rockstar

I spend a lot of time lighting people and then trying to hide the lights so you can’t see them in the shot. Some of the time, I’ll light someone in such a way as to make them look like they aren’t lit. Other times, I want them to look “lit”. This is the life…

allen childs, new york musician

  I’ve been wanting to create an epic, New York City photo look for a musician for a while now. So when Allen Childs expressed to me that he needed some photos for the website he was building, I proposed we try a rooftop with a view of the Manhattan skyline. No good art comes…

there will be life

In this series, I explore what it means to ignore our collapsing, natural environment while we chase money, sex and self-aggrandizing. Our unconscious addiction to “more” and the mistaken belief that we are somehow not connected to the world around us, are conspiring against the beautiful world we inhabit.  

aaron paul – party n play

Entertainer and musician Aaron Paul asked me to help him develop and shoot the concept for his single release, “PnP” (Party N Play) The Freak Remix by Julian Marsh. It was to be a two-part combination of conceptual, lifestyle and wacky-creative portrait photography, leaning on (but not mimicking) the influence of photographer, David LaChappelle. Talk about pressure, David…

biker on los angeles bridge

On our last trip to Los Angeles, I persuaded my old buddy and motorcyclist, Mike Haroutunian, to pose for me with his Suzuki SV1000S on the 4th. street bridge over the LA River. Getting this shot just after sunset was key if I was to combine all the elements I feel are important for a SoCal cityscape portrait….

a lone musician

Here’s the next in my series: This project illustrates the naked loneliness of the artist’s life as she simultaneously tries to create and to live in this world. The darkness represents the unknown one jumps into when they make the decision to live the life of the artist, while the occasional, small splash of success…

yuhua

Yuhua Hamasaki is a New York performer and drag queen. With the help of Matt Lesser and Joe Spiteri, she and I collaborated to create this great look in a subway station in the Village. If you like what you see, consider donating to my crowdfunding campaign. Nobody pays me to create projects like this, and…

physicist, father, astronomer

This is my dad, Dr. William J. Cocke. He’s a physicist and one of the astronomers responsible for putting the University of Arizona on the map by making the first optical discovery of the pulsar in the late 1960’s. On my last visit to Tucson I asked him if we could take a photo commemorating…

subway steampunk girl

I’ve been wanting to do something edgy and off the beaten path in the subways for a while. Something with a girl, a splash of color and a television. You know, something New York. When my assistant Joe and I scouted locations in Greenwich Village, we got off the train at the West 4th. station, looked…

michael neeley

I’ve been shooting a lot of real estate lately, and have gotten into my head an image of a mirror in a doorway with a person reflected in it looking back at me. Perfect for my environmental lifestyle portrait collection. When I approached Michael Neeley, a real estate agent in Westchester County I’ve been lucky enough to work…