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tweeting

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| currently listening to: nothing. i have my headphones on without music playing. 2009 | LINK

the photography:
so i just started tweeting. i know what you’re going to say, “jeez ian, what a johnny-come-lately. you only started ’cause oprah was doing it”. well, in all honesty, it’s a great way to meet people who might enjoy my photography. and also, it’s a great way to chat with peeps i know across the country. and my wife has been trying to get me to join for something close to a year so… consider it done. you can hit me up at @IDMPhoto if you are so inclined. photos are from brooklyn, some subway station (thanks leigh for being patient), a restaurant cocktail shoot, and brooklyn again (not in that order). this week marks my second trip up to road america and i’m excited to test out some new cars on the track. it will be nice to race around in the smaller cars with powerful engines. it makes me feel much safer than rolling with the big dogs. i’ll post some shots when i get the chance. until then, drive safe.

the music:
um, you should click on the link next to the “currently listening to”. mac book + me + coffee = a goofy looking guy in a cardigan and an 18 year old Pearl Jam shirt.

under the BQE

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| currently listening to: Tears Of Rage, The Band, Music From Big Pink, 1968 | LINK

the photography:
when i was first out of college i moved to the city of boston. it was a big city compared to the small vermont town (3,000+ population) i grew up in. i was a little wet behind the ears when it came to cities but i figured if my parents could weather nyc through the 60’s and 70’s, i could probably make it through beantown fairly unscathed. the urban landscape, as an entity, has always fascinated me. during my lunch break or when i could wrangle up a sunday afternoon, i would grab my little mp3 player (pre-ipod), my gigantic sony headphones (dj styled ear muffs), my camera, and my transit pass and head out over the largest urban landscape in the great state of massachusetts. not much has changed since those early days of riding the red line down to southie and hopping off to walk to the ocean. these days i kick around chicago in much the same manner. whilst in new york recently, i did took a foot/train tour of brooklyn. on this particular morning, i spent much of my time off the beaten path walking under the brooklyn queens expressway next to the east river. it was a fascinating hour and a half walk from the bottom of cobble hill to the brooklyn bridge (i obviously took my time). here are some photos from that walk. at some point, i will get the chance to put together a show titled “under the bqe” and i will fill it with oversized prints of the cracks in the structure that holds the highway in place. until that day, here is a snippit of what that walk was like. along with some wide shots of the street i was on are some close-ups of the buildings around that area. they are old factories and harbor buildings. years of paint and metal and rust and brick. fun. sorry trevor, these are all horizontal. my bad.

the music:
this first track from their 1968 debut is one of the greatest songs ever written. richard manuel walks us down a lonely road about family, relationships, and misunderstanding with distinct frustration and pain. robbie robertson’s wah and flanger covered guitar crawls along the beat while a distinct bass line brings us home. organ, saxophone, and tom-toms accent this track. i find it hard not to bite my lip and get angry with him. it’s indeed a truly breathtaking five minutes and twenty one seconds.

50 Portraits – 11

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| currently listening to: All World Cowboy Romance, Mission of Burma, Signals, Calls And Marches EP, 1981 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #11 is lisse

lisse and i have known each other since she was an old girlfriend of mine’s roommate almost ten years ago. since then we have lived in the same dilapidated triple-decker (boston speak for three flat) and visited each other in such strange places as cape cod, raleigh NC, and brooklyn. this past week we had an opportunity to spend a good chunk of the day running around williamsburg, bushwick, and back to williamsburg together. through the years, we have spent a ton of time together riding the train, eating at restaurants, and drinking in bars. again, it’s good to see old friends. it’s also good to take photos of them. lisse was kind enough to know me before i become a photographic-maniac so when i started clicking, she at least was comfortable enough around me to let her guard down. this trip to new york was enlightening. the whole 5 days were invigorating for my karma, chi, creative juices, and for my soul. to run around a new place (i haven’t spent that much time there) and to get to see the sights while still feeling carefree, amazing. it’s also amazing that i didn’t take a lot of photos. sometimes when i have my camera up to my eye i forget to enjoy what is in front of me. it’s nice to not be busy documenting. so this trip, i took in much of brooklyn camera-less. the view from the pulaski bridge that gaps queens and greenpoint? i’ll snap you one day. when i grow up, i’m gonna own a box factory building under the pulaski bridge…

the music:
someone mildly famous once said that they would either cover a burma song on one of their records or get a burma tattoo. well… i’m still looking to release my first record and i’m still looking to get that burma tattoo. these guys are the reason i can’t stand chamber indie pop crap like Antony and the Johnstons. rock and roll should never die. as mission of burma moves into their late 40’s and early 50’s, they still make ear splitting, foot stomping, back breaking rock and roll. proof that growing old and growing up never means you have to compromise. top ten bands of all time. no joke. top ten. boston may be defined by the pixies in many peoples minds, but it is also the birthplace of burma, the cars, and the modern lovers. never forget that. (you can forget that aerosmith is even a band though…)

