• 8.18.16   Money Is Time for Andrew Rae and The New York Times Magazine

    Money is a tough subject that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, and for good reason! Economics is complex with a myriad of rules at every level, and on top of that money is something we all need. Everyone needs to plan for retirement even if we don’t understand the laws that govern that section of the economy. Trade agreements eventually affect all of us at the register, but when they’re in debate they’re too dense for most people to understand. There’s a sense to it all and it seems like most of us are written out of the conversation. But that’s something that The New York Times Magazine is working to fix and they’ve asked Andrew Rae to help them do it. In their ongoing collaborative series, On Money, Andrew provides two drawings for each of these pieces and he uses the opportunity to expand his own understanding. “Economics is so complex and confusing and I’ve enjoyed being pushed to try to get my head round some of these ideas,” says Andrew. “There's always a way of making these drawings entertaining cause it’s such a bit scary subject that affects us all. I enjoy making work about a subject that actually matters and effects people.” When Andrew was first approached by the Times to work on this project, he was happy to take it and gave the newspaper two options for what he thought his illustration could be. The Times liked both of them, so since then he’s had to continue offering two illustrations instead of just one. It’s twice the work but he’s found that it actually helps him tell a richer story. “It’s not always easy but it’s interesting how you can make them work together, for instance creating a narrative between the two images or using the second image to expand on the idea in the first,” says Andrew. “I enjoy the challenge.” Instead of condensing the entire message of a piece into a single image, Andrew gets to create a visual conversation that explores the topics from multiple angles. His latest with the Times was for a piece entitled “Has Wall Street Been Tamed?” that explored how the aftermath of The Great Recession has changed our banking system. The thesis of the piece is that Wall Street really has changed, really is being better regulated but Andrew wanted to show them out of control. “It was about banking regulations which sounds very dry but when you think about the fact that the bankers caused a global meltdown it’s clear that it’s important,” says Andrew. “I thought about the banks as these big faceless scary organizations and then it was clear to me that I should show the bank as a giant robot attacking people.” The corner that Andrew had painted himself into requiring him to create two illustrations per piece is now working in his favor: he can create amazing (and hilarious) imagery and tell the story that needs to be told at the same time. This is what it looks like when an artist does great work.
  • 8.22.16   Shotopop and Nike Remind Us to be Great

    The Olympics are officially over (sad we know!). The multiweek jubilee of sports and sportsmanship has come to a close and now is the perfect time to reflect on the incredible moments that unfolded over the last days. Dreams were realized and broken, stories were written with hope and controversy, and records were shattered (including one that dates two thousand years back to Leonidas). It was a celebration of our global community through competition, and we’re here for that.  More than the huge stage, it was about the athletes who endured during these incredible feats and Nike, one of the sponsors of the event, wants their athletes to be front and center – for good reason. They asked Shotopop to put together a series of looping GIFs that could tell their stories within tiny parameters. Nike is an international company so if you’re looking for them to choose sides in any competition you’re going to be disappointed. The side that Nike chose, instead of a nation, is that of sport, that of the athlete, that of competition. For that reason they had Shotopop create imagery for a serious collection of athletes from Allyson Felix and Vashti Cunningham, to Neymar daSilva, Mo Farah, and Dafne Schippers. Each one of these athletes was at the center of their own drama in Rio, but their presence in these pieces remind us to keep going, focus on our goals, and when it comes down to it: Just Do It. In Shotopop’s pieces we see these athletes in a white space, decontextualizing them so we can see them for the people that they are, interacting with space and often with Nike’s motto “Just Do It.” The Olympics is a reminder that we can all be great, as thousands of human beings who have trained and focused and explored human limits find success and break through what we all imagined possible. It’s up to us to rise above and Shotopop shows us how it’s done.
  • 8.19.16   Jonathan Mannion and Gucci Mane Make Limitations Work

    One of the musical marvels of the last decade is how Gucci Mane was able to continue recording music while serving his time in prison. In the past two years he worked on twelve projects, including work with Young Thug and Migos, all from behind bars. So when he was finally released last month his next course of action was obvious: it was time to release another album. That EP, called Everybody Looking, released in July, includes all new work, and features Drake, Kanye West, and Young Thug. It's a short amount of time to put together an entire project, and considering he's still under house arrest Gucci needed creative collaborators who could work around some real obstacles so he invited Jonathan Mannion to photograph the artwork for it. The house arrest and ankle monitor meant Jonathan and Gucci were limited in what they could do but rather than trying to fit their concept into a keyhole, they exploded it into a fully realized vision. The wide shoot covered more than just the album; Jonathan and Gucci created imagery for the singles off the album as well. The whole experience shows a series of situations that uses their limitations to their advantage. One set up finds Gucci in front of a massive, colorful mural. Jonathan didn't work to avoid showing the ankle bracelet. This is what's happening in Gucci's life right now, and what is an album but a snapshot of an artist at a certain point in time? Additionally, it’s the interest of his recent corrections experience that has brought so much incredible attention to this album - the highest charting of his career - so better to embrace this story than to shy from it. In another set up we find Gucci in his car engulfed in a special kind of luxury reