Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Photo Show in Philly

The Radio Silence photo show is moving to Philly with an opening party this friday, Jan. 2, 2009. Here's the info:
Radio Silence / Selected Photography January 2 - February 1, 2009
Juanita and Juans
125 North 11th St (corner of North 11th St and Cherry St)
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Opening reception on Friday January 2, 2009 / 7pm-10pm
See ya there.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Detox the Ghetto

Newark, NJ. Summer 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Times Square

Times Square
I like New York City.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Continuing the San Diego theme. This time it's Heroin. A fucking great band. One of my favorites. This shot was made sometime in '92 or '93 up at a place called Cell 63. Located in the valley of Southern California, they held many a great show in the basement. With much thanks to Chrissy Piper, I was able to attend a few shows at this place. Shows there were very laid back and very fun. My favorite aspect of Cell 63 besides the great music and great people, was the free Tempest video game there. Love that game.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


The last post talked about some great bands from San Diego. Well, here's another one. Amenity. Damn they were good. While their records never truly captured their greatness. Live, they produced some great heavy hardcore that you moved you in every way. The smart lyrics. The pounding drums. The moment the bass line to "Impel" started, you just couldn't stand still. And if you were seeing them in their home town, that's when all hell would break loose in the most fun way possible. I was lucky to see them a number of times. (Don't ask me what that number is, I'm too old to remember.) Some of the best times were in the smallest most intimate places. The smallest was probably the time I saw them with Forced Down in a little practice place. There wasn't much room for the band let alone all the kids doing their best to squeeze in and dance around like their life depended on it. But I think the best place to see Amenity (and alot of other great bands) was the Che Cafe. It was a little cafe on the campus of one of the colleges down there. There was no stage, no bullshit. Just great shows.
This photo of Amenity at the Che gives you an idea of what the shows were like. The kids were right on top of the band. Taking part yet also trying to give the band enough room to play. Everyone is on the same level making the music and the words to the songs all the more personal to everyone there.
This past weekend the boys of Amenity got together to play their first show in a really long time. (I'm not going to say how long because it'll make me feel old.) They've also recorded a new song which you can listen to on their myspace page: Amenity
I'm sad to have missed this reunion show. Would've been nice to see the guys and to hear them live again. The Radio Silence guys were there and I'm sure they will be putting up reviews and photos from the show soon.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Drive Like Jehu

Drive Like Jehu
Drive Like Jehu at Bogarts.
Long Beach, CA.
I took this shot sometime in the early to mid 90's. Drive Like Jehu were such a great band. I didn't get to see them all that much, but it was always a great pleasure when I did get a chance. I remember them being maybe the loudest band I've ever seen.
It's always sad when a great band breaks up, but John Reis and Rick Froberg had an impressive resume of bands before Drive Like Jehu and have continued with greatness into their current projects. Rick is rocking with The Obits
While John is making booty shakin' tunes with The Night Marchers

The Night Marchers at Mercury Lounge.
May 7, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Coney Island

Parachute Jump
Coney Island. NYC. Summer 2008.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

stuff and things

It's amazing how draining a seven hour day in the darkroom can be. But at least I got a lot done. Now I've gotta find time to scan all these prints. I did get around to making a few prints from the first roll run through my homemade pinhole. And I have to say that I'm quite pleased with the results. That's not to say that I was able to make some amazing images though. Since this was my first attempt at a homemade pinhole camera, I was measuring success in three ways. 1) Get light to the film. Check. 2)Expose the sprocket holes on the film. Check. 3) Get an image to show up on the film. Check. I achieved all three and learned stuff along the way. I could read all I want on making a pinhole, but I don't seem to have a very academic mind. I tend to learn more just by doing. And that's what I did. I really look forward to making progress on this whole homemade pinhole thing. I've already got different projects in mind. And of course I'll post up results here. Until then, enjoy this image.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

TV Smith

TV Smith
TV Smith at CBGB a few years ago.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Infest at Spanky's Cafe. Sometime in the early 90's One of the most intense bands to see live. Nice guys too.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Developing news....

