Endi and I got together for our first fire photo shoot together after working together many times for her stage performances. We were lucky enough to get a calm, chilly night that allowed for great fun with fire.
Since the lovely Kāli Anne was in town, I wanted to make sure we shot some fire. Haven and Jennifer joined us for a fun photo shoot in an abandoned building on the east side of Portland. Unfortunately, our fire adventure was cut short as we were told to move along by the friendly Portland Police Department. We finished the shoot on the outside of the building using a glow hoop that was low on power. Despite the challenges, it was a fun and nostalgic shoot, one that left us all hoping for Kali to come home again!
To break up the Fall monotony of bad weather and no fire spinning, Haven, Cypris, Zac and I got together at the amazing Burnside Skate Park for some fun with fire. The beauty of this place is that the artwork changes every time I shoot there. This time to celebrate the park's 22nd anniversary. Please consider donating to keep this skate park up and running for another 22 years.
We got a second crack at shooting fire performance at an old 30,000 square foot bus depot warehouse which in its prime serviced city buses. For years it decayed, slowly dying over the years. The collected talents included a large group of fire performers scattered throughout the full day of shooting. Another intense shoot, but we took full advantage of one of our favorite locations. Unfortunately, mere weeks after this shoot, the warehouse was torn down to rubble, cleared away to park PGE vehicles. Shame.
On a windy night in January of 2012, Haven, Harmony and I got together to do a quick fire shoot after months going without. Our fuel was fired once again at the stellar Burnside Skate Park. The artwork was so incredible, including a spiderweb bowl and giant mosaic skull on the flat wall. I love this place.
Once I heard that I may be granted access to a 30,000 square foot warehouse, my wheels started turning. I decided to make a full day production out of the opportunity, including 4 DJs, nearly 20 performers, and extra rented lighting gear. The efforts were well worth it. Not only do I feel that this set represents some of my best work as a fire performance photographer, but it was just a damn fun day full of spirited, lovely, talented people.