Heavy Metal Nation - Round 1, The beginning of a project…

 Fun shooting brothers, Aaron Moses and Anthony Moses, of the band, War Motor, for my new project, Heavy Metal Nation. 

This was the first shoot of the project and I'm still trying to work out the overall aesthetic. And, since this is a blog, I feel I can post the progress of figuring that out without worry of only posting the best, or final shots.

We met, and shot in Juggernaut Music, Gallup, N.M. I had originally envisioned a shoot out on the reservation, but when one starts a project, one has to suss out what can/should be done. So we started here, in Ernie Santiago’s shop (which he graciously let us use). For future shots, I imagine a portrait in a unique environment, coupled with a head banging/airbanding shot. What do you think (comment below)? I did get the “head banging” shot, and love that!

One of my favorite quotes from Aaron, "We're a little lost [referring to a generation of Native kids and young adults], and metal themes are a way to get in touch and in harmony in our hearts and mindsets." For those of you who don’t know, “harmony” is the Navajo way, and bad things can happen when one is out of harmony with nature, the land, teachings, traditions, etc.

Soccer Goals

In honor of the 2018 World Cup, and with a nod to the rough and tumble roots that soccer grew from, here are a few images from my on-going fascination with soccer goals around the world. 

Schnaittach, Bavaria, Germany

Schnaittach, Bavaria, Germany




The kids playing here (hence the ball) were amazing. The goalie was literally diving on this tarmac ground (he had goalie gloves).

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, NY

Queens, NY

Queens, NY

Queens, NY

Queens, NY

Albuquerque, NM  Moonlit night down in the bosque.

Albuquerque, NM

Moonlit night down in the bosque.

Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff, AZ

Sternschanze, Hamburg, Germany   The ball was there and spray painted silver, same as the goal.

Sternschanze, Hamburg, Germany 

The ball was there and spray painted silver, same as the goal.

Monrovia Nurseries recent work

Posters and other internal collateral marketing. The idea was to highlight the growers – the real people working in the fields – for the largest nursery in America. 

Kiss Me, Kate!

I had the pleasure of shooting the principle actors for the musical, Kiss Me, Kate!, Shannon Cochran and Sergio Manzo, and director Eric Gibson, Opera Director at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Thanks to so many involved: Diane Rechel, Jennifer Saunders, Jaqueline Alcocer, Cho Hee Hwang, my intern Sierra Brown, and, a very special thanks to Elena Viscaíno-Sanchez Flys, who without her none of this would have come together. 

Don't miss it! April, 1, 2 and 3, Ardrey Auditorium, NAU.

Polaroids: Past Shoots

My good friend and former assistant, Mark Peery pulled this Polaroid from his archive (old 120 film box, they give you processed film back in). We shot the lovely Joyce Dewitt (Janet on Three's Company) for People Magazine on Mark's birthday and she wished him well and signed the Polaroid for him. 

She was one of the nicest most gracious celeb's I have ever shot. I ran into her lately and she remembered me and the shoot fondly, giving me a big hug.  

Virgil B - Duck Dynasty Deadringer

This guy and I have known each other since kindergarten (my mom was his K teacher). We shot over the Christmas break and it was wonderful to catch up and reconnect. I saw his fuzzy mug on Facebook, and had to shoot him. Some in his family are not too keen on his beard (which just a few weeks ago was much longer), and this photo shoot was a big validation for him. We were both quite happy.

Five (Black and White) Photos in Five Days: From the Archives

Day #2: Before Surgery.

Randall had an extremely rare disorder called Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, also known as MPS, type 6. (I think. It's been years, and it might not be the disease.) This shot was from pre-surgery (one of many) at NYU medical center. It marked my first time in NYC, where I traveled specifically to document Randall and his family and this surgery. It's a touching and tense moment between mother and son.

Randall and mother just before surgery, NYU Medical Center, 1988-89.

Thanks for the nomination, Graham Howe. I accept.

Day #1: No More Coverups. This first is from a Freedom of Choice Act rally in Columbia, Missouri. I covered this as a graduate student at Mizzou. For this series, I'm going to post only images shot on film (no digital), and all from the archives of my photojournalism days. 

B&W challenge. Should you accept, post one B&W image each day for the next 5 days, challenging another friend to do same. I nominate, Raffaella Zurlo. 

©Eric O'Connell, 1992. Columbia, Missouri

ESMOA and Artists in Pinhole

At the El Segundo Museum of Art, the walls are covered with many of LA’s most influential graffiti and tattoo artist's work, for the installation, SCRATCH. This exhibit is for the public launch of the Getty Graffiti Black Book, a definitive survey, and collection on paper of more than 150 of LA's top graffiti and tattoo artists. Please find more info on the ESMoA site, http://esmoa.org. 

We were invited to shoot for our pinhole project during the installation by Eder Cetina (pictured below): artist, curator, museum installs, and all-around bad-@$$. (Thanks, Eder!)

Panorama of site with me and pinhole camera

Panorama of site with me and pinhole camera

Stitched together, 3-panel, pinhole shot of the construction of the exhibition

Eder Cetina

lorum ipsum

Opening night of Scratch exhibit at the El Segundo Museum of Art.

Thanks Eva Crawford for the GoPro video!

Peter Cornwell, Director

I had the fortune of shooting director Peter Cornwell. He directed Hemlock Grove, episodes 3 & 6, Season 2 (live now on Netflix). Peter gained notoriety for his award winning stop motion short, Ward 13, and went on to direct the feature film, Haunting in Connecticut. Recently, Peter directed the short, Batman Evolution, garnering over half a million YouTube views. 

We shot in a shaded space of historic Angelus-Rosedale cemetery, in Los Angeles, CA, where many of Hollywood's early legends are buried, including Tod Browning (1880-1962), movie director and screenwriter known as "The Master of the Macabre."

We took in an old 8mm film projector, which Peter idly threaded while I set up. During the long exposures we were able to move him and he becomes a ghost as he joins the space, paying a bit of respect to the greats that lie in Angelus-Rosedale. In the final image on the main section of my site, he sits, sort of as homage with a projector aimed at the back of the nearest headstone, readying to watch a film – maybe it's one of theirs. 

It's not easy being the subject of a photo when you are used to being on the directing side of the camera, and being the excellent sport that he is, we had a great shoot, and he's a great subject. (Thanks!)

Peter Cornwell

Peter Cornwell