50 Portraits – 10

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| currently listening to: Catch the Sun, Doves, Lost Souls, 2000 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #10 is jamie

jamie is someone i met though two mutual friends in brooklyn. she didn’t really believe me when i said i was a photographer. then i started taking pictures. i think she got it pretty quickly after that. ever since i started this project, jamie might have been the easiest model to shoot. she has a natural comfort in front of the lens that allows me to shoot photos without much thought or care about what’s going on. it’s just brainless clicking and yet the photos speak volumes. i also love that she came equipped with her own leopard print jacket. normally i have to ask people to wear clothes like that. outstanding to say the least. after drinks, dinner, drinks, our crew became fast friends even though many of us had just met that day. it’s easy to hang out with people you have known for years and accept their friends as your own. at this point in life, i think the more the merrier. and what better setting than running around brooklyn?

the music:
oh my goodness i almost forgot about the band doves. these guys snuck onto my radar at some point in 2001 when i saw them play a show in boston with my morning jacket as the opening band. my morning jacket played flying V’s with marshall stacks and they blew my head off. doves came out and rocked me gently, rocked me slowly, and blew my brains out. this band is awesome, the music is grooving infectious indie rock and if people think that radiohead is the only good british band in that category, they have never heard doves. or the beta band for that matter. get your headphones on and love this record.

50 Portraits – 9

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Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Ankle Injuries, Fujiya & Miyagi, Transparent Things, 2006 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #9 is brad

the next installment (#9 by my count) of the 50 Portraits series includes photos of my original model. brad and i have known each other for more than 13 years and our relationship has always been based on mutual respect. when we were younger, it was based on musical tastes. these days, as our musical tastes have morphed over the years, our mutual respect is based on watching each other become the adults that we are today. it’s fun to think and talk about the stupid things we did in college and in our post college years and it’s always great to laugh with people you know so well. when we see each other these days, we try to get that mushy stuff out of the way so that we can catch up on what’s happening in the present time. it’s fun. brad is a high-end bartender/mixologist. he’s known as a class act in the new york speakeasy circles. and he is. he’s also pretty sick of me taking his photo.

the music:
fujiya & miyagi are a group of electronic british dance rockers who try to pull off the idea that they are japanese like their name implies. well… they aren’t. but they do play fun little dance rock numbers that get your feet tapping. lots of bass, swirling keys, and just enough funky guitar add some spice to the electronic drums that push the beat. it’s light hearted and great for evenings at home and in the car. brad introduced me to them a while back and i’ve seen them in concert. they do quite well for themselves. their name always makes me think of the karate kid though. daniel san.

gigantic hand live in brooklyn

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| currently listening to: Gigantic Hand, Myspace Music, 2009 | LINK

the photography:
“when in rome” is a phrase i use very often with not only photography but also with music. while i spent much of my week running around the javits center on the west side of manhattan, the rest of the week was spent kicking around brooklyn and queens. when i travel within the US., i like to listen to local music which in the case of new york, can be found on my ipod. when i was walking around williamsburg one afternoon, i ran into the lead singer of les savy fav which happened to be the band that was playing on my ipod at the not 20 minutes before. it was quite a simple twist of fate. i was pretty happy and shocked. we didn’t talk to each other or interact in any way as he was walking his dog with his wife and their child. running into tim harrington was a sign that i would be comfortable and at peace with new york. this is something i had yet to feel as a grown adult. it was soothing to know that nyc was on my side and down the road, maybe we could become friends.

the music:
gigantic hand are a band from brooklyn that features my friend edmund on guitar. i caught their set at Public Assembly in williamsburg last thursday night. it was fantastic. it’s great to see a group of guys get back to what they love, loud, build-them-up-only-to-break-them-down pop songs. lots of strumming. lots of great drumming. lots of fun. rock and roll indeed.