• 4.1.15   Jessica Margolis Dresses for Another World

    If you opened the door to another world and decided to step through, what would you wear? Perhaps it’s not the first question that comes to mind when considering travel to another plane, but maybe it should be. As stylist and costume designer Jessica Margolis proves in Lindsey Stirling’s music video “Take Flight,” even the most surprising journey deserves an injection of style. When the violinist opens her door to find a different reality on the other side of it, she thoughtfully dons a wool-hooded cape to step into her new adventure. Jessica’s choice of the hooded cape on top of the comfortably athletic ensemble brings Stirling into a century long tradition of high fantasy. This long held convention adds context to the wordless tale, telling an emotional story that isn’t tethered to the rules of this world, but speaks to larger universal truths. From rowing a boat through the clouds, to navigating an Escher inspired room, or climbing a ladder that acts as a literal bridge from the true to the fantastical, Stirling’s costume acts as an integral element of her story. It reminds of us the tales this video makes her a contemporary for, and writes a context crucial to the video.
  • 4.1.15   We Are The Rhoads and Taylor Swift Team Up for Keds

    When you’re going to shoot a star as big as Taylor Swift for a brand with as much reach as Keds, there are a lot of moving pieces. Campaigns like this are what We Are The Rhoads shine at. To make sure that Taylor was comfortable with Chris and Sarah Rhoads throughout the entire shoot, they took some time before the craziness to get to know each other a little and build a rapport. It was in these moments before the teams of stylists and crew stepped in that they created common goals making the entire process run smoothly. “I think she really appreciated what we were trying to do, injecting a new energy into the shoot and really trying to find a sort of spontaneity,” says Sarah. Taylor Swift and Keds have paired up for years on a handful of campaigns, but this time The Rhoads were brought on to bring a different energy. For the campaign they settled on six different looks, and the only way they were going to be able to capture all those different styles was if they kept moving. That meant they they had to work quickly and efficiently. “It was a really aggressive day,” says Chris. “Taylor is a natural performer, so we just had to give her some direction and it was an effortless collaboration from there.” That performance quality means that Taylor arrived camera ready and primed to get the shot. It was a fast and full day, but it wasn’t rushed. They got exactly what they needed. Adding to the volume of what they had to accomplish up at Montauk, The Rhoads also cut together some live action videos to round out the campaign. In terms of technology, it’s a slightly different execution, but for The Rhoads, who do a lot of photo and motion based projects, it has the same heart. Chris explains, “We treat it pretty much the same. We’re still looking for the same spontaneity and energy.” One way they kept the energy up was by creating a personal atmosphere. They used Taylor’s own playlist culled from her music collection of artists and performers who she is a fan of herself, making for a more intimate environment. At one point, Sarah remembers singing with Taylor as they snapped away. “Kendrick Lamar came on and we were all rapping together,” says Sarah. “That was a very fun moment.” By finding that common ground, The Rhoads were able to quickly relate to one of the biggest stars in the world and get the exact shots Keds needed for this campaign. They did all that while injecting The Rhoads’ signature authentic feel, with Taylor’s irresistible charm.
  • 3.31.15   Chris Buzelli Reveals a Young TS Eliot

    100 portraits is a lot. Especially when you have very little time to complete them. But this was the task recently brought to painter Chris Buzelli who buckled down and designed his own way through the gauntlet. That project forced Chris to approach this work in a new way, and learn a lot about it. Between efficiency of line and depth color, the vast compendium caught the attention of Designer Rodrigo Corral who asked the painter to help create a book cover for a biography of TS Eliot, “Young Eliot.” Rodrigo’s request fit directly in line with the massive exploration of portrait Chris had just completed, and he continued his investigation through this portrait. “The painting is fairly small, but I do that so you can really see the brush strokes,” Chris says. “I try to be really frugal and use the least amount of brush strokes as possible; in his jacket and tie and shirt there’s maybe seven or eight brush strokes. It just feels fresh and alive and feels like you can breathe.” By using fewer strokes, a method he perfected in necessity with his previous project, he is able to show a demand over his craft, bringing life to the work. There are only a couple images of TS Eliot as a kid, so there was a level of creativity that Chris had to employ in order to complete the image. Accuracy came from the two black and white images that he was able to secure, but coloring was entirely invented using whatever resources he could. Chris' style is already expressive, using proportion and shapes to tell stories about his subjects that wouldn't come through using photorealism. It's the same for Chris' use of color. Even in his portraits you'll find he uses blues and reds in a way that to our eyes doesn't seem to be realistic, but as Chris explains it, he's actually getting closer to life. “When you really have fun and have really lit what’s in front of you well, and you really look at their face you can see all types of color reflected,” explains Chris. “There’s a lot more color in the face than you first notice, especially when you see them live instead of a photo. I try and put in those colors that I see in life and make those portraits come alive.” It's about creating a depth that is deceptively relatable. In a way Chris' use of color tricks us into seeing more in his work because he gives us information we're looking for without even knowing it. Although what he’s created may seem alien on the surface, he’s giving us a version realism we were already searching for.
  • 3.30.15   Thayer Allyson Gowdy Does Chicago in a Day

