One of the more novel summer projects that presented itself was the chance to work with the wonderful people at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Miranda, the executive director was quite plain spoken about expectations of our little portrait session. Pictures that don’t suck, which capture the personalities of the kind of people that bring contemporary art to the masses.
So we had coffee together.
The entire staff gathered under a single hugely powerful light and softbox to have donuts and coffee, and take a few pictures.
I love shooting this way.
It started to sprinkle just as we were wrapping up the group portraits, so individual shots were made under plan B. We hustled the production inside, and I had the chance to work with each staff member, with some wonderfully character driven portraits as the result.
Since it’s been a busy season of carefully crafted product photographs, here are a few textile and texture based images showcasing original scarves for Trovati. Based locally in Grand Rapids, these guys travel around the world collecting the coolest and most unusual products to share with the world.
A few screenshots from their website. The flow of the scarves really complement the Trovati logo font. It’s nice when how a little planning can lead to different elements coming together.
Continuing the Grand Rapids tradition of making things well and with love, Victor Axe + Tool approached me about doing some product shots for them. In addition to cool products, I was plied and bribed liberally with beer, another Grand Rapids tradition.
Here are a few images of his axes, and some examples of how he’s used these in his online shop.
These products and the man who makes them are part of an ongoing interest of mine in people who harness their passion and energies towards the making of quality things. The buy it once, buy it for life mentality of manufacturing.
Here are some screenshots from his website with my product photography. It integrates well with his whole design scheme.