Tonight I got around to developing the first roll run through the homemade pinhole camera. The results are not amazing, but something does appear on film and to me that equals success. This after all was my first attempt at a making my own pinhole camera, so just getting light to film makes me pretty happy. The images look to be a tad blurry, but that's bound to happen when your pinhole was made with gaffer tape. I've done a bit more research and will have to make some adjustments to the camera.
I also developed the first roll run through my Ansco Rediflex. These came out pretty good. My only problem with this roll and to an extent the first roll through the homemade pinhole, is that I didn't have time to really wander around and get good images. Shorter days means no time after work. And when the weekends were here, so was shitty weather. Oh well. The two rolls were a decent test.
Darkroom time is booked for saturday. So some new images will be uploaded to my flickr site as soon as I scan the prints. Until then, enjoy this image.
Feeling the ocean

Friday, November 14, 2008

Homemade Pinhole

Pinhole photography has always fascinated me. It's just such a simple process, but it's also a bit complex. For years I've wanted to jump into this whole pinhole thing but just never knew exactly how. Then the Diana+ came out with the pinhole option and boom, I was in the game. Teaching myself through trial and error, with a bit of help from bits I've read at various places on the interweb. Success came slowly, and while I've been pleased with some of the pinhole shots I've been making with my Diana+, there just seems to be something lacking. I lack the funds to buy a nice Zero Image pinhole camera, so I thought, what the hell, I'll make my own. And that's what I did. My initial research into this project was a bit intimidating. Reading about measuring focal length and this info and that info. It was all a bit too technical for the limited knowledge that I've gathered. So I just went and started building a little box with a pinhole. I took a small length of hardened cardboard. Cut two four inch long sections. And with a marker, blacked out the inside. I then drilled holes on the top, cut an old pen in two, notched one end of the pen bits, and stuffed them through the holes. These will hold the film in place and advance the film. I followed that with a hole in the front. I took two pieces of gaffer tape and cover the hole from the inside. I then pushed a pin through the tape, thus making my pinhole. I cut some cardboard from an old box flap for the sides. And at this point, I was going to have the top/front section flip open. But after a bit of thought, this didn't make much sense. So, I cut the back piece and made a flap door so that I can load and unload the film. I put some foam in on the sides to help the film canisters stay in place. Using and old film canister as the take up spool, I stuffed in a roll of film, taped up the little box, and it's ready to roll. Now, since I didn't do any measurements, I'm not sure how my little box pinhole will work or what the results will be. No matter what though, I look forward to it. Even if they don't come out, it will at least be a learning a experience. And a fun one at that. I'll post the results when I develop the roll.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Radio Silence Photo Show moving on.....

The Radio Silence photo show is moving on. To Vermont to be exact. I will not be able to make it up for the opening. But if you're in the area, definitely stop by and check it out. There's some great photos in the show. I've got two in there.

Radio Silence / Selected Photography
November 14th - December 12th, 2008
Sanctuary Artsite
47 Maple Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401

Opening reception: Friday November 14th, 2008 / 5pm-8pm

Thursday, October 30, 2008

"I remember halloween...."

World Inferno Friendship Society Halloween night, 2002. I made my way to North Six club in Brooklyn to see my friends the World Inferno Friendship Society for their annual Hallowmas celebration show. Which are always a good time. This one was a little more special because they were recording it for a live record. The show was nuts. Kids going bonkers, dancing and jumping all about. The band brought a whole lotta candy corn to throw out. Buckets and buckets of it. It really seemed like a never ending supply. Now, candy corn is gross to begin with. But when you add it to a large crowd of rowdy punks it becomes very very messy. And oh what a mess it was. I grew and inch taller due to all the candy corn stuck to the bottom of my shoes. Many people had clothes now permanently embedded with candy corn. The dance floor after the show had a nice coating of melted sugar. It was kind of sticky and kind of slick and ever so gross. I remember seeing Doggy Style throw out doughnuts and the floor becoming a total mess with punks trying to maintain balance in the circle pit. But that paled in comparison with the floor after this Inferno show. I've always been curious as to what the club did about this for the next nights show. I've asked members of the band, but they were always a little too scared to find out in case the club was pissed about the mess.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Light Leak Magazine

