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Michael Prince: Bloomberg at the Window

Posted by Workbook on 07/30/2014 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Michael Prince's picture of Michael Bloomberg got into the Editorial section of this year's CA Photo Annual.

Dave Moser: A Love Story

Posted by Workbook on 07/30/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
By Dave Moser

I invited my coach of seven years, Ian Summers to help present this love story to my blogpost readers. This was our take.

It has been two years since Dave Moser’s client, who for reasons of privacy wishes to remain anonymous, invited Dave to create portraits of people he loves – people who matter in his life. The client wanted to be surrounded by the faces of people who mean the most to him.
His vision was to look up from his desktop in the middle of his intense day’s work to make eye contact with some of the most significant people in his life. His family is included. So is his loyal, lifelong automobile mechanic, an award winning novelist, and other dear friends. Dave accepted the challenge to create an expressionistic, emotional, raw, and honest look for the series.

The Collaborators

I met this man back in 1999 and have photographed for his company on and off throughout our relationship. He is a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. A couple of years ago, he invited me to lunch and I took the opportunity to show him my portfolio. A friendship grew.
I showed him my recent work and he got excited about the RWA project (Ready, Willing & Able) that I had just completed.  He is an art collector and has purchased scores of paintings that enhance the environment of his company’s headquarters and residences.  He did not really think of photography as an art form until then. His tastes were expanding from decorative landscape to more modern work. I think he was opening up emotionally. That’s why he connected with the RWA project. He responded to these RWA images:

Ready, Willing and Able is the Philadelphia chapter of the national organization The Doe Fund, a privately funded transitional program for recovering addicts, ex-convicts and the formerly homeless.

My client invited me to have a one-man show to celebrate his firm’s 25th anniversary. There was an image that was on the wall for that month; the freckled Caucasian man shown above. He really connected with this portrait. A short time later, he commissioned me to photograph him and a man who was working on his residence for over forty years.

I developed a process/treatment that deconstructs beauty or expected appearances, and invites the viewer to relate to the unique energy subjects offer through expression and gesture.  The extreme detail, not ordinarily seen by human eyes, breaks with expected conventions. This is further emphasized by the abstraction of black and white. I believe others see our energy long before they see the things we have obsessed about in the mirror since adolescents.  When seen in the body of this work, we are invited to accept a new visual language as a way to connect with the subjects. Through this new visual language you see their beauty, their humanity.
The client ordered four 16 x 24 prints that were framed only with glass. At first he had all three of them up.  He took his picture down and placed it behind the door. In January 2012 he sent me this email:

I want 25 portraits of friends and family all hung at the same level and the same size. I think it would bless my office and life in a special way. As you know I already have four shots like this and all of these photographs show their inner light, character and soul. I have come to learn through Dave that photography can be art.  His portraits let you inside the person’s heart and soul and affect me and I wanted that real time experience of my friends. I am grateful for your authenticity, your creative genius, intuition and so much more.

At this point, I was unaware of how this project would grow to over 100 portraits, taking me to Scottsdale, Orlando, Atlanta, Louisville, NYC via a limo, and two trips to Nantucket on a private jet with my family. This was indeed becoming a dream job!

Photographing Myself

Early in the project my client scared and honored me at the same time. He said, “Yes David your going on the wall. I am very grateful to you! You are changing my life.”
Making a self-portrait for this project was certainly a learning experience.
I was honored to be part of the collection and to be considered one of my client’s closest friends – one of the 60. In looking at this image, I see what he he sees in me; his experience of me. I didn’t pull any punches in terms of the detail and treatment. I don’t really see the imperfections in myself. I see the expression in my eyes and the slight gesture of my head. Obviously, I am a photographer and I have a different way of seeing things.

July Phonetography

Posted by Workbook on 07/30/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhonetographyPhotography

Vacations, fun, and food.  Here is more July Phonetography.

Vegar Abelsnes Diana Zalucky
Shaina Fishman James McEntee
William Geddes Paul Mason

Kevin Sprouls for Crown Royal

Posted by Workbook on 07/29/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Kevin Sprouls

Advertising illustration always provides a challenge of one kind or another. A while back, I was contacted by Grey Advertising, in Canada. They were working for the big distilling and beverage group, Diageo. Grey was putting together a Father’s Day campaign featuring Diageo’s Crown Royal brand. Although the initial concept was for black-and-white ads for newspapers, I was asked to quote for black-and-white and full-color versions of the artwork. Knowing it was going to be a ton of work, I priced the project accordingly. We got started. Here is the starting point, a layout I was provided:

Grey wanted separate elements so they could play around with the arrangement. I was to create images of a glass, the Crown Royal bottle, and a tabletop surface. We experimented with variations in the sketch phase.

Here is the finished glass element. Drawing that ice was tricky, but in the end, it worked out pretty well.

Finally, we arrived at the end product. Here, the finished art in black and white and in color:

This illustration was very challenging in that it involved lots of reflection and transparency to convey the qualities of glass and ice, not to mention capturing the details of the label. The Crown Royal Bottle is very complex, as you can appreciate!

Transformation by Zave Smith

Posted by Workbook on 07/29/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePersonal WorkPhotography
Be open. You never know what might happen.

