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Seas without a Shore is a new collection of photographs that I’ve been working on for the past 18 months and am now turning into a book.

The book will be 9.5” x 12” in size and run about 150 pages with over 90 photographs. There will be a standard edition cover and also a limited edition cloth bound version. 80 cloth bound books will come with a slipcase and 20 of them will be delivered in a deluxe clamshell box. The books will be printed and bound with superb, thick paper and the highest offset print quality. The book is designed and ready to go off to the printers!

This series of photographs consists mostly of wet plate collodion (or tintype) images which is a beautiful photographic process that was invented in the mid 19th century and still to this day has passionate practitioners using this method all round the world. It’s a wonderful antidote to all things digital within photography today and an alternative for those wanting to work photo-chemically and who are increasingly being deprived of film stocks to use. (Kodak RIP).

I’ve tried to avoid working with a very rigid theme or set of guidelines on this series and have wanted to take pictures of things, people and characters that mean a lot to me personally through themes of solitude, hope and survival. Making the masks, and many of the props and costumes is a big part of the process and it helps me define this unique and demented little world I live and shoot in. There are many still lifes (or portraits rather) of Seahorses, which I find to be one of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures in existence. The mysteries of the sea is certainly a big part of the subject matter in these pictures and I like to think that the book ends with a sort of crescendo of color images of survivors braving waves and currents, perhaps the result of a future world where ocean tides will wash away the planet’s coastlines.

The rewards are described more in detail on this page.

The Book 

The final covers may differ slightly from these design mock-ups:

Standard Edition Cover
Standard Edition Cover
Limited Edition Cover
Limited Edition Cover
Slipcase & Clamshell Case Cover
Slipcase & Clamshell Case Cover


Described below are most of the rewards. Besides the book itself, there are prints in different sizes, there is one image offered as a Platinum Print and then there are five unique tintypes, which accompany five of the box sets. As there are various options and combinations, please take the time to read through the descriptions and follow the links below to see the images with titles, sizes etc. Please e-mail me at with any questions.

Unique Tintypes 

The five tintypes accompanying the limited edition book/clamshell box will not be scanned for further printing. They will remain truly unique, one-of-a-kind photographs. Each tintype is 3.5″x4.5″ in size. They will be signed on the back, and come with an archival matte and sleeved for protection. There are 14 tintypes to choose from, so the first people to order these rewards will get their pick of these unique tintypes. Please contact me to discuss your preferred tintype. Follow this link my site to see larger versions of the tintypes:

Tintypes Link:


The Limited Edition Prints 

Most of the photographs in this book will be available as archival pigment prints in various sizes. Each size is in an edition of 10 prints. Please follow this link to my website. The photographs available as prints are displayed with titles and sizes. Contact me to discuss your choice and size.

Prints Link:

The Platinum Print 

Perhaps the godfather of all photographic prints, invented in 1873 by William Willis, the platinum has a beautiful sense of depth and richness and will last as long as the paper they are printed on. The process produces photographs of unrivaled beauty made by photographers and favored by collectors because of their tonal range, the surface quality and their permanence. A platinum print provides a broad scale of tones from black to white. The platinum tones range from warm black, to reddish brown, to expanded mid-tone grays that are unobtainable in silver prints.

Hippocampus #5 Platinum Print 16"x20"
Hippocampus #5 Platinum Print 16″x20″

8×10 Print Accompanying Limited Edition Books 

The photograph, titled Hippocampus #2, will be offered as an archival pigment print in an edition of 50. This print is 8″x10.25″ on 9.5”x12” paper and will come in a protective sleeve.

Hippocampus #2 8"x10.25" Print
Hippocampus #2 8″x10.25″ Print

4×5 Open Edition Prints

Choose from the 5 photographs below:

Hippocampi #1
Hippocampi #1
Regina Pelagus IV
Regina Pelagus IV
Wings #5
Wings #5
Hippocampus #1
Hippocampus #1

More images from the book:

About Me

I’ve been lucky enough to have taken pictures for most of my life. I started as a teenager, shooting rock bands but I changed direction after film and art history studies that led me to the film industry and even directing various projects. I returned to shooting still pictures about 8 years ago and have had many exhibitions in different cities around the world. I don’t know that I have a particular style but I think the one constant throughout my pictures is the subject matter and characters I choose to depict.


Merry Karnowsky, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Randall Scott Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2009
Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
Randall Scott Gallery, Washington D.C., 2008
Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2008
Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
James Anthony Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, 2007
LACDA, Los Angeles, CA, 2005
Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2005
The Stockholm Center for Contemporary Art & Architechture, 2005

Randall Scott Gallery, Washington D.C., 2012
Phillips de Pury, Made in Polaroid, New York, 2011
Bo Lee Gallery, Bath, UK, 2011
Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
Bristol City Museum, Bristol, UK, 2010
Randall Scott Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2010
Manifest Equality Group Show, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Hasselblad Masters on Tour Exhibition in Hong Kong, Copenhagen, New York and London, 2009
Merry Karnowsky, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
Bo Lee Gallery, Bath, UK, 2009 (Moments of Macabre)
Bo Lee Gallery, Bath, UK, 2009 (On Borrowed Time)
Stolen Space, London, UK, 2008
Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “? THE WAR”, 2008
FÄRGFABRIKEN NORR, Östersund, Sweden, 2008
Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA, 2008
Corey Helford Galler,y Los Angeles, CA, “Literartistry”, 2007
Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
Berman/Turner Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 2006
Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2006
Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA, 2005

Finalist 2010

Grand Prize Winner American Photo’s Images of the Year 2007 (“Victims & Avengers”)

Professional Photographer of the Year: Advertising – Music
1st Place Award for My Chemical Romance “The Black Parade”

Nominated for Deeper Perspectives with “Victims & Avengers”

My Chemical Romance “The Black Parade”

Nominee 2009

Winner in the Corporate category for My Chemical Romance “The Black Parade”
Winner in the Advertising category for Sony Playstation 3 “The White Room Series”

50 Photographers 2008

GO INDIE PHOTO CONTEST / PDN Stock Photo Guide 2008
Professional Grand Prize Winner & Category Winner
(for “I’m The Most Normal Person I Know”)

Commissioned: Sony Playstation 3 Launch Campaign, My Chemical Romance “The Black Parade”, Serj Tankian “Imperfect Harmonies”, USC, The Stuttgart Ballet, Glen Campbell “Ghost on the canvas”