While enjoying my morning read of the internet, I saw something that worried me, a photo I shot. It was of Captain Sig Hansen from the Deadliest Catch, and the last time I saw this was when it was when we lost Phil.
It was the first shoot I ever went after. I made deals and fought hard to get my one chance to photograph Mythbusters. It was less about the photography and more about the opportunity to be a part of something that until that time I existed only as a viewer.
There will always be photoshoots that test your creativity, and sometimes there are campaigns that seem to just give you incredible images. Deadliest Catch is definitely a campaign that lends its had to stunning visuals… at the cost of your comfort.
: With all the recognition that this image has received lately, between the CA Photo Annual and Archive’s Top 200 Ad Photographers, I figured I would re-share the story that was the River Monster’s shoot
As I mentioned a few months back, I am honored to have been selected for Archive’s 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide. Today, the book is on the shelves in bookstores that still exist, so go check it out.
Color me a skeptic, someone who judges feasibility through a scientific mind, sees believability in reputable results… and then ask me to photograph the ad for the show Finding Bigfoot. Skeptical cynicism aside, producing a photoshoot for a show that hunts a mythological creature was an idea that had never crossed my mind. Before seeing the comps, all I could think about was how much is it going to cost me to have a Sasquatch costume made or will it be easier to work with a CGI company for that? From there my mind drifted into the random abyss that it lives in, and I wondered, “I wonder if making a video of the bigfoot photoshoot is going to piss PETA off the way my River Monsters one did?” Animal rights aside, I was pleased to see the comps for the shoot focused on what I do best, portraits. Admittedly, I have never seen the show, but the concept was interesting and the characters had personalities that would work well with the camera and some good lighting. Negotiations done, we headed out to Colorado to make it happen. My career has shown me that I can work well in the […]
In what was the schedule from hell that was February, I returned to San Fransisco to photograph the Mythbusters for a second time. Like walking through a weird dream, M5 Industries (Mythbuster’s HQ) is filled with props from shows past, from fried crash test dummies, to boats that have been cut in half, to crossbows made from underwear, this place is odd to say the least. After 5 minutes your immersion in to the MB layer becomes all encompassing and you are numbed to the oddities that surround you. The line, “hey can you hand me the claymore sword sitting on top of the ejection seat next to the glass pains shattered by the dead chickens?” becomes the norm. In a month filled with athletic wear campaigns one after another, it was nice to photograph someone my height for a change. Choosing to make the set on top of the roof again was a no brainer as San Fransisco gave us a rare cloudless day and a low sun on the horizon provided the flare I need to counter my key and negate any kickers. All the Mythbusters were great as always, but one stood out yet again….. Adam. Crazy […]
I have to say it’s not every day that an article comes out claiming me to be a Wonder Boy, but it’s a welcome occurrence. The most recent issue of Digital Photo Pro magazine does just that, and speaks about what took place in my life leading me to where I am with this profession. In the interview with DPP, I also talked about lighting, traveling, and how the recession has hit me along with other photographers I know. I tried my hardest to go into great detail for all the questions the writer asked, and I believe that he has beautifully conveyed the essence of what I feel. The article is online as well, so please have a read and let me know what you think… Blair Bunting – Wonder Boy
This morning brought news that the world had lost one of its last real cowboys. A man that lived by rules determined by none other than himself, who had shades of an overzealous madman complimented by a very kind gentle side that the television viewing audience saw very little of. That man was Captain Phil Harris. With the little time that I spent with him I developed a profound respect for him not as the captain of the Cornelia Marie, but as a quieter man that was anything but the angered persona that I had prepared for upon my arrival to Dutch Harbor. Phil was fun to photograph as he is a rough man that has weathered many outings at sea, yet spent much of the time concerned with that his tattoos show well in the photos. Intimidating as he was in the images I made of him, Phil was approachable by anyone, and was the kind of person that would save a seat at the table for a photographer that he barely knew. It is with great sadness that I am writing of Phil’s passing. However, I am honored to have known one of the last real men, Captain […]