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Wednesday, November 28, 2007


A chaser

Was that last one too much? A little too dark?

Then here’s something lighter to ease the pain.

Anthony loves Anthony!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Anthony: Portrait of a serial sculptor

When I needed a model for my portrait assignment, I thought of my friend Anthony right away. He’s got an interesting face, he’s got his own interesting props, and he’s got the patience to sit under hot lights for a couple of hours.

We did a few different setups involving two different sculptures, but it wasn’t until the very end of the session that I had the idea to involve some violent imagery, as Anthony’s sculptures sometimes do. (Did I really just say “violent imagery”? I’ve got to get out of college before I lose my mind.)

Anthony hates Anthony!

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Sell the fizz, not the water

My first real foray into product photography, these two shots each took four lights and a couple of hours.



Monday, November 12, 2007

Neither here nor there

Remember Dan Esch? He’s back! In Zippo form!

Recently I got a message from one Daniel Esch. He listed for me half a dozen people with the same name scattered around North America. That’s remarkable given the rarity of our surname in this country, and it reminded me of a little item that’s been tucked away in my closet for years.

Sometime around 1994, I was visiting Denver when I stopped to look in the window of a pawn shop. There was a big display of Zippo lighters, easily the coolest thing about a vile and filthy practice that I was addicted to at the time. One right in the middle of the tray caught my eye immediately — it had my name on it.

Don Esch Zippo

Turned out it wasn’t actually my name. It said Don Esch, but between the cursive lettering and my confirmation bias, it sure looked like Dan to me.

“The Zippo Lighter Collectors’ Guide” tells me that the lighter dates from between 1950 and 1956, and if this thing got 40 years of use, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised. The finish is worn off at the edges, the hinge is loose, and most of the black enamel that fills the engraved lines is missing. But being a Zippo, it still works perfectly.

Don Esch Heating and Sheet Metal doesn’t seem to have endured as well, however. I wonder if it was all the cigarettes.