Saturday

Mr. Matt Howse and Ms. Brigid Barry

I traded tattoo time with one of my favorite artists for holiday photos. Here was the result.

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Angel Island: the band

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Monday

Alex Pignone

I recently shot Italian motocross superstar and Indy race-car driver Alex Pignone at Infineon Raceway. These images will be used by his Italian press team.

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His US based assistant is a dear friend of mine. Here they are together.

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Thursday

ADC and PDN

First off, let me start by saying I Love New York. I know every time I come here, I preach things of a similar vein, but this time I plan to do something about it. I have decided that I am moving to NYC in January. It's where I know I need to be for my career, art and soul.

Now that that's been covered...

ADC- the Art Directors Club, holds a contest every year called Young Guns. Fifty young creatives, of all mediums, win awards. The art was amazing. I just became a member of the ADC and I hadn't been to their space previously. It is a beautiful open gallery space with an upstairs balcony and an alcove for viewing films. The art ranged from incredible paintings to booklets to illustrated videos to photographs and so forth. They really covered every medium that hits the public eye commercially.

One of the first things that stood out to me- besides all of the attractive people- was the hot dogs. Everyone was carrying around hot dogs on a little paper shell. I thought this was weird, until, I approached the hot dog table to find an array of about 15 different kinds of hot dogs... well the dog part was the same across the table, but the toppings were all Asian inspired- Japanese dog, Thai dog, Vietnamese dog. I ate one that had shredded mango and cilantro toppings, and by the end of the evening I was swapping half dogs with another fellow who also felt compelled to stuff his face. We shared some dog with BBQ ribs on top, one with warm patè and another with kimchi. Delish.


I took the A train back to Ms. Harmons house and awoke at 7am to head to the PDN Photo Expo. The first seminar I signed up for was a marketing seminar headed up by Debra Weiss with panelists Andrea Kaye, Joann Tansman and Matt Seminara... The whole panel had experience in various parts of the industry. Overall I took 8 seminars ranging from marketing to website to portfolio and fine art.

For now, I have to switch to iPhoning it as I am running out the door.

love love love.

Frankie

Wednesday

Fail.

So I failed at updating my blog with interviews, however I have been booked solid for the last 4 weeks shooting for a couple different clients- Flowmaster, Theo Mindell and the Universal Record Database.

I was hired to shoot Flowmaster through an excellent agency in Canada that works primarily with auto part companies. The majority of my female friends that I told said, 'Flowmaster... the exercise equipment?' No. Not the exercise equipment. My male friends all replied a variation on, 'Sweet! Can you hook me up with some Flows?' Haha.

The guys up at Flowmaster were great to work with. I think being a female, in a male dominated environment, may have aided in getting the gentlemen to hustle and work particularly hard. OR, perhaps they are that super efficient all of the time. ;) Either way, they were a blast.

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http://www.flowmastermufflers.com/

Theo Mindell is a great client and friend of mine. He probably my most personally influential artist/entrepreneur friend. Not only is he a talented artist, he creates jobs for other talented artists. He is the owner of Spider Murpheys Tattoo in San Rafael California, and the lead singer in the band Orchid that just got signed. He recently put together an art show at 111 Minna in San Francisco, showcasing 30 Northern California tattoo artists, with live music (including an incredibly realistic KISS cover band). Along with shooting the event, Theo hired me to do copy work of the paintings. I don't normally shoot events, but I would shoot anything for Theo. The images will appear in Tattoo Magazine.


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One of my strong points is that I can mingle in a variety of crowds I think this is because of the way I was raised. I am a chameleon of sorts. Anyhow, tattoo guys are not known for being the most friendly... there is a phrase 'Tattitude' that comes to mind. I had no problem some good shots out of the guys. I think being raised around Hells Angels helped with this.

