Bill Ostrander – San Luis Obispo

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A couple years ago I photographed Bill Ostrander for SLO Life Magazine. At the time, Bill was preparing for the Citizen’s Congress 2014, a national gathering of legislators, scholars, and public advocacy groups to combat the influence of money in American politics. Bill runs Citizen’s Congress, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating corruption in politics, and now, continuing in this work, Bill is running for Congress in the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County. I photographed Bill at his ranch in the Los Osos Valley.

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We made these images on medium format film using my Hasselblad. The film was processed by Richard Photo Lab in Valencia, CA.

Weston – Buchanan Dam, Texas

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I photographed Weston this summer at Brittany’s family reunion in Central Texas. It was well over 100 degrees most days, and the worst part was that the humidity felt way over 100%, but that didn’t seem to bother the kids much at all. Weston is smart and outgoing, and I had been thinking that he would be a great portrait subject; when I found Brittany chopping this watermelon up into big, juicy slices for lunch, these photos seemed too good an opportunity to pass up, even if they push the boundary of what might fairly be called an “homage” to Richard Avedon.

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Clint Slaughter – San Luis Obispo

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I first photographed Clint Slaughter in early 2014 for the SLO MakerSpace. Clint’s a friend, and was one of the first people I thought of when I started working on a new independent portrait project about especially interesting members of the San Luis Obispo community. Clint is the driving force behind the SLO MakerSpace, and serves on the MakerSpace Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer. The MakerSpace is a collaborative machine, wood, electronics, and textile shop where community members come to work on all kinds of projects, take classes, and network with other local makers. As if that wasn’t enough, Clint is also an emergency physician at French Hospital in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Hospital.

(Yes, he’s “Dr. Slaughter.” And no, I could not have made that up.)

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Both of these photographs of Clint were made at the MakerSpace on medium format film using my Hasselblad. The film was processed by the always brilliant Richard Photo Lab in Valencia, CA.

Eric Soderquist – SLO Life Magazine

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The latest issue of SLO Life Magazine just came out, and it features a few photos that I took of Eric Soderquist, a local artist and surfer (it also includes many wonderful images from photographer Chris Burkard, who shoots surf both locally and in some of the most inhospitable places a person could conceive of getting in the water).

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You can see Eric’s work on his website, here: www.ericsoderquist.com.

And Now My Dad is a Cowboy

For Christmas this year my dad asked for an “old-timey picture” of himself. With his horse. And maybe his gun.

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We shot these on my Hasselblad, using three or four rolls of various expired films that I’d collected. I’m pretty pleased with the results, and I have prints shipping out to him this week, so hopefulyl he will be as well (even if they are much delayed from Christmas).

One interesting result was the last roll we shot – an almost twenty-year-old roll of [I think] Russian 3200 film. I thought I had another roll in the freezer that I could check the label on, but alas, I appear to have lost my “metadata.” I had no idea if the film would even come out, but I used it in the dying light, exposed it at about 800 ISO, assuming that in the best case it probably would have degraded somewhat, and boy was I right. Even at 800, it was super underexposed, with results that only the hippest of Instagram filters could replicate.

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