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Published: 2004-12-09T11:54:56-05:00


MTV Real World House



MTV's Real World filmed their current season here in Philadelphia. About a year ago, my gallery called me saying that the producers were interested in one of my pieces to use as room decor.

This isn't the sort of thing I usually do, and since there was no money in it I said "Sure go ahead" and then forgot about. Usually these things don't lead to anything.

Anyway, my son told me he saw my piece on the show last week. Since I'm old enough to remember when MTV launched, I'm too old to actually watch it anymore. But they have some shots of the house on their website.

This piece is titled "Believes". Here's the portfolio the piece comes from.

This is the piece as it is used in the house on MTV's Real World.

Here's a page with more links to a 360 degree view of the room and the MTV Real World producer being interviewed about the design. Follow the links under "Green Bedroom".

Ram Gupta of PeopleSoft



I recently made this portrait of Ram Gupta, Products and Technology EVP of PeopleSoft. The portrait is being used on the cover of Quest Magazine.

Framing Fine Art Photography


Light Impressions is a great source for framing fine art photography supplies. I’ve been using them for years. Their products are all top shelf.

In addition to their framing supplies, they have a great assortment of archival storage boxes and folders.

Annual Report Photography


The first day aftr Labor Day is the traditional start of the annual report photography season.

Gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines.

Portrait Photography How Tos



This is a portrait of my son Evan and my wife Cornelia. The baby in her belly is now our year and a-half year old Lucas.

I took this shot using a 35mm point and shoot camera loaded with Fuji Astia transparency film. I then used Photoshop to paint in the subtle softness beginning around Evan's face and extending out to the edges of the frame.

For some more portrait photography how tos, try these Kodak portrait tips.

To see more of my portrait work go here.

Archival Photo Supplies and More


The 44" x 11.5' Handel Evans print is going to require a light and sturdy substrate for mounting. My plan is to glue the print down to this backing, bleeding the print off the edge. The oleopasto will cover the print, both protecting it and giving it a textured surface.

I found a source for the backing yesterday. The Small Corporation sells archival photo supplies and more. They manufacture a custom sized aluminum honeycombed archival product for both prints and photographs. I think this will do the trick.

Fint Art Photo Protection


Because of the size of the fine art reproduction I'm working on, I've had to come up with a way to frame and protect the print. A 44"x11' print is simply too large to cover with glass.

Thanks to Kansas City photographer Michael Regnier for suggesting the use of Oleopasto as a solution.

Oleopasto is a translucent oil-based gel. I can apply it to the surface with a brush or a knife. It has the double benefit of protecting the surface of the print and imparting a textured surface.

Handel Evans Print


I'm one step closer to being ready to print the Handel Evans piece. The 11' wide painting is located at ISI in Philadelphia.

Epson 9600 Print


I'm continuing the test for the 44" x 11' (that's right foot) print I'm going to pull on the Epson 9600 printer. I don't even want to think of how much it will cost if the printer hiccups.

Data Asset Management for Professional Digital Photographers


As many of you know, I've been working for a bit over a year now on an online tool for professional digital photographers. This editing tool, Pixlpro, allows corporate, event and editorial photographers to delivery their digital images via the web.

I've been using Pixlpro for my own digital submissions to clients here in Philadelphia and throughout the country. I'm now happy to announce that, together with my brother Bill Tracy, we've launched Pixlpro as a subscription service for commercial photographers.