Jamie Chung Captures Place Settings and Mouthwatering Jewelry for Barneys New York
Jamie Chung photographed place settings flanked by this season's stunning accessories for "Table Mates," Barneys New York's recent online look book. "The concept was to always keep the camera at the same vantage point and include certain elements, like the tableware and a hand," Chung said. "From there, the mood differs thanks to the items, colors, surface, lighting, and gesture of the hand, but the photos still work together as a series." He tested different compositions in his Brooklyn studio, but "what I had in front of me dictated what would happen in front of the lens," he noted.
His challenge – if it can be called that – was selecting the bracelets, bangles, and rings for each frame. "There were many jewelry options and every piece appeared really impressive; however, I didn't want to go overboard and make that the focus ... the pictures had to form a balanced scene," Chung explained. "It was difficult to have an abundance of great stuff and then be conservative, only using what felt right." He added: "The creative director, Chris Martinez, brought such great vision to the project – and Barneys brought incredible products ... with that level of goods on set, my job becomes easy."