The Brothers Martens

Nothing flatters more, nor pressures more, than having one of best photographers there is asking you to take his  and his brother's photograph.  When Bradford asked me to photograph him and his brother Henry (who is a phenomenal wedding video producer) for some shots for their website I was elated but definitely felt my gut tighten.  All of it was perfect timing for me, because this year more than any other year as a photographer my sense of confidence is growing, that voice I have I am listening to more and less form outer voices.  When I say this, I am not talking about not learning nor thinking I have all the answers.  Only a fool believes that.  I invite criticism often and I crave it.  I need to be pushed and to learn.  All that is about what to do with that voice, how you take that and carve into meaningful images that convey your vision.  This task was exactly the challenge for me I needed and it has been a turning point for me in many ways.  It was even the beginning of my series I've been diving into using extensive black background as my tool for achieving what I see.  Take a gander at these below and then go take a look at my buddy Bradford and his brother, Hank's work.  Also check out their instas @bradfordmartens or @thebrothersmartens   SaveSave...

MARFA

When my buddy Bradford invited Hannah and I to join him and our friend Mo to trek out to Marfa I wasn't initially that thrilled. I heard everyone ooh and aah over Marfa for years and I just assumed they liked things I didn't.  The thing is, my mother is from Midland.  My early formative years, the ones where my memories feel like vaseline has been smeared over the lens, were spent there.  I have this thing where I pretty much crave water, rain, and trees insatiably.  Still, I was excited to experience something new and spend time with my friends. Looking back on that time now I am surprised by how refreshed being out in that far west Texas.  I hadn't been there in twenty years but it felt like home in many ways, and the open skies and crisp air gave my mind and soul room to breathe.  I often get this feeling living in Dallas where I can imagine all the feelings and thoughts of the some seven million people surrounding me are all crashing in the air and the sound can be lively and fun but also cacophonous and emotionally discombobulating. I am extremely pleased with the entire process and results of photographing this trip.  I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I do.  You are welcome to come check out prints of Marfa for sale. Thank you and enjoy...