Existentialism Found

There is something to be said for escaping life (even if just for a day) and leaving the constant bombardment of reality for the surreal existence that comes into meditation somewhere after white.  Whether it biologically changes someone is beyond me, but the romance in the heart beating slower crosses my mind persistently.

kauai9

In line with the prior, my wife and I left to what could be God’s gift to the Earth, Kauai. No camera, no computer, no schedule. Each day only had the allotment of 1 hour for pre pro calls, and then the phone was retired.

What I discovered was that I miss a lot trying to take in everything. In an effort to get the most out of life I often neglected the source of my creativity, life itself.…

Read more.. Thursday, June 25th, 2015

24 Hours of Le Mans

This weekend brings with it one of the greatest races of the year… the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Porsche 935 blog

I figured this would also be a nice time to launch a pic that I did of a 1981 Porsche 935 race car that I created as part of an ongoing collection of historic race cars. Self promo aside, I am actually excited to wake up at 2am this weekend to watch the starting flag drop and possibly watch the whole race (although I have still yet to stay awake through the whole race to date).

A number of years ago I had the great privilege to fly out to France on a moment’s notice and shoot a campaign for Chevrolet. While it made from some great images, somehow I woke up in some French guy’s front yard in the middle of France….…

Read more.. Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Teddy

Even the idea of writing this blog is upsetting, but I guess there is some therapeutic purpose in this all, so here it goes…

Teddy 1

To the outsider, ouldreativity is derived on a hammock strung up at the beach and perhaps a good book to compliment the peaceful reality. However, photography is a journey, it is life, and in this life there will be wonderful highs and heartbreaking lows. Unbeknownst to many, the lows will serve to form character and strength in both imagery and identity along the way. While I would love to write you a blog that was always peaceful, always happy and never upsetting, the very act would be disingenuous. The truth of the matter is that a broad understanding of the human condition is only had in the peaks and troughs of our emotional range.…

Read more.. Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Project Cars

We all need hobbies, and as a professional photographer, photography should not be one of them.

Project Cars F1

Photography is a passion, it is my job, and I see it as something that I am either working or practicing. Bummed? Yes, but it is a token that must be paid in exchange for a career that means this much to me.

With that said, there is one hobby that I have always held a passion for ever since I saw Senna race through the streets of Phoenix while sitting on my Dad’s shoulders as a child. I love racing. More broadly put, I love driving. There is something relaxing about rounding a corner and bleeding in the throttle as your eyes look at the braking point of your next apex.…

Read more.. Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

F-22 Raptor Photoshoot

Of the many planes I have been fortunate to see fly, none have confused me more than the F-22 Raptor. From the first time I watched it, to the most recent experience, my mind can’t comprehend what it is watching. Seeing a performance by one make you reconsider what you thought you knew about physics. It is as if the plane is mocking where the spectator’s mind thought it should go. It is for this reason that when given the opportunity to photograph one, I jumped out of my seat and flew directly to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas.

F22 Raptor jet photographed by Blair Bunting

Now Raptors are usually a bit hard to get alone for a photoshoot as they are one of the planes that are quite hard to “button up” for a photo.…

Read more.. Friday, May 15th, 2015

Meet the Family: Nikon’s Ambassadors

To be honest, I am still going through this career with a somewhat surreal feeling inside that I am walking in another person’s shoes. It’s fun, it’s stressful, but at the end of the day there is nothing I’d rather be doing… other than being a Ghostbuster.

Nikon Ambassadors

Last week I was in New York to meet with Nikon. It was not just a meeting, but the first “Ambassador Summit,” where those of us honored to call ourselves Ambassadors would gather and meet the rest of the family. I had no idea what to expect, and decided that I should do what I do best…. so I checked into the hotel and immediately went down to the lobby bar.

Fight it as much as we can, we photographers are a lot more alike than we think.…

Read more.. Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Formula 1 is upon us…

Days are all that separate us from those sweet sweet screaming cars known to the French as Formule Un.

Michael Schumacher

For me it means waking up at all odd hours of the night, only to watch a race that will most likely lead to my inability to return to bed upon its completion. But it is worth every bit of lost sleep, every nervous foot tap and every lap I walk around my living room waiting for the safety car to dive into the pits.

You see, while I enjoy going to a bar with friends to have a beer and watch a football game, I really don’t have an affinity to the sport. Perhaps it is why I can do my job without distraction.…

Read more.. Thursday, March 12th, 2015

The Blackberry Classic

I already know I am going to catch hell for writing this one. You see modern technology is no longer an area of acceptable opinion, it is now in the realms of politics and religion. Quite sad really.

Blackberry Classic

In the few days since I got the Blackberry Classic I have had many conversations that begin with the line, “why would you want to use a Blackberry when the iPhone is much superior?”

Here in lies the problem with modern web based journalism in the tech arena. It concludes that since it isn’t an iPhone or an Android, then it is a joke. This assessment couldn’t be further from the truth. It is like saying that if someone votes Democrat or Republican, then in turn they are a bad person, when it has nothing to do with the strength of their character. …

Read more.. Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Bb shoots… Fashion???

Like many, if not all, other photographers, I enjoy the the vast amount of avenues in our medium. Be it photojournalism, table top, macro, etc., I really appreciate what so many other photographers do, and celebrate their successes as much as my own. Unfortunately, I don’t get called to shoot these types of photography, because I haven’t shot them. Let’s be honest, it’s best to stick with someone who has a background in creating an image for the needed situation. But what happens when a client gives you carte blanche on a campaign…. and then asks you to star in it?

LowePro Echelon

This was the case for the LowePro Echelon photoshoot.

So what does a photographer, who is actually quite shy, do when faced with a campaign about himself?…

Read more.. Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Echelon

Sometimes the phone rings and the conversation that awaits you is not one that you could have ever expected… This was the case for me last May.

LowePro Echelon

On the other end was the marketing director for LowePro. While I have talked with him many times, the conversation that awaited me was quite surreal. He said plane and simple, “we have made you a bag line.”

Now if he would have said that they made me a bag, I would have lost my mind at how cool that was, but a bag line!?!?!?  I think my only response was, “thank you, but I just don’t deserve this.” I feel that things like this, and some other endorsements, are at a constant battle in my mind telling me that I am much cooler than I am.…

Read more.. Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015