Weekly Roundup: Walter Shintani, Steve Craft, Leah Perry, and John Kealey
In Mexico City
Photographer Walter Shintani spent some time photographing Fiesta Xhita; an ancient ritual passed down from the Otomi culture. The festival, which takes place in various towns across Mexico, kicks off 40 days before Ash Wednesday and features elaborate dancing and traditional garments made from ixtle.
Walter, intrigued by the merging of religions, was eager to document how this ritual has survived throughout the century. This ritual to bring good crops and rain to Mexico is not commonly known, and in addition to continuing his work on this project, Walter hopes to bring consciousness to this culture.
See more of Walter at wshintani.com
In Phoenix, Arizona
Steve Craft was awarded the Silver Award in the Landscape category for the 2017 Graphis Photo Annual. His winning image of Prada Marfa was taken last year on his annual road trip with his son.
We arrived at the location just as the sun had set and the front face of the building was in almost complete darkness except for the interior lights. We decided that the front needed more light so we positioned our car to have the headlights illuminate the front of the building just enough to give it some texture.
See more of Steve at stevecraft.com
In Atlanta, Georgia
Fashion photographer Leah Perry's recent personal project had a great reception on social media. The project, inspired in part by the Louboutin shoe campaign, #NudeAwakening, had Leah working with models of all skin colors and pairing them with matching clothing.
Good casting and styling is a key factor that could either make or break a project like this. Leah knew it wouldn't be easy to style this shoot, so she worked closely with her team to manage both production and casting.
The logistics of this project were intense. I am fortunate the modeling agency, UWM, was willing to work so hard on this with me. Finding models to fit the range of skin tonality, especially when a few were booked on last minute jobs was tricky. Almost like a jigsaw puzzle. Even though there are a lot more tonality options in clothes, it's not widespread. My stylist ended up dying fabric and making extra pieces the day our shoot to compliment all the skin tones.
Leah hopes that with this work she can help further the goal of making "nude" a more inclusive term for the fashion industry.
In Ottawa, Canada
With baseball currently in training season, sports and fitness photographer John Kealey has some images to share of the Toronto Blue Jays. The opportunity to photograph them during practice came about after John had finished up shooting pitcher Marcus Stroman and found himself with some down time between shoots. The photos were a hit and ended up being used on Sportsnet's social media feeds as well!
My late uncle was a writer for the Blue Jays back in the day. I used to go down to Dunedin when I was growing up so this assignment was particularly one that I will never forget.
See more of John at johnkealey.com