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As one of my early mentors once said, “CA is the best advertising money can’t buy.”

Just a friendly reminder that the CA photo annual competition deadline is tomorrow March 15th.  If your entering, good luck!


When I was working as an assistant, I worked with a guy named Russ Schleipman.  Russ was (and still is) an amazing location photographer.  His mastery of color theory and composition left a heavy impression on my work which can be seen in almost every image I make.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw one of his images.  It was a white and green Boing 747 landing between the city streets of Hong Kong.  It was awesome…  After that, I was hooked.  I wanted to shoot what he shot.

In a large part, Russ’ influence is what drove me to the point I am at now.  For this, I will always be grateful.

When working with Russ, I remember his once saying, “Communication Arts… The best advertising money can’t buy.”  He was speaking about their Photo Annual, and made a point to enter every single year.  As an impressionable assistant, I followed suit.

The other day, I learned that one of my images (a portrait of Michael Weymouth for Graphis) was selected as a winner for the 2011 Photo Annual.  With over 11,000 images submitted to the competition, CA’s Award of Excellence carries much weight.   I am truly honored to have one of my images chosen for this years annual.  Thanks to Comm Arts, and to all the judges who participated in the week long selection process in Menlo Park.

And of course… Thanks to Russ.  I will do my best to pass on the inspiration.

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