Category: dougKIM photography
Matt Umanov Guitars

Matt Umanov Guitars on Bleeker has nothing to offer for classical or flamenco players, but I still like to stop by and browse. This particular visit a customer had brought in a Dobro to sell. It was heavily corroded, had a beautiful green patina and a great Dobro voice.

Matt Umanov Guitars, Leica, Kodak Tri-X

Zeke, Matt Umanov Guitars, Leica M6 TTL, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

African White-backed Vultures

Seeing White-backed Vultures in the wild at Kruger National Park is a wholly different thing from seeing turkey vultures by the side of the road, picking at some road kill. These vultures are massive beasts, almost twice the size of the turkey vulture. Like every clichéd rendering of them, they hang out only in leafless dead trees because of their large wing span.

They are some graceful and spooky motherfuckers.




Shanghai | Fuzhou Road

As a street shooter, there are times when you are handed a gift, a situation where it’s fish in a barrel and you have been carrying a loaded shotgun all day. This image is from Shanghai on Fuzhou Road a few blocks away from The Bund. It was morning rush hour and my friend Robb had just crossed the street. The light was red so I just stood in the crosswalk and took my time composing and metering the shot because this great line up could not go anywhere.

If you click on the image to view the larger version, you can see the unhappy mugs in the center who were none too pleased to have me take their photo.

fuzhou road, shanghai, Leica M6 TTL, 35mm sumicron, Tri-x

Fuzhou Road, Shanghai, Leica M6 TTL, 35mm sumicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


From Merriam-Webster:

Soi·gnée, adj. Etymology: French, from past participle of soigner to take care of

1 : well-groomed, sleek
2 : elegantly maintained or designed

betsy stockwell in vera wang; Nikon D300, 80-200mm

Betsy Stockwell in Vera Wang; Nikon D300, 80-200mm © Doug Kim

David Lynch, the Cop, the Cow, the Cow’s Handler, and the Keyboardist

I lived a block away from the old Tower Records on Sunset Blvd where this was taken.

Sometimes the really LA part of LA would collected in some slow moving eddy away from the faster, cleaner currents, curdling and fermenting to the point where shit like this would emerge. It is not a great shot, but I’m still convinced that God made film for moments like these.

david lynch, et al, Leica M6 TTL, 50mm sumicron

David Lynch, et al, Leica M6 TTL, 50mm summicron, Agfa APX 400 © Doug Kim

Bike Wreck at Buttonwillow

I found it to be extremely tough to shoot bike wrecks. Not for lack of trying. When shooting a race, you are normally viewing the world through a long lens, focused on a single rider or pack of riders on a far turn. When you finally take the camera from your eye, you see the cloud of dust and wreckage right in front of you and the ambulance already on its way.

After shooting two seasons of the club racing circuit in California, I was able to capture a handful of wrecks on film. Here is the sequence of the only one in color from the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in November of 2005. Shot with a Nikon D200, 80-200mm.


Click here to view an animated gif of the wreck.