Mo Money (Magazine that is)

It’s always a pleasure to work with Ryan M. and the rest of the photo department over at Money magazine. We make a lot of props/stuff/models throughout the year, but the thumb war is deffinatly in the running for favorite prop of 2012. Here’s a selection of some of the images for the December and January department openers.

Field & Stream’s Great Stories

We were excited to contribute to Field & Stream’s “Great Stories” feature along with so many other photographers we hold in high regards.

A couple of lessones learned from this shoot:
1.) We must watch too much Tarantino. The first round of the bloody horseshoe had to be toned back.
2.) If you want to bulk up (or at least appear to) wear real tree camo.

NASA, Robonaut & IEEE Spectrum

My first trip to NASA last year was to photograph Robonaut for IEEE Spectrum. They created an interactive iPad app that highlights robots from all over the world, used in various industries. I was the lucky kid who got to hang out with the space robot.

We created animations that feature Robonaut’s human like hands, its ability to life weights with torque similar to a human, and it’s range of motions. This thing is up on the space station working along side astronauts, and has to use the same tools that they do. So it’s important that it functions much like a human. Except it doesn’t need a space suit. Pretty convenient.

On top of the space robot stuff the app is pretty neat. I thought it was interesting, but my four year old nephew thought it was the coolest thing he’d ever seen. When he refused to put it down for dinner his mom gave him a timeout. Sorry dude.

AARP’s Great American Diet

AARP asked us to create the shape of the United States out of food. Yeah, easy, we can do that. No problem! Then the curve ball…they wanted each state defined. By color. Even Rhode Island… and Alaska… and Hawaii.

If you’ve never been grocery shopping by color, try it. It’s worth it to watch the cashiers face when you go through with one monochromatic cart after another. Also, a big thanks to our UPS delivery guy who is from Alaska and showed up about the time we were styling that state. We had formed the inside passage wrong and he corrected our green beans.

Texas Secession?

We LOVE this image. So simple, yet so clever.

I wish we could say it was our idea but it was not. Thanks TJ, Leslie, and the rest of the art crew at Texas Monthly for such a great visual and for letting us execute it.

Communication Arts Typography Annual

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…

PONG & Bye bye 2012

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….

PONG!!! <click the link, click the game, start>

All your base are belong to us!

Happy New Year,