Damn Ugly Photography Is A Little Less Ugly

After far too many years, we finally decided to put a new coat of paint on the website. Today we flipped the switch on an all-new, HTML-5 based platform…

So drop whatever you’re doing and head on over to The New & Improved Brad Trent Dot Com and check it out! I think you’ll find things much easier to navigate with the grid-pattern thumbnail galleries, it’s far more iPad & mobile phone friendly, and the HTML-5 is a lot more stable and works one Hell of a lot better than the old Flash site!

But try as I might, some ‘Damn Ugly’ stuff still managed to creep back in…


Meet Gregory Boyd…A Guy Who REALLY Wants To Be Just Like Me…

You have undoubtedly noticed the posting frequency over here at Damn Ugly has dropped off precipitously lately, but that only means that I’ve been too damned busy to tickle the keyboard, knocking out my updates about what I’ve been doing. But…things are slowing down a bit and I can prolly fill y’all in fairly soon with what I’ve been up to, but to tide you over until then, I thought I would share this little news item. I’m sure you’ll get a chuckle over it, as I certainly did…

The other day my friend Axel Dupeux was trolling the interwebs and came across a site he thought I might be interested in. He sent me a couple of images that struck him as being remarkably like two of my own shots. They were done by some guy named Gregory Boyd and I gotta say, he must be a BIG fan of my work cuz these two images don’t even make an attempt to hide their origin.

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Here is my portrait of Bahmann Mossavar-Rahmani…


…and here’s what my new protégé spit out…


Greg…ya couldn’t even change the color of the seamless?!!

The next image of mine is a shot I did of investment manager Peter Siris…


…And Gregory’s homage


Now some might argue that this second example could maybe be a coincidence, but given that I’m convinced he straight-up ripped me off on that first shot, I’m not cutting Mr. Boyd any slack. He stole the idea. Period.

So if Gregory Boyd wanted to get noticed for his photography skillz, I’m more than happy to send a few eyeballs over to his site to check him out. You can view all of his work at www.gregoryboyd.com and who knows…you might even spot some photos he’s taken using the ideas of other photographers, as well!

And while you’re over there, you might want to drop him a line to tell him what you think of his work. I’m sure he’ll appreciate the input!






UPDATE – 3/14/14 10:30AM…

Somebody just got in touch with me and it seems Gregory’s photography career might have actually ended years ago…

Gregory Boyd – LinkedIn

Could it be that the last thing he did in an attempt at salvaging his failing photo business was to copy my photographs…?!!

Damn Ugly Photography Gets Lit Up By The Strobist !!!

Damn Ugly hasn’t had this many hits in one day since he went to DC and photographed The President…and even then I don’t think the graph went that high! This morning, David Hobby, also known in photo circles as The Strobist, interviewed me last week and posted it on his blog at 8:00AM this morning….

Brad Trent on the Fake Reality of Portraits

His post today…and the launching of my new website…have resulted in a major traffic jam clogging up the interwebs! I could only hope and pray to get this kinda action on a daily basis, but since I’m trying to get people signed up for the Santa Fe Workshop Ronnie Weil and I are teaching, I’ll take whatever action I can get!


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Damn Ugly made it to the Top 100 Blogs of the Day on WordPress!!! #27…and climbing like a rocket!!!


Drumroll Please !!!!!

The Redesigned Website Is Up !!!!!


You’ve probably noticed my participation here at Damn Ugly has been sketchy recently, but after a couple of months of all-night design sessions, resizing images and portfolio editing, my new website is up & running!!!

Brad Trent Photography

This is the third website design I’ve put up and by far the best. Quite honestly, the format of this site is exactly what I would have wanted years ago, but the technology just wasn’t there. Until now I’ve been using a Livebooks design, but this time I worked with Rob Haggart’s web design company, ‘A Photo Folio’ to implement the changes and we went live over the weekend. While everything about the architecture of the site is new, I incorporated a lot of the basic design elements from my previous site in this new project.

The first major change you will see is that I’m no longer hamstrung with a single, small image window…the images are much higher resolution ands now dynamically resize as you change the size of your browser window, or…even better.…you can click the ‘Full-Screen’ button at the lower left of your monitor and view the biggest, sharpest possible images I can offer! Navigating with the Thumbnail view is also much faster since you can see larger thumbnail images and they pop up ten times faster than the Livebooks version ever did. And I really like being able to navigate forwards and back by simply clicking on the left or right of the image…as you roll your mouse over the image, a ‘+’ or ‘-‘ icon appears and you can click and go! You can also access the thumbnails by placing your mouse in the middle of the screen and clicking when the grid icon appears. I don’t even know why I’m explaining this because the site design is so intuitive it just seems natural! But if you have any problems getting around the site, just ask a five year-old…it’s been years since I’ve met a kid who couldn’t figure out the internet!

Finally, having these hi-rez images allowed me to add a couple of galleries that I plan to have a lotta fun with in the future. My ‘Artificial Portraits’ and ‘Light Tests’ will allow me to show more of those behind the scenes moments that normally get archived to a hard drive, but offer insightful looks at the nuts & bolts of my shoots.

So head on over to www.bradtrent.com and tell me what you think!!!

Brad Trent

The iPad Portfolio Era Begins…

As some of you already know, the past couple of months have had me furiously redesigning my current website with the folks at APhotoFolio.com and yesterday Rob Haggart, Mr. APhotoFolio himself, informed me that they have become the first photography website company to deliver custom designed iPad sites, built using HTML5, for all of their customers. Check it out…

A Photo Folio – First To Deliver iPad Sites

As I sit here resizing TIFFS down to JPEGs for my new site, I hafta wonder if the next thing I’m gonna be doing is purchasing a carload of iPads to act as my portfolios?!! Given how labor intensive, not to mention expensive, printed portfolios can be, having everything on an iPad just might make sense! I dunno…it’s all very early in the game, but if I can get over not having a printed book of BIG prints to show an art director, who knows?!!

And now, here’s a quick look at a sample page from my new website, which will be up as soon as I finish resizing those damned JPEGs…

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Website Update News


Not much of a surprise, but I updated the website to include some of the images from my recent shoot with The President. Head on over to www.bradtrent.com and check it out!


Website Update News…..


Nothing too major…but I’ve changed up a couple of the rotating Home Page images and the portfolios have been newly categorized as well as getting some new stuff…most notably the Audrye Sessions shoot and some recent portraits I did for BusinessWeek and Barron’s…..check it out HERE!!!