I've got a photo in the new issue of Light Leaks Magazine. Which is a wonderful little magazine focusing on "low fidelity" photography. The latest issue is all about Polaroid. Look for it in a camera/magazine store, or check out their site: www.lightleaks.org/ Winter Sunset

Saturday, October 25, 2008

First camera

My first... Way back, late in the year of 1988, I was just starting my fanzine making days. Did a few interviews but had no photos to go with them. A friend offered to take photos for me, but I wasn't into the results from that. So, early in 1989 I made my way to a local department store and purchased the little camera in the photo above. I got this little automatic for a couple of reasons. One was the size. Small enough to fit in my pocket and to keep it out of trouble when kids started going bonkers around me at shows. The other reason for an automatic was that I knew next to nothing about photography. So I needed something simple to get me started. The first show I took this too was No For An Answer, Hard Stance, Head First, and a couple of others down in a hall in San Diego, CA. A fucking great show. I did my best with my little camera, not really knowing what I was doing or how the images would turn out. Luckily I got a few good shots that night. But that was all it took. I was hooked. I took that little camera to a whole lotta shows. Snapped a whole lotta photos. After a while though, I needed more. I took a photography course in college, but mostly for access to a darkroom. I learned my way around there, but did nothing for the actual course. I didn't have a proper camera for that nor the money for one. So while I might have failed that class, I did get a lot of prints for my fanzine. And so my love of photography grew deeper. Fast forward to the present time. I no longer make a fanzine. But now I've got about 11 cameras of all shapes and sizes. I still have yet to take a proper course in photography, so everything I know, I've learned on my own. Sometimes with the help of friends, and now these days, with the help of the internet. I love the journey to knowledge that playing with my film cameras takes me on. Hard Stance
Hard Stance

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Central Park, NYC
Fall is by far my favorite time of year. The cool crisp air. The changing colors of the trees. It's good stuff. But those are the things people say when they're describing why they love the fall season. One thing that might not be mentioned as much is the awesome sunsets and sunrises during fall. And so far this year, they've been jaw droppingly beautiful. Enough to make me slow down on my rides to work. Fall also means the start of hockey season. The winding down of the road cycling season. The start of the cyclocross season. These are all great things. Just adding to the greatness that is fall. Now it's time to head out with some color film in the cameras and try to capture some of this fall greatness on film. LINDEN,NJ

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Neko Case

I've been listening to Neko Case a whole lot lately. I'm not a writer who can put forth some elegant wordy explanation of her greatness, so I'll just say this: She rocks. I've only had a chance to see her live once. And I almost missed that chance because I didn't even know about the show. Luckily my friend Konstantin called me asking me if I was heading to the city. I said nah, got no reason, why do you ask? He then informs me that Neko Case is playing in Central Park for free. Well, whatever I had planned that night went out the window and I rushed to catch a train. Waited in line for a bit. Then tried to get as close to the stage as I could because who knows how many times I'll have a chance to take photos of Neko. Her set was great. She played just about every one of my favorite songs of hers, including older tunes. It was a beautiful way to spend an evening in Central Park.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Radio Silence Weekend

This past weekend was all about celebrating the release of the fine book, Radio Silence. On friday my wife and I met up down in the lovely DUMBO section of Brooklyn under the Brooklyn Bridge for the big release party. And it was indeed a big party. Lots and lots of people came out. I was expecting to see lots of old faces or as Glen Maryansky put it so well, it was like going to a high school reunion. But, surprisingly there weren't too many people there that I knew. And it was a little too crowded and loud to really try to mingle and meet other contributors to the book. Which I was hoping to do. No such luck, but I was quite honored by the presence of some friends who chose to come out to celebrate with me. They made it a truly special night. Especially the good hang out times at the bar after the party finished up. The next night it was all about the photo show. Anthony and Nathan had the photographers in the show (those in town that is) show up early so we could all see the show before the little gallery filled up. Smart move. Also, it allowed me to meet some wonderful people. Great people like JJ, Rusty, Gail, Jeff, Glen, Claudia, and Alex to name a few. But it wasn't all fun, Anthony and Nathan put us to work by having us sign 100 books. Special editions. If you're into that sort of thing, find your way to the gallery and pick one up. Also available are some limited edition shirts with some images from the book. I've got one of a Chain of Strength shot. It's pretty cool looking. The gallery quickly filled up and good times were had. Some more friends came out to help me celebrate this event as well. It was truly a wonderful night and a great way to start the celebration of the release of this book. It was a great weekend. Thanks for Anthony and Nathan for doing all the work in providing the good times. The photo show moves to Boston next. Be prepared.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Radio Silence

