Our monthly web ads spent February taking up prime real estate on the popular photography website, Feature Shoot. Feature Shoot highlights photos and projects from commercial and fine art photographers and is a great resource for photo editors and art buyers. I touched base with each photographer featured to get some behind the scenes info on their images. Click the images below to see each ad.
This photo was taken on the back streets of Gion in Kyoto. Tourists like me wait in back alleys for Geishas to come out of their homes before they hop in a taxi. I take regular private photography tours to Japan. I used to live there, speak the lingo and am married to a Japanese, hence the strong connection with my second home.
The image is of Astoria pool in Queens. It wasn’t for any assignment or project, just sort of a walking around kind of picture. It was an unbearably hot August day and I was living in Williamsburg at the time. We decided to jump in the car and go up to the pool even though we knew it would be really crowded. The photo is the view you have when you first arrive. When I was editing film from that summer a while later, the image struck me as having sort of a chaotic perfectness, and the placement of the people’s bodies seemed to make up a puzzle. We were able to take a quick dip in the pool, however ten minutes later the workers made everyone get out. Apparently, someone pooped in the pool so they had to close it for the rest of the day.
This photo was taken for an assignment for a soft drink campaign “Sumol” in Portugal. The briefing for the all six images of the campaign was about having the courage to be! The skater was a very talented kid. We were hoping to have a sunny day with blue skies, but it turned out to be a very cloudy one instead. Thankfully, the image turned out much more interesting with the dark clouds.
That image is the third in a series of four called “Scenes from a Marriage” that I shot as a portfolio/art piece. This photograph is titled “Ending the Argument.” I wanted to tell the story of an unhappy marriage with a little bit of quirkiness and dark humor; in the full narrative, the husband and wife are bored with each other and the wife–who has a pet chicken and dresses her young daughters in identical clothing–is tempted by the gardener. She kills her husband at dinner so she can be with her lover, who she then puts in a chicken costume. It was a crazy day of shooting at the Neutra VDL house in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, but I was super happy with the result./
The rational for this series of images was to evoke a subtle sensuality through the use of lighting. The rich dark shadows lend a sense of mystery and serve to highlight the jewelry and the luster of her skin while still maintaining the right amount of emphasis on the all important jewelry pieces. The client was Bulgari, who wanted me to come up with an idea that will showcase their pieces. It was an amazing shoot where everything fell into place.
This image was personal work for my portfolio that was inspired by childhood experiences. The young boy in the image is my nephew, Oliver. Another image from the same shoot is of a businessman titled ‘Falling’. Both images are in my stock library on Gallery Stock.
This was taken in Portland, Oregon on one of many walkabouts. I wish I could say I had something to do with the creation of the bush monster, but I believe the owners/employees of Voodoo Donuts—near where this was found—had been cultivating the shrub into a foliage version of their famous Voodoo Doll doughnut.
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