Vodou Footprints: Levoy Exil – Saint Soleil’s Vodou Mystic

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Levoy Exil is an artist. He’s from Haiti. He lives in Haiti. He is a visionary with deep roots into the mysticism of Haitian vodou. “I have revelations when I’m asleep. In black and white. The black is the body, the white is the spirit. I sing the song of creation to Damballah. I offer him blue, white and mauve. There are lines of dots all around the shapes, in relief. There are dots of light. The red is part of the body. It’s also a symbol of goodness, and it’s good for healing too. Damballah is a snake, made up of all colors.”

Levoy is an original member of the famous Haitian artistic movement called Saint Soleil, which began in 1972. Inspired by vodou religion and the cosmological energies called loa, or vodou spirits, St Soleil (Holy Sun) grew from the peasant mountainsides outside of Port-au-Prince into an internationally-renowned style specific to the culture of Haiti. Levoy still practices the art of the movement, and today is an icon of Haitian creativity and vodou symbology, helping bring to light the true beauty of this ancient belief system.

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STORMR Deer Camp: Into the Hoh Rainforest (Pt. III)

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Nature is stealth. Walk out into the woods and count the number of wild animals spotted. Many are heard, but few are seen. However there are eyes watching you and scents tracing your every movement. Stalking and hunting a wild animal is one of the most difficult thing to do, especially in the shadows of the Hoh Rainforest, but the rewards are one that will feed your family for months to follow. Practice the art of patience, endurance and awareness while chilled temperatures permeate the saturated environments of the Olympic Peninsula. On the hunt with STORMR foul-weather gear.

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Post-Apocalyptic Youth Survival Group

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Here’s a look at the newest project, creating a youth group surviving in a post-apocalyptic world.  Living as a nomadic family, these characters have bonded and divided up the tasks in order to hunt, cook, carry, prepare and maintain within a hostile world.  They’re in constant threat, picking their way through a tattered landscape, foraging for their everyday amenities.  Thank you to the Field’s family for participating and going along with my vision.

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Portrait of the Warrior

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SOG Knives: What Not To Do/Drunken Beach Party

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Unveiling the faux SOG Knives Beach Party Campaign.  I had a blast with this shoot, from vision to pre-production to execution outdoors and the very fine details in-studio.  Then there was post-production.  Here you have the SOG Fielder knife, the SOG Machete and two SOG Tomahawk throwing axes (one chrome, one black) – and the characters that like to use them.

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Photo Essay: Ryderville Ink’s Tsunami Over Mt. Baker

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Tracy Lang moves from huge woodblock prints to the art of the tattoo.  Welcome the new Ryderville Ink.  Unlike any tattoo I’ve seen before, her Tsunami Over Mt. Baker wraps the right shoulder with a pinhole view of Mt. Baker as the body’s shoulder blade carries a wispy yet powerful Japanese-style tsunami over its summit.  Bad ass. And if you would ever want a piece of art on your body, it would be by Tracy Lang of Ryderville Ink.

I shot this series of images as Tracy’s friend Shelley from Whidbey Island sat through the final three hours of work.

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Product Photography: Rwanda Partners Bowl Series

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By approaching Rwanda Partners and offering them my help, I scored the opportunity to take a selection of their bowls into the studio and photograph them for their website.  With three lights, some plexi glass and fishing line, I was able to create a clean, depth-defining product shot to help them better portray their products.  Hopefully, more opportunities will arise with Rwanda Partners after the initial shoot.  Visit RwandaPartners.org for more.

Location: SCCA Studios

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

100mm, 1/160 sec at ƒ/16, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Capture One & Adobe PS6

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