For May, our web ads found their way over to one of our favorite spots: Feature Shoot, a site that showcases a wide array of amazing work from photographers all across the world. Feature Shoot highlights photos and projects from commercial and fine art photographers and is a great resource for photo editors, art buyers and anyone interested in photography. 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. Enjoy!
Buff Strickland / Austin
That shot was for a story I did for Travel + Leisure Family (when they were their own publication and not just an insert as it is now). The assignment was in Belize. We shot this great jungle lodge, Caves Branch, and that day went out for a “vigorous” hike and to photograph people repelling. Little did we know that we also had to repel 300 feet off a cliff into the jungle below. My assistant was so scared we almost had to turn around and go back. I found this really fun, adventurous family while we were there and I photographed their kids on the hike. There’s these beautiful pools of light that come through the canopy of the jungle and I asked them to stop and pose for me.
Adil Jain / India
This was shot on the set of a feature film called “Black.” It was a big budget Bollywood film starring Amitabh Bachchan (on the right half of the frame) who helps a young deaf and dumb girl come to terms with her disability and get an education. It was loosely based on the Helen Keller story. This shot was set up by me for a publicity photo of the movie, and after I had shot it the director of photography said he wished he had thought of that frame. The film camera was much closer to the actors in a sweeping job move.
Merek Davis / Phoenix
This particular shot is at Mont Saint-Michel in France. I had always wanted to visit the Normandy region (I’m a huge World War II buff) and so I took a detour while I was out in Paris last year. It wasn’t for a particular client or assignment but was for a personal series I’m working on about isolation. What better place than a lone monastery on an island.
AJ Raina / India
This was a shot for my personal beauty portfolio. I wanted to do something that focused on the lips using candy and a drip element. I experimented with a few different kinds of candy before finalizing on this one; it seemed to look just right for what I had in mind in terms of color, texture and shape.
Sean J. Sprague / Canada
This was a collaboration of sorts for a band’s album artwork. The band name was “Give us the Daggers” (they aren’t around anymore) and I came up with the concept of some still life work that they could use as the album artwork and in promotional material. I wanted to come up with something that was graphic and minimalist in nature so that it would be able to be applied to various mediums and could easily be recognized and associated with the band. This shot was partially responsible for helping me land an advertising campaign for ING that ran across Canada.
Emmanuel Fradin / France
This portrait of a protester was photographed in Strasbourg, in the east of France, during a NATO summit in 2009. I wasn’t on assignment, I just wanted to capture the history of the moment. The authorities had let protestors have a small area of land in the south of the city to install an anti-nato “village.” I tried to enter this area, but it was impossible since journalists weren’t allowed. So I waited outside the camp in order to trigger an encounter with someone and eventually a protester came over to me and I asked him if I could shoot his portrait.
Darrell Lecorre / Canada
That’s Davie, a friends dog. I had seen many snapshots of him, and thought he was adorable and asked to photograph him. This particular frame is our attempt to get him to look up, without much success. Davie was as focused on the camera as a jet car driver heading down the track. That is the charm of photographing dogs; take all your preconceptions and throw them out the window…the dog is the true art director.
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