me, bali is an amazing place and we spent very little time in our rooms.
2010/5- kyle skis down mt. hood in a blizzard… oregon
it would have been smart and more time efficient to prop up fake skiers in dramatic skiing positions, but kiro insisted on shooting real skiing action. kyle was required to ski down the mountain at full speed in a blizzard and then had to hike back up the slope in heavy wet denim at least two dozen times. when ever i require the services of a real man… i call kyle.
2010/9- multicultural holiday joy… ohio
i think kiro wanted a good bbq so he requested to return to ohio. shooting for the second time in the back field of my father’s farm was definitely not the most exciting location for me. well thank little jingle belled baby jesus that anousha, lea and kazzie found their way to ohio! suddenly my dad’s farm was a little more exotic.
2011/1- smokers… morocco
deja vu… kapital went all the way to morocco and my favorite photo is jerome and his cohorts sitting around on an old rug. morocco is beautiful and stunning, the light is unbelievable, but these guys’ suaveness is just too irresistible.
2011/5- mountain nomads walking their dog… colorado
colorado was an accidental location chosen at the last minute. as it turned out it was an incredible place to shoot. there was just a pervasive feeling of warmth and integrity that made everything about it special. the local people were genuinely enthused to be a part of the kapital experience and even when we had “bad” weather it was good luck.
2011/9- beach gang, up to no good… australia
I love the beach and i love shooting at the beach. As it turned out i also really loved australia. kiro and the kapital crew loved it as well. the people are phenomenally friendly and are always ready to have a good time. once again, we were really fortunate to have ended up in a spectacular place. what a great nation they have there!
Thanks to Nicola Corl for all the wonderful hair and make-up, all the local coordinators who helped with scouting, all the models and street cast people, the kapital crew for all their hard work and of course kapital, kiro and his father for providing me with the opportunity to take so many photos in these diverse and wide spread locales!!!