mark shipman’s garage for outside magazine

What do you do when you have so many toys that you don’t know where to store them?  In Mark Shipman’s case,  you build a garage complete with climbing wall. I traveled to central Washington for the current issue of Outside Magazine (thanks Amy for the assignment!) to make some photos of his space.

I ended up shooting the image of his garage from the roof of his house.  I was up on the roof waiting for the right light and the whole time watching a crazy storm roll in.

Packs, sleeping pads, tents, sleeping bags, mtn bikes, kayaks, tandem bike, roller blades, skis, etc…  Mark can basically wake up and decide he wants to be gone for a week in the backcountry and have his car packed in under 10 minutes.  The man is that organized.

Aside from being someone who clearly knows how to enjoy the outdoors,  Mark is also an amazing home brewer.  He sent my home with a variety 6 pack,  and it was some of the best beer I’ve had in a long time.  Mark,  if you’re reading this,  I’m swinging by your place next time I’m out East for a pint!

My assistant Andy grabbed this shot me on Mark’s roof.  If you are into manly stuff, check out Andy’s blog here.






diy spacesuit for wired magazine

I’ll admit it,  I’m a science nerd at heart.

Back in the day,  I spent 4 years getting a BS in Biology/Pre-Med.  While I’ve never put that degree to use (and I’m completely ok with that),  I definitely enjoy getting to jog the memory a bit when I get an assignment with quite a bit of ‘science’ behind it.  That said,  this was one of those moments in my photo career where I couldn’t have been happier when the phone rang, and I was asked if “you want to shoot a guy building his own spacesuit.”

Meet Cameron Smith.  He’s a anthropology professor at Portland State and a contributor to Scientific America.  His childhood dream was to be an astronaut,  but poor vision killed that hope.  Most of us would just forget about those early dreams and move on to something else, but Cameron has decided to build his own ballon and spacesuit and head into space on his own.  The guy isn’t crazy.  He’s super intelligent, rational, and fun to be around.  He also said he’d never do it if he didn’t feel safe.

Walking the Pearl District in a his spacesuit.  Just another day in Portland.

Here’s a shot of him tweaking his suit which is largely comprised of parts from True Value and Ebay.

The suit inflated showing that it holds pressure.

Here assistant Dan Cronin helping Cameron get his suit ready to attach the helmet and also helping Cameron out with some water.  The suit is a two person job to get on and off,  and once you are in,  it gets warm fast.

Sister’s Coffee patrons and barista getting a glimpse of the man from space.

The vintage Russian Airforce helmet Cameron scored on ebay and customized for his suit.

It’s a workout walking in the suit. By the time we got back to his place,  there was sweat about an inch deep in his boots.

A parting shot.  I normally only have a 5 to 30 minutes with a subject,  so getting to spend the afternoon making a variety of images was a treat.

Thanks to Cameron (click for his blog), Cronin, and Kristen at Wired for the great shoot.