Wednesday March 5th, 2014
by Liz Ream
Minneapolis-based photographer Jonathan Chapman recently completed a still & motion spec project for Adidas, shooting two tennis players going head to head in a dark warehouse, perfectly exemplifying that “raw minimalism” that can be so impactful in a series:
Stories inspire connection. That’s the narrative of our work: Not just to capture the subject, scene or action, but to tell a story that is memorable, even familiar. There’s an innate challenge in capturing the intangibles of that story in a photograph—the unspoken dialog, the tension of the setting, the nuance of little shifts and changes in the scene. The more minimal the scene, the greater the challenge in capturing those nuances.
This spec project for Adidas exemplified that raw minimalism. There’s no fancy backdrop, no audience. We see two players and a table, and between the three exists a tension—like a binding glue—that tells the underlying story. The players’ hands grasping the paddles. The stare of a competitor hunting for an edge. The snap of the wrist as they hit the ball for the first time. These are the unplanned elements that breathe life into a photo (and moving visuals too), the little pieces we don’t expect but patiently allow them to be revealed.
Every day, we challenge ourselves to push the boundaries of our experiences, our equipment and our comfort zones to deliver both the expected—and the unexpected.
For more of Jonathan’s work, check out his website.
Tuesday March 4th, 2014
by Liz Ream
Architectural photographer Brad Feinknopf recently got involved in a documentary feature called If You Build It that’s currently traveling the country. Directed by Patrick Creadon, the film is about two people who went down to Bertie County, the poorest county in North Carolina, to teach design in schools with the hope of showing students that there are opportunities out there that they might not know about. The film follows the students and their path over the course of the school year, culminating in the building of a farmer’s market, a much needed community resource.
Brad got involved with the project in a bit of a roundabout way, as he was watching an episode of “Character Approved,” which showcases various honorees in the arts community. This particular episode featured Emily Pilloton and Project H, who was also involved in the Farmer’s Market project in Bertie County. Her work peaked Brad’s interest, so he contacted her to offer assistance and ended up shooting the cover image for the film (it never hurts to reach out!)
Brad and his assistant appear briefly in the film and attended the Los Angeles premiere. Because there will be great interest in the film within the architectural community, this was a perfect opportunity for Brad to get involved and help promote the film.
I was never interested in photography in high school, but in college, my professor showed us that photography could be something deeper and more meaningful— a way of looking at and appreciating the world around you. Today, I feel I made the decision to appreciate architecture as opposed to being an architect. It’s funny as many of the architects with whom I work feel I made the right decision. – Brad Feinknopf
The film is coming to Landmark Philadelphia Theater on March 7th and all screenings can be viewed here. For more of Brad’s work, check out his website.
Monday March 3rd, 2014
by Liz Ream
Amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, it’s sometimes essential to slow down and find joy in the simple things. I was recently reminded of this by a project from California-based photographers Trinette + Chris Reed for Kinfolk magazine.
The story is inspired by two individuals that Trinette and Chris met at their local farmer’s market who own an organic fermented food business called Wild West Ferments. The two have a cabin in Point Reyes where they harvest all their own food and cook over a hearth fireplace. Trinette and Chris spent a few days cooking, chatting, hiking, photographing and enjoying great food with friends.
Trinette produced the shoot and friend Veronica Sooley did the prop styling, with the main challenge being the thin editorial budget. However, Trinette said that this kept the shoot very real and authentic which is what they were going for visually.
Trinette and Chris were both inspired by the talent’s commitment to local organic food:
Living in a cabin in nature in Point Reyes, foraging for mushrooms in the forest, and cooking meals over an open flame, there is something very aspirational to us in that. The shoot inspired us and made us want to move farther out in the country and simplify our life.
The photos are running in Kinfolk and will be featured on Storehouse soon as well. View a video of the project here. For more of Trinette and Chris’s work, check out their website.
Saturday March 1st, 2014
The beauty of The Oscars:
Go Wild. Photo by Adam Hendershott.
Oscar Meyer weiners anyone? Photo by Paul Kooiman.
The Best Pictures.
And yea… Leo.
Landon Nordeman: Half King Photo exhibition.
Joan Ford: 365 Day Project.
BTS Video from Roche Photo.
Forest Woodward: interview with Wolftree.
New motion work from Harry Giglio.