Austin, Texas-based conceptual, portrait, and lifestyle photographer Sarah Lim recently shot for Canon’s PIXMA PRO City Senses tour- a campaign that explores the taste, touch, smell, and sounds of three major cities: Austin, Boston, and Seattle. Each city has a different theme, and naturally, Austin’s theme was live music and hometown pride.
As Sarah says, “you can’t come to Austin to see music and not experience the BBQ culture,” so that’s what she created.
Sarah was given a month from conception of ideas, shooting and post-production to turn in a minimum of 28-40 images. After some creative deliberation, she came up with a fake rib eating contest to demonstrate the smells and tastes of Austin:
Most of the people in the images are my friends, so there was a lot of people, bands, parties, renting of equipment, etc, to organize. I didn’t have any crew, other than help from my boyfriend, and a few friends. Luckily, I know a lot of great people willing and happy to do the crazy things I ask. There was a lot of prop building involved too. The weirdest thing I had to source was for the rib trophy I made. I wanted a realistic looking rib for the top of the trophy, but couldn’t find one anywhere. Ultimately, I found a dog squeak toy on Ebay that I spray painted. Both the clients and the agency loved the trophy the most.
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Canon was so happy with the images that they invited Sarah to come represent the whole project at PhotoPlus Expo. She had a blast doing it, with the rare chance to explain her work in person and the thought process behind each image:
My favorite part about the whole project was that it felt like a personal project. I got to work with all my friends and create the images I really wanted to make. It made me even happier that the client really loved the images and appreciated all the little details I had put into each image.