Austin has gone from a town exploding with micro breweries to a town full of micro distilleries. And they are damn good too! So for Tribeza’s nightlife issue Robin and I pitched the idea of highlighting local booze distillers.
After the magazine went for the story I managed to convince them to let me do portraits. Anyone who is familiar with my work isn’t familiar with my portraiture, because there isn’t any! I do however have a passion for the classic styles of Yousuf Karsh and am a fan of contemporaries such as Nigel Perry. It’s something I hold in high regard.
For this project I wanted to create traditional portraits that would be flattering to these artisans and their brands, and then create a matching still life that flows in layout. The color, light, environment and mood should all match. Each still life features a cocktail, and I was concerned with the quality of the drinks, so I decided to make them myself. For weeks I diligently drank my fill and fine tuned these recipes. It was quite the sacrifice!
Also, this issue featured a ‘still life portrait’ of Austin drink aficionado David Alan, AKA The Tipsy Texan. There just isn’t enough of this in the world. Photos of people through objects. I love it. I want to see more of it!
I have a very soft spot in my heart for Austin based brands, so when the Ampersand Agency asked me to work on the Spirit of Texas rum account I wanted to make something really special. And when I tried their Pecan Street rum I was inspired.
To me these images reflect the gritty old urban Austin that my studio resides in (that 100 year old brick wall is in my studio), and our high brow dining scene served out of trailers under pecan trees strung with lights (I eat my own cooking under said trees in my back yard).
This is the Austin I love, and the place I want to stay. So belly up to the bar.
Jake Camozzi, copywriter and passionate eater & drinker, brewed this damn fine winter ale. He asked me to photograph it for his blog, Leave Me The Oink. He offered me the last few precious bottles. So I took them. And made this photo. And happily drank the last of his beer.
Our pals at Texas Monthly asked for some help on their ‘Mexican Food’ cover. And if that wasn’t great enough, they asked me to shoot eight different beers for them. That meant I had to buy eight six packs. And lucky me, they wanted to make some changes. So we bough eight more. Anyone like Corona?
A couple years back Robin & I did a food shoot with art director/designer Josh Kramer (http://joshuakramer.com/). It sparked a whole slew of food ‘studdies’ we’ve made since. When Rare magazine (who features an artist in each issue) was working on their food issue they asked us to help out. We handed over a bunch of old stuff and made a few new images just for the heck of it. The image they used for the cover is a shot Josh doodled right here in my humble little studio. It’s one of my favorites.
My homies at Spirit magazine were looking for an excuse to have us make an exploded image for them. Along came a Sandwich package. Problem solved. We worked with the people from ‘Wichcraft’ in New York who coached us in making the perfect BLT. And pounds and pounds of fancy deli meats showed up at my studio. Our assistant Bill ate well that night.
I was shooting some food for Texas Monthly last week and decided to give them some extra options. Poor Lindsay from The Butler Brothers stopped by to pick up some prints and ended up with a giant camera in her face. I pretty much grabbed any poor soul that wandered into my studio and exploited them. Here are the exploits.
Robin Finlay wanted to make some food photos.I wanted to make some graphic photos.We both wanted to make a mess and see if we could get mustard on the ceiling.The studio smelled like maple syrup for days.
These images are based on a photo of gelato and a cone that we made for our ‘Iced Treats’ projects.We built on that pairing and decided to include it in this small portfolio. The project is posted at www.voorhes.com/load-foodpair.html