A few months ago, Wonderful Machine photographer John Fulton took an editorial assignment from Atlanta Magazine, with who he has worked many times over the past several years. ATL magazine called John to photograph portraits of Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey, the hosts of the hugely followed podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class.
Originally, ATL Magazine discussed doing a simple portrait in their recording studio, but John wanted to make something more unique. Using classic Renaissance paintings as inspiration, he set out to shoot and build his interpretation of the famous painting style. By using landscapes he had shot in Tuscany last year, he was able to composite backgrounds and bring the host’s portraits to life.
The parent company of the history podcast, the highly followed “How Stuff Works” company licensed the images after the feature ran in Atlanta Magazine and they have discussed with John doing more projects together in the future.
Los Angeles photographer Cade Martin first heard about two wolf boys in Mexico 20+ years ago. The character stuck with him and ever since he was a boy he hasn’t been able to shake the story. This past Thanksgiving, Cade was able to find the real version of the legend through Facebook and with the help of Guadalupe Ortega Ramirez, a longtime producer, and friend from Mexico City.
Cade found out the man’s name was Jesus, and he was in a small traveling circus called The Circus Golden Bros. With only two days’ notice, Cade packed up and left to meet the wolf-boy that had captured his imagination for years.
The condition Jesus has is hypertrichosis, which is an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body. The other wolf-boy from the stories of Cade’s youth turned out to be Aceves, Jesus’ cousin. Hypertrichosis is hereditary, and Aceves’s two daughters have it as well.
Jesus sought a “normal” existence outside the circus and sideshow circuit, and in 2005 BBC did a documentary, “It’s Not Easy Being a Wolf Boy” on his efforts to shave and look for employment. Aceves has since returned however to the familiar world of the circus where he sat graciously for his portrait. Cade used a tight composition to show the architecture of his face and his warm, gentle eyes, he also hoped to show the details of the hair as it is and not as a human’s imagination might create when they hear “wolf-boy.”
Denmark photographer Alastair Wiper has been collaborating with a company called ReD Associates to document their clients in an unusual way. ReD is a strategy consulting company based on human sciences and approached Alastair because they wanted to create a project that wasn’t just commercial but also showed the technology and infrastructure that people rarely get to see.
Their client, Kavadrat is the world’s leading manufacturer of design textiles. They create high-quality contemporary textiles for private and public spaces and needed imagery for PR use and to hang on their office walls. ReD wanted to turn this into a collaborative art project that would end up in a book and exhibition. ReD affiliates are sociologists, and they were interested in the discussion of what Alastair’s images could provoke about technology, industry, and human interaction.
Kvadrat was the first client of ReD’s that Alastair covered, and he aims to shoot three per year over the next few years, making these images just the beginning.
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