(above) Baltimore

For the past few months I’ve been working with a great young company called Troopswap, which connects the U.S. military community with merchants who wish to offer them product deals and discounts. A few weeks ago, we featured a deal for a discounted helicopter tour above Baltimore, Maryland. I was lucky enough to take my first ride in a helicopter, and snap some photos along the way: Aerial photography is a great way to see the world with fresh eyes. Urban areas impress with their order and sequence, and natural landscapes awe with their raw beauty.  For inspiration, see the amazing work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who has been taking photos in flight for several decades.

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Questions on HoloPac

Why is the first major appearance of the technology recreating a personality who already has so much available content? Why not someone who has never materialized to the popular imagination in a moving visual form?  (Jesus, Lincoln, Bethoven) Who holds the rights to someone’s likeness after they pass? Did 2Pac’s family have any legal authority over his re-creation? Will his copyright holders get any royalties from the performance? Was this only possible with 2pac because of the pre-recorded vocals?  Would the performance have been interesting if live performers weren’t also collaborating? Who is writing tweets for @HologramTupac? Was the account conceived before the show? The jokes are brilliant. Credit to the Atlantic for making me think beyond “wow, that’s cool.” http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/04/hologram-tupac-was-inevitable/255990/#

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The Roots in Concert

I had the pleasure of shooting the Roots in concert at the Fillmore Silver Spring on the 30th. I have been a fan of the group since as far back as I can remember and getting a chance to check out their show and do some creative work of my own was truly a great experience. They played many of their new-ish songs, including several from How I Got Over, and did a crazy medley of Sweet Child O’ Mine and Bad to the Bone. Really an awesome way to close out 2011.  Thanks to the Fillmore and the Roots for making it happen.

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Figueres, the home of Dalí

Figueres is a small city outside Barcelona and home to the fantastic Salvador Dalí. I took the train from Placa Espanya to see the Museu Dalí, which included a separate museum housing his jewel collection, and his mausoleum. The museum consisted of several floors, hallways, and spiraling staircases, with paintings, sketches, furniture, and installations by the artist. The famous “Persistence of Memory” painting is housed at the MOMA in New York, and many other pieces hang in the Dalí Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida.  Melting clocks can be found all over the place, however, in other paintings and sculptures. The jewelry designed by Dali is no less extravagant than his oil paintings, and like an Egyptian pharaoh, his mausoleum is surrounded by his priceless art and ornate jewels. Outside of the Dali museum, Figueres is much like Barcelona, with Catalan influence, but on a smaller scale. On Monday evening, people were rambling down …

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