Over the weekend I recieved a copy of a new book entitled Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music. This book was put together by Anthony Pappalardo and Nathan Nedorostek. Now I had never met these two kids over the years that I had been invovled with the hardcore scene. Which is kind of incredible considering all the friends we have in common. But one day Anthony tracked me down (I never have asked how he did that) and asked about possibly using some of my photos in a book he was working on. Around this time, some other guy also wrote to my asking the same thing, but Anthony followed through. We met up in the city and over lunch he laid out the plans him and Nathan had for their book. I really liked what he had to say so I said yes, and what do you need from me? They borrowed my negatives, which was a nerve racking experience for me, and they did their thing. Anyway, time went on and now suddenly the final product is here. And boy is it nice looking. I've just started reading it, so I can't get too much into the written side of this book, but visually, Nate and Anthony did a fantastic job. It's the type of book you keep lying around just so that you can keep looking at it over and over. It's pretty cool looking through the book to see my photos next to some pretty iconic hardcore stuff. In fact it's a big honor to have been able to contribute to this project. I highly recommend all you people check it out next time you're wandering around a book store. They are having a book release party on October 3rd in Brooklyn. And the next day, October 4th, a photo show with selected images from the book will open in another section of Brooklyn. Check their website for the details. Hope to see you there. www.radiosilencebook.com

Friday, September 26, 2008

Truckstop Honeymoon

Truckstop Honeymoon Landing in my mailbox today was the new cd from Truckstop Honeymoon. I'm very happy about this. Truckstop Honeymoon are great and have seriously made some of my most favorite music in recent years. Made up of Katie Euliss and Mike West, these two write really fun songs with great lyrics. Always a joy to listen to, and they've always gotten better with each new record. The same goes for this new record entitled "Great Big Family." I highly recommend everyone check out their site and order their cds. You'll see some of my photos around on their site too. Also, definitely try to see them live. So very fun to see live. Katie and Mike are also two of the nicest people you'll ever meet. truckstophoneymoon.com
A little side note on the photo above, don't try visiting tidbitsphotos.com, I let the site die a short while ago. I will eventually build myself a new site when I learn how to do so.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"new" photo

I just uploaded a "new" shot to my flickr page. It's a shot of Zach from Inside Out at a show that took place in a little VFW Hall down in San Diego. I don't recall much about the show, including when exactly it took place. Farside, Heroin, and Slapshot might have played too, but like I said, I don't recall. I don't have the best memory and now that I'm older, I'm regretting not writing things down. Some of this info could probably be a bit useful. Oh well. Anyway, I've always liked this shot of Zach, but never used it in my old zine, Tidbit Fanzine. The big reason for this was that Zach is actually out of focus in the shot. The kids in the background are very in focus, but Zach is a bit blurry. It may not look it on the internet, but if you saw the 8x10 I scanned, you see it more clearly. Back when I made this photo I was using a little point and shoot camera. I just didn't have the money or the know how to handle a manual camera then. Plus, little point and shoots were great for making photos at shows while kids were going bonkers all around you. No real worries about it getting bashed to pieces. But a problem that did come up for me, was that the auto focus was at times a bit screwy. This photo is a good case. Inside Out Inside Out were such a great band to see live. So intense, yet so very fun. The music and the tension in the air shook you to the core. You felt every chord played, every drum pounded, every word screamed. Those were good times.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Look at me! I'm blogging!

So, yeah. I've started a blog thingy. Not exactly sure what I'll be doing here. I'll figure that out eventually.