An unknown person reaches out, looking for a photographer to document the changes her body is going through. A picture of a bald woman is enclosed.

It does not take a lot of detective work to put a young person with a bald head and cancer together. The emails exchanged were not detailed. I was not sure what she wanted to do. But I was intrigued. What is her story?

At times I feel that I am a collector of stories. I meet people, and I then create visual fictions based on their tales. Facts are just facts, but good fiction revels human truth.

We met on the corner of 11th and Callowhill. We talked for a few minutes, tossed her bike into the back of my van, and set out to Fairmount Park. I knew I wanted to picture the contrast of her skin with the green and the rock. I also knew that I wanted to abstract her story to make it more universal.  I knew that I was meeting a young woman who was proud, strong, and very brave, yet living a life of complete uncertainty.

I know this series is just a start. I don’t know yet where these photographs will lead. But I know that I must always be open.

See more from Zave at his portfolio and website

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Robb Long: An Aerial Perspective

Posted by Workbook on 07/29/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineMotionPersonal WorkPhotography
By Robb Long

This is a personal project I created at Custer State Park, South Dakota in July, 2014. It was, by far, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'll take with me the rest of my life. Not only did I get to film right next to these gigantic magnificent buffalo, but I got front row seats from my guide and family friend Chad, the Herd Manager for Custer State Park. After driving out into the park to search for the herd, we spotted the buffalo along a high ridge quite a distance from the pavement. Luckily, like me Chad is a jeep guy, and we headed out onto a pretty rough "official use only" trail ride on a set of 37" tall tires! As we bounced around and worked our way closer to the herd, I received a crash course on bull buffalo behavior so I didn't end up getting chased down. Just as the beefed up LJ that had a personalized plate reading "JeepBuf" crawled over a steep ridge, we saw the herd. There they were, hundreds of buffalo roaming and grazing the beautiful grasses of the prairie, as far as the eye could see. This was by far one of the most amazing sights I'd ever seen. The view was so amazing I felt myself getting emotional over the sheer beauty of this once-endangered species.

Custer State Park Buffalo "An Aerial Perspective" personal project by Robb Long from Robb Long Imaging on Vimeo.

Julien McRoberts: Where Women Create

Posted by Workbook on 07/28/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Julien McRoberts was featured in the recent coverage on designer Nancy Traugott in this month’s “Where Women Create.”

Laura Coyle: Student Growth Percentiles for GPB

Posted by Workbook on 07/28/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadline
Laura Coyle created the illustrations for this new animation video produced by Jesse S. Freeman for the Georgia Public Broadcasting and Georgia Department of Education. The purpose of the video is to explain the Georgia Student Growth Model, and so far the reception has been excellent, receiving 4,000+ views on Youtube in the first month.

Laura Coyle "Student Growth Percentiles" for GPB from Kiki Pollard on Vimeo.

Latest Additions: July 27th-August 2nd

Posted by Workbook on 07/28/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineLatest Additions
Grace Chon
Grace combines her background as a former advertising agency art director with her photography, creating modern, lifestyle portraits of people and animals. Her clients include ad agencies, magazines, publishing companies, celebrities, non-profit organizations, and TV shows. In her spare time, Grace photographs homeless dogs looking for their forever homes and donates her photography services every year to multiple dog rescue groups in Los Angeles. She lives in LA with her husband, baby boy, and their beloved rescue dogs, Maeby and Zoey.

Jessica Roux
Jessica Roux is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer. She is originally from the woodlands of North Carolina, where she grew up surrounded by an abundance of nature. Using subdued colors and rhythmic shapes, she renders flora and fauna with intricate detail reminiscent of old world beauty. She is currently available for freelance work. Her work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration.

John Kachik
John Kachik is an alumnus and occasional adjunct faculty member of the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as a freelance illustrator and fine artist since graduating with honors in 1984. John's work has been honored by Communication Arts, Graphis, Society of Publication Designers, Society of Illustrators, Print Annual, The Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and The One Show. He also has a permanent collection at The Caring Foundation, a Smithsonian-associated gallery in Washington, DC. He has created a tile designed mural installation as part of the Art, Architecture Enhancements, and Exhibitions at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

Beth Perkins
Beth Perkins is a transplant Texan living in New York City. Her clients, ranging from Bank of America to Glamour magazine, are indicative of her ability to create truthful and powerful imagery that transcends editorial and advertising lines. Beth's love for travel has also fueled her image content that has led to working for clients such as the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Travel and Leisure Golf. In addition, her ability to capture the beauty and intimacy in everyday life is a testament to her spirit of and ability to ingratiate herself in a wide range of situations.

Chris Hamilton
Chris was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia and has a mechanical engineering background in addition to his photography degree from The Art Institute of Atlanta. Sports Illustrated published a twelve-page spread of his unique time-lapse photography. Chris has done major work for NIKE, the American Cancer Society, and he has been the official photographer for the Paralympics. Chris is an expert at photographing the moments and the moments between the moments.

Sam Yocum - Studio Swim

Posted by Workbook on 07/25/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Sam Yocum’s recent work is in print and interactive, appearing in twice in No.22 magazine’s Studio Swim feature that's out now.

Agency: Type&Numbers London
Creative: Steve Shipley