True/False Scenes

One of my favorite weekends of the year exceeded my expectations. Again. I have never been to another film festival so I can’t say for sure, but I have heard from many people that True/False is the best film festival experience in the world. I like to think it is not too big but not too small. There are always more things to do than I have time for but I still end up running into the same people around throughout the three-day whirlwind.

See you at #tf2013!

indiewire.com picked up some photos by me and fellow T/F-er Mo Scarpelli!

True/False Faces

I have never done a portrait series, per se, but going through my photos from last weekend in Columbia, Mo., I came up with an interesting set of portraits I had shot in all different styles. A traditional “portrait series” sets out with the goal of uniting the subjects within some kind of set, whether it be through a stylistic device employed by the photographer or the inclusion of a common thread throughout the series. But maybe a set of people who really have nothing in common can still be a series? I think, perhaps, we are all connected in our uniqueness.

True/False 2011

The sum of any collection of parts from this past weekend do not come close to adding up to the experience of True/False. I don’t want to sound pretentious or braggy but, like several of my friends, traveling to Columbia, Mo., for the True/False film festival has become a not-to-be-missed annual tradition. We had rain the first day, but despite colder than normal temps and overcast skies the thousands of pedestrians enjoyed walking downtown from theater to theater all weekend. This, I feel, plays a big part in my enjoyment of the event; I ran into several people I didn’t expect to see, and the friends I hoped to see and I crossed paths many times. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the festival’s photo team for the last two years, allowing me access to all the events and workshops, plus a pass to see some docs (space permitting). Here a few of the shots that I hope capture some of the joy and excitement I witnessed and experienced. And if you have the means and interest, seriously consider attending or volunteering for T/F 2012. And say “Hi” to me when you’re there.

Back in Mid Mo

I don’t know what it is about going back to Columbia but every time I visit I end up taking hundreds and hundreds of photos, staying out way too late, and then leaving feeling recharged regardless. Maybe it is just the joy I feel I am surrounded by everywhere, in both the people and places I visit. Anyway, here are some of my favorite shots from the weekend. Pretend I created a separate post for each one since they don’t really connect in any particular way.








Near and Far

Two more shots from Columbia over the weekend. My friends are awesome and I am so thankful for their tolerance of my camera habits. Hopefully getting them an occasional neat picture for facebook makes up for it.
top: For several years Stephanie Berg has been breeding guppies and selling them back to stores in Kansas City and Columbia. She runs the entire multi-tank operation from her small bedroom in a basement apartment and is developing blue, red, and snakeskin strains.
bottom: Anna Fleischer on top of the Hitt Street parking structure in Columbia at sunset.


Cabin on the River

The Cabin Sessions played at Les Bourgeois on Saturday and I was hired to take some pics of the performance. The sunset was pretty much lost behind the incoming storm clouds, which actually turned some fantastic colors. As the storm slammed into us, the soaked instruments and musicians all crowded under a tent for about an hour until it passed. I managed to get on the road pretty quickly and Andrew and I took shelter at the Tin Can in Columbia.