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December Instagram

Posted by Workbook on 12/16/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineInstagramPersonal WorkPhotography

Here are some delightful December Instagram images. Don't forget to submit your work to our or tag us on Instagram @theworkbook, and you could be here too!

Colette De BarrosFernando Decillis
Jared LeedsDiana Zalucky
Despina GeorgiadisAndy Anderson

John Slemp Shoots the Ebola Plane

Posted by Workbook on 12/05/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
By John Slemp

Mike Ott, corporate pilot with Phoenix Air in Cartersville, Ga. (C)2014 John Slemp

I was recently commissioned by AOPA Turbine magazine to photograph a pilot who flies to and from Africa, carrying patients with the Ebola virus.
After touring Phoenix Air's headquarters at the Cartersville, Georgia airport, we were driven to a separate hangar with the “Ebola plane.” The plane is a modified Gulfstream G3 and well suited for this mission since it has a very large side door for easy access. The Airborne Biomedical Containment System (ABCS) is, no joke, similar to the large, thick plastic bags that are hung in a closet to store clothes, except on a much larger scale.

The Airborne Biological Containment System or ABCS. (C)2014 John Slemp

There is an antechamber where a medical technician can enter the unit, zipping up after entry. Once inside, the outside entrance is secured, and the inner portal is unzipped for entry into the patient area.

The ABCS antechamber, looking into the patient area. The small pail is the potty. (C)2014 John Slemp

Even these simple steps are monitored by “clipboard guy,” who is actually one of the more important people involved in the process. You may have seen him on TV reports; he’s the one in shirt sleeves, at the bottom of the stairs. His sole purpose is to make sure that all patient protocols are followed to the letter…no room for procedural deviations here.
Two med techs monitor the patient in flight, sitting in seats that face to the rear, so they have direct visual contact with the patient for the entire flight. Two others are in nearby forward-facing seats, and everyone periodically swaps positions, so that all remain “fresh” during the flight. Normal vital signs are monitored throughout the flight, with the electrical leads passing through a sleeve outside the chamber to their respective units.
There is a double HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration system in the unit: one to draw air into the chamber from the front of the aircraft, passing out through a second filter unit at the rear of the chamber and directly out of the aircraft. I’m told that seven different systems would need to fail before there would be a risk of contamination to the crew. Incidentally, the pilots fly in shirt sleeves.
At no time did I feel the slightest trepidation, as the aircraft is thoroughly decontaminated after each flight, and the ABCS bag, after decontamination, is burned. It is only used once.
All in all, just another day at the office. Have I mentioned that I love my job?

Jeff Singer for Shuddle

Posted by Workbook on 12/05/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Jeff Singer recently completed this photo shoot for the new mobile-based transportation service/app Shuddle. Described as an Uber or Lyft for kids, Shuddle is designed to help busy families by providing rides for children whose parents might otherwise have scheduling conflicts. Below are the original images, followed by the images as they appear on the Shuddle website. You can also check out Jeff's original article on his site HERE.

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Scott Van Osdol Profiles the 2014 Big Bend Ranch Rodeo

Posted by Workbook on 12/03/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Scott Van Osdol profiled the 2014 Big Bend Ranch Rodeo in Alpine, Texas. Here's what he had to say about the experience:

To ride the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo you’ve got to have something special—a paycheck stub from a working ranch…just real working cowgirls and cowboys showing off the skills they use in their day jobs.
The rules are laid down by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association—only working riders and ranch hands are allowed. Riders hail from dusty towns with picturesque names like Elektra, Artesia, and Alpine. They ride for storied ranches like Kokernot 06 and Slash B. They don’t ride professional rodeo circuits. They don’t have time—they’re busy working, raisin families and the next generation of rodeo riders. The kids seem to spend every waking moment on horseback or throwing rope, lassoing sawhorses with horns nailed on. Mutton Bustin’ is how they learn to ride broncos. Strap on a helmet, grab a handful of sheep‘s wool, and hang on for dear life.
The rodeo has an air of simplicity, of authenticity. But there’s nothing simple about it or the men and women who make it happen. Mac White, owner of the Triangle Quarter Horse Ranch outside Marfa talks knowledgeably about his website and search engine optimization. He speaks with conviction when describing the Working Ranch Association’s mission: to preserve the old-time craft and skill—still used today—and to act as stewards of the land and animals.
After four years of donating photos for the rodeo’s own self-promotion, I believe the good folks who produce the nonprofit rodeo may finally think of me as more than just a tourist. This year they invited me onto ranches where the sunrise turned to pure gold. They schooled me on some of the finer points of rodeo riding and how the horse does most of the work. A family asked me for a print of a lovely young rider killed in an auto accident shortly after the photo was taken.
Clearly, I’m still “all hat and no cattle.” But it’s good to know folks find value in the photos. They’re gracious and appreciative and keep inviting me back. As long as they do, the photos will keep getting better.
View the Big Bend Rodeo 2014 gallery to see more images.

