Vampire Hunter

Vampire Hunter

“They’re only noodles, Michael.”

This year it was decided that vampires reign supreme once again. Building off the vampire shoot last year, I got together with friend/photographer John Lauritsen for a shoot at his family’s farm in Maryland. Three models brought the vampire hunter theme to life. The cold didn’t keep us from jumping around like maniacs and fogging up a 100 year-old barn filled with lighting equipment.

Models: Amber Matthews, Chris Slovak and Laureen Taylor

Vampire Hunter by Christopher John Sztybel

“Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine” documentary screening at Rutgers University Livingston campus

“Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine” documentary screening at Rutgers University Livingston campus

“OUR FILM AND THE PEOPLE IN IT ALL BEAR WITNESS TO THE SIMPLE FACT THAT MATT SHEPARD WAS A GOOD PERSON—AN AMAZING PERSON WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE WHO TRAGICALLY FELL VICTIM TO THE IGNORANCE AND HATRED THAT PERSISTS IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY.” -MICHELE JOSUE, DIRECTOR

Being invited to photograph an event like this is both solemn and rewarding to me. This screening of “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” included a panel of guests that had direct relationships with Matt himself . Treat people kindly. There’s no need for these horrible events to occur and I am glad director Michele Josue and her crew put together a film that resonates. Even if you are unfamiliar with the backstory of the film, it will teach you exactly what deep pain intolerance can cause. Friends and family will never see Matt again in this life. And it’s because of intolerance that lead to an extreme act of violence.

"Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine" documentary screening at Rutgers University Livingston campus at the Tyler Clementi Center

Ferrari Maserati of Central New Jersey

Ferrari Maserati of Central New Jersey

Met up with leather master Michael Starr yesterday in Edison, New Jersey. Took a stroll through the lot and ordered each car in red and black. Yeah right. But I did have a small light kit with me and here are the results.

Ferrari Maserati of Central Jersey

Nine Inch Nails at The Rock in Newark, New Jersey

Nine Inch Nails at The Rock in Newark, New Jersey

Finally got around to seeing Nine Inch Nails perform live. Up until now it has been a band only experienced through headphones or car stereos. I am not sure what past tours offered fans, but this one has most amazing light show ever created. The musicianship was killer and I didn’t expect as much live drumming as there was.

Since this was a leisurely night out, my gear was a cell phone. I feel like this limitation actually did justice to the performance because you can see the entire show. The lights were as bright as the sun and each song had its own particular color palette.

Nine Inch Nails live at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey 9/15/2013

Bullet For My Valentine @ Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey

Bullet For My Valentine @ Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey

I have been challenging myself lately by shooting with my Samsung Galaxy S4. There’s very little it can do compared to even my old film cameras. Zoom sucks. It can’t see light very well. Tonight’s challenge was the Bullet For My Valentine concert at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Simply put…concert lighting is a real bitch to photograph. You never quite know when the lights will be extremely bright or very dim.

The moral of the story is I went to enjoy a concert and got a few souvenir snapshots along the way.

Bullet For My Valentine @ Starland Ballroom 10/23/2013