As part of my Souther Purveyors project, I met Craig Rogers a couple of years ago. Craig was actually my first purveyor, I found/met him thru twitter! Once I stepped onto the farm it felt like I was visiting an old friend. Craig and I have stayed in touch since that first meeting and I went to his Lambstock event last year (will be going again this year!). As I began to learn and produce more videos, I knew I wanted to get back up to Border Spring Farms and make a video project with Craig. As we started to talk about when a good time to shoot would be, Craig mentioned that all he sees in farmer videos is green grass and sunsets! No rain, no snow, no bare trees, the reality of farming. We decided to shoot it last week, before everything greens up. Here is the final video and Craig’s story.
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When it is Dad’s night to make dinner, what does he make? Does he pull out a cookbook and thumb through the pages? No. He goes to the ‘go to’, ‘the hit’, ‘the winner’, the one dish he can nail with his eyes closed. The kids love it, he looks like a rock star, and Mom doesn’t have to worry about anything. For my Dad, it was, and still is, waffles. We loved it when he cooked waffles. It was always a fun night.
It is with this thought that I started a project of making a video of Dads talking about and cooking their dishes. This is the first one. If you are a Dad and have a go-to dish or know of one, and would like to be involved in this project, send me a note!
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There has been a lot of chatter this month about CP&B. This article from Ad Age “A Tale of Two Crispins” talks a lot about the agency and how they became the agency of the decade! I had my own experiences with them back in the late 90′s while I lived in Miami. I shot the 3 head guys Jeff Hicks, Chuck Porter and Alex Bogusky at their offices. I also shot one of their AD/CW teams for an all star teamwork story but can’t find those images. They are buried deep in the archives, still on slide film! I also shot Alex at his home once. Being in Miami then, they were the big name, the only agency really that mattered. I shot a spec gig for them once, for And1. I would have loved to have kept working with them as they were on the cusp of blowing up. It was a very exciting time.
We shot this photo in their offices. I’m guessing it was 1998 or 1999. It was a fun shot and we did a few other crazy things, but I always loved this shot best.
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I have wanted to include some breweries as part of my Southern Purveyor series and took a look around Charlotte. Charlotte has an amazing craft beer scene with at least 7 breweries and more coming all the time! I decided to do an off shoot project about the Charlotte breweries. This is the first one, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. This arguably, if not factually, the largest brewery in Charlotte and getting bigger. The brewery is getting ready to open up a new facility this year that will enable them to greatly increase their capacity. Their beer is awesome! It is “brewed using premium quality ingredients and comply strictly with the world famous German Beer Purity Law of 1516 (the “Reinheitsgebot”), which prohibits the use of inferior ingredients. Barley, hops, water and yeast. Nothing else.” They have a great brauhaus and host many events and have a party every time they release a new beer. If you have not been over for a fresh, local, awesome beer, I’d say get on it and grab one!
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That’s why they call it ‘fishing, not ‘catching’!
Last October I had the privilege of being invited along to my friend, and EXTREMELY talented artist, Bob White’s Musky Camp near Brainard Minnesota. I jumped at the invite and saw that I could piggy back the trip with a trip to Montauk the weekend before, fly from Long Island to MSP, visit with my grandparents and then drive up to Musky Camp. Not a bad fall trip at all.
My primary goal on this trip was to produce some content. I decided to make a video. Sounds great right? Then the musky heard about my idea and decide to shut down for a few days!
Bob White, Kip Vieth, Dan Boggs and Gabe Schubert. All top notch, world class experienced guides. The clients, they arrived too. A great group of experienced fishermen. This was looking good. Bob’s wife, Lisa, was in charge of the food and she did a great job every day! We ate like kings, had some cocktails, talked about all the musky we would catch and giggled like school girls. My hardest decision of the trip was who to float with. Bob had arranged for myself and another photographer, Aaron Otto, to have a ‘chase’ boat that we could work out of. It was a drift boat rowed by the ever pleasant Josh Alters. Spending the next few days together was a blast. Josh never complained when we had to row upstream to get another shot or to move around the guys fishing to a different angle. An awesome guy! Aaron and I spoke with each guide each night to see what they had seen. Were the getting chases? Did the boat any musky? Did the sports miss any? We would pick the run where we had the highest hopes of someone catching a musky. What we didn’t count on was the musky giving us a big middle fin the whole trip! We had between 8-10 rods fishing over 3 days and only 2 musky were landed. And none where I was.
This threw me. I had a hard time getting my head around how to cut this video. I had some beautiful shots, some great moments, but no musky. Then it came to me. As the old saying goes, it’s not about the catch, but about the journey. And this was a cool journey. I hope you enjoy the video!
a little update, since I posted the video 48 hours ago, it has been viewed over 850 times!