Monthly Archives: October 2013

“Project 13” – A Friday The 13th Series

When I was growing up in the 80s, a certain series of horror films were coming out that were pretty popular; Friday the 13th.  In fact, the “franchise” also became a TV show, novels, comics, and of course, all sorts of merchandise.  Of course, I wasn’t allowed to watch these movies at such a young age, but somehow managed to see them all during middle school and the beginning of high school.

In the movies, in case you’re unfamiliar (spoiler alerts!), “Jason Voorhees”, was a young boy who drown while at Camp Crystal Lake.  Jason is largely absent from the first movie, in which his mother stalks and kills the camp counselors (to avenge his death) that were going to be reopening Camp Crystal Lake after Jason’s drowning.  She is killed at the end of the first movie and Jason comes back to avenge her death in the next (count them) ELEVEN movies!

Camp Crystal Lake

So a few months ago I had this idea that I should get one of those masks that Jason (irony??) wore in the movies, get the clothes he wore, and do some photos for Halloween.  So I started investigating further (as it has been years upon years since seeing the movies), and rented and watched the first 7 movies in the series.  Well, finding a good replica of the mask wasn’t terribly easy, but I did find one, and thus began the project.  Mask (check), crowbar (check), machete (check), mechanic’s overalls (check), gray pants (check), long-sleeve work shirt (check).  The next step was to scout some creepy places to photograph.

Creepy House | Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

This abandoned house fit the bill.  © http://www.aepoc.com

There are a number of sketchy looking places to shoot not far from where I live, so I walked around and took some photos with my cell phone to start the process.  And then I got to thinking, “Maybe it’s not the world’s best idea to be walking around a small town in a hockey mask, dressed as a very popular serial killer, holding a machete, crowbar, or other killing utensil”.  So I went to the local police station to inform them of the project, and see if I needed to get clearance, permits, etc.  Turns out I needed to address the town board and write up exact dates, times, etc.  So I wrote a letter to the board, and they approved the project.  A local paper even got wind of it and ran a story on it as well, which I will put in a future post.

Below you’ll find the images taken for the project.  Happy Halloween!

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © www.aepoc.com

Friday the 13th Photoshoot © http://www.aepoc.com

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Hockey Photo Of The Day |31| Mrazek

The final image in my “Hockey Photo Of The Day” series.  Petr Mrazek is a phenomenal goaltender.  He led the Grand Rapids Griffins to the Calder Cup Championship in the 2012-2013 season.  While photographing for the Milwaukee Admirals, I was able to snap this image of him making an incredible save.  Just a few days after this shot was taken, Mrazek was called up to the Detroit Red Wings, for his first NHL start; which he won.

Petr Mrazek | © www.aepoc.com

Petr Mrazek | © http://www.aepoc.com

Hockey Photo Of The Day |30| That Mouthguard!

Former Fighting Saints forward Mike Szmatula reminds me a lot of the Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane, for many reasons; one of which is the mouthguard that was always dangling from his mouth.  Mike now plays hockey for Northeastern University.

Mike Szmatula | © www.aepoc.com

Mike Szmatula | © http://www.aepoc.com

Apparently it’s a thing in the NHL too:

Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane

Hockey Photo Of The Day |29| Hockey and humor

Hockey players generally have a pretty good sense of humor.  Sometimes, you have to look closely to find it.  When I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to photograph the Griffins, this is what I found on the bench:

Skywalker | © www.aepoc.com

Skywalker | © www.aepoc.com

Hockey Photo Of The Day |28| Taking The Ice

Matt Benning taking the ice during the 2013 USHL Playoffs for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.  Benning was drafted in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, and currently is playing at Northeastern University.

Matt Benning | © www.aepoc.com

Matt Benning | © www.aepoc.com

Hockey Photo Of The Day |27| Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson taking in some coaching from Mike Valley during an Elite Goalies session in Madison, WI.  Josh is currently playing for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League.

Josh Robinson | © www.aepoc.com

Josh Robinson | © www.aepoc.com

Hockey Photo Of The Day |26| Scott Stajcer

A portrait of Scott Stajcer during warm ups in Greenville, South Carolina.  Scott is currently playing for the Connecticut Whale, in the AHL.

Scott Stajcer | © www.aepoc.com

Scott Stajcer | © www.aepoc.com