Matt Ritchie and his family have been a group of the most hospitable people I’ve met since moving to the Bay Area. I always knew him as a dad and park ranger who, according to other people, made awesome miniatures.
When I think of the type of person who builds “miniatures”, I think of little old men with huge glasses who hover over the only light in an otherwise pitch black room, listening to themselves humming over AM radio. Someone on the verge of becoming a kook. It wasn’t until I was invited to Matts studio when I realized how intense his collection of hand made art really was.
Matt didn’t build “miniatures”. He simply created an entire illustrated version of his life that happen to be small enough to be confined to a series of flat files, rat shaped frames, and hand cut wooden boxes. Matt’s pretty much mastered wood working, the use of a ball point pen, composition, story telling, flip books, clean line paintings, button making, and protecting his local park from hoodlums! His studio is one of the most inspiring places I’ve ever visited and was so glad to not only get to snoop around and take some photos, but to also have them featured on Juxtapoz.com, recently.
Check out more photos from my studio visit with artist Matt Ritchie at Juxtapoz.com
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been traveling around and meeting up with some incredible artists as part of my job shooting for Juxtapoz magazine! Alex Pardee curated the current issue of Juxtapoz, and based it all around imagination. That made my job of shooting the portraits for this issue super exciting! We wanted these imaginative artists to be shown in a way that shows both them and the worlds that they create, in a unique way.
The creativity, started as soon as you flipped the page to a table of contents!
I had the joy of shooting Tara McPherson, The Lonely Island, Scott C, Matt Ritchie, Tim Shaffer, Wolvesmouth, and Alex Pardee! I was so excited to be able to see the photos I take in something that I could actually hold in my hands.
Heres a couple of pages of my photos, that are in the issue of Juxtapoz magazine, that is out right now!!!
In this issue of Juxtapoz magazine, they focused on the annual event/ reunion comic book enthusiasts known as Comic Con! If you haven’t been to a Comic Con event, I’ll have you know its one of the most fun, over stimulating experiences you’ll ever have. As exciting as Comic Con , it can be known to cause anxiety real quick. Luckily, in this issue, Alex Pardee and I got to give tips on how to survive your first Comic Con adventure!
I had a fun time remembering all the characters and characters dressed like characters, from my past Comic Con excursion. You can see my photos from years of Comic Con-ing, in the current issue of Juxtapoz!
EK! I mean, BOO! I mean, WOO! JUXTAPOZ posted some out takes from my photoshoots with the featured artists in this months issue of Juxtapoz magazine.
I had so much fun taking all of these photos that it was kind of difficult to choose ‘the one’ that would go into the actual magazine. So I’m glad that this post is up so that I can finaly share Daves stoic superhero outfit and Alex’s near perfect rendition of Samaras character in The Ring.
The non-outtakes (or “intakes” as they are never commonly referred to) are in the Halloween issue, out now!
Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting a couple of artist profile photos for the upcoming Halloween issue of Juxtapoz magazine that’s being curated by Alex Pardee!
Gathering the photos for the magazine has made for quite a memorable month of adventures. I watched men turn into guilt ridden bats, drown in the middle of bone dry parking lots, and vomit up fluids the same color as a Barbie convertible.
Beyond being able to have my photos accompany interviews that offer a unique insight to super talented artists, I also have a 6 page layout of some of my spoOoOoOokiest Halloween photos. (“Spooky” is still a cute term to describe a mixture of silly and slightly odd, right?)
The issue is set to come out on September 11th, so pick it up!!!
If you simply are too excited to wait, Juxtapoz just put up a preview of the issue on their website!