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!
Freddie and Manny are two of my favorite subjects. I have been lucky enough to photograph them both several times over the past three years for different publications. This time the New York Times sent me to do images for a story, writer Greg Bishop is doing on the upcoming Marquez fight. There have been lots of changes at The Wild Card Boxing Gym over the years. The laundry is no longer downstairs, which means the woman who owned it isn’t chasing everyone in the parking lot. We once washed my sweatshirt over and over to appease her during a shoot. Freddie no longer lives in an apartment attached to the gym, he is now in a nice house. Pepper Roach no longer works at the gym every day. I bumped into Pepper in the parking lot, and while he wasn’t sure who I was from his recent strokes he did ask to marry me, which was our usual banter. I always reply, I’m single…but You are married! It was great to see him up and about.
Manny was going to be late, no surprise there. I shot portraits of Freddie and we caught up on his new girlfriend who seems awesome, his Mom Barbara who no longer is dying her hair blue. Freddie says she is growing up. This is why I love these people. Marie gave me a big hug and said how happy she was to have me back shooting at The Wild Card. This place is full of heart, besides being the training ground of the top boxers. Manny arrived and seemed really relaxed and happy. Every training camp has a feel, and this one seemed very mellow. Manny has become deeply spiritual and involved in politics. It will be interesting to see how this will affect keeping the killer instinct so needed in boxing. Manny plans to keep boxing through 2014 and I hope to be here for the ride.
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 →
I was lucky enough to be invited by my good friends to stay with them in their mountain home in Crested Butte for a few days. They were the perfect fall days, crisp and clear with sun. The yellow … Continue reading →
I’m obsessed…..I’m the first to admit it. The first time I visited Bodie I couldn’t believe how amazing it was. What used to be a booming mining town up in the mountains of California, is now a ghost town in … Continue reading →
I headed to Silverado, CA for Memorial Weekend to Lightning In A Bottle Festival. It was a gathering of the kindest people I have ever met. When was the last time you were somewhere with thousands of people and never heard one negative word. Every smile is returned with an even bigger smile. It is a cleansing from the materialistic LA environment to a simpler time. There are sound stages playing music and dancing at all hours of the day or night. There is yoga and lectures up on the hill for those who need a break. We sat in the grass and ate delicious food made by the local vendors. Lightning is the largest Green festival in the U.S. Every trash site has compost, recycle and landfill bins, and someone to help you decide, if you aren’t sure. People are free, happy and carry a piece of this weekend with them for a long time after. Special Thanks to The Do Lab for making it all possible. Everyone associated with them was stellar!
I first saw Spirithoods when I shot MAGIC in Las Vegas and fell in love immediately. The great people at Spirithoods were kind enough to loan us the hoods for this beauty shoot. They are so fun and eco-friendly. They also have a kids line. Love them! http://www.spirithoods.comi