In early May we were asked to quickly turn around a cover image for the WSJ on a story about psychedelic drugs. BUT… No Tie Dye and No Lava Lamps. The solution? The beautiful hand of Jasmine Roussell holding a glowing swirling capsule.
Ultimately, the paper went with the safe version but we had to try just a little to make it more psychedelic with some colored gels. Oh well, we have that one for us.
We can’t even began to express the gratitude we have toward Communication Arts and writer Victoria Rossi. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for honoring us with such an amazing article. The fact that you called us a MacGyver couple is extra special as at least one of the Voorhes was seriously was obsessed with him as a kid. Link to the article here.
We could not be more excited! AdWeek ran an article on us Friday!!!! (how many exclamation marks is too many in a post?) HUGE thank you to Kristina Monllos for such a kind write up. We are over the moon!
This assignment was “Eggcelent!” Like I’ve said before, we think we’re punny.
This prop takes the cake for most involved in a while. Lots of cast rock wall facades, a foam and wood under structure that was 6′ x 8′, and buckets of gel wax (that was the water). And when that was all done, we had to light and shoot a mirrored ovoid.
Thank you so much to Ryan Cadiz and Patty Alvarez for looking at our crazy sketches and saying yes to this idea. And to Swell New York for the beautifully crafted (and extremely heavy) gold egg.
These were the cast plaster pieces that went together to make the canyon walls. Also the amazing vintage raft we found on Etsy that fit the egg PERFECTLY!
And here are a few progress shots of the canyon coming together.
Super honored to be interviewed by Kayla Rekofke from INDUSTRY out of Portland. We first met them when Adam photographed their SOLID bike for Wired’d Design Issue last year. Amazingly nice people with super rad offices. Thank you Kayla and all of INDUSTRY for making us look so good.
Starting Thursday and running through the weekend, right here in good ol’ Austin, will be the Texas Photo Roundup. There will be workshops by the likes of one of my Texas heros, Wyatt McSpadden. Presentations by peoples like the infamous Dan Winters. And talks on things like money by people like me. As in me. And other people who know a lot more than me.
I’ll also be attending a lecture Saturday morning by Andrew Hetherington and Monte Isom. I’m hopeful that it’ll be insightful enough to justify me to get up early on a Saturday.
A lot of things are sold out, but some of the things I’m personally the most excited about, and feel are the most valuable, still have a few openings. If you are in the Austin area and haven’t taken a look, check it out here: www.texasphotoroundup.com
I just got the CA type annual and was flipping through some really great work, pleased to see some friends represented, when I stumbled across a magazine that my pals at Pentagram Design did. First I said “Wow, more Pentagram work in here,” then I remembered, “hey, I shot that!”
A few months back our friends at Pentagram called us up to photograph some water abstracts for a cover story. Designer Barrett Fry created the cover copy, and thought it’d be interesting if it were distorted by ripples of water, so he sent the type my way and I started to play.
We simply printed it out and set the copy under a tank with an inch or so of water in it. And some food coloring. Then we just splashed up a storm. I tried to keep the distortion to a minimum for legibility, but art director & legendary designer DJ Stout called me up an demanded more ripples and splashes. And good thing he did. The results are below…
In addition to being the 40th anniversary of Pong, the world not ending, and Leonard Cohen releasing another album, this year has been a lucky one for us. I went to NASA twice, hung out with a space robot, we created what feels like thousands of photographs for dozens of magazines, and I began a massive personal project that I hope to complete by the end of 2013.
Sooooo much work hasn’t even been published yet, so I’m not allowed to show it (no matter how much I want to!). Some of it has, but we’ve been taking so many photos I haven’t had the time to share anything new. Ugh. Oh well. Until I get my act together….
A few months back writer Kris Wilton interviewed me about conceptual still life photography. I forgot all about it until I flipped a page, and there I was, along with a few fellow practitioners. According to the article conceptual still life is really hard. So if anyone out there has any aspirations, you might as well give up now.
For me, I feel like the hardest part is making an idea satisfy the masses. Not thinking a good one up. There are tons of great ideas. Once you have an idea to illustrate a story, you simply need to make it fit the magazine’s look, satisfy the style of the photo editor, the photo director, the art director, creative director, and obviously all of the editors, and all of their spouses, and the office cat.
If an idea can do that, all you have to do is take the picture! One time I had an idea for a magazine that I knew was perfect. But they weren’t going for it. So I went ahead and did the shoot, but added this extra option. It ended up running as the cover. Maybe I just did a terrible job sketching the idea out? Who knows. The cover looked good though!
But there are two sides to this coin. Frequently an idea is okay, but after a few back and forth emails and a phone call, that idea can become something really special. I think there is a perfect place between collaboration, and art by committee. Wherever that place is, I’d like to be there as much as possible.
Side note; the article mentioned this type of work typically does not look photoshopped. That made me happy.