Here is the second song from ETHEL and Robert Mirabal’s visit to the studio. If you like string sections are native american flute, then you should definitely check these folks out. They kick ass with their bows.
I shot these during a trip to the convenience store with my daughter. Snowfall has been breaking records this year and it doesn’t seem to want to let up anytime soon.
Pompeys Pillar National Monument is just a couple of miles down the road from me. Since it was a rare clear night in the middle of an unusual large amount of snowstorms for the area, I thought I would try to get some quick shots of the monument. The sandstone formation is the location where William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition climbed the Pillar and carved his signature and date into the rock.
Last night it was 21 below zero, and I unfortunately had to walk into the monument since they don’t allow vehicles after dark. Normally, the walk to the monument from the road is easy. Given the weather, by the time I had walked in, shot pictures until the cold sucked the juice out of my two batteries, and spent a good chunk of time without a glove on my right hand, I was beginning to get symptoms of frost bite in my fingers. Normally, when I am out in the extreme cold, I am close to a heated car to warm me back up to the point where I can keep shooting. However, last night after I had begun to feel the pins and needles in my hand, i still had to walk about a half mile back to my car carrying a frozen metal tripod and flashlight. If I had gotten frostbite, I don’t think these pictures would have been worth it. My fingers still hurt from last night.
Pompeys Pillar under the Stars
Pompeys Pillar under the Stars
Supaman stopped by my studio at the Gazette the other day to record a video for a remake of his ‘Prayer Song.’ Recently, Supaman has been working on incorporating a loop machine into his hip hop act in order create a one-man-band performance. In addition the loop machine, he has also has begun to incorporate traditional Apsaalooke music into his hip hop. He scratches on an old record of traditional crow songs and loops a traditional drum beat and flute track. He also has shunned his street clothes for a Fancy Dance outfit.
When he first approached me about his new venture of wearing his fancy dance outfit to perform hip hop, I was a bit skeptical. But once we got into the studio and I began to hear the music he was making, my skepticism dissipated and I began to get very excited about putting out this video. I strongly encourage you to check out this video. Supaman’s personality and ability to put on a great performance really shine through. Caution, however, the phenomenal music might get stuck in your head.
Here is a video from his last visit to the studio where he demonstrated Fancy Dance.
I have been sitting on these for awhile. I shot these back at the end of December. They are running with some more of my star pictures today in the Gazette’s Magazine section. CLICK HERE to read the story and see the other photos. The colors on the sandstone were created by quickly shining flashlights covered by gels onto the sandstone formations at Medicine Rocks State Park in eastern Montana.
A sandstone Medicine Rock at Medicine Rock State Park painted with blue light reaches for the Milky Way.
The milky way hides behind a sandstone Medicine Rock painted with a yellow light.
The milky way hides behind a sandstone Medicine Rock painted with a yellowish light.
The past couple of days I shot some pics of high school kids in m ake-up for a contest the paper is running. Here are a couple of the results. The toughest part of this shoot was keeping them from laughing.
Here is a video I shot of Doug Balmain performing his song ‘Home’