We all have to face reality, and I need to come clean about mine, I am a nerd. As a kid I watched videos of Richard Avedon and wanted a Hasselblad because he used it. Now that I am grown up, not much has changed.
As it was left on Tuesday, I had undertaken a monster shoot that had more complexities that I have sanity. It was a three day shoot that would produce over 90 images, a 15, 30 and 60 second commercials, and grey hair.
On this, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I thought I would take today’s post and speak about a reason I am where I am with my career in photography. There have been many people that I have to thank for helping me in my career, but today’s post is on one that I can’t.
The life of an advertising photographer is on par with the metaphorical tightrope walk. It is beyond the balancing act almost to a point of daredevil attribute from the inherent risk. There are many great photographers that gravitate towards different avenues of this medium because, let’s face it, advertising is a very complex dance.
As many of you know I am a bit of a Stuff You Know Addict. It is the podcast that plays in my headphones whenever I am sitting on a plane, and it is what I listen to when on a road trip to a shoot. Last Thursday was no exception as I headed out to Northern Arizona to shoot a series in a climate that doesn’t melt my camera.
UPDATE: I wanted to post this blog up to the top again not for the promotion of the work, but as a reminder that keep Michael in your thoughts. While there is progress being made, we are very aware of the severity of head injuries as seen in all too early passing of Jules Bianchi. For those that follow F1 and those that don’t, if anything, let it be a reminder to tell those around how much they mean to you.
Whole lot to catch up on…. well at least a few years worth of random photos that have no place to call home. Over the next x months (x being a sign that my schedule let’s me plan life on a day by day basis) I will be uploading photos as much a possible. Some with stories, some without, some that will make people unsubscribe to this blog, others that will make you want to unsubscribe to humanity.
Well as we all know, not everything fits a portfolio for an advertising photographer. In the aim to deliver a style, some images may veer slightly off target, but still maintain artistic quality. So with that I bring you some photographs that didn’t make the site.
Casually beginning my Monday with a latte and Sunrise Earth on the TV, I received a call from the New York Times in regards to a photoshoot in the coming days. As I have enjoyed working with them in the past, I agreed and learned that the photograph would be of the Honorable Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
There is something to be said for escaping life (even if just for a day) and leaving the constant bombardment of reality for the surreal existence that comes into meditation somewhere after white. Whether it biologically changes someone is beyond me, but the romance in the heart beating slower crosses my mind persistently.