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Shooting Marty Stuart for 'Garden and Gun'

Posted by Workbook on 01/23/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
By David McClister

These two images were taken on a cold and damp day this past November, in between downpours, at Marty's home in Hendersonville, TN. Marty's home was once the home of Roy Orbison, built by the same folk artist/architect (Braxton Dixon) that built Johnny Cash's home. An orchard separates Marty's home from the old Cash residence, where only the rock foundation, a garage, and a swimming pool still stand. I had the chance to be a kid and explore the old Cash site with Marty last spring, when I met with him to talk about taking photos for his new record (Saturday Night/Sunday Morning). It seems kind of surreal to think about it. I think Marty and I were the last two people to photograph JC. At one point I remember looking down and realizing that I was standing inside what was once the living room, and I started thinking about that day, about photographing Johnny, and I remember the first time I heard that VOICE, that unmistakable voice, booming and distinct, even just in conversation. And I thought about how welcome he made me feel, immediately, the moment I walked into the room, even though he had lost his soul mate June Carter just a week earlier. Marty was there that day too, recording with Johnny, and oddly, he was standing in the same place where he was picking that same day. I didn't mention it to Marty. I don't know why. I guess it was unnecessary. We looked around some more, but we didn't take any photos that day, we just talked - or more likely, I just listened, as I find myself always doing whenever I'm around an icon like Marty, someone with so many amazing stories to tell (and in his case, someone with so many great photos AND stories to share).
When the Garden & Gun shoot came up, I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot - in this amazing hallway in his home, and in his orchard, just up a slight ridge from Johnny's old home. These are the first photos that Marty has ever agreed to do inside his home. I'm honored to have been given that trust.

Craig Washburn Shoots the Disappearing Oil Tanker for Bloomberg Businessweek

Posted by Workbook on 01/21/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineMotionPhotography
Photographer Craig Washburn provided images for the New intrigue feature published in this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek on the strange journey of the oil tanker United Kalavryta, photographed from helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico. He also shot video, graded to match the stills, featured in this Bloomberg TV piece.

Ashley Gieseking Celebrates the New Year with Personalized Holiday Gifts

Posted by Workbook on 01/16/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Ashley Gieseking started off 2015 by sending out personalized gift boxes featuring bottles of Moet, raspberry rum balls, letter press coasters, and a personalized message for each lucky recipient. The gifts were Ashley's way of thanking her clients for what was another successful year full of great collaborations and beautiful images.

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Hollis Bennett's 4x5 Portraits

Posted by Workbook on 01/15/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Tennessee photographer Hollis Bennett has a variety of new portrait photographs shot in his hometown of Nashville and featuring classic motorcycles, guitars, and genuine 4x5 film.

Workbook Gallery: The Award Winners

Posted by Workbook on 01/13/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustrationPersonal WorkPhotography
As we make our way into a new year brimming with possibilities, we thought to take a look back on what our talent at Workbook has already accomplished. This year's first Workbook Gallery showcases some of the best in Photography and Illustration. But we're not just saying it; in fact, all of these images have garnered awards. Hence, our award winners. With too many to count, this gallery is no doubt a forecast for the great work ahead, and we can't wait.

Click here to view Award Winner Gallery.

Laurie Rubin's Search for Amelia Earhart Goes Social

Posted by Workbook on 01/13/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
This year started with an air of adventure thanks to photographer Laurie Rubin. With a majority of her work comprised of location shooting, stylized interior vignettes, and film work in the same vein, Laurie was brought on the recent TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) expedition to search for remains from Amelia Earhart's final flight.

Not only was Laurie's work featured in the January issue of Smithsonian magazine, but she was then invited to curate the magazine's Instagram account for the past week. We took a moment to speak with Laurie on the overall experience, how one phone call opened the door to an exciting opportunity and her thoughts on social media.

How were you first brought on board (pun intended) with the TIGHAR team? How did Smithsonian magazine come into the picture?

I have been working on documenting cultural artifacts as personal project over the last few years. Because Amelia Earhart was one of my earliest heroes, I contacted Ric Gillespie (of TIGHAR) to shoot the recovered artifacts for this series. One thing led to another, and then I found myself on a flight to Honolulu to join the expedition.

