Sunday, October 30, 2005

u2 - BONO

Drove to Dallas tonight to photograph U2 and then drove all the way home. Lots of driving. I saw a very sad scene on the way there. A pillow flew out of the truck in front of me - and scared me. I stopped for gas after that and emptied what was left in my blatter. Then a few miles down the road I saw the same truck with the hood up on the side of the road. It made me sad. Not only were they loosing things, but the truck died. Lots of people seemed to be moving. Guess thats what happens at the end of the month.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Bill Clinton

Spoke at the Texas Book Festival today. His speach was pretty good. Not suprisingly he spoke about the current problems the Rebuplicans are having telling the truth.
He is looking much much older. Also interesting his style of answering questions. You can tell when he is about to move on to another question because he repeats the question he was answering. Wonder what he would think of my Hillary picture? :)

Monday, October 24, 2005

Austin Film Festival

photographed shane bl@ck today. he wrote and directed the new movie kiss k*ss bang b@ng. really nice guy. i've been VERY SICK all week and was too wacky from the cold medicine to think of a great way to photograph him so i just put him in front of a brick wall. so ameture. rrrg. oh well.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Jason S. from Rushmore and Shopgirl

Don't want the blogbots to find this. Rrrgg. Photographed Mr. Jason today. He was SOOO funny!!! Nice guy.


Do I want to photograph U2 in Dallas next Saturday or Chris Elliot in Austin? Such hard choices...

Monday, October 17, 2005

Ryan James

Photographed him the other night. He plays a mean guitar.

Saturday, October 15, 2005


Did a big photoshoot for an up and coming model. She looked great in all the clothes, but she only has a few facial expressions. Oh and she's only, sit down boys, 14 years old.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Tax Return

Finally got my tax stuff back from the accountant. (I had to get two extensions because things were messy) The good news - I'm getting a $295 refund because I over estimated how much I owe. The bad news - my accountant charged me $400 to figure out that I had overpaid. RRRGGG.

Things I LOVE

in no order

Vintage sundresses (Cotton)
Swimming (in non-chlorine water)
Riding horses
Gardening (Oct - March)
Wine (white)
Photo books
Laugh Attacks
Taking pictures
Lunches with Granny
Organic milk
Montana (Central)
Day dreaming
Expensive coats
Factory People
Trapping possums
Hair dye
Pink (the color)
My birthday
The future
Gordon White
Highland Park

and lots and lots of other things i'll list later.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Featherproof offers light and ‘enchanting’ reads...

Check it out... this is an article about my good old friend Zach Dodson who lives in Chicago. We were humanities majors together and got in lots of trouble. :)

Chicago’s literary scene works to fill the independent niche
By Tiffany Breyne
Assistant A&E Editor
Photos Courtesy Featherproof Books

Word to the wise: Shit is about to hit the fan. Bat shit, that is. Or at least that’s what Jonathan Messinger and Zach Dodson, the founders of Featherproof Books, are saying about their first published book, The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs, written by Columbia fiction writing teacher Brian Costello.

Describing the book as “bat shit-crazy,” Messinger and Dodson are pumped to release Costello’s debut book about “overnight hipster scenes, suburbia and tortured musicians who want to change the world,” which is set to be released Dec. 15.

But they say Enchanters is just the beginning for their indie publishing group, aimed at advancing local writers career’s while working towards the bigger goal of broadening Chicago’s independent literary scene.

“What’s best, I think, about Chicago is that people don’t think there’s a vibrant literary scene outside of New York and L.A.,” Messinger said. “I think that once people break out of that idea that you have to rely on these big corporations to make literature, these other scenes become more important and more vibrant. And I think that’s what happening with Chicago.”

Messinger, books editor at TimeOut Chicago, met Dodson when Dodson was working as a book designer, and they dreamt up an independent publishing company for writers such as themselves who didn’t want to try the large publishing house route.

“It started off as fantasy and then we started taking steps to make it happen,” Dodson said. “And it kinda happened by itself. And I guess as long as we keep taking those steps it’s gonna keep happening—or until we drop from exhaustion.”

