Last 10 Minutes
We arrived at the ball park at 4:30, over two hours before the first pitch. Jackson wants to be at there at the very moment the doors open. He is on the hunt for a ball. He gathers in the outfield with a growing group of kids who line up to try getting a ballI during batting practice. This picture was taken before Jackson got his first ball. Once he gets one I say a prayer to the baseball gods. They have made my night much easier. The game started around 9 after a two hour rain delay. We finally left around midnight having scored three balls, three autographs, a sweat towel and a sad loss by the Rockies. This one is for Wendy Snyder MacNeil. #unforgettableinstagram#shootyourlife Shot with #LeicaSL#ILoveCoorsField#coloradorockies
TWIP (This Week In Photography) podcast was just released this morning. It was recorded in Pittsburgh last month with Jenny Stein. We decided to record a conversation driving around my hometown - in the rain (there is the water theme again!). It is long - but hopefully entertaining. Thanks so much to Jenny for being so patient and persistent in making this happen.
First morning in Cannes. Ironing and thinking about a conversation last week with Eric Bruno. One of the greatest gifts my position as Artist in Residence with Instagram has afforded me is introductions to amazing people - both within and outside of Instagram. Eric (a brand consultant and professor in Boulder at CU) is a remarkable person who appeared at just the right moment with heaps of great clarity. We talk about what it is like being a creative in a world of engineers and financiers. Eric says, "creativity is making stories from the outliers." He explains, “Engineers and creatives both solve problems. Engineers solve problems in a technological way. Creatives solve problems in an emotional way. What engineers do is notice the little outliers but they discount them because they need testing that is solid, they need things they can trust, things that are sturdy. Creatives take outliers and show you how they are actually part of the equation and not something to be discounted. Engineers get it right. Creatives get it interesting.” Creatives also needs Eric Brunos. What a gift he has been for me. #unforgettableinstagram#shoootyourlife#canneslions2016
We were taking pictures last night, didn't stop when the rain came, then kept shooting through the afterglow. It was after a long hot day at the ballpark. The sky was like theater. Love getting a big new Canon 1DX Mark 2 soaked on it's first big outing. #unforgettableinstagram @shootyourlife
Ali for Sports Illustrated by Gregory Heisler05
Ali did not become the greatest by thinking of himself as "sort of" the greatest. He was not called "sort of" the greatest in his lifetime, or now that he is gone. Why does Mitch McConnell have such a hard time uttering the words "the greatest" without a qualifier? Why does Kentucky native McConnell on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, when asked about Ali respond, “He sort of moved beyond some of the controversial positions he took on early in life and he sort of became the most interesting man in the world.” McConnell is so "sort of" pathetic. What made Ali so great is that he had such clarity about who he was, had the courage to stand so bravely, and not have an ounce of "sort of" anywhere in him. One of the greatest sports portrait shootings ever - Ali for Sports Illustrated by Gregory Heisler - attached.
Teaching an 8 year old who REALLY REALLY wants a ball as the game heads into the 9th inning is a lesson in frustration. Then last night when Jackson suddenly scored a ball, I leaned over and said, "Bruce Springsteen says: faith will be rewarded." This morning we rode up a bigger hill than we ever had on our bikes. Jackson stopped halfway and leaned his head on the handlebars for a full minute, never looking up or talking. He then stood up and pedaled all the way. At the top I told him how proud I was of him. He looked over and said, "Dad, faith will be rewarded."
There are precious few shots with me on the other side of the lens. Here I held Jackson on the last day of second grade and Stephie took this shot. Jackson still lets me hold his hand when we are walking to school. It is the sweetest hand. Jackson puts so much love back into the world. It makes him vulnerable. It makes makes me so proud to watch how he shares.#unforgettableinstagram#shootyourlife
I went to Detroit for one day and got more love from the Facebook crew there than I could ever imagine. Irene Chen Jun wrote to me afterwards, "You truly approach your craft as if every picture you are about to take is going to be the most amazing picture you have ever taken" - which strikes at the heart of what I try to do everyday. At one point I was the only man in a room full of the most remarkable women - all with top marketing roles in the auto world. The room was hot - the AC had conked out - but the energy was electric. My job is to study people's eyes - and the women's eyes in this room were totally focussed, inspired and engaged in both doing amazing work and appreciating how hard it can be. They were not looking down into their devices, they were all looking up and holding onto every word from the speakers like Colleen Decourcy (who is totally amazing) and Stephanie Smeriglio Latham (who is also opening all kinds of doors). I love when any group gets together and empowers each other. These women are so incredibly passionate in a world that can be cold and unforgiving. I was a witness. Facebook organized the service. Everyone left having felt the spirit. Amen.
"We kind of get trained and educated to arm ourselves with who we are and with representing that. And there’s a place for that. But to walk through the world open to being surprised, and open to being surprised by people who are very different from us, opens all this possibility and it’s also more pleasurable than walking through the world armed and ready to judge, and thinking you know everything. That’s a heavy burden to bear. Knowing everything." Krista Tippett from a conversation with Pico Iyer. I listened to this discussion somewhere in the middle of last night and felt like they were so much in line with the same ideas I am talking about at Ignite Boulder on Thursday. They get to stretch out over an hour - I need to squeeze into five minutes. Sometimes when I take a picture in a moment it seems like luck or an accident to those watching - but that moment was a lifetime in the making. Funny how my upcoming five minute talk is taking another lifetime to prepare. Exactly five minutes after I begin it will be finished. If I go over Andrew Hyde is just off stage with a bucket of ice and a long hook. #igniteboulder
I will be presenting at Ignite Boulder on May 19. Five jammed packed minutes talking about one of the most unlikely creative projects and friendships ever between a right wing talk show host and the person he calls his "communist friend". The radio host is Glenn Beck and the "communist friend" would be me. Perfect for this election year to appreciate we are all humans ranting across the aisle. #unforgettableinstagram#shootyourlife#igniteboulder
These three men started a company in 1994. They were not easy to photograph. I got some toy dump trucks and some sand for them to play with on a lawn outside of their offices. Then I got rid of the toys and took this shot for the NY Times Magazine. They just sold the company for 3 billion. Thats a lot of quarters.... left to right- David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg #unforgettableinstagram#shootyourlife#dreamworks