Wow, today's mailbag brought word that WPPI awarded me an Accolade of Excellence in the 2008 8x10 Print Competition. For those unfamiliar with WPPI, it's an organization full of the world's best wedding and portrait photographers, and just calling myself a member feels terribly fraudulent sometimes. Receiving this honor from other photographers I hold in extremely high regard is very humbling and special. Here's the press release.
I created some photographs at the Stand for Change Rally with Barack Obama last night. According to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, over 18,000 people were in attendance. As Rep. Bobby Scott said, this had to have been "the biggest political rally in Virginia Beach history." The sheer number of people blew my mind. The line wrapped around the convention center, zig-zagging at that, and trailed down the street. I heard reports that people waited 8 hours to get in. Republican or Democrat, the rally was an incredible reassurance that people still care. (also on Flickr)
I've been out of town on assignments for the past several weeks and am therefore posting these Viva Elvis 2007 photographs about a month late. Viva Elvis is an Elvis celebration held every year at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The event's highlights were, once again, The Graceliners out of Canada, and Travis LeDoyt out of Nashville. Enjoy!
Photos from the 2007 Sand Soccer Championships in Virginia Beach are now available. This is my favourite out of the bunch, followed by this one or maybe even this one (heck, maybe this one). I've only uploaded 200 out of nearly 1500 photographs, so pending interest, I might upload more in the future. Send me an email if you want more info.
Nearly everything Derek Powazek touches turns to gold. I say “nearly,” because I spent an evening hanging out with him at the Charlotte Society of Communicating Arts’ Design For Community event back in 2001, and I’ve yet to find gold bars growing from my ears. But suffice to say, Derek is a living legend who commands a lot of respect and deserves a great deal more. His wife, Heather, the same.
Naturally, when Derek and Heather launched JPG Magazine in 2005, their impending success was entirely obvious to anyone familiar with their previous work. At its core, the magazine was a fusion of Derek’s and Heather’s passions — photography, publishing, and community. From these ingredients, the couple built a vibrant community sharing those exact same passions. Synergy!