Squatch on the Box!

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I was thrilled when I got the invitation to be a part of the 2018 Shine St. Pete Mural Festival’s Corner Canvas exhibit. Power boxes all over the city feature the work of local artists. Turns out I had just finished shooting an image for my @groverkrantz series in front of one of St. Pete’s iconic banyan trees. I paired that image with the one you see above that was shot on the shore of Lake Maggiore. If you find yourself driving around St. Pete and find yourself near the intersection of 1st Ave N and 8th St. N (in front of Overflow Brewing).

Literary Carousel at the MFA

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On Thursday, April 19th, I will be hosting the 2nd annual Literary Carousel at the MFA. This is a really fun hybrid of the Carousel series where, instead of having photographers presenting their work, we pull sets of images from the extensive archives at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and pair them with local writers. Those writers, in turn, have fun crafting a story or poem inspired by the photos. At the event, they will read along to the slideshow. Last year's event was a hoot and we think this one will be too. Hope to see you there!

Whoa!

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Last year I was approached to design the cover for a little book about... sloths. I love sloths as much as the next guy, so I took on the assignment and designed this super-cute cover. Recently I checked in to see how the book was doing, so I headed over to the Inkshares website, where I was pleasantly surprised to see that Slothlove has sold over 104,000 copies! Wow.

The James Museum: Part I

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I've been working on some exciting projects for The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, a wonderful new addition to the St. Petersburg museum scene. 

I just received copies of this book I designed for the museum featuring selected works from their collection. I'm so thrilled they trusted me with this cover treatment, which I am so in LOVE with! The lobby of the museum is covered in beautiful sandstone tile, so I pitched the idea of having the book evoke that same look. Sorry to geek out, but the cover is a textured stock and we went all out with a multi-level emboss treatment on the logo. It all came together quite nicely! Huge thanks to Designer's Press (especially Shelley Manes) for all the hard work and hustle to get this book done on time! 

The museum has a soft opening starting Saturday, April 7th. The collection is amazing, go check it out!

St. Petersburg Pier demolition timelapse

On a bike ride the other day, I saw that the new pier is coming along nicely. It got me thinking back on this timelapse I shot of the old pier's demolition:

The St. Petersburg Inverted Pyramid Pier was demolished in late 2015 to make way for new construction. This time-lapse video documents that demolition, at various stages, from September 19th through December 31st. 

Awards!

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Was thrilled to hear that Todd Bates Creative won an ADDY award for the Morean Arts Center anniversary book. I worked with a great team on this book: photographer Beth Reynolds and author Clint Page. The book is a celebration of the Morean's 100 year history (you can pick one up at their gift shop). 

When Shelley Manes from Designer's Press dropped off the ADDY Awards book for me this morning, she also passed on an award I won in 2016 for a brochure I designed and shot for Schiller's Reclaimed Wood. I received an Award of Excellence from the Florida Print Awards Competition. 

Not a bad start to the day!

Covered

I love concepting and designing covers! Here are some of the designs I created (I shot a lot of the photos as well) in my second stint at Creative Loafing newspaper from 2010-2014.

Back to "normal"

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It's been a rough week here in St. Petersburg. Hurricane Irma decided to pay us a visit and, I have to say, it was stressful! I own a home here and as the storm approached, I struggled to find wood to cover my windows and wondered, more than once, if all would be lost. Luckily, the boards held strong, the damage to the area was not nearly as bad as it could have been and all those near and dear are safe. After the storm, things have slowly started to return to normal. A lot of people are still without power and many businesses are struggling to open again. Luckily, I have understanding clients, so they are ok with deadlines being pushed. A huge thank you to everyone out there helping return our community to normal!