This journalistic style of photography is a departure from your usual repertoire. Was it a difficult adjustment, or has it always been a forte of yours?

This is definitely a departure from the work I am usually hired for, but I shoot all the time and always carry a camera. I travel a lot both for work and for pleasure. The hardest part for me was packing: choosing the gear I could take and manage on my own, yet still have redundant system if anything went down. I think we packed and repacked about five times.

This past week you had the opportunity to engage social media audiences by curating the Smithsonian magazine Instagram feed.  How did that opportunity come about?

Smithsonian magazine was a client before the expedition. I shared some of the images from the book and the Artifacts series with one of their photo editors, and she invited me to contribute to their Instagram feed after publication of the January issue featuring the Earhart story.

Tasking as curator, was there a shift in your perspective on images you shared? What were some of the differences you came across posting for Smithsonian magazine versus your personal Instagram?

Instagram for me is a repository of my personal images, travel images, and just weird things I want to keep track of. It is like a public file of personal images. I am pretty new to Instagram, but I am enjoying it quite a bit.

Now with some distance from this experience, can you comment on social media (especially photo social apps like Instagram) and its relevance for photographers and their careers?

I can’t say with any authority that the social media piece has impacted my business. I can attest to the fact it can be a huge distraction. I know I have spent time tweaking images and browsing that should have been time spent at the gym!

To  follow the 2015 Expedition, or for a copy of Laurie's book (available for a tax deductible donation), please visit the TIGHAR website.

Dale May: "GADGETOFF" for Popular Mechanics Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 01/12/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Dale May recently had the pleasure of photographing #GADGETOFF creators, Mike Dubno and Dan Dubno, at their in-home workshop. The assignment was to capture the brothers and their workspace for Popular Mechanics magazine. They even took the time to let Dale and his team use their plasma cutter!
 According to Dale, the best part of the shoot was reconnecting with old friends. To read the full article in Popular Mechanics magazine, click HERE.

DP: Alyssa Torrisi
Producer: Jean Cabacungan-Jarvis
Prop Stylist: Jen Everett
Photography: Dale May Photography - All Rights Reserved

Shaun Fenn's Nod to Vintage Motocross

Posted by Workbook on 01/08/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePersonal WorkPhotography

Photographer Shaun Fenn recently shot a personal project capturing his love for vintage motocross.

"I wanted to shoot the beautiful bikes I grew up riding without it feeling purely sport focused. My lifestyle approach to this magnificent sport hopefully captures the gritty reality of the sport while playing with the ideas of  friendship and sharing the outdoors. These gorgeous pieces of machinery were a joy to shoot and probably about as close as my girlfriend will let me get to riding them."

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Lisa Shin's Cup Series

Posted by Workbook on 12/30/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesPhotography
Lisa Shin

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Shaina Fishman: For the Love of Dogs

Posted by Workbook on 12/30/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePersonal WorkPhotography
Photographer Shaina Fishman's latest personal work took on (wo)man's best friend.

“What can I do to help?”  I thought, as I learned about the mission of Foster Dogs NYC. The volunteer-based organization led by founder Sarah Oren Brasky helps animal rescuers find temporary accommodations for dogs waiting to be adopted into permanent homes. The organization not only helps dogs, but also provides the knowledge and resources to individuals interesting in fostering a dog.

As an animal photographer and concerned animal lover, it was a natural fit to use my resources to highlight the excellent work of Foster Dogs NYC.  As a concept, I brought together a group of Foster Dogs NYC alumni to emphasize Foster Dogs NYC’s mission—bringing together people wanting to foster and animal rescues needing foster homes for dogs.

Together Sarah and I selected a diverse range of dogs for the shoot to highlight the variety of breeds that are available through rescue. These Foster Dogs alumni were a joy to photograph on a Sunday afternoon at a studio in midtown Manhattan. Some hammed it up for the camera and loved the attention, and others just snuggled, took advantage of the opportunity to get petted and meet new friends.

It was a joy working with Foster Dogs NYC, and I hope this image can help spotlight all the great work that they do.
For more info on the photo project, including information on Foster Dogs NYC, please click here.