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2018 in Review | 3D Gifs

I started 2018 with a new toy. And we played, a lot. So here are my favorite 3D gifs/wigglegrams/stereoscopic images I made last year.

From covering my roommate in milk to him covering me in silly string. From Astroworld Festival to Desert Daze to Air + Style. I can’t wait to see where this weird shit takes me this year.

Head here to see more. If you’re interested in getting a lenticular print of any of these images, hit me up here.

Desert Daze 2018

A departure from its typical home in Joshua Tree, I made the trek out to Lake Perris in Moreno Valley for (the now inappropriately named) Desert Daze. The irony amplified when the first night was cut short - after Tame Impala was a mere three songs into their set - due to a severe lightning storm. But as the fest’s new saying goes, no lightning no glory; day two and three electrified what remained of the patrons with sets from Slowdive, Kikagaku Moyo, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Death Grips, My Bloody Valentine (that had a really lame no photo policy), and loads more.

Shot for FLOOD Magazine. Click an icon to scroll through ‘em big. Photos are in reverse chronological order by day (except these 3D gifs).

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Float Fest 2018 | 35mm Film

Back in July I went to a spicy (and by spicy I mean hot as balls) lil festival in San Marcos, Texas called Float Fest. While I went all for me, I can’t NOT take photos along the way. Since the festival revolves around floating a river by day and standing in dusty fields by night, I snagged some disposable cameras so as not to totally trash my gear. These are the results.

Click the photos to scroll through ‘em big.

Air + Style Festival 2018

Last weekend, LA was treated to Air + Style, the global snowboard and skateboard competition and music festival that features world-class action sports athletes and musicians during a two-day event series with stops around the world including Los Angeles, Australia, and Beijing. 

 
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For the most part, I focused on the music. It's been a long time since I've been to a festival where it's been possible to see every single artist; two stages and no overlap meant no tough decisions on which set to see and which set to miss. The lineup was a stellar blend of musicians I love, have and haven't seen, and a few I'd never heard of. Sometimes, less really is more.

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Click the icons to scroll through the photos of the festival. Threw some film into the mix, too.

 

Westward Bound | Road Trip from Houston to Los Angeles on 35mm Film

When faced with the reality of a 23 hour car ride, I enlisted Anderson to join me in making the most of the American Southwest. Thus, two creatives packed one Subaru and set out on the road.

Three and a half days of podcasts, airbnbs, and spontaneous stops (...Roswell not pictured below) later and we'd made it to California.

Click the photos to see them big. I hope they give you half the wunderlust they give me, even after the fact.






Cirque Noir: Gemini at Post HTX

When I saw an advertisement on Facebook for a "dark, mysterious, musical circus experience" (okay, that may not be a direct quote, but it's close), I was immediately intrigued. After a little research and finding out Cirque Noir's next event, Gemini, was taking place at my favorite avant-garde venue in Houston, Post HTX, I knew I had to shoot all the dark whimsy I could.

I say avant-garde because Post HTX is essentially a repurposed warehouse. And by repurposed warehouse I really mean defunct Cold War-era post office equipped with spy tunnels and bomb shelters. Event organizers have utilized the space in such creative ways, filling it with modern art and light installations, that the industrial concrete and pillars have begun to feel cozy.

Anyway, short story made even shorter, I met up with the guys behind Cirque Noir and then stayed up until sunrise shooting their incredible event (and even got to climb around in those spy tunnels). Check out some of my shots below, and try to resist the temptation to run away with the circus...

Free Press Summer Fest 2017

About the only thing as dependable as Houston traffic is that there will be rain in the forecast the weekend of Houston's Free Press Summer Fest. Past years' events have succumb to venue changes (apparently hosting a festival along a bayou during the rainy season doesn't always bode well) and temporary evacuations, and this year was no different.

Despite a renewed optimism from not being forced to relocate to the sweltering hell that is the NRG parking lot for the third year in a row, the first day of FPSF '17 was met with rain and eventually a two hour lightning evacuation. Festival-goers (predominately teens covered in copious amounts of glitter or clad in basketball jerseys) reentered Eleanor Tinsley Park just as the skyline backdrop began to illuminate. But the damage was already done. The grounds had become a glorified bayou themselves. Mud slides, intentional or not, were numerous and took many victims.

The forecast for day two was worse than that of day one, and all the mud that didn't have time to dry only added insult to injury. At 1 pm, FPSF sent out alerts that rain was imminent. At 2:30, performances were temporarily suspended, and by 6:15 they'd cancelled the event altogether.

Still, the performances those in attendance got to see were met with little criticism; the artists brought enough energy to lift the funk the weather cast over everyone. And in the end, it just doesn't feel like summer in Houston without a trip to FPSF.

Click the icons below to see my shots from Free Press Summer Fest 2017 big and on black. Performances include those by Cage the Elephant, Carnage, DVBBS, Grouplove, Milky Chance, and Post Malone.