Adam Bird photographs Local Grand Rapids Beer

Photographer Adam Bird sent an email to me recently about this cool series he shot on Local Beer in Grand Rapids, and I thought it would also fit nicely into this month’s newsletter, since Taurus loves to eat and drink. Maybe some of these brew-masters are Taurus? I had to laugh to myself as I wrote this post because I had to click on a button that says “save draft” – and here I am looking at a nice cold draft in the photo!

Beer © Adam Bird

bigflannel Spring Special!

Some of you may recall web designer extraordinaire Mike Hartley of bigflannel – and since I happen to know that Mike is an Aries, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remind you all about his inspirational websites and templates. And, if you do decide to sign up for any of Mike’s services, be sure to use this special code CHATTER10 to receive a 10% discount off your 1st year!

Currently Mike is currently building a wordpress template for photographer J. A. Mortrams stories entitled Small Town Inertia, which will replace his Posterous site. This new site will release as a free open source wordpress template for photographers when they bring his new site live, so be sure to watch out for that!

Video Interview with Debbie Miracolo

Some of you may remember fine art photographer Debbie Miracolo from my previous newsletters. Well, this time, I’m excited to share with you a video interview that I recently did for Debbie to help promote her latest project “Round Trip.” A big shout-out and credit goes to Dylan Korn, who shot and edited the video, so to view the video, please click on the image or link here!

And, if anyone is interested in hiring Chatterbox to create a video interview about you and your work, please contact me for more information and rates.

River Gambia Expedition Completed!

Ironically (or not), not long after I had posted this Jason emailed me to say that he had enjoyed reading the February newsletter (especially since he is an Aquarius) and that on this particular trip, he was actually shooting more “groups” – what a surprise! And since he sent me a few, how could I not show you?

© Jason Florio
© Jason Florio

Mission Accomplished!Photographer Jason Florio and his wife Helen Jones-Florio and The River Gambia Expedition team finally reached the Atlantic Ocean, Banjul, The Gambia after over 1100km road and river! Welcome back guys!


Two Articles in Winter Issue of The Picture Professional

Newsflash! I’m very excited to announce that I have 2 articles in the current Winter issue of the ASPP Picture Professional Magazine. So be sure to check both of those out on pages 50 & 51 of the magazine.

The first one is a write-up on the ASPP NY Chapter’s visit to Building 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And the second is a synopsis of the ASPP “Copyright and the New Economy” presentation and panel event which took place in New York last October at Scandinavia House.

Montalbetti+Campbell – A Glorious Gathering Down Under

How perfect was this for timing – I received this email from husband and wife photography duo Denis Montalbetti and Gay Campbell literally as I was preparing this month’s newsletter – and the theme is Groups – so feast your eyes on this gorgeous group image , and read the story:

“When WHO Magazine envisioned a complex, celebrity laden party scene – a special, double gate fold insert for their 20th Anniversary issue, one photography team came to mind. “Nobody else could do it!” said Lainie Shean, Photo Editor for WHO, Australia’s best selling celebrity magazine. And so, Montalbetti+Campbell were flown from New York, their stylist from Germany and the elaborate three week long photo shoot began! Celebrate the star-studded result with us!”

A Glorious Gathering! © MontalbettiCampbell

Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film @ Sundance Film Festival

“99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film” @ 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Here’s a good story for you: I recently ran into one of my friends’ son Ari Ress at the supermarket (like you do), and when I asked him what he had been up to, he told me this great story, and I wanted to share it with you all. As a side note, when Ari finished college a few years back, he came back to NY (his mum and I live on the same block) and he said he wanted to get into photography. So I hooked him up with my buddy Tony Cordoza, whom Ari then worked with for a couple of years… fast forward to 2011 and this is what Ari has been up to of late!

“Back in 2011 I was one of the recently graduated unemployed with a camera and some skills going to waste. One night about 300 people ran screaming down the street by my apartment, so I grabbed my camera and headed out. The group was funneled into Zuccotti Park where occupiers had been living for about a week. I didn’t know anything about OWS (Occupy Wall Street) prior to that night, but as things heated up I began to go down to the park regularly to shoot photos and interview people who had been arrested to put up on Facebook and Youtube.

 Ari Ress

On October 1st I went down to cover what I had heard was going to be a huge march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Marchers were told it was OK to walk on the lower level as long as there was one lane kept open for cars to get by and I followed them for a while before realizing I’d get better shots from above and climbed up to the pedestrian walkway. About 100 feet later the march was met by a line of police (see photo) and was penned in from behind as well. Twenty feet below me hundreds of people were forcefully pulled from the crowd, thrown on the ground and subdued by at least 6 officers, cuffed and then either lead or carried off to await the prison buses.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn filmmakers Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites were watching this scene via an occupier’s webcast. When the caster’s battery died they were shocked that one of the largest mass arrests in the history of the country was not being covered by any news station. They decided to make a documentary on the movement – how it began, how it progressed, how it spread – in the collaborative fashion of the movement itself. After reading about them I got in touch. They were very happy to make me a part of the film; My footage and my research and social networking abilities were put to good use.

Then came the incredible news: Sundance was giving us a grant. Not only did this help us with tremendously needed funds, but “99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film” Premiered at the 2013 Sundance Festival. It was  my first time seeing the film and it was amazing to see something I had helped create come together and become something so great. Now the film has been picked up by Participant Media. It just goes to show you that no matter where you are, no matter what else is going on, keep that camera handy: you never know where it will take you!”

Cocktail Images Featured in "Chilled" Magazine

Remember photographers Shannon & Colleen Graham, aka Cocktail Images who provided us with that beautiful ‘Three Tequilas” image for the Holiday 2012 bulletin? Well, they recently emailed me to let me know that they were featured in the January 2013 issue of “Chilled” Magazine, including an interview with Colleen for their “Spirited Writer Profile” story. Way to go guys!

Chilled Magazine Spirited Writer Profile January 2013

Cocktail Images Featured in "Chilled" Magazine

Remember photographers Shannon & Colleen Graham, aka Cocktail Images who provided us with that beautiful ‘Three Tequilas” image for the Holiday 2012 bulletin? Well, they recently emailed me to let me know that they were featured in the January 2013 issue of “Chilled” Magazine, including an interview with Colleen for their “Spirited Writer Profile” story. Way to go guys!

Chilled Magazine Spirited Writer Profile January 2013