Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Speaker Ralston

My photo story on Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston just hit the mailbox:

I blogged about this shoot back in December. Speaker Ralston is one of the rare subjects of importance who will give you more than five minutes of his time!

Friday, February 11, 2011

F.W. Guerin

This lovely portrait is by the American portrait photographer F.W. Guerin, of St. Louis, c. 1899.

I dug around to find out a bit about him, and came up with his business card. Pretty fancy!

A couple more from Mr. Fitz:

This last image reminds me again of how photographers of the past -- many of them now rendered anonymous -- were incredible artisans of light and form.

The lack of craft and thought in portrait photography today is pandemic, and it is unfortunately on display almost everywhere you look. I have a B&W portrait of myself and my sister that was made at an Olan Mills studio sometime around 1970. The quality of lighting, printing and expression in this tiny little photograph is utterly perfect, and would shame most "professional" photographers today. From Olan Mills, I tell ya! 

If you'd like to see more of F.W. Guerin's work, you can hit the Library of Congress Photography Archive and search his name.

Sometimes looking backward is the best way of looking forward.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


"Walker, does Harry Potter turn all of the bad guys into bacon?"

"No, Tillman."


Saturday, December 25, 2010

O Tannenbaum

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me 
When oft at joyous Christmas-time
Your form inspires my song and rhyme.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me
- O Tannenbaum, anonymous English variant

In a delightful annual ritual one of our neighbors posts a lovely Christmas tree at the end of her driveway. For eight years, we have driven by this simple display and found in it a quiet perfection, a true spirit of Christmas amidst all the giant inflatable snowmen.

Over those years, I have tried many times to photograph this tree and capture what it is that makes it so special. Photographs can never quite tell the true story of its beauty, but let's try anyway.

Merry Christmas to you!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

As I was Saying...

Sorry about the long time, no blog. We've been crazy busy with a bunch of commercial projects the last ten days, but we are pretty much wrapped with those clients and hitting the fall portrait season on all cylinders. 

Jumping off the last post, here are some great dog portraits I made for our wonderful friends over at Wag-a-Lot, Atlanta's best doggie day care. Can you tell I love dogs? :-)

Lots more to come. Stay tuned...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Squirrel, Gone

As previously noted, squirrels seem to have a death wish. They dart out in the road, do a little dance, and try to make you squash them flat.

But my previous experience with the fuzzy tailed rodents could not prepare me for a spectacular act of squirrel suicide this past Saturday.

We were traveling down LaVista road on the way to Till's soccer game, when a crazed squirrel goes running towards the street. I saw him coming, and managed to slow down and swerve just before he leapt with geometric, kung-fu movie precision, his arc landing him at Point X on LaVista Road a nanosecond before my tire passed over it.

Gone. Stupid squirrel. Totally ruined my morning.

This is probably the sixth squirrel I've run over in my life. If you take that as the average, then multiply by the number of drivers on the road, it's a miracle there are any squirrels left.

Anyhow, here's a funny picture of a squirrel drinking beer: