Jason Collins for The New York Times

I love people of courage. It comes in all forms. When I met Jason I told him a guy friend had asked me to thank Jason for coming out. He thought for a minute and said “Tell him you’re welcome… It’s strange to be thanked for being honest about who you are.” During our shoot and listening to his interview with Jennifer Medina I was struck by his humble grace amid what was a media storm. He still went and worked out the morning of our shoot, between taking calls from President Obama and Oprah. He seemed so happy about finally being able to be open about who he was, and grateful at the great response he had gotten. He will make the road better for young men, athletes and African-American men who are gay. He is a hero.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/01/sports/jason-collins-took-personal-steps-before-coming-out-publicly.html?_r=0

Cub Swanson for Fight Magazine

 

I have wanted to shoot Cub Swanson for the last year. Something about him was so likeable. I was thrilled when Fight Magazine called to ask me to shoot him for the cover and feature of this month’s Fight Magazine. I went to Palm Springs where he lives to meet him. Writer R.J. Clifford was there to interview Cub between shots. I was fascinated hearing about his life growing up hard in Palm Springs and all that he has overcome. He is open and honest about growing up around gang violence and drugs, and getting to where he is now inspiring youth who are in the same situations. Cub has an easy smile and a great energy about him. It was way hotter than I expected in Palm Springs and we were going to hike up the hills to shoot Cub running the cliffs. Cub walked out of his house with a pair of shorts for me. It’s those kind of gestures that you remember, and help define a person. We had a great, fun day. Even when R.J.’s truck got stuck in the sand  by the wind turbines and we all had to push it out, it was somehow a fun group effort. I’m really happy for Cub! Cub CoverWeb_FIGHT_MAY13

The Legendary Charlie Plotkin

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I was lucky to hang with the legendary music producer Charlie Plotkin for a few days. Charlie produced Bruce Springsteen’s albums for 15 years and worked with Dylan, James Taylor and the list goes on. He is the most humble … Continue reading

Here comes the Boom

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I am so happy to see my great client and friend Bas Rutten out in Here Comes The Boom. Bas was my first feature portrait shoot for Fight Magazine a few years ago. Since then I shot all the images … Continue reading

Thanks to everyone who came out to Gallery 135 in Portland for my show!

 

Thanks so much to all who came out on First Thursday for the opening of my show at Gallery 135! What a great crowd of people who came in to view. It was so fun talking to all the fight fans and non fight fans about all the really amazing people I get to photograph.  Special Thanks to all at IDL for curating the show and to Cash for taking awesome pics…

My Upcoming Gallery Show

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I am so excited to bring these amazing athletes to the world of fine art! I hope everyone in the Portland area will come out. If there are any fighters in the area training, please stop in. It will be a wonderful night. I can’t thank IDL Worldwide enough for curating this event.

My Upcoming Gallery Show

http://satoriengine.com/gallery135/

I am so excited to bring these amazing athletes to the world of fine art! I hope everyone in the Portland area will come out. If there are any fighters in the area training, please stop in. It will be a wonderful night. I can’t thank IDL Worldwide enough for curating this event.

Antonio Margarito

I headed down to Oxnard to shoot Antonio Margarito training for his big fight against Manny Pacquiao last week. The fight is only a week out in Texas. I really liked Antonio and Roberto Garcia his boxing coach. Antonio came over, shook my hand and said hello. He is humble and down to earth. He is smiling and laughing and loving this road.  His wife Michelle is there quietly watching him train. In a break between bells, he checked in with her and joked.  Antonio is hungry for this redemption win, to prove he is a champ again. There is no ego at the Oxnard Boxing Academy, just hard work. Antonio is ripped and ready for Saturday. I think he is the fighter who can bring Manny a challenge at this point in his career. Kudos to Roberto for keeping the gym open to the kids in the less fortunate neighborhoods of Oxnard to have a place to blow off steam and stay safe. I’d love to go in one day and do portraits of all the young kids.