2020 was a festering hellscape of trauma, grief and insecurity that will leave an indelible mark on ourselves and our culture for the rest of our lives.

My eastern redbud tree knew this. 2020 was going to be terrible, and the tree presented itself as such.

There were no redbuds last year.

On April 29, 2021, the tree indicated this year was going to be different.
I believe this tree knows things.

This tree is an arbiter of the future. 

It looks like 2021 is going to be a great year!

On May 1, I started preparing it with my yearly pruning. 

I needed it to be perfect for this year's photo shoot.

Normal morning light doesn't really show off how incredible this tree really is. 

This tree looks best in the fog. 
Usually there is fog every spring morning here, so it's just a matter of time before I get the photograph I really want.

I cancelled all my original plans this week so I could be home when it happened.

I absolutely could not miss it.

There was no fog Monday morning.

There was no fog Tuesday morning.

There was no fog Wednesday morning.

There was no fog Thursday morning.

There was no fog Friday morning.

There was no fog Saturday morning. 

There was no fog Sunday morning. 

There was no fog this week. The tree is now past its peak.

I didn't get the photograph I wanted. 

Nevermind... 2021 is going to be a terrible year. 


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This week Adam and I talk about FEETS and poppi. We had special guest Rob Huebel (!!!) on the show. Rob is one of my favorite actors and comedians. What an absolute honor. We talk about feet for over an hour. Join us!

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The Contract Template: 

Photographer Mike Kelley put together the most perfect contract template that you absolutely need to use if you work in the architectural photography space. If you are tired of getting completely fucked over doing photo shoots, check it out here. Also, visit the entire APALMANAC site for great commentary, camera equipment reviews and interviews related to architectural photography. 

Printing Grant: 

My favorite Brooklyn printing lab, Brooklyn Print Works, is accepting entries for their spring 2021 printing grant. This is for NYC artists. $3125 value. Deadline May 30th. 

Money Folder: 

Check out Chris Force's newsletter Money Folder. In his latest issue he provides a behind-the-scenes look at how he made the latest issue of Sixtysix Magazine. I photographed Heidi Gardner in her Brooklyn home for this issue of the magazine. 


Peter Buchanan-Smith's Axe Handbook: Knowing, Buying, Using, Hanging, Restoring & Adorning - The founder of Best Made just released this beautiful book about axes, and you should absolutely purchase it. You will undoubtedly find this book in every single rental cabin around the country within the next six months. Get yourself ahead of the trend. 


11 Reasons to Keep Wearing a Mask After You're Vaccinated and the Pandemic is "Over" - All great, #11 is the greatest though. 


The Crime of the Century - This documentary about the opioid epidemic is absolutely insane. How everyone responsible isn't serving life in prison proves we live in hell, and there is no true justice in this world.  

Julia Sforza proofreads this email, and Zach Vitale's favorite tree is the cherry tree.

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