tests & outtakes

Paper & Shadow: New personal work

The inspiration came from a few places, but mostly it came from trying to keep our frozen margaritas from melting too fast while on a sunny Austin patio. While brainstorm sketching on printer paper as the sun beat down on our table, we propped some paper up next to our water glasses in an attempt to give the margaritas some shade. The shadows that hit the back side were beautiful, both sharp and soft, crisp and fuzzy. It reminded us of Ruth Bernhard, like if elements from her 3 pieces “Lifesavers”, “Doorknob”, and “Configuration” were all melded into one image. Although these were all captured in camera, they have the feel if of lith-prints or vintage still life photos.

We took a iPhone shot of the paper and carried it around in our heads for almost 9 months, till finally the idea crept back. So one afternoon we taped up a sheet of printer paper, and spent time making shadows…and margaritas of course.

And here’s the picture from that day on the patio.

Firecracker video experimentation

A while back, we rented a Phantom high speed camera for a commercial job doing splashes and pours. We decided to keep it one more day and explore its capabilities. After a day of setting off rolls of firecrackers we had some annoyed neighbors and really fun raw footage.

In the name of exploration, the video has been edited two different ways. We love both version and it was fun for us to see the different ways Curtis and Gustavo interpreted and worked with the raw footage.

We are proud and excited that a day of experimenting in the studio could yield such a beautiful finished product.

Firecrackers – Edited by Curtis Schmidt from Adam Voorhes on Vimeo.

Firecrackers – Edited by Gustavo D’Oliveira from Adam Voorhes on Vimeo.

Cocktail Test

Our working hard drive said it was full up and would hold absolutely nothing more. While transferring working files to the new drive I found this gem of a cocktail test Adam did last November for Veev Spirits. Not our usual style but it made for a fun afternoon.

No idea what drink concoction we made up, but it sure looks tasty.


Firecrackers – Outtakes from Men’s Health

I made these photographs a few months back when my nephew Miles was visiting after his tour in the mid east. We had a couple of full days scheduled for Men’s Health magazine. And if you’ve never witnessed a still life photo shoot, I can tell you right now, it’s not exactly ‘exciting.’ Fortunately one of our assignments was to blow up chili peppers. And what better to do with a black hawk door gunner returning from Afghanistan, than blowing stuff up?

We did have the technical hurdle of acquiring fire crackers off season. I mentioned the idea to my cousin Sterling who was having drinks at my house. He asked how many I needed. Just one pack should be plenty, I said. Oh no problem, he told me, I have a bunch of fireworks in the trunk. You have fireworks in the trunk of your car? In Texas? In the heat? Yeah, he explained, you never know when you’ll need some.

The following images illustrate what happens when you load a Serrano with fire crackers and connect your camera to a sound sensitive trigger. Enjoy…..