It was a long, hot, Ka’anapali day last week when we shot the next fashion spread for Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine. The sun feels much closer to the earth on that side of the island, even though it was partially eclipsed the day of our shoot. The fashion issue doesn’t hit the stands until July so we can’t show any images that will give anything away. However, I can’t show NOTHING. I’ve been doing SOMETHING and part of my job is to show the world what I’ve been busy doing. I re-shot some of my behind-the-scenes images and messed them up a bit so no one can really see the colors and styling that will be in the July issue. I think I’ll be doing more of this digital, messing up of images. Feels like I’m back in the darkroom, just without the smell of fixer, sodium ferrocyanide and selenium toner. Bonus!
Goats are cool. I had no idea. They’re like dogs – friendly and affectionate. Maybe you wouldn’t want a goat to cuddle up with you on your couch or bed, but you can’t produce cheese or milk from dogs. Or maybe … no, gross, stop wondering. I shot these for Hana Hou Magazine and totally enjoyed my tour of the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm in Kula. The owners, Thomas and Eva, love their goats. They all have names, and it’s sweet to see Thomas and Eva interacting with them. If you’re ever on Maui, allow some time to check out their farm. They have a lovely cafe where you can sample the goat cheese, and truffles! The truffles were very tasty. Here are some shots from that sunny day. (Check out that caramel colored,billy goat in the upper right of first frame – I think he’s sticking his tongue out at me.)
One day soon, I’ll have a slew of these shots from our weekend, leisurely breakfasts… and then, I’ll…well, I’ll have a slew of breakfast table shots. Maybe I’ll have a break-through. Yeah, this series will lead to another, amazing series. Lunch plates, perhaps? By the way, have laptops replaced the morning paper for you all?
Have you heard of First World Problems? Ryan Higa, of Nigahiga Youtube fame is the guy who created that buzz. Check him out. He looks like a teen heart-throb, he’s smart, witty, mellow, spazzy. He’s many things. Young and talented is a great combo. I had fun photographing him at his parent’s house in Hilo, for Hana Hou Magazine. Keep an eye on him…
The bike story is out! Inside the April/May issue of Hana Hou! Magazine lies the story of bicyclists who come to Maui and Hawaii to train. These are pros, olympians, semi-pros, and the very committed cyclists who want to train with the pros. The main characters are: Ryder Hesdejal’s Maui Cycling Camp, Donnie Arnoult and his Maui Cyclery crew in Paia, the Big Island’s Hawaii Cycling Club, pro-cyclists: Svein Tuft, Tyler Farrar, Dre Hestler, Seamus McGrath and Big Island resident Penn Henderson. Another main component of the Maui Cycling Camp is Cody Graham of Media One Multimedia, Inc.
So folks, those are the particulars. For me, it was a blast to shoot. Every day was different – the weather, the road, the mood… The riders were completely inspiring. Hanging out of a car window, the back of a truck, squatting in the middle of the road and hunkering down in bushes along the roadside to get some shots where the cyclists whiz by in seconds – was an excellent adventure. After six days of shooting I’m sharing a lot of photos. I became more acutely aware of the asphalt, the texture of the road, every slight incline, curve, potholes, and the sky. Traveling by bike is the most beautiful way to connect with the places and spaces we live in and move through. Go get one and get on it. This story confirms my big desire to ride my bike across the mainland. More on that later…
For the most part, these are not the images you’ll see in the magazine. This is my edit, showing my experience. Thanks to all involved for letting me be a fly on the “road” , (and for not crushing me).
Now get on that bike and ride!
I used to experiment with film and paper in the darkroom. Tonight I’m experimenting with my iPhone and my images on my laptop. I know, probably everyone does this. Whatever. I’m experimenting. Feels good to play a little…
This is a shot of an image I shot while photographing cyclists riding around the island. I was hanging out the passenger window of a truck, shooting away on this curve. I was laughing as I looked through camera seeing these hitchhikers looking at me whizzing by.
(Just playing. Just saying. Just…I should go to bed now.)