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http://www.spidermurphystattoo.com/

http://www.myspace.com/spidermurphystattooparlor

The Universal Record Database has been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a number of times and has a rapidly growing following. Dan Rollman- who previously worked as an advertising copywriter for agencies Fallon McElligott, BBDO and Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, co-founded the URDB which grew from a Burning Man theme camp started in 2004. The Universal Record Database is an amazing project that I have now had the pleasure of working with when they've filmed in San Francisco. Anyone can set a record, and even though I was shooting, I represented on the record front; my first record was Most 4 Letter Words in Under 60 Seconds (I was beat: my record was 46; Chris Dean is the current record holder with 120); my second attempt at a record was- Quickest Time to Produce Alligator Tears (I choked); and my latest record was Most Bunny Ear or Devil Horn Portraits Taken in Under 60 Seconds. The count is 15 portraits. I am not particularly happy with this score and I will be resetting my record just as soon as someone beats mine.

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http://URDB.com

Sunday

The Future of Frankie Shot Me

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August Self Portraits

Apparently my cats don't take self portrait sessions very seriously.

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The black one is Ninja, the one displaying his ass so nicely above is Prince and the little white in the lower right corner below is Lola. They are all orphans. Ninja is from Vietnam, complete with hook tail, and Lola/Prince were found in a dumpster in Lafayette CA.


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Team orphan family.

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And in case you are wondering, Lola is the alpha.

Tuesday

Interview with me on Trevor Traynor's I SHOOT EVERYTHING site.

Hey all,

Amazing hip hop photographer, Trevor Traynor, who I had a show with last year at Oxenrose in San Francisco (his abandoned russian playground photo series and my incest: a love story photo series), has a weekly interview he does with various photographers around the world on his website.

I was featured this week. You can see my interview at http://iShootEverything.com

This is the photo featured in the blog:
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Saturday

I have done so much traveling this past year, I impress myself.

LONDON
June of last year I went to London where I stayed with a great friend/performance artist Katie O'Brien. Katie and Sinead started a project called The Muffia (http://TheMuffia.co.uk), part of which includes them donning blonde wigs and Merkins. They have recently gotten a lot of press including an article in London's Guardian. Katie took me to this abandoned tunnel under the Waterloo station where graffiti artist Banksy held a 3 day street artist event he dubbed the Cans Festival. The artists, with permission from the city, filled the walls with absolutely incredible art.

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CAMA BEACH, WA
In August I went to a family reunion at Cama Beach on Camano Island about an hour north east of Seattle. We stayed in these amazing little wood cabins right on the water. Each cabin comes equipped with it's own little kitchen and bathroom and each bed has it's own handmade quilt made for the Cama Beach cabins from the Stanwood Quilters. My sister Margarite came and we spent the last day in Seattle walking around and laughing till I almost peed my pants. Then I went to Portland for 4 days for a friends baby shower and had the opportunity to hang out with drag king stay with Billy Clarke a photographer/friend up there.
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FLAGSTAFF, AZ
And then there was Swing Kid Vote (http://SwingKidVote.blogspot.com). Swing Kid Vote was a panic blog I started in September of 08 in response to the Palinisms that filled the airwaves. That blog and it's readers sent me to Fort Lauderdale Florida where I hitchhiked with Billy Mitchell- the world record holder for Donkey Kong and Ms. Pacman, and then onto Virginia where I got in a car chase with an angry republican housewife (her chasing me), and then to Flagstaff AZ where I met my late grandfathers last wife, author and folk singer Katie Lee. Did I mention that my Grandpa Brandy was a race car driver... awessssome. His life was pretty much a mystery to me, so getting to meet Katie Lee was a treat. She wrote a book called Sandstone Seduction that has a 22 pages of memories, love letters and photos from her love affair with my grandfather.

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Really though, Swing Kid Vote was an amazing adventure and I strongly recommend reading the blog and the feedback. There are tons upon tons of photos from the trip. Truly the greatest benefit of that project was seeing how many people deeply cared about the 2008 election and were willing to do whatever they could to help.