Dodson is now the associate art director at Shelter magazine, and both men are working nonstop to help build press for Costello’s book. They are also working on their other project for Featherproof, the Light Reading series. The Light Reading series is an expanding group of short stories readers can download and print off Featherproof’s website and fold together to create a slim, easy read—perfect for long commutes on the el where space is limited and staring at the person across the aisle can only go on for so long.

For Messinger and Dodson, the Light Reading series is a helpful—and free—way to spread the work of authors who might not have a chance to turn out their work through mainstream publishers. It’s also a way to share their combined love of art and literature.
Photos Courtesy Featherproof Books
The faces of Featherproof: Zach Dodson and Jonathan Messinger. Left: Brian Costello’s book, in stores Dec. 15. Below: Messinger and Dodson toughen up.

“We really wanted to bring that physical aspect,” Dodson said. “And not just with the mini books, but with the novels too—each one will be designed in a special way. With the Internet, words can become cheap. There’s something special about a book and the paper and the smell.”

Messinger and Dodson base the business aspect of their publishing company off their influence from indie rock labels. From contracts to PR, they hope that maybe their company can help independent authors just like smaller labels have helped independent musicians over the years. Messinger likens their collection of Light Reading stories to a seven-inch record or a compilation of bands that music labels would put out on one CD—both writers and consumers of independent culture can catch a glimpse of what’s available to them.

“Those [smaller music] communities have had such success,” Messinger said. “It’s an always growing frustration for me—I feel like the literature being done in Chicago right now [and] the ideas being explored are more socially relevant and intriguing to me than anything done by any band. Not just in Chicago—anywhere, really. And so you have all these kids that will pay $15 or $10 to go to the Empty Bottle and see this band and see music, but they balk at paying $10 for a book or something like that, and so I think that what we’re trying to do is bridge that gap.”

Messinger believes that Columbia, along with other institutions, have had a lot to do with leading the way in Chicago’s literary scene. He credits several people involved with Columbia for promoting their love of literature: Costello; Todd Dills, who got his MFA at Columbia and has been running his own business, the 2ndHand, for about five years; and Joe Meno, a Columbia fiction writing teacher and author of Hairstyles of the Damned.

Featherproof wants to join in on the literary action with their promotions for Costello’s book at different music venues here and on the West Coast.

“Part of our deal is that we really believe in readings that aren’t just guys in tweed jackets reading into their books,” Messinger said. “It’s really fun to have bands and make it real so people can come out to it.”

For more information on Featherproof, go to, and check out a sneak peek of Costello’s book, The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs, out Dec. 15.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Factory People

Here are a couple of my photos from the party last night! It was great. I love working for factory people. Some day I'm going to make an awsome book of all of my favorite photos from their parties. I already have a yeras worth.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Domino Harvey

this is what i was able to salvage from the shoot. not much i know,b ut better than nothing. i'm getting ready to do a photo shoot at the parish. i'm not to keen on all the late nights ... but i need the cash.


To go or not to go. So many of my friends are going. It is always such a fun thing to do... its just sooo far away and I'm a touch broke. Not to mention I'm supposed to be dog sitting. mmmm... what ever is a girl to do.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Low Light

I've been testing the new camera in ambient darkness. It does very well with converting color temperatures. The tungston lights all look like they've been geled. Its wonderful. It will save me tons of time in photoshot. It is also amazing how it deals with reciprocity failure. The exposures are more acurate than they would be with the sekonic. just amazing.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Jerk Face Wilson

I photographed a private party for Anthony Nak tonight. The party was fun, but Luke Wilson was total JERK! One of the primary reasons I was hired to photograph the event was because they were expecting a celebrity appearance... When Luke arrived I let him get a beer and chat with some folks before I approached him. I was extra sweet and asked if I could just take a photo or two for Nak. He said NO! Not even a nice no. It was a pretty rude no. Anyways... I was left with only the option of hiding behind the bushes (house plants) to photograph him. Not fun!

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the cobra snake

look. i made

I'm telling mr. cobra snake that I dressed like him for the party and that under my polka dot skirt i have on shorts that say "bling bling" cause you know its true!!!

dallas observer

just noticed they used one of my photos. hope they pay for it!!!

Dallas Observer

2 hour drives

use lots of gas.