Web Ads: Communication Arts
Tuesday August 30th, 2011
By Peter Clark
For the month of August we featured web ads on another great publication’s website, Communications Arts. Here’s a brief description of the magazine, if you aren’t aware of them:
Communication Arts is the premiere source for reaching designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators, and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication.
The spaceship image was a personal project that I worked on down in the Florida Keys. I was there on a project and took an extra day or two to work on some personal material with a model. I love spaceships and thought it would be fun with her coming out of the water with a ship in there somewhere.
The shot was a cover assignment for Good magazine which ran last summer (WM blogged about the cover shoot last year as well). The idea was to execute a shot that captured the energy of New Orleans. We decided to head to the French Quarter with Darryl “Dancing Man 504″ Young to make it happen. Once I had my scene lit, Darryl started dancing. The music and sweat followed and we knew we had it.
Previously, I’ve done personal shoots in which I was working towards a very specific end result. In this case however, the shoot was less restrictive – I was aiming to get two or three strong images for my portfolio and to gain more personal experience with underwater sports photography. For the location I used a private swimming pool that was in a particularly nice setting, and via a contact a I was able to find a swimmer from a local club who was both very good at her sport and enthusiastic about the photography. For the shot list it was just a case of sitting down, thinking, reading, browsing and generally trying to find inspiration…Read more about the shoot on his blog.
I was hired by actress Anna Faris and her husband Chris Pratt (Andy from Parks and Recreation) to photograph them at their home in the Hollywood Hills with their three pugs and one cat. This shot is of Bella, their curmudgeonly senior cat. The thing with animals is that you can frame the shot and decide where you want to shoot, but there really isn’t too much planning beyond that. I was chatting with Anna and Chris at the end of our shoot and saw Bella near a plant out of the corner of my eye. I scurried over and crouched down low so I could capture the beautiful blue of the pool in the background, and Bella started gnawing away at the leaves. This shot ended up being one of Anna and Chris’ favorite shots from the morning.
This was a shot for 7×7 magazine for a feature on San Francisco bars serving “old time” cocktails. It’s a portrait of barkeeper Jonny Raglin at Comstock Saloon, in San Francisco. The bar is decorated in vintage style from the Barbary Coast era—the place is gorgeous and had lots of great options for the shoot, but as soon as I walked in I was drawn to the wallpaper and credenza. I photographed Jonny, who dresses the part and has a fantastic mustache, in several locations at the saloon, but my favorite shots were of him against the wallpaper drinking a Sazerac.
The photograph was part of a campaign for Idaho Travel Council. We tried to use real people to get a better family feel in the short time we had to shoot. The brother and sister were awesome to work with. They didn’t need much direction, we just ran around the boat ramp having fun. This wasn’t planned, the plan was to capture a family being a family.
This was a personal project. Our shoot was drawing near and I was staring at her portfolio trying to figure out what I’d do with her that might stand out. For some reason, the thought of a model falling forward popped into my head and I recognized that the instant before she catches herself would look like she’s attempting to fly. When we got to shooting, it was just her and I, and the wind. It was blowing so hard that with the umbrellas on, even using sandbags to hold the lights down was no use. I was forced to use bare bulbs, which wasn’t going to work for soft close-ups, but was creating a very dramatic look with just a bit of distance. I had her repeat her “fall” just a dozen or so times before we moved on.