Thursday December 18th, 2014
Wednesday December 17th, 2014
by Liz Ream
18 lobster shacks in three days. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? This is what Jane Shauck got herself into with a recent project photographing the New England lobster scene for a cookbook, Lobster Rolls of New England, for author Sally Lerman.
Sally chose different lobster shacks to visit based on her favorites, and her and Jane then created a shot list for each store, covering the venue, people and food to highlight unique features and stories about each location.
As one would imagine, there was a lot of ground to cover on this three-day shoot, and it was all done in natural light to give the photos that “real people” feel that Sally was going for. Jane emphasized the importance of gaining rapport with her subjects quickly, so that she could get all the right shots.
Jane’s favorite part of this adventure was heading out with a lobster boat crew out of Kittery, Maine, saying that she “saw up close what a tough business lobstering is, and the high standards the restauranteurs have for their product-they really care about the quality.”
Finally and most importantly, the lobster rolls! Jane sampled six rolls a day, and as one would imagine, by the end she was only taking small bites of each one. Her favorite? Sea Well‘s lobster roll from Pawcatuck, CT— warm with butter and leeks.
Check out the final cover below, and if you’re interested in discovering more about all of the wonderful New England lobster, purchase the book right here.
For more of Jane’s work, visit photojane.com.
Tuesday December 16th, 2014
by Liz Ream
For Scott Gable, personal projects are not only important, they also “guide a lot of his commercial work,” and that more art directors will reference his personal projects on his site than his portfolio galleries.
Last year, one such project gained a significant amount of traction. Scott completed a self-directed and self-funded project documenting rice production and culture in Asia. Scott was named “Best of ASMP 2014” for the project, had a solo show at CEPA gallery in Buffalo, NY, and the show is now traveling to the Philippines IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) in February 2015.
Scott traveled for four months through many language barriers and continual challenges for the project. He was forced to be very flexible with time and comfort levels (which wasn’t foreign to him as he has 20 years of backpacking experience). As far as the language barriers, iPhone translation apps were key!
Scott took six months of Mandarin lessons beforehand to try and make his way around the major cities in China, saying he “had to secure as many contacts and favors as he could.”
As much as he enjoyed the project, Scott learned that nothing is as simple as it seems. His favorite part? Getting lost in the mountains of Southern China:
I had no clean clothes, no toothbrush, no anything with me except for my camera bag. I walked out of the house I was staying in one morning thinking that I would be back by lunchtime. I didn’t walk through those doors again for 4 days!
For more of Scott’s work, visit scottgable.com