Numbers Poster

All the photos for the numbers series are now complete. I’ve finished the layout for the final poster, and sent the files off to the printer. This will be hanging in Janie’s room soon.

A few people expressed an interest in buying a copy of this poster when it was finished. If you’d like to buy a print, email me at

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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Numbers Series – Part 12

That’s all folks! This is the final photo in the numbers series. Special thanks to doughnut stylist Jody Hume.

This has been such a fun project that I’m a little sad it’s finished. But it’s also really exciting and rewarding to have the whole thing done and to see all the photos together.

Next week I’ll post the layout for the full poster with all 12 photos. Several people have asked if they can buy prints of the poster, so hopefully I’ll have info on that as well.

Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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Numbers Series – Part 11

I had the hardest time thinking of a photo for 11. It’s an odd number (literally!) and unlike the rest of the numbers 1-12, there aren’t a lot of things that are specifically associated with the number 11. Then I happened to re-watch This is Spinal Tap, and came up with this. If you’re not familiar with Spinal Tap, do yourself a huge favor and watch it when you have a chance. It’s on Netflix streaming.

Unfortunately they don’t make a lot of amps with square faceplates, let alone with eleven volume knobs. So I contacted Joe Vallina at and had him build me this custom replica of a Marshall JCM-800 (the same one Nigel Tufnel uses). The quality of the plate is outstanding, and Joe was totally accommodating with my bizarre request.

Only one more to go!

Date: Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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Numbers Series – Part 10

These are Janie’s toes. Shortly after she was born, I did something that I think every new parent does; I counted to make sure that she had ten toes (and ten fingers). Ten being the most common number of human toes.

This was the most challenging photo in the entire series. In order to get this angle, I needed Janie to lie down on her back which she absolutely cannon stand. I also needed her feet to be in a very precise position, and she does not like to hold still at all.  I made several attempts to take this photo which all ended in crying (mostly Janie). I finally succeeded with a LOT of help from Briana and Thien. Thanks again guys!

Date: Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

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Numbers Series – Part 9

For this shot I went to Thalassa Bar and Billiards in Berkeley where I knew they had Nine Ball Billiards. Special thanks to Sasha for letting me stand on the table to get this photo, and also for the delicious “Jimi Hendick’s” (one of Sasha’s signature cocktails made with Hendrick’s Gin).

I love the bright colors of the table and billiards balls, and I’ve always loved leisure-games: pool, darts, shuffle board, bocce ball. I’m looking forward to being able play games with Janie someday. Right now her favorite game is called “Let’s pull all the books off of the bookshelf” and I think she enjoys it more than Briana and I do.

Date: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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Numbers Series – Part 8

I spent a good deal of time looking around for spiders to photograph for number 8, but I wasn’t having much luck until this one wandered into my office. It literally walked right up to where I was sitting, like it was showing up for an appointment.

I don’t know what kind of spider it is, but someone who saw the photo suggested it might be a black widow. Whatever it is, it’s pretty gnarly looking, so I put it on this nice pink background to hopefully make it a little less scary.

Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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Numbers Series – Part 7

For part seven of the numbers series, Briana and I picked out seven seven-inch records from our collection. We had a great time spreading all the records out on the floor and picking the ones with the coolest labels.

I’ll admit that I hardly ever listen to vinyl anymore since I’m usually too lazy to put records on,  but I do feel a little bit of sadness when I think of Janie growing up in a world where songs and movies exist only as ones and zeroes without any physical form to inhabit. I’m not about to give up my iPod or anything, but I still want Jane to be able to have experiences like putting a record on a turntable, or holding a printed photo in her hands.

So much of the art we consume now is purely digital. I’m not saying it’s all change for the worse, but I do think it cheapens the experience a little when we start thinking of songs and movies and photos as “data” instead of songs and movies and photos. I’m glad all the pictures in this series are going to exist in analog form as well as digital.

Wow, I sound ancient. Now I have to go yell at some kids to get off my lawn.

Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

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Numbers Series – Part 6

This is my very own 1977 Gibson SG Standard. It’s a truly beautiful instrument that I feel very lucky to own. A long time ago I played guitar and sang (screamed) in a punk band. I googled us and found this blurry youtube video from our final show at 924 Gilman Street in 2003:

That was the last time this guitar was played on-stage. Occasionally I miss playing music for an audience, but there are a lot of things about being in a band that I’m happy to live without; like driving all night in a smelly van to play a show in front of five kids for $20.

Lately I’ve been playing the guitar for Janie, and she LOVES it (she doesn’t know any better). I think it would be great if she learned to play an instrument someday, but I hope she never dates a musician.

Date: Thursday, December 27th, 2012

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Numbers Series – Part 5

This one was a bit of a schlep. I had hoped to find a starfish (or “sea star” as I guess they’re called now) in the wild. I looked around various beaches up and down the coast for some time, but didn’t find what I was looking for. There were some starfish, but a lot of them just didn’t look quite right, and I was also concerned about damaging their habitats (or my camera) by tromping around in the icy waters of the Pacific.

I needed to go where there were lots of starfish… preferably indoors… with heat. So I was off to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The folks at the aquarium were totally cool about me photographing there, and didn’t even mind when I started setting up strobe lights on stands (just don’t flash the octopus). I had a plethora of starfish to choose from, but something about the color and texture of this little guy (or gal?) just drew me right in.

According to the volunteer docent at the MBA, this is a “bat star”. And according to Wikipedia, “The bat star covers its prey with its stomach and oozes digestive juices over it.” Cool!

Date: Thursday, December 20th, 2012

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Numbers Series – Part 4

This was one of the easiest subjects to track down for the numbers series. I looked no further than our kitchen’s silverware drawer. I examined all the forks we own and discovered that we have a startling variety of fork styles. I was immediately drawn to this particular fork though. It was the only one of its kind (I mean in our drawer; I’m sure they manufactured more than one) and I thought it struck the right balance between decorative and utilitarian.

I know that forks can have other numbers of tines (that’s what they’re called apparently) besides four, but I did a little research and it seems that four has been the standard number of fork tines for a few hundred years. So I think I’m on solid ground here.

Date: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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