Turning Ideas Into Images

Recently I ordered two iced coffees from Startbucks, one black and one with “room for cream.” When my order was up, they had misheard me and in fact given me one black and one with lots of cream. As I stood there holding both coffees in my hands I thought how beautiful it would be to have an overhead image of 16 different cups of iced coffee filled with differing amounts of cream. Over the next week I couldn’t shake this image, and decided I should do something about it. I don’t spend very much time photographing food, but I am always looking for challenges and any way to expand my skill set.

I made a quick drawing with some crude math and set out for supplies. I started thinking maybe a few different images of coffee would be interesting! I thought maybe some fun background colors as well. Once back in the studio, I begin making an epic mess, but totally worth it. I felt like I had something fun on my hands but it was missing a human element. I thought diptychs could be fun. A few phone calls later I had some willing participants. I wanted to focus on how refreshing iced coffee can be in the summer time.

Behold the most refreshing summer time iced coffee imagery, created entirely from a passing thought.

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I wanted to have fun images that made people smile and maybe buy an iced coffee?

 

 

Bending Iron

In an ongoing collaboration with the Maine Craft Association I recently had the pleasure of photographing Doug Wilson. Not only a master blacksmith living in Maine, Doug was also an incredible host, super gracious, and I might add patient, when it came to creating photographs together! The combination of fire and decades worth of soot and ash on the walls of his shop made for a pretty picture perfect photo location. I tried to create a bit of a mood in terms of lighting to help draw out a bit of the grittiness that is metal working. You can see some of Doug’s talent over at his website: here

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Client: Maine Craft Association, http://mainecrafts.org/
Subject: Doug Wilson, http://www.dewilsonforge.com/

“May Flowers” Personal Projects

In a effort to create more work more often I am undertaking a monthly personal project. Finding inspiration and ways to look differently at the world you so often see can be difficult. So often we are so focused on the world that we know we forget to look around and forget to see things in a new light.

After a long winter and cool spring the flowers opened slowly here in Maine. I begin noticing the Forsythia blooming before everything else, it’s common for these little yellow reminders of a winter’s passing to arrive ahead of everything, but This year they seemed to be way ahead of everything else! I started noticing that there were only barren tree limbs, small budding leaves and vibrant forsythia flowers. It was a damp and grey Sunday afternoon hanging out with friends that a thought struck me, what about using all these flowers and a backdrop set against their respective complementary color. I turned to my friend Jessica and asked “do you own a purple shirt?” It was with this the project began.

I wanted to push myself beyond what I might normally, I’m not sure I achieved that but I feel with most personal photo endeavors it added a little bit to my skill set.

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