MAUI, HI
In January a friends father flew me to Maui to see her as a surprise for her birthday. I love being a birthday gift. I got to get grounded and feel my feet on the earth in one of the more beautiful place on this planet.
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NEW ORLEANS, LA
The following week after NYC, my friends Adrian and Judy Allen bought me a ticket to go see them in New Orleans. I LOVE NEW ORLEANS. Judy is an excellent photographer as well and part of the goal of the trip was to shed whatever photo knowledge I could in the time I was there. Adrian and Judy are amazing, they stayed in New Orleans during Katrina and own 4 houses, 3 of which are in the 9th Ward. The 9th Ward is where Adrian grew up and it is where Katrina hit the hardest. As Hunters Point is to San Francisco, the 9th Ward is to New Orleans. The trip was wonderful in part because Adrian and Judy are huge foodies. We went to incredible restaurants every day for lunch and dinner. Of the tops I would say Jacques-Imos was up there with creole,
jambalaya and gumbo. Mmmm. The highlight of the whole trip for me was the last day there they took me to Holy Cross- a Catholic boys school that got hit hard from Katrina and, with the exception of minor juvenile vandalism, is still frozen in time. I honestly think these are some of the most exceptional photos I have ever taken. The last photo in the grid was taken by Judy Allen.
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SECRET LOCATION
In late April for my fathers birthday I drove him and a friend of his to a spot where they go train hopping. I know what you are going to say... yes it is dangerous, but he started hopping freights when he was 13 with his brothers. Here are some shots from that day trip. Unfortunately right as we pulled up a train was leaving, so I didn't get any photos of them hopping on. Next Time.

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ROADTRIP SAN FRANCISCO TO NORTH CAROLINA
Now up to present time, I just took a cross country road trip with my friends Janice and Don Christopher who are blessed enough to be retiring. They bought a house in North Carolina, so we drove HWY 40 across the southern part of this beautiful country. The second day driving was my favorite- Flagstaff to Amarillo Texas, stopping in Albuquerque for lunch. The color pallet is amazing. I never really realized the varying color pallets of each part of this country. That stretch of earth is miles of salmon colored mountains speckled with rich brown bushes and the occasional tree that runs up against the pale blue sky with edible white cloud puffs. It is amazing.
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We stopped for two nights in Nashville. I could definitely see myself living in Tennessee. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which thankfully is dedicated to the older country musicians- Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells and Waylon Jennings era. I love the outfits they used to perform in. All of the personalized elements- stitched initials on the boots, abalone inlaid names into the instruments and embroidered garments. While there I magically landed at a house turned cafe called Cafe Cocoa. There I met up with a friend of a friend (and aspiring photographer) Carrie O'Brien. She was an excellent hostess and took me out to dinner with about a dozen of her friends.

And now I am back. Home and grateful for my nest and my kittens.

Saturday

Racquel Valle, the CW and Lahaina

I have not written in an embarrassing length of time. I do have excuses, but don't we all. The cats are well... you will be getting photos of them at some point and I have been staying busy with a few jobs here and there.

One of my favorite designers and a close friend Racquel Valle came back to San Francisco for the winter half of her bi-coastal life and we got together to shoot her new line. I am always impressed with her fabrics and unique, but classic style. That sounds cheesy, but it is so true. Her clothes are so well made.

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She lent us some of the clothes for a shoot for the CW: America's Next Top Model- Bay Area Contest that we did the following week with wardrobe stylist Shakira Holmes and hair and make-up students from The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology. The winner was Keli Hampton. Super cute.

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And I went to Maui for a close friends birthday. This trip totally opened me up to add the landscape portfolio to my website, which I have been thinking of doing for years after I saw that one of my favorite photographers Stan Musilek has a landscape portfolio on his site too. Here are some of the other images of me and my friend lounging at the beach in Lahaina.

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So that is my brief but loving update. I have 3 more shoots coming up, so there will be an update very soon.

xoxox

Frankie
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