• 11.28.16   Tom Nagy Gets a Bird's-Eye View of International Forces

    Part of the magic of modern convenience is that few of us scarcely have to consider how all these amazing things arrive at our homes. We go to the grocery store and pick up fruit and vegetables grown on the other side of the world. We dress in clothes made in lands where they speak languages we’ll never understand. And our gas tanks are filled with fuel that has to be shipped all the way to our shores. Each one of these is a huge international undertaking and Tom Nagy recently got a peek into how it all happens. He was recently invited by Exxon Mobile to photograph their tankers as they sailed around Singapore and photograph these floating giants in their nearly natural habitats. From up high, the ships take on a global context. We see them as a part of a bay, weaving through tiny archipelagos under a massive sky painted by swirling clouds. The waters churn in their wake, and tiny building dot the horizon, a remembrance of the people who are served by this system. But out on the ocean, above the tankers, there’s a silence and a reckoning from this quiet power that cuts through the landscape. Producing a shoot like this is awe-inspiring. These ships handle millions of barrels and weigh untold tons. They’re not human models that can be posed at a moment’s notice. But Exxon knew they had to support Tom to get the pictures that they wanted, so they made all their resources available to create the right look. “We’ve been flying over three days to get the shots we wanted to achieve. We’ve had a port navigator at our basecamp all day who scheduled the specific wanted ships and ideal flight times for us,” explains Tom. “That was quite an amazing operation...”
  • 12.1.16   Vault49 Introduces a New World of Bulova

    Life is not lived in a straight line. It’s full of twists and curves, and as much as industrial design is meant to reflect an idealized nature of life it’s also crucial that it reflects reality. Bulova added another “first” to their CV with the CURV watch, a new design that follows the natural shape of the wearers wrist with the chronograph. It’s the first time that anyone has brought this particular shape to a watch, which is saying a lot considering watches have been designed and built for hundreds - if not thousands - of years. To mark the momentous occasion, Bulova invited Vault49 to create a video that would help announce the product to the world. And it’s pretty dramatic. The video begins by showing the curve of the earth behind the watch, reminding us how omnipresent that shape is in our world. And then the elements of the watch come together piece by piece, flying into the unique design. Vault49 animated each and every element of the watch so that we could truly feel how it all comes together. From every corner the pieces zoom in, and then it’s magically whole. The entire piece is underscored by sound design and music to lift the whole thing up.  Vault49’s provided soundtrack adds to the personality of every element. The final video has string music over it, but we’ve included the video without the music so you can get a very clear feel of how Vault49 told the story.
  • 11.29.16   Monica Ramos Shows Beauty in the β€œUnflattering”

    We are currently embroiled in a new conversation about what it means to speak to each other in helpful ways. What is a “safe space?” Who decides what is and isn’t offensive? Should we care? Curiosity demands we investigate these ideas whether people like them or not, and Racked recently took a look at what the word “flattering” means. So much of choosing the right clothes for ourselves is about finding “flattering” clothes, but is that to make us look good? Or does it merely make us look less bad? Racked invited Monica Ramos to create a series of illustrations to help us understand the identity politics around these questions and put faces – and bodies – to the conversation. Flattering conventions are just that: conventions. And Monica challenges them in her illustrations. We think of horizontal stripes as making the wearer look wider, and so Monica offers a woman in a body suit dressed head to toe in horizontal stripes. We think of long baggy skirts and oversized shirts as masking the shape of a body and making it appear bigger, so Monica’s illustration shows just that. These are real human bodies, wearing clothes that are their own, sending a message about how they want to look regardless of how it fits into expectations. Each of these popular "flattering" conventions, Racked argues and Monica shows, are about making someone’s body more pleasing to those gazing upon it. But isn’t that the wrong directive? Shouldn’t we wear what makes us feel good – and if what makes us feel good is sending a message that exterior constructs don’t matter, isn’t that legitimate?  It is.
  • 11.29.16   The Girls Are Back In Town With Joe Pugliese

    You’ll be forgiven if you haven’t gotten to Stars Hollow, Connecticut yet. The fictional town is the setting for Gilmore Girls, the dramedy series that captured the hearts of millions of viewers over seven seasons, more than 150 episodes, and launched the careers of Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pratt, Alexis Bledel, Jared Padalecki, and Milo Ventimiglia. Gilmore Girls follows the trials and tribulations of a single Mom Lorelai (played by Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory (Bledel), wrapping up after seven seasons not by jumping the shark but instead continuing the story of real lives lived well through development and growth. But the show didn’t end there, this fall it came back in four 90-minute episodes on Netflix and the streaming giant invited Joe Pugliese to help them create the a public face for the event. The new series is called “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” and Joe was tasked with bringing that concept to life through his shots which is exactly what he did. He spent the day mostly with Graham and Bledel, focusing on portraiture, and engaging the moments that we mark as passages in time - as well as just capturing beautiful imagery. “It’s one of those types of shoots when you get so many assets and then it’s a surprise when you see it,” says Joe. “It’s rare that they shoot one thing specifically for one usage and it ends up that way. These days their using all the assets across so many different platforms.” Photographing as much imagery as he did, it was impossible for Joe to know where each of the images would appear so it was a surprise to see an image of the women holding coffee mugs up like smiles as a billboard in Los Angeles. But that’s part of the fun. Joe’s job is get the best pictures possible and then let his client, Netflix in this case, use them to the greatest effect. He takes care of the images, and they introduce them to the world. “I usually look at these thing purely from a photographer’s standpoint, which is my favorite portrait, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it works best for advertising,” says Joe. It’s a different animal from editorial work, which Joe does a lot, but at the end of the day it’s always about making a photograph that’s as engaging as it is gorgeous.  
  • 11.22.16   Marc Hom Steps Out of Time with Patek Philippe