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November Instagram

Posted by Workbook on 11/26/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineInstagramPhotography

We give thanks to our extended Workbook Family with this closing November Instagram. Don't forget to submit your work to our or tag us on Instagram @theworkbook and you could be here next!

Paul Mason Diana Zalucky
William Geddes Shaina Fishman
Laura Barisonzi Walter Smith

Chip Henderson: Bald Head Island

Posted by Workbook on 11/24/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
By Chip Henderson

We have done a lot of travel and tourism work in the last few years and loved this recent assignment for Bald Head Island. We had a great crew and all enjoyed our time exploring the beautiful island and photographing its many stunning and quaint locations. Here are a few of our favorite images from this project.

Marc Ohrem-Leclef and the OLYMPIC FAVELA

Posted by Workbook on 11/24/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography

Photographer Marc Ohrem-Leclef recently blogged about an ongoing project of his called OLYMPIC FAVELA.

"In 'OLYMPIC FAVELA (Vai com Deus)' I portray the people affected by forced evictions in Rio de Janeiros' favelas ahead
of the World Cup (2014) and 2016 Olympic Games."

From the book's website:  "Ahead of the World Cup (2014) and the 2016 Olympic Games, the city government of Rio de Janeiro is transforming the urban landscape to host the two mega-sporting-events. As a result, thousands of residents of the 1.4 million people living in Rio’s shantytowns, of favelas, have been faced with forced evictions from their homes.

"Between 2012 and 2013 Marc Ohrem-Leclef created two series of photographs in Rio’s favelas to capture the human impact which the policies of removals have."

The book 'OLYMPIC FAVELA' was published by Damiani/DAP ARTbook.  For information about the book, go to:

To read more on the entire ongoing project, check out Marc's blog.

Greg Whitaker for Tricycle Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 11/21/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Greg Whitaker recently completed a fun assignment for the Winter 2014 of Tricycle magazine and photo editor Stephanie Heimann.
The subject was Reverend Okummura Shohaku of the Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana. The focus of the six-page feature story was the lineage of Reverend Shohaku and his two masters.
"Kosho Uchiyama-roshi is one of the most highly respected modern Japanese Zen Masters, born in Tokyo in 1912.
Teacher Kodo Sawaki-roshi has been described as, 'like an ancient Zen master: fearless and unconventional,' by his disciple Uchiyama-roshi. By age seven, both his parents had died, an uncle who adopted him had also died, and he was adopted by a professional gambler."
I spent the afternoon with Reverend Shohaku, getting to know his environment and the grounds of the Sanshin Zen Community in a residential neighborhood in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana. My thought was to let the light I found indoors and out on that sunny day play naturally off of the simple elements of his robe, face, and the portraits of his masters. With afternoon light through the leaves, the bamboo garden on the property served as a great textural backdrop for his portraits.
Though there was no language barrier, I found that throughout the afternoon the Reverend Shohaku and I spoke very little after our brief introduction. I worked alone without an assistant on this project, and the quiet connection the Reverend and I made helped us both enjoy the experience and get some strong, yet quiet portraits to accompany the article. I found myself slowing down and approaching the shooting in a more deliberate way. Zenlike? Probably not, but since this shoot I do seem to have hung on a bit to that quiet calmness. Exhale.....

Jeff Berting for Sempra Energy

Posted by Workbook on 11/20/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
By Jeff Berting

Over the summer, photographer Jeff Berting shot a library campaign for Sempra Energy. The direction was to document the employees of Sempra Energy in their work environments across a variety of locations, from residential to construction sites. These images were shot over five days at various locations with various employees of Sempra Energy. They'll be used across all media, platforms, and marketing materials for the company. Here's what Jeff had to say about the shoot: "It was great meeting everyone at the gas company and getting a little window view into their world and the work that goes into something that is part of everyone’s life."

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Evan Klanfer for VVV Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 11/20/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography

I had a great time working with my buddy Donald Simrock, makeup artist extraordinaire, on a cool beauty editorial that appeared in the inaugural edition of VVV Magazine last month. Donald and I have worked together for years; our friendship dates way back to when we both lived in New York. This affords us a kind of shorthand when we work together, an innate understanding of what the other wants to achieve without a lot of discussion. On paper it might not seem like an obvious fit, as I tend towards a more raw and natural approach while Donald is known for more elaborate and perfect beauty makeup. But I think this is what makes us so complementary and what often makes the end result so special.

My vision for the shoot was to show subtle emotion in the models and to pair natural yet sexy makeup with bold but not overdone hair. Anh Co Tran did an amazing job on the hairstyling, as you can see. I cast beautiful yet edgy models who could convey a sense of freedom and understated emotion while showing off Donald and Anh's handiwork to optimum effect.

I'm really looking forward to shooting again for VVV; it was great to contribute to the magazine's first issue alongside other photographers such as Donna Trope, James White, Warwick Saint, and Andrew McPherson.

For more on Evan Klanfer, click here.