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Michael Bulington

Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, January 27th, 2015.

Jeff Parker, John Herndon, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Emmett Kelly

Jeff Parker, John Herndon, Emmet Kelly, and  Ingebrigt Haker Flaten. Photos by Jim Newberry.

If you you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, you can catch these four exceedingly talented musicians performing live. Jeff Parker, John Herndon and Emmett Kelly are Angelenos who, like me,  used to live in Chicago. I’ve shot Parker and Herndon with the band Tortoise (they’re both members), as well as solo and with other bands they’ve played with. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Parker, and Herndon have all been involved in the improv music scene I’ve been documenting over the last few years. And I photographed Emmett Kelly for “The Corner Man” album cover, from his band The Cairo Gang (the far left photo is Kelly from “The Corner Man” photo session, then left to right, Parker, Flaten, and Herndon, for my improv portrait series).

Jeff Parker plays this Friday at the Blue Whale, Saturday at Human Resources  (with Flaten), and Sunday at the Griffin, where if you’re lucky you can catch all four (Parker and Herndon will be playing, Kelly will be D.J’ing, and (according to Jeff) “maybe” Flaten.

Mucca Pazza at Mass Moca

A music video I shot and directed (edited by John Dingfield) just premiered the other day:  Mucca Pazza performing Gary Kalar’s composition, All Out of Bubblegum, shot on location at the magical MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams. Good lord, that was a fun shoot.

This is the second Mucca Pazza video I’ve had the great pleasure of working on; I shot, directed, and edited this one a few years back:

Magic Hour Portraits at Venice Beach

Black and white portrait at Venice Beach. Photo by Jim Newberry. Portrait at Venice Beach at sunset, during magic hour. Photo by Jim Newberry. Portrait at Venice Beach at sunset, during magic hour. Photo by Jim Newberry.


Last Sunday I went out to shoot at Venice Beach for a photography tutorial project I’m working on (more on that to come). I coerced fellow Chicago expat friends Tamara and J.B. into helping—Tamara modeled and J.B. shot behind-the-scenes video (and thanks to Nathan for assisting). We got lucky with a particularly lovely magic hour sky.

Agave Plant


Black and white photo of an agave plant in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.


Agave plant (agave weberi , or agave attenuata, anyone know for sure?) on Figueroa in Highland Park, L.A.


Batman impersonator on Hollywood Blvd. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Batman impersonator on Hollywood Blvd. Photo by Jim Newberry.

I was shooting street pictures on Hollywood Boulevard the other night, and saw a set of stairs near the Chinese Theatre that would be good for an aerial view of the tourists I was photographing. Sitting at the top of the stairs I found Batman*, on break, drinking coffee. We had a nice chat.

*I almost referred to him as a Batman impersonator, but then realized that would be redundant; even the great Adam West was an impersonator.

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