The other day Ryan Muirhead posted this portrait and said some beautiful things about my writing, work, and our time together. Like how it was nice to hang out with someone who could remove themselves from the photo scene. I agree, but the funny thing is after watching this guy shoot and talk about the science and math of photography, the zone system, and sunny 16, I saw a huge gap in my knowledge and was inspired to teach myself everything I shunned in art school. He is responsible for turning me on to buying my new equipment (#LeicaM2 my Digital Pentax spot meter) and he is responsible for me, pulling dozens of books out from the library to study classic photographers and technique. Watching a living master in photography do his thing, then nerd out and be able to talk about life and death is hard to come by. Real hard. I've never met such a well versed artist who is so open to life, I've only heard of these guys (I wanna meet more!) It was a pleasure hanging out with you. Please check out his portraiture work- he's right where I want to be.
This year I quit my construction job. First thing I did was drive down the coast to San Diego with my partner. Along the way I reached out to three of the most influential photographers around me- Tom Nugent, Ryan Muirhead and pictured here Ryan Allan. I owe a lot to these guys for pushing me in the right direction through talking about their art, life, and creative process. Cheers, Big Love and Happy New Year to everyone else around.
I can't find this photo and I probably never will. It's a one off, double exposure 5x6 print from when I was 15. It ain't edited on a computer, or shot in camera like most are, this was done in the dark room on an enlarger with two negatives sandwiched together. This was my girlfriend Daryl's little brother Jakey at 7. Jakey had and has down-syndrome. I overlapped his portrait with a road lined in trees. At that time the only people I showed my photos were friends and classmates- and they were upset with the outcome. It was the first time I was happy with something and no one else was- creatively. Love yea Jakey.
I've been flying high as hell traveling, shooting, writing, and meeting a lot of new people with real deal stories. In order to land back on the ground safely I've put together an online shop where you can swipe a credit card and buy prints! I'm hoping this will be a good foundation so I can continue to do what I love.
Head over to my shop to see what's good. These are all limited edition, signed, numbered, and professionally printed C-prints, starting at $100, $225, & $425, depending on size.
Free international shipping on all prints for the next week. Just use the coupon code "WANG".
I bought a Leica the other day! This M2 was built in 1958 and used on 9 National Geographic, and several Life and Time Magazine assignments by photojournalist Victor Englebert. His niche was documenting and learning from indigenous people. Wow... sold.