Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Early Disclaimers 120mm / 35mm

Film Photos shot on Yashica Mat 120 and Canon FT1 at Logstradamus 2014

It would be hard for me to talk about Early Disclaimers without talking about Andrew Virga. This is not to leave Leda out - Ive just known Virga (as we call him) forever. I have to start by saying he had an accordion in his attic growing up, and I dont mean like a $50 thing that had gills, this was like the Stradivarius of accordions. It easily weighed 30lbs if not 50. No one knew about its existence, nor did they really know Virgas musical talent. I partly blame his dad for having the most incredible record collection I have seen to date, that had to help. Virga would play the Charlie Brown Christmas song on the piano, the keys hit so hard and rang perfectly. He had his Fathers old Yamaha acoustic with perfectly worn in strings, and at some point in time he got a Marshall TV stack (the one youd imagine Jimi Hendrix playing). He knew how to play the blues somehow while we all played punk rock. We played in a church band for a minute and he got a pretty all time Fender Jazz bass. Based on his height and dimensions Virga looked pretty suited for a bass player. Anyway, I always love this story, or at least I say it a lot in my head but have never really shared it. The whole time a lot of us were in bands, playing shows, making merch, booking tours etc. Virga wasnt. I honestly dont think most of his friends even knew how good he was, but I always thought he was insanely talented and thought it was weird he was never in a band or anything. It was all behind the scenes. Then he moved to Florida. I couldnt tell you what it was but he arrived.

I might be wrong but I think his first band down there was The Cougs. They put out an amazing cassette then an even better 7". They were playing shows and touring while most of us had fizzled out, Virga had just come out of the gate. He works at a bar in town called Nobbys...as time went forward he started putting on NobFest, and more or less became what I see as the music spokesperson or mayor for his towns pretty flowering scene. I dont mean that in a cheesy way, there can also be awesome mayors. Jerry Seinfeld for Mayor! Without people staying active and putting on shows and housing them scenes can die. I watched it happen in my town, so when I see it living in another I really appreciate it.

Down to the point here. Virga just mailed me the Early Disclaimers Cassette and a nice pocket T. I had been listening to the bandcamp but now have the real thing. I was going to write him a letter saying how thankful I was but I figured maybe I would just write everyone, spread the word about some music worth listening to. The first thing I noticed about the album was the recording. It brought me back listening to it over and over. Im not sure I noticed the music as much as the sound and feel to it. It keeps me guessing. I dont know if they knew the tone was perfect or if it was a lucky mistake. I can hear the floor boards under an empty house shaking with the sound of their simple warmth. Tempo is also a big deal here. It is never rushed but I wouldnt say its sleepy or over done in a stoner band kind of thing. The whole album to me just sounds so present and accepting. Yep this is how I feel, ok got it? dont care? me either..this is it..we are here. Then you listen 5 more times and youre already day dreaming of music videos you want to make for the songs.  Enjoy.

   you listen to them here fool

Monday, February 23, 2015

WRV 1967 35mm


Ilford HP5 - Nikon 

Seeing photos of the factory without being able to smell the resin is just kind of pointless. But yeah! This is Leigh Ann and Dave Rohde, last photo is of Bob Yinger finishing a rail. LA is a Pisces and I mean that in all the best ways possible. She is fun and flows merrily, I always enjoy seeing her. Rohde is the loudest dude down there and I guarantee hes glassed at least 1 of your surfboards. Not only that but hes into and done some insanely cool shit, in fact all the guys down there pretty much pioneered the way. Worked their asses off spring summer fall, then took off on winter surf trips across the earth. Yinger just moved back into his shaping room, which is dark blue and moody. Moody in a good way. The kind that relaxes the spot above your eyebrows. One of the first things he did was set up his stereo again to listen to music. That may seem insignificant but I dont think he would function without it and the way the sound bounces around the room is symphonic. If you need your next board to be extra special get him some Alice in Chains or Queens of the Stone Age. There are a lot more guys involved in the surfboard process down there, and I need to bring my camera around more often when Im working. Its just hard to mix the two together but that's a peek inside the resin drum.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dream Show

If you really want to know the type of stuff I think about on a daily basis here is a good start.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Amazing Land 120mm

Yaschica Mat - Fuji Provia 100
I was walking down the dirt road and this man, Pedro Guzman asked me if I wanted a ride. He had seen me on the beach earlier that day and knew where I was headed - a good person.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Yashica Mat 120mm - Fuji Provia 100

This goes against my rules - Posting an entire roll BUT this makes it easier for my friends on the trip to see everything. Kind of documents our time in San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua as we finally ended up in Jiquiliste. Giant slides look awesome just as they are, and that dogs name is PEANUT!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Eastern Shore, VA 35mm

Kodak Ektar 25ISO - Timmy Nicholson points at the food heaven.

yeah, I keep a journal

Monday, February 3, 2014

Birthday Orchestra 120mm

Holga 120mm Kodak 400 TMAX
When I turned 27 I organized this Birthday Orchestra with my friends. They got placed in groups of 4 that were each color coded. You had to play or improvise around the note or scale given. The idea was to form these huge chords throughout the room while 2 drummers grooved around dynamic suggestions. Hoping to do it again this year in March! Videos provided by Katy Pine to get an idea of what went down. There were some really magical moments, thanks a ton to everyone who was there. R.I.P. Taylor Potter - youre a huge contribution to everything Ive ever done or will do musically. Greatly missed.

Caseys Dream 35mm

All kinda weird. I left my polarizer on the lens by accident. Nicaragua secret spot. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Kitt West 35mm

 Suffolk Trails - Matt Keanes bike - We are all the VB swappers - Miss these dudes like crazy.

Youth 35mm Panoramic

This is what you should be doing everyday. 2002 - Dylan Purrington - Dave Inglis - Jeff Nicholson - Myself - A BB gun - Lake of Fire - "Did one of ya'll order a meatball sub"

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Andrew Jasper 35mm

Nikon N70 - beyond expired slide film
New Bedford VA - My friend Jasper did some laps on my board, put his mustache into it and started making these rad sounds when the trucks hit the concrete.

Scenes from Granada 35mm

Nikon N70 - Bobo Film
One time I duct taped a camera to this dog, and set the timer to go off every 15 seconds. I put a candy bar outside of the fence here so he was kinda stationary. This is what Rufus brought us from Granada.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Nicaragua Humans 35mm

Nikon N70 - Canonet QL-17 - Nikon N70
Craig Grizzlfizzle a Horse with the focus on the dirty dirt and Steve Owens of Gangtopia

Constant Themes 35mm

Canonet QL-17
Robby + Santiago - There's just something similar about these two