    We measure time because it is how we understand the world. It passes and we age, people shift around us, seasons come and go. We use time as the metric to understand where we are, who we are, and where to draw meaning. Time is how we count ourselves against the press of history. We step into time like it is a river rooted from far away, and when we step out it will continue flowing into the horizon. But while we are here we measure it, every moment, so we can taste it while it lasts. It is the vastness of time that Patek Philippe taps into with each successive campaign that for decades has a shared heart. But for this cycle they asked Marc Hom to photograph the images that would feel outside of time. Patek Philippe has used the same tag line for years. It reads:“You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” “That is an incredible line,” says Marc. “That’s great to get that continuity.” Marc recognizes that his involved in this campaign is him stepping into a narrative that began before him and will continue after the work he does for them. But as an artist he’s still present in the collaboration. Within the apparatus of what Patek Philippe does, Marc had some ideas. “You’re trying to move things a little bit in terms of making things slightly more modern feeling and getting a little bit more movement to the images,” says Marc. “That was kind of my biggest goal with it. I think we did move it compared to other previous campaigns.” Each image features a visualization of that trade from generation to generation, with an adult and their child. Between those two people we see one version of measuring time, while the watch measures in seconds, minutes, and hours.  It wasn’t just the subjects who created the context, but the classics aesthetics as well. “They’ve been doing it black and white forever,” says Marc. “It’s incredible that I got to work with Leagas Delaney who’s been doing the campaign for 20 years and it has a huge amount of heritage… The black and white imagery makes it look a little bit more timeless.” The photos will be used in the advertisements for Patek Philippe for years because the watch company works outside of the typical doldrum of fashion seasons. Instead they create something that lasts a little longer - not quite generations, like the watches, but something that will outlive the rest of the advertisements you see around them.
  • 11.23.16   Radio Helps Fast Company Talk about Immigration

    Many Americans are just a day away from celebrating the first major recorded immigration to the United States. Thanksgiving is a holiday that marks a treaty, in some respects, between the Native Americans that lived on this land and the European refugees escaping persecution. They broke bread together and so we celebrate the peace that existed in that meal with our own meals of bounty stacked with dishes we imagine the Pilgrims and Native Americans ate all those hundreds of years ago. Today, all over the world, there are new kinds of Pilgrims in many different places looking to, essentially, break bread. Fast Company has published a series of investigations on how the influx of war escaping refugees are changing their communities all over the world. Fast Company invited Radio to help them visualize these changes and issues in a way that helps us understand them and place them in useful contexts. The influx of immigration has inspired a lot of pushback, but it has also inspired solutions to real problems like housing and the job market. These have shifted the way many understand who refugees are and what they have to offer their new homes. Each of Fast Company’s pieces explores a different aspect and Radio’s illustrations bring them to life. One piece asks how to make it in America as a refugee and features a refugee camp of tents set up to emulate the American flag. Another pictures a pie graph of citizens who support refugees as being an umbrella to protect a huddled family from the rain. Still another taken on the fact that refugees have largely been treated poorly by many nations but cities have been more effective, and Radio shows us a woman with a head covering being welcomed into a subway car. What Radio does is help us understand these issues in concise ways through visual language - even when these issues are not simple. We all need a way into these conversations, especially as they tear across the globe and inspire a new kind of politics. Radio helps us experience them in bites and open our minds and hearts to think about them in ways we might not have thought about them before. Plus, we should mention, the illustrations are beautiful.
  • 11.21.16   Sawdust Imagines a Collective Future for Wired UK

    What does the future look like? This is a question that has inspired the imaginations of artists, scientists, historians, businessmen, and practically everyone else the world over for millennia. The exponential development of technology means that the future is coming at an ever faster pace and we need to be prepared. Few publications get access to what future technologies look like, and fewer still get the kind of access that Wired does. They’re well poised to help us see what the next evolutions will look like and so they’ve began publishing Wired Horizons, a special series to show off what they think is most exciting. They invited Sawdust to create their very first cover in imagery that blurs the line between typography and illustration. The cover that Sawdust created for Horizons plays on the idea of horizons in a fascinating way. We think of a horizon has being the line between the earth and the sky. It’s that far off point where the future is, where we are going. But depending on where you are, horizons can be different – we may not all be marching in the same direction. In the image that Sawdust created there are a series of geometric bodies, each with their own hard line between their tangibility and the space beyond. They are all separate, implying different reaches towards a future, but embedded in them are the letters that spell “Horizons,” implying that they create something together, bonded by their proximity. It’s a visual reminder that even if we imagine different futures we’re all in this together.
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