Archive for May 30, 2012
While driving home from a paintball excursion I was asked by my friend and creative director Sherina Florence if I would come do a talk at Miami ad school in Brooklyn. After 1.6 seconds of considering it I said, “name a date”. We decided our only opening was the next day. So with a paintball blister on my forehead where I was shot the day before I showed up to speak about how dealing with and understanding vendors will help creatives in advertising. I didn’t treat it as a show and tell of my work rather used examples to illustrate different aspects of successes and failures between photographer and agency. The questions from advertising students were very well thought out and on topic…which was a breathe of fresh air. Not one asked what camera I shoot with. I like Miami Ad School students.
So there are all those voices commentating sports…then there is Jim Lampley. THE voice of boxing. A voice I grew up with while watching Mike Tyson fights and the Olympics. Something you could count on. Now Lampley has his own show on HBO called Jim Lampley The Fight Game and I was called to shoot the advertising for it. Just like Jim the show pulls no punches, is very direct and to the point. We wanted the images to reflect that so we chose dark, rich dramatic lighting.
When I told Jim I needed the character in his face to sell his conviction and wasn’t interested in him smiling it put him at ease. From there on out it was Lampley that indentified with me…like he does with all his subjects. Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy was the common denominator to start the conversation as if between old friends that both love Rock n Roll. Even after a short period Jim has a way of making you feel you’ve known him a long time. We spent an hour and half photographing and periodically just paused to talk a bit. As the camera raised again he looked at me like he was peering at a subject he interviewed and luring into sharing secrets.
I suppose that is why he is good at what he does and people want to share things they might not to others. I learned a thing or two on this shoot. Thanks Jim.
Who swears like a sailor and wrestles 900lb beasts? This is not a riddle. It’s the entire cast of National Geographic Channel’s new show Wicked Tuna. We went up to Glouster, MA, home of the Perfect Storm, to photograph the blue fin tuna fisherman of Wicked Tuna. I love the challenge of photographing talent that are on their first photo shoot. Equal parts of the job are making them comfortable, identifying exactly who they are and then capturing the subject’s character photographically…and character these guys had. From Captain Ralph telling us exactly what he thought about other boats that come near his to Captain Dave of tuna.com slyly holding all his secrets close. Each fisherman made it easy on me to show their own flavor.
I spotted this poster on the way into Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles. Always cool to see your work in the wild.