    When Good Housekeeping contracted newest B&A roster addition Thayer Allyson Gowdy for their profile on actress Sophia Bush, they knew from the first moment it was going to be a busy day. Picking five different locations around Chicago, the setting of Sophia’s NBC show Chicago P.D., meant that they were going to have to move quickly at each location. Each spot they picked, from a taco joint, to a pie lovers dream, to a beer company, came with its own unique challenges and pitch perfect charm. “It was crazy we did like five locations in one day. It was basically just run and gun,” explains Thayer. At each location they had to set up, photograph, and take down in less than an hour each time. It was a challenge, but it wasn’t a problem at all. For Thayer what made the day possible was the teamwork brought together through her crew, that at times included Sophia. At times it was all hands on deck, and although no one ever asked anything from Sophia than to show up and be beautiful, she did much more than she had to. “Sophia was so great,” says Thayer. “She was just part of the team. It was pretty awesome. She just jumps right in. No judgment. No pretension. She’s a fantastic person.” With everyone working towards the same goal, making sure they could get every shot possible, they were able to spend more time working on the photographs than setting up and taking down the shots. And even that was easier because of how Sophia acts in front of the camera. For Thayer, a high speed, high-pressure shoot couldn’t have asked for a better kind of subject. She was shooting someone who was comfortable in front of the camera and ready to show up and work every moment. “Actresses are so great to shoot,” says Thayer. “You tell them what you need and they just deliver. Sophia is used to a high pressure schedule being in TV that it doesn’t phase her at all.” Every moment at every location was used to its greatest potential. They got every shot they needed, and then some. In fact, at one stop, Antique Taco, they were able to take a little time to enjoy some of the restaurant’s wares. As you can see in the behind the scenes video, they noshed on some tacos. And Thayer doesn’t mince words when it comes to her praise of those tortilla wrapped yumyums. “I live in San Francisco where we have fantastic tacos,” explains Thayer. “I’m a taco snob. It was the best taco I’ve ever had. I’m not joking.”
  • 3.27.15   Serge Seidlitz and Andrew Rae Show the World Through a Child's Eyes

    Imagine if we all saw the world as children do. Endless potential and opportunity, each path ahead of us an avenue of imagination. The shapes of clouds turning into medieval battles, and the whispers of rivers our favorite new songs. Each moment is unlockable, revealing a new game, a new way to play, and a new way to see our world. The voices of children, no matter how loud while at play, are piteously silent when considered by very important adults with very important adult lives with very important adult decisions. London's Museum of Childhood asks its attendees to explore the value of a child’s eyes, offering the challenge to shrug off our man made apparatuses that mercilessly eat up our days. Inside the museum are exhibits, events, and activities that remind attendees of their own childhoods, and teach about the childhoods of people worlds a way. But the lesson doesn’t need to stay within those four London walls. As a part of an environmental campaign, the museum teamed up with more than a dozen artists to create art out of the natural and pedestrian landmarks around London. Each artist created original work that played off native points of interest: a door's natural wear turns into an interested ostrich with the addition of an illustrated face. A crosswalk becomes the gaping mouth of a curious bird. For those of us that aren't around London right now, photographer Lydia Whitmore plays as our eyes. Hunting each native piece through the streets of London, Lydia fits each and everyone into her viewfinder so that we may see London in some different way. You can experience Lydia’s journey through London using the “See the World” micro site that includes Lydia’s photographs and the locations of each piece. Andrew Rae and Serge Seidlitz were a part of the creative roster to eke out the imagination of London's populace. Each environmental piece of art featured the Museum of Childhood’s bold encouragement to “See the world through a child’s eyes.” Serge Seidlitz’s “Ostrich” face, tail, and long legs are carefully arranged around the shipped paint of a fire exit on Brady Street. Splashes of paint on the wall of a self-storage facility on Sidney Street become the torrents from a thunder cloud, Serge’s creation “Cloud.” In Andrew Rae’s “Bird” two markings that had been painted on a crosswalk at Shipton Street and Columbia Road were repurposed as the beak of a large blue, aggressive bird.  Following Lydia's path through the map provided to us by the museum, we're able to use Serge and Andrew's imagination to see London with all the imaginative details that a child would bring to their vision, and that new sight changes the way we see the city. Now the question remains: how does it change your own vision?
  • 3.25.15   Serial Cut Shows Us Cisco's New World

