In the past two years, I’ve clocked in quite a few travel miles. And in those two years, my equipment has taken a beating as much as my luggage has.
Like a physical scar on your body, these particular scratches and wear was a life saving type. While photographing the ten hour American Le Mans race, Petit Le Mans, at Road Atlanta in Georgia, it started to rain. And by rain, I meant poured. I still had to get my shots and coverage for the event and I braved the weather without any sort of weather cover over the camera. I paid a price for this darn 5D (my Miata) and I planned to get my every ounce of money from it.
While hiking up a steep and rather wet hill along the race track, my foot slipped and I started to slide down the hill. Camera in hand, I held it down to stop myself from sliding any further. The result? These scratches.
That was almost 2 years ago. Since then the edges of the camera have since polished and revealed the magnesium underneath the black paint.
This particular dent, from one year ago, on the corner of my laptop happened in Atlanta, Georgia as well. My equipment sure seems to have a liking towards Atlanta for some reason….
While in the security line at the airport, I was removing the laptop from my bag to be scanned. Hand slipped and laptop dropped.
Because of the drop, the laptop can no longer close properly.
The laptop has since been shoved into countless bags, banged up against all sorts of inanimate objects, and lightly dropped here and there. A few other corners are starting to show this wear.
A few weeks ago, I upgraded the memory on the laptop myself. I removed the back cover the best I could. One screw wouldn’t unscrew because it was located at the really dented end of the laptop. I installed the memory by sliding the back cover over. Memory installed, the cover slid back on. Nine out of the ten screws came off at the start of the project and only seven was able to be screwed back on. The chassis flex from that first initial drop in Atlanta prevented that.
The only thing I think about when I’m out in the field shooting is that I have to get my shots in. The rest is trivial. If I need to place my camera on the ground momentarily, I do. If I need to place it in a puddle of mud, I do because I know it can. If I need to use my camera to save my life, I will.
The end product are my photographs. It’s what I strive for. The tools to obtain those photographs is best thought as extension of myself. I have my heart, my eyes, my arms, my legs, and a camera. The result of how my equipment looks now wasn’t done on purpose, it was a gradual process of well, working. I’ve only recently noticed it as more and more people are pointing out just how worn equipment really is.
The moral of the story? Just shoot photographs, everything else, gear included is trivial.
Art is a process and getting dirty is part of that.
[...] the result of two years on the road at linhbergh. [...]
I’ve been working with the guys from HRE Wheels to help with content for their just launched website redesign and also their new print catalog. Here’s a sample collection of what I’ve been doing with them these past few months. They wanted to go for a more lifestyle based direction than what they’ve been doing previously.
The set of images below with the Gumpert Apollo supercar is the best example of that.
Be sure to check out the website www.hrewheels.com to see more of these photos.
The past couple of days have been spent in Vancouver, British Columbia. This it the view from my hotel room on the 18th floor over the course of a day. I should note that these photos were not taken while mounted on a tripod (except for the evening) on the same spot three times during the course of the day. While it is roughly the same shot, there is a slight dilation from each picture to picture. The only constant was the view and the focal length.
…and the evening:
[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Linhbergh, Stephen Breakwell. Stephen Breakwell said: RT @linhbergh: The view from the 18th floor from the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver. What a beautiful city…. http://bit.ly/hxh0ID [...]
Last May, I had the opportunity to visit the great tuning house, Underground Racing. While there, the guys from Mobil 1 gave me another opportunity –the opportunity to spend quality time with two Underground racing Lamborghini Gallardos to shoot for an upcoming Mobil 1 print ad campaign. This was the result:
A few friends have spied this very ad in the 2010 SEMA guide book, and the current issue of SuperStreet. Any other magazines you guys have seen it in?
[...] mean something I'm keeping it in the V10 for now until further testing….see the cool AD below; Mobil 1 + Underground Racing at LINHBERGH __________________ 04 6spd Pearl Yellow Gallardo CNS Racing Power clutch and flywheel (Reman) [...]
Before the turn of year, I had the great opportunity to shoot my very good friend and mentor, Peter Li and his girl in a very seedy and dark part of Los Angeles. For this particular shoot, I took a lot of inspiration from the Chinese art house director, Wong Kar Wai. I specifically drew a lot of the look and mood from, from his masterful film, “In the Mood for Love.”
I finally had a bit of breathing time to post these shots up!
It’s been a long, long while since I’ve shot couples and looking back at this set gives is giving me that itch again. Oh, and Cortizone, I’m sure, will not help.
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This Thursday, April 8th, 2010, is the Art of FormulaD: a 2009 Season Retrospective presented by ID Agency and Formula Drift. The show will feature the works of Estevan Oriol, Jose Martinez, Will Roegge, and myself.
If you’d like to attend please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org!
I’ll see you all there and be sure to wear your best ARTPANTS!
A few months ago when Kenny Chieu and I started talking about his car being sponsored by KINOD, it seemed like something we’d both like to pursue. The more we talked, the more it seemed like the talks would actually bear fruit. Speculation turned into some rough ideas, ideas transformed into real concepts, and the concepts finally became a reality.
About a year ago, I shot Kenny’s Toyota MR-S for a ColdTrackDays feature. Who would’ve known then that the street tuned car, that also moonlighted weekend track car, would turn into a fully dedicated time attack machine.
Kenny and I met for coffee one day. We sat down and worked over all the details and finalizing the livery design concepts. Kenny is an OCD sort of man himself. As my client and I had to make him happy but I also had to make sure that my design vision would be realized. The KINOD branding had to stay true. After a couple of hours, we both approved a final design concept. Those concepts is what you see above.
The image on the top left is our original rough concept and the one below it is the finalized design ready to be sent out to get the vinyl cut.
In 2009, Kenny ran KINOD stickers but it did not brand KINOD correctly. So for the 2010 season, KINOD has teamed up with Kenny to become his title sponsor! Jesse and I wanted to step up KINOD’s marketing and reach while Kenny wanted to step up his competitiveness for the 2010 Redline Time Attack season. It became a perfect marriage.
We wanted KINOD to be known as a quality brand with quality taste. The livery design on the car is to portray that exact connotation –and I believe it does. The design is simple, clean, yet striking. It will definitely stand out in the RTA street class: a class filled with high dollar builds with high dollar companies backing them up. Then there is us: a small business trying to get their name out while helping a privateer racer whom we believe will be very competitive this season.
Portrait and wedding photography advertisements on a time attack car? Wrong demographic? We think not. So many people fall in love and get married: including race car drivers! We can’t wait to see how Kenny will do at round one of the 2010 Redline Time Attack season in two weeks time. If anything, he and his newly KINOD’d up car will look sexy in the process, yes?
[...] March 16, 2010 I’m proud to announce for the 2010 Redline Time Attack season, I’ll be partnering with KINOD Collective as the title sponsor for my Toyota MR-S. We’ve been in talks for the past several months work dreams into reality, and the reality is quite dreamy. Please follow this link to Linhbergh’s blog. [...]