BMW Motorcycle Magazine


My good buddy, Tim Harney, builds beautiful custom motorcycles in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Tim is a bit of a mad scientist, in that he doesn't follow conventional methods with his builds.  He's a custom fabricator and motorcycle tuner and builds bikes of many different varieties, but until now, hadn't dabble with vintage BMW's.  Vintage BMW's are my thing.  I grew up riding them with my Dad and have a few of them myself which I ride with a bunch of buddies who are also vintage BMW enthusiasts.  

Tim build this beautiful BMW R75/6 as a scramble cafe style.  He shed a ton of weight off the bike, added modern forks and front brakes, built a custom 2 to 1 exhaust, tuned it up with some sweet Mikuni carbs and threw on a pair of fat knobby tires.  The bike is a beast.  Loud, fast and torquey, a perfect urban-assault vehicle for tearing up the streets of NYC.  

The Editor of BMW Motorcycle Magazine contacted Tim and asked that they feature his bike.  Tim and I headed over to the Brooklyn Waterfront and despite some rain showers, did a sweet pictorial with his custom Bavarian beauty.  

Iron & Air Magazine

Motorcycles are my passion.  Especially vintage European motorcycles.  I've been riding most of my life and recently started doing multi-day touring.  As a kid, I recall leafing thru my dad's motorcycle magazines, looking at beautiful glossy photos of killer motorcycles and reading the articles that were often written with a lot of technical detail.  Flash to Iron and Air, a magazine founded by a bunch of like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts from Manchester, New Hampshire who thru their love of custom motorcycles and motorcycle culture, took their fresh aesthetic and created what I'd call a mag that's not-your-dad's-motorcycle-magazine.  Not that the classic mags aren't cool, but the I&A folks created something completely fresh and different to the genre.  Gorgeous imagery, tasteful writing and an overall aesthetic that's cool and not pretentious.  Since following them a few years ago, I'd always hoped to have a chance to contribute to the magazine.  My wish came true a couple years ago, when they featured one of my motorcycle shoots on their web journal.  Then a few months later, their Editor, Adam Fitzgerald, asked if I could shoot a feature for their Issue #17.  I was over the moon and jumped at the chance.  This feature was going to be more than just pretty pictures of motorcycles, it was to be a story about a former aerospace engineer who's created, Widow Jane, which happens to be some of the finest Bourbon North of Kentucky this country's seen in years.  Daniel is a soft-spoken, yet incredibly focused dude who doesn't do anything less than 110%.  When he's not working on Widow Jane, or his proprietary dark chocolate, he's flying a vintage Russian fighter plane or riding his incredible one-of-a-kind Keinocycles custom-built Vincent.  

The story took me to the Widow Jane mine in upstate New York, where the water for Widow Jane is sourced.  We spent the day in the mine and sampled chocolate and bourbon at Daniel's house which is across the street from the mine on a beautiful sprawl of land that spans acres along the river.  I also spent time with Daniel at the Widow Jane distillery in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  

I'm so honored to be a part of Iron & Air and can't wait to shoot another feature for them.

Jaffa Fishermen

When I visited Israel, I wanted the opportunity to shoot portraits of folks that ordinarily weren't in the spotlight.  The awesome folks at Kinetis pulled some strings and got me access to the Fishermen of Jaffa Port, and from what I was told, these guys don't often if ever grant photographers permission to shoot there. Not only did I get the opportunity to shoot them, but they wrangled 20 fishermen for me.  The guys were surprisingly older than I'd imagined - some of them into their 80's.   Real salt-of-the-earth folks that have been fishing these waters for generations.

Once I started shooting, Sado, the union manager began wrangling fisherman for me in rapid succession.  I imagined I'd get the chance to shoot a couple guys and next thing I know I've got fishermen coming at me left and right.  I ended up shooting over 20 fishermen's portraits over the course of an hour and a half.  I realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I had make the most of it.  I had to slow my mentality and make sure that I was creating a cohesive body of work and decided early on that I would make a full-body photo and close-up photo of each of the men.  That way I could have a contextual portrait and one of their face.  

All of the images were shoot with natural light with a Canon 5DMKIII and 85mm f/1.2.  I positioned the men about 20' in from a large open garage bay door.  The light outside was very intense, but nicely diffused into the space and lit the men really well.  I shot pretty wide open because I wanted to blow out the background that was very busy.  

The guys were all good sports and I had a blast doing the shoot.  I felt honored to be in their space and wanted to respect the space and their tradition.  When my time was up, I was spent.  Directing and shooting over 20 subjects in a short time frame is intense.  Afterwards, we strolled down the boardwalk to a café and had a fantastic lunch.  I had the fish entree :)

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I was tasked with shooting portraits for PVH Corps' annual report.  PVH aka Phillips Van Heusen, owns several clothing brands including IZOD, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Arrow, Calvin Klein and more.  Shooting corporate portraits can be creative and fun and working within a company's environment can be challenging.

We had only a day to produce four portraits with four subjects.  Sounds easy?  Not at all!  We were moving locations for each shoot, being sure to tie in the environmental aspects of the shoot for context.  


I also had to keep in mind from a design standpoint that my subjects had to be positioned on the right side of the frame to allow for their designers to overlay text.  And keep all of these shots consistently shot with lighting and framing.


I really like how the designers created the layouts.  The imagery looks clean, consistent and the text works well.