    The future doesn’t come at us in leaps and bounds, instead it’s built slowly, invisible piece by invisible piece until we turn around and notice it’s suddenly here. Almost like it appeared while we slept. Multinational Technology company Cisco Systems is building that future, innovation by innovation, tackling each tiny tech problem we face and building into a future we may not recognize. The company’s motto is “Tomorrow starts here,” and their latest campaign with creative studio Serial Cut shows how they’re updating our world to be what we need our future to look like. A series of three ads explore three different sectors Cisco is working on using Serial Cut’s CGI artistry. The three photo-realistic pieces use familiar images with unique elements combining into captivating compositions that catch the eye. “I love it when people spend time looking at an image, having fun within it and with its details,” says Sergio del Puerto of Serial Cut. “And also I like when they can't figure out how it was done, whether it's real or digital.” Usually it’s a combination. Usually Serial Cut will use both photography and CGI illustration to build a final image. But not this time. Each of the images are completely computer generated compositions, painted pixel by pixel into the final creation. Focusing on child safety, online shopping, and the flow of traffic, Cisco and Serial Cut are bringing attention to moments in our lives that are so common and every-day that we barely have the brain space to notice they could get better. These events are such seamlessly inherent parts of our lives that it’s almost unbelievable they could change. Cisco proposes that the ways we handle these issues now are already outdated, and it’s time to shift the way we see them. Serial Cut’s demonstration of this proposition is to make us see familiar objects with completely new composite parts. The car they’ve created to avoid traffic is created entirely from circuit boards. A teddy bear is wired in a way to communicate information through ports and connections, like if it’s been recalled or needs a design shift. A shopping bag is reimagined as a server, dynamically reshaping itself to keep customers happy and streamline the systems. When asked why they chose to illustrate these images and ideas in this way, Sergio’s response may be surprising. “I never felt like an illustrator but an image-maker,” says Sergio. It’s more than just creating a picture, but telling the story.  
  • 3.26.15   Douglas Friedman's Welcome Challenge

    When the call came in from Harper's Bazaar for Douglas Friedman to shoot Julie Macklowe again, he knew exactly what to expect. He and Julie's family have been working together for about seven years; Douglas has shoot Julie no fewer than three times for Harper's Bazaar. Even though they clicked immediately the first time, each progressive shoot develops their relationship resulting in deeper and more expressive photographs. "She gets better and better," Douglas says. "I think what makes our working relationship, our creative relationship, so special is that she is very willing to trust me and trust my ideas." Those ideas result in Julie climbing into the windows of her apartment, playing telephone with her daughter, and lounging on a bed surrounded by inflated frogs. Douglas' particular talent is being able to frame expressive portraits in beautiful interiors. When asked how he does it, he says there's no trick. He's really shooting two photographs every time he hits the shutter. He explains the demands of what he has to shoot: "Beautiful interior shots that could exist on their own, with or without Julie. And then you’ve got to take a beautiful portrait that could also exist with or without the interior. Kind of marrying those two together." What results are environmental portraits on another level. They’re expressive and contextual, telling us a story that each element couldn’t tell independently. “It’s always a challenging process,” Douglas says. “A welcome challenge.” When asked about the more experimental aspects of the images, like a population of frog balloons with Julie’s daughter jumping on her bed, Douglas responds with a knowing humor. “We like to be a little playful at Harper’s Bazaar. Amp up or elevate the reality a little,” he says. That elevation crystalizes the story a little more so Julie’s personality and temperament leaps off the page. Since Douglas has gotten to know Julie so well, we get to meet the woman he knows – and she’s a lot of fun.
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