In Tyron, North Carolina
Photographer Monica Stevenson spent a bit of time on the opposite side of the camera. After two Epson employees saw her “purple shoe splash” print in person, they reached out to the still life and beauty photographer to star in their campaign promoting high-quality paper for photography printing. The video takes a close look at Monica’s artistic practice, particularly her attention to detail and how EPSON technology has allowed her to bring high-impact prints to greater heights.
To have the team at EPSON approach me…it was a monumental moment for me. This artwork is one of my favorites because the process involved in creating it was so multi-layered. In all of my commercial and fine art work, I try to infuse movement, technique and often a little bit of wit. For me, this trio brings the unexpected and often the unseen to the surface.
See more of Monica at monicastevenson.com
In Washington, D.C.
Photographer Rebecca Drobis’ film The Ice Cream Man, won FLIC 2017 Award for Best Indigenous Film.
The documentary short follows two brothers as they defy all odds and launch the Kool Breeze Ice Cream truck business on Montana’s Blackfeet Reservation.
My mission was to shine a light on this outstanding achievement by a hard-working family determined to make their dream a reality in a place where starting a small business is nearly impossible. For over a decade, I have documented positive stories about youth on the Blackfeet Reservation, one of the most remote Indian reservations in the United States. I am proud to have witnessed the growth and success of the business. And also of its owner, Ian Webber, who has inspired young people in his community and become known as, “Ice Cream Man.”
See more of Rebecca at rebeccadrobis.com
In Brooklyn, New York
Sally Montana teamed up with Hip Hop Artist Octopizzo to create stunning portraits for the musician’s social media outlets. Octopizzo had initially found her work on Instagram and reached out.
As soon as I took on the project, I started researching his persona based on any news bit I could find…I saw a video interview with him on a local Nairobi TV channel where he spoke passionately about opportunity. I was immediately drawn to that idea. We all need opportunity to get a foot in the door, someone who’s willing to take a chance and/or go out of their way for you.
Octopizzo and his fiancé Kristen were the only extra hands on set for this small and intimate shoot, but for Sally, that was her favorite part of the project. She was able to create a wide array of scenarios with very little prep time and had the added bonus of getting to know this talented musician.
Everybody was in for the same goal, enthusiastic and willing to push our boundaries. We were able to create intimacy on set and really focus on what we wanted to do – two artists meeting halfway.
See more of Sally at sallymontana.com
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tom Cwenar crossed one thing off his New Year’s resolution list – a Healthcare Reel. After Tom was done digging through his archive combining spots he has directed over the last few years he teamed up with his pal Jay Green over at Big Science to help with the script and musical score. Jay had these thoughts to share about working with Tom:
After seeing the first cut of Tom’s Healthcare reel, I spoke to him at length about his feelings regarding his work, the momentum in his career, as well as, his emotional connection to his body of work. Writers often center around the mantra of ‘write what you know’, and for Tom, his experience battling cancer clearly gave him a uniquely empathetic and connected perspective as Director. His senses and personal experiences allowed him to see the healthcare world quite differently and he projected that heartfelt view, with intention through his lens. It was clear to me…
See more of Tom at cwenar.com