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The Black Harbor The Black Harbor is an online account of the work, ideas, and inspiration of a tight-nit collective of creatives. Over the years we have created things together, attended school together, fought together, and partied together. We have grown beyond the simplicity of friendship. We are now a family. Our purpose is to celebrates the work of the collective and explore creative work in the world that truly inspires us driving us to be better at what we do. Our hope is that as we document our work, process, lives, and inspiration that you will also be inspired and share your work with us.
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Bill Baird (of Sunset) put out a rad new album this year that is a slight departure from his old stuff. Dig on it
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A playlist created by photographer and artist Eric Carroll relating to his Rayko Photo Center show titled Plato’s Home Movies.
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Your stressed out. You need to chill the fuck out and take this in.
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This album has been doing the trick for me lately. I’m a sucker for anything western and psychedelic.
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Matt Sartain
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Matt, by no means a traditionalist, is a conceptual photographic artist who's work explores strange and mysterious narratives set in rich and beautiful fictional worlds.
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The Forest King is a story of a dying boy, a father’s hope, a mother’s faith and the journey fueled by a broken heart.  This is the beginning of that journey…
Here’s a sneak peak at a new project called The New Far West.  These shots are a collaboration with a friend and stylist Rod Hipskind.  We started with an empty barn and created images using both props and found o ... Continue reading →
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Here’s a quick stop in to share a recent portrait session.  This is Karina.  She is a friend and a barnstormer. We shot near my houseboat in the Richardson Bay when the tide was out.  When the tide’s out it l ... Continue reading →
I was fortunate enough in December to be commissioned to create two images for Report On Business Magazine out of Toronto.  The article is about investing and how our human instincts can sometimes lead us to make poor ... Continue reading →
Paige and the Thousand
Lindsay Paige is a former bandmate of mine and Justin Fantl’s (see Or, the Whale for further reading) and when she asked if I could help her out with some images for her new musical project of course I was happy t ... Continue reading →
I was recently asked to do a shoot for the SF band Steer the Stars.  I love shooting bands because it usually involves an excited group of people willing to do just about anything.  We ran around Mt. Tam doing one-on-one ... Continue reading →
Perhaps coincidentally too appropro for the 7th anniversary of Katrina, and the arrival of hurricane Isaac, I’ve come across some pretty interesting work from British-born artist Jason deCaires Taylor. ... Continue reading →
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This short is by writer/director/composer Benh Zeitlin, the same writer/director/composer for the upcoming Beasts of the Southern Wild which appears to take place in the same world of fantastic realism in the dee ... Continue reading →
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I haven’t been this excited about a movie just based on it’s trailer in a really long time.
I remember a while back discovering and really liking the work of Jeff Bark.  Particularly I remember loving his Woodpecker series. I hadn’t looked at Jeff’s work in a while when a friend showed me some w ... Continue reading →
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In anticipation of the 5th season of Mad Men I’m sharing with you my favorite monologue. Some people think Pete Campbell is a psychopath, but I don’t think so. (click the image, sorry for the ads)  
Heaven Can Wait
Charlotte Gainsbourg “Heaven Can Wait” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo. My good old buddy Megan Fenton production designed this video – hat’s off!  I really enjoyed it, both the video and the s ... Continue reading →