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Archive for May, 2010

I’m proud to be a part of The 26 Blocks project which opens at After Hours Gallery Friday May 7th 2010. The premise was to take 26 Phoenix photographers and 26 writers, team them up, and issue each of team a specific city block in the downtown area to document in words and images either the past, present  or future of the specified location. Basically we could do anything we wanted that would be thought provoking. My team mate was Steve Price, copywriter, poet and educator. Feel free to click on the link below to read more about the project.

http://www.26blocks.com/

The block we were given was bordered on the east and west by 3rd Street to 5th Street and on the north and south by Van Buren and Monore Streets which is the location of The Roman Catholic Diocese Of Phoenix. The results in words and photography are below…..

This is Steve’s written piece:

One Moment of Peace

By Steve Price

Here I sit in lotus position, a yogic Jew in the meditation garden of the Roman Catholic Diocese. The fountain, which consists of three small waterfalls, lulls me into stillness. A bird could perch on my shoulder, like in that statue over there of St. Francis of Assisi.

It’s the day before Passover, eight days before Easter. This morning a student of mine, Brenda, brought me a mala from India, washed in the Ganges River. It’s like a rosary except the beads are made of Rudraksh seeds, whose rough texture provides good traction for the fingers.

One of the other statues here is of Mother Theresa. Valorie, my sweetheart, is a big fan. She told me a Mother Theresa quote, which instantly became one of my favorites: “I am a pencil in the hand of God writing a love letter to the world.”

My brother Mike once joined Jews for Jesus. “King of the Jews,” he’d say. “He’s one of us.” He used to look like Jesus, with long hair that fell over his face and into his chocolate pudding.

I open my eyes: there’s a woman sitting on the adjacent bench. Occasionally we smile, but resist the temptation to converse. All we need from one another is to sit here being okay with the other person doing the same. Ambassadors of peace.

The fountain has enough power to make foam at the bottom. It reminds me of the ocean. World leaders should hold their summits at the beach.

On September 14, 1987, Pope John Paul II arrived at Sky Harbor at 8:30 a.m., St. Joe’s Hospital at 9:00, St. Mary’s Basilica at 9:40, Civic Plaza at 10:50, Saints Simon & Jude Cathedral on 27th Avenue at 12:30, lunch at 1:20 followed by a nap, then Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 4:30, Sun Devil Stadium at 6:30 and finally, retiring at Bishop O’Brien’s home at 10:00 p.m.

I think about my father, a busy real estate broker. Every so often he’d say, “Could everyone please just give me one moment of peace?” I’ve come to know how he felt. The woman is gone now, and once again I have the garden all to myself. I wish the Pope, and my father, and everyone had a turn to sit here like this, with just the water and the birds.

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Arizona Cardinals running back Chris “Beanie” Wells is the new spokesperson for the sub shop Blimpie. We recently had the opportunity to photograph him for the introduction of their new healthy menu. We were asked to produce all new photography for their  promotional and  advertising needs.

We’ve shot a handful of celebrities and this shoot was amazing, Beanie gave us four hours to accomplish the shot list we had to produce. Generally when shooing these types of portraits we can count on getting a mere 20 minutes if we’re lucky. To say the least he was very patient and the consummate professional!

Kate Unger from Kahala Corp contacted the studio and we discussed the creative strategy along with Robb Penney of 602 Design.

The wonderful crew that made the shoot “swing”…Kate, Robb, Robert, Gidget, Allyson, Ron, Nola, Madison, and the rest of the support team.

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