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World of One: The Stranger

The Stranger (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 45″ inches | edition of 5   “There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night” – Albert Camus April was a crazy month, but spring is finally here and in full swing. While I originally planned to shoot this picture on the benches next to the Trinity Church in Copley Square, the events of the Boston Marathon bombing totally derailed that plan. Instead, when I shot a Kung Fu Master piece for Sifu Zhou Xuan Yun, I …

Kung Fu Master: Zhou Xuan Yun

Zhou Xuan Yun, Daoist Sword (from the series Kung Fu Masters)   Zhou Xuan Yun, Daoist Sword White (from the series Kung Fu Masters) Sifu Zhou Xuan Yun is a Master of Wudong-style (more commonly spelled Wu-Tang-style) martial arts. He grew up on Wudong Mountain, where he trained in Chinese martial arts since the early age of 10. At age 20, he left Wudong Mountain to wander as a monk for 4 years and to seek out a dialogue with other martial artists. In short, this guy (who resembles a bad guy from a Tony Jaa movie) has the classic …

World of One: the Indecisive Battle

The Indecisive Battle (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 41″ inches | edition of 5   Above is the picture I had originally envisioned when I was shooting Painful Pleasures. Internal Destruction This image, Internal Destruction, was shot about two weeks earlier and is a previously failed attempt at creating the snowball fight of my dreams. When I completed the collage (after 12+ hours of work), I found myself grossly disappointed. Although I do see redeeming qualities about the picture, I feel like it is lacking what I like to call …