Made in America

It started out as a New York Times assignment to shoot a story about the rebirth of the American textile industry as more and more clothing companies are finding that it makes more sense to move production back to the US. See that story here. That resulted in a two day dream job from American Giant, a San Francisco based clothing company that was featured in the NYT article. They asked me to document the workers that were harvesting the cotton, the gin that separates the seeds and unwanted bits, and the factories that make and cut the cloths for their clothing all over the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It was probably my favorite job ever and I want to continue documenting the changing face of American textiles. The story went on to feature in Fortune (US, China and Korea issues) and lots of other places online.

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A cause for celebration

I’ve been living and shooting skateboarding culture for a long time. Some aspects of the culture are really difficult to figure out how to communicate… That is not true of the partying. The amount of love and affection that comes out when a large group of skateboarders get together for one reason or another borders on seriously homo-erotic, but is really just a level of comfort that is amazing and special. These images are from two such get-togethers. The first was in the Outer Banks for James and Beth Tupper’s wedding and the other was Eric Hunt’s birthday bro-down in a cabin in Lake Lure. Both were nights to remember.

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