Mr. Fisher is a photographer and graphic designer who lives in Santa Barbara, California. He has run his company, In Color, since 1989.
Mr. Fisher's other company, In Color, has designed the wrap for the Santa Barbara Bowl's new water station, donated by Jack Johnson's organization. The backdrop image was taken by A. Arthur Fisher. See the full press release:
Santa Barbara, CA – On Tuesday, musician and environmentalist, Jack Johnson presented the Santa Barbara Bowl today with a custom Water Refill Station, in support of the Johnson’s All At Once Sustainability Award, which recognizes venues making a strong commitment to green practices and the environment. Water Refill Stations will also be presented to the two other award winners, the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland (IMP Presents), and the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in New York (Live Nation).
Last December, the Santa Barbara Bowl with promoter Nederlander Concerts, received an inaugural All At Once Sustainability Award in the “Green Leader” category, for ongoing excellence in waste reduction and sustainability and for making every effort to meet Johnson’s Environmental Rider during his 2014 From Here To Now To You Tour. As a result of the award and water refill station, fans will now be able to refill reusable water bottles and cups from the venue, cutting back on plastic waste at the Santa Barbara Bowl shows.
The Bowl is being recognized as a leader in venue greening and for implementing best practices, piloting new initiatives, and setting the stage for others to follow. The Greening the Bowl campaign aims at making the venue as close to carbon neutral as possible by decreasing the Bowl’s ecological footprint. Recent greening initiatives include removal of non-native plants, a bike valet service, solar power, and implementation of waste-diversion recycling and composting programs.
Additionally, as part of Jack Johnson’s 2014 shows, the Santa Barbara Bowl in collaboration with LoaTree, launched the innovative #MyPintAndMe initiative to reduce single-use disposable plastics by selling customized pint cups. Bowl patrons can bring their pint cups to every Bowl show and receive drink discounts for the life of the cup. Since the inception of the program the SB Bowl has seen cost savings from the reduction in plastic cups purchased and waste hauling fees
Rick Boller, Executive Director Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, states “We are honored to receive the All At Once Sustainability Award. We have enjoyed our on-going partnership with everyone on Jack Johnson’s team and their support and assistance in launching all of our Greening the Bowl initiatives. We mostly want to recognize and thank our patrons for their active participation with the MyPintAndMe program. It is exciting to have so many supporters do their part in reducing over 10,000 plastic cups since Jack Johnson’s concerts in 2014.”
Johnson, whose music career began in Santa Barbara, is proud of his hometown venue’s greening efforts and specifically their commitment to reducing single-use plastics. “Being an ocean loving community we all appreciate the Bowl’s leadership in keeping plastic out of the waste stream, knowing that so much of it finds it’s way to the sea,” said Johnson.
The award ceremony is timely, as Johnson recently returned from the 5 Gyres SEA Change expedition from the Bahamas to Bermuda, conducting research on plastic ocean pollution, where he was able to see environmental impacts first- hand and discuss solutions with leading scientists, artists, and ocean advocates. While in the Bahamas, Johnson was also designated as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme to help promote environmental causes, including plastic pollution initiatives.
In addition to recognizing outstanding green venues like the Santa Barbara Bowl, Johnson continues to improve his own sustainability practices on the road. The 2014 From Here To Now To You Tour eliminated over 18,392 single-use plastic bottles with water refill stations and reusables, supported 35 local farms with the purchase of locally grown and organic produce, sourced over 10,054 gallons of sustainable biodiesel and offset an estimated 2,462,600 pounds of CO2 through green touring and fan participation. Through Johnson’s All At Once campaign, the tour supported over 150 community groups focusing on plastic free initiatives, sustainable local food systems, and other hands-on environmental projects.
For more information visit: www.jackjohnsonmusic.com/greening and www.allatonce.org
Though he's not one of my favorite acts, Bill Maher is undoubtedly a well known, political satirist, so I wan't going to pass on providing photos for the resulting article on thearlingtontheatre.com. All photos were shot with my 400mm lens on a Canon 5D III. A teleconverter was used on some.
St. Patrick's Day brought us quite the matched pair of musical teams. Jason Mraz, last in Santa Barbara at the Bowl, this time came to the Arlington Theatre. He not only brought with him his snappy percussionist, Mona Tavakoli, but her entire college band, Raining Jane. This ensemble was a pleasure to photography, which I did mostly with my 400mm lens, although I went a bit wider on a few shots to show off the stunning backdrop. The performance was an audio visual treat, going from plugged-in to unplugged, making quite the unusual experience.
See the gallery and read the story on thearlingtontheatre.com.
Busting out their foot-stomping brand of indie folk and bluegrass, the Avett Brothers returned for the second time to the Arlington, and third time to Santa Barbara in just a few short years. Shooting conditions were difficult, only because I had to shoot over the heads of the energetically-dancing crowd, who spilled out into the aisles while I was trying to squeeze in a shot here and there.
The Avetts have a very loyal following, and it was a privilege to be able to hang around to watch most of the performance, brought here by UCSB Arts & Lectures. See the photos and read the article on thearlingtontheatre.com here.
True to form, Steve Carell kept my smile wide throughout his interview. A few times, I was laughing too hard to take photos as I tried to steadily balance my 400mm lens on my monopod. This year's award honored him for a much more serious role, however, than he's typically known for. Foxcatcher was, indeed, a serious movie.
In any case, you should check out the gallery of images and the article written by Sabrina McCarly on thearlingtontheatre.com, and see Jennifer Gardiner present him with the award.
Of the many amazing events each year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Virtosos Award is usually one of my favorites. In one evening, I get to photography five to seven different stars, followed by a short interview of each. Further adding to the fun, in recent years the film festival has added a group discussion at the close of the event, whereby all the virtuosos do a short roundtable, usually trying to out wit each other.
In addition to David Oyelowo (Selma), this year's other honoree's included Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Logan Lerman (Fury), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child). See the entire photo gallery and read the article by Jennifer Strube on thearlingtontheatre.com.
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph Jennifer Aniston on the red carpet and during her interview during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The word "gracious" barely begins to explain Ms. Aniston's demeanor; she was holding back tears at the idea of her appearance selling out the theatre.
See more photos and read the entire article on thearlingtontheatre.com.
Magic is all about the business of success. He gave quite the inspirational talk at the Arlington Theatre, describing how he went from an aimless kid to a basketball star to a business mogul. Right after coming out on stage, he popped down to the floor and wandered through the theatre, mingling as he spoke. Thanks to UCSB Arts & Lectures for bringing this event to town.
Read the full story on thearlingtontheatre.com
Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, and his partner in crime, Lynda Barry, gave a humor-filled presentation at the Arlington Theatre. Brought in by UCSB Arts & Lectures, the two expained how they got started and who were the inspirations for their fantastic characters.
Read the full story by Bill Buescher on thearlingtontheatre.com
Red carpet time again. This year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival brought a fun bunch of honorees. The most interesting were the Cousteaus, their unbelievable 3-D underwater film and the stories about their quests to save the ocean. Jean-Michel, son Fabien and daughter Celene were the recipients of this year's Attenborough Award.
Read the complete story on thearlingtontheatre.com