1. From: Small Town Inertia by JA Mortram                 Image © JA Mortram

    M40 Photography Recommends:

    Small Town Inertia - A dark, deeply immersive documentary project from UK photo-journalist JA Mortram

     

  2. Ashley Building. Llano, TX

     

  3. What I’ve Been Reading: Lewis Baltz - The Prototype Years

     

  4. Recent Work:

    Chef/owner James Holmes and cohorts, in the Lone Star chicken coop at Olivia.

    Austin, Texas.

     

  5. New Work:

    Recently I was commissioned to shoot an executive portrait of Scott Uhrig, for use on his new business website. 

    Scott was a pleasure to work with. As you might imagine though, his jacket, with its fine patterning, was less fun to shoot. Anyone who’s dealt with the  phenomena of moire will know what we were up against. Scott brought two jackets to the shoot, and the other jacket photographed better - or at least, messed to a lesser extent with my camera’s sensor - but we preferred the overall look with this shirt/jacket.

    It took some post-production finessing, but we eventually managed to remove most (if not all) of the moire effect, and in doing, wound up with  a portrait with which we were both happy.

     

  6. #tbt to that time I photographed a Swedish pilot (seriously) in the bleachers at Hollywood High, and just for a moment she looked exactly like #marilynmonroe. I don’t want to think about how long ago this was. #makeportraits (at Hollywood High School)

     

  7. From a location scouting trip - preparation for a recent World Wildlife Fund shoot.

     

  8. Deep Ellum, TX.

     

  9. 'No sweat - I've got this.' A sweaty ode to the joys of shooting in Austin, TX in mid-summer.

    Thanks to everyone at Pentagram (Austin), and to the models and crew, for a successful World Wildlife Fund shoot.

    Behind the scenes pic: Marty Robbins

     

  10. Contigo - Austin, TX

    Austin has a reputation for a certain kind of cool, for its own funky, laid-back vibe. You read about it in media outlets all the time, which is to say, there’s a hype that sometimes outstrips the reality.

    Whenever I visit Contigo though, I find that it exemplifies the kind of hip, yet informal atmosphere that media articles about Austin invariably describe. There’s good food, local brews, creative (but not improbable) cocktails, and always a welcoming hospitality.

    For me then, it represents an ideal of the quintessential Austin - not the media hyped one, but the real one.

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    Thanks to Contigo chef/owner Andrew Wiseheart, who graciously made time for these portraits and allowed me to roam around his restaurant. Also. thanks to his talented staff, who assisted in various ways.