Speed of Light

“Speed of light” or “The results (of last nights shenanigans)”. But as I stood shivering in the dark, waiting for a car, please any single fucking car, it got me thinking about time. And how it speeds up as you grow older. Because you have less and less to burn. I think about this a lot. And in the twilight of one year let’s not fall asleep and let the next year speed by in the dark. Let’s stay awake and grab on and ride it for all its worth. Let’s squeeze everything possible from this one. And from ourselves.

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Voices inside you

You’ve got this voice. This small quiet voice inside you. It gets louder the more you listen too it. It goes away if you don’t. But it never goes all the way away. Some people call this voice God, some call it instinct. Some call it madness. This voice is called all kinds of things. Its the true voice. Listen to this voice.

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Edge of the World

Are you willing to go far enough that you might not make it back? Down a long path that cant be reversed. Retread. Into the unknown unknown…

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Firelight

Sometimes you’ve got to reach onto the fire. Risk getting burned.

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Find a Fire to Fuel Your Fight

Lets face it, if you want a life worth living your gonna have to fight for it. Your gonna have to bleed for it. Your gonna have to wake up every day and work your ass off for it. Otherwise its probably not worth having. So go find the fire to fuel your fight.

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Keep your fire burning

Keep your fire burning. Keep it safe inside you. Protect it. Feed it. Nurture it. So that it can do the same for you. Keep you warm. Alive. Inspired.

I respect hard work and talent. In that order. Your talent is worthless without the hard work and dedication required to forge it into actual skill. This is a photo of my friend Amir. I’ve seen very few people work as hard. Fewer still with as much talent. I met him in Israel, his native country. I’ve taken him to Alaska (more than once) and other less exotic locations. Most of the work I do is hard. You don’t sleep much. Sometimes you bleed (I almost always bleed). Amir never complains. Always quick with a smile or a joke or a helping hand.

People like Amir keep my fire going.

Keep your fire burning

Hannah

Hannah. She’s young but with an old soul and I hate that cliche and think its overused but with her it definitely applies.

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Sharon

I met Sharon on the Instagram thingy where I think she’s kinda famous. I dig her work and she’s been a vocal fan of mine so I jumped at the chance to photograph her. She did add a disclaimer slash warning before we started shooting, something about not liking her picture taken, but she liked my portraits so she was tolerating it. It made me smile. I think she’s got a great face. And I love her real and clean work.

I think I’m getting over that fear of photographing photographers…

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Sophie

A number of years ago I was hired to shoot a short film in Israel. It was quite the experience. Sophie was the only american actress involved and we’ve been friends ever since. She’s one of the good ones…

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Captain

I think I’m getting over this fear of photographing other photographers.

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Check out his great work HERE

Chanon

When a girl shows up for a shoot with not one but two machetes I think thats a good sign. I’d be happy to photograph Chanon any day of the week. Strong, fearless and yet very real.

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Jamie

Dani and I met Jamie over seven years ago when we cast her in a little project. The project ultimately fell apart but we’ve remained friends with Jamie. Shes a director, a writer and an actor with not only passion but real soul. Thats the first word I think of when I think of Jamie. Soul.

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Malachi

Malachi asked me to take his portrait. I was flattered and terrified as he’s a terrific photographer in his own right. In addition to having one of the all time coolest names he’s a warm, sincere and very real guy. These are the kinds of people I like to spend my time with.

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Take a look at Malachi’s excellent work. www.malachibanales.com

Niki

Niki has a rich, self effacing sense of humor. More people should be like that.

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Chelsey

Chelsey is at once, both tough and vulnerable. Everyone is more than one thing if you care to look close enough.

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