Snapshots: Christmas In Florida

For Christmas this year, my family rented a house on Anna Marie Island, off the coast of Sarasota.

It is a beautiful little island and well worth a visit.

Snapshots: Flowers at Ringling

The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota is a beautiful site filled with an amazing collection of art acquired by John and Mable Ringling. Also, there’s a lot of circus history and memorabilia.

There also happens to be a garden. Armed with my macro lens, I took the following pics. A good flower is a true thing of beauty. Intricate and infinite in line and color.

I guess I feel about flowers the way birders feel about birds.

Does that make me a … flower-er? God help me …

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good night!

Has The Rate Changed In Ten Years?

During the spring I wanted to conduct a survey of New York freelancers’ pay. I wanted to tell a story about how union and non-union rates have changed over the past ten years. The results turned out to be surprising. Check out the latest LD On The DL for more.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

The Incredible, Bendable Contract

Check out the latest LD On The DL, where I discuss if bending the rules of the contract is a good idea. Hint: I don’t think it is.

Snapshots: Bethlehem, PA

My wife races in half marathons. I often tag alone, with my camera in tow. This fall she picked Bethlaham, PA for The Runner’s World Half Marathon. It was a beautiful fall day, check out a few pics below.

The Story Of George B. Wilson, Part 3

The conclusion of The Story of George B. Wilson.

The Story Of George B. Wilson, Part 2

Check out the latest LD On The DL, a three part series that discusses what happens when the client does not pay.

The Story Of George B. Wilson, Part 1

What began as a simple, straight-forward gig devolved into a cautionary tale of errors in judgement that eventually involved the New York court system and the seedy business of judgement collections. A person lost their job, two companies absorbed large financial hits, and salaries were cut in the wake of Mr. Wilson’s disastrous, artfully decorated, off-site fashion show. Check out Part 1 of this epic, three-part story.

Happy 4th!

Wishing everyone a happy 4th Of July!

The Emperor's Relatively New Clothes

Check out the latest LD On The DL, where I discuss LEDs. Frankly, I’m just not a fan.

Dealing With Data

We like to think of our jobs and roles within the industry in terms of our speciality. For example, I am a lighting designer, ergo, I work with lights. Or I am a shader, ergo, I paint cameras. However, as the digital revolution continues to unfold I think another, more unified perspective is becoming more appropriate. Rather than multiple, specific disciplines with little overlap, I see our jobs revolving around roughly the same thing: data. Check out the complete story.

Ten Years Ago …

I will never understand why we humans give significance to anniversaries divisible by ten. However, as I approach a ten year anniversary of my own I cannot help but pause and reflect. Ten years ago this month, I graduated from college. Follow the link to check out the rest of the story.

Rendering My Objections

Few technologies introduced in our industry held such promise - but have caused such heartache - as computer-drawn renderings. We were promised a new era in communicating with our clients. A new era began alright, but its most defining characteristic has not been of clarity. Rather, it’s been of refunded design fees and frustration. Click here to read more.

The Question

I have met more people in the past two weeks than the entirety of last year. As week three begins at my new job, I continue a round-robin marathon tour of the company’s activities. From producers to directors to shaders to board ops to gaffers … the names and faces keep on coming. Invariably just about all of them ask me The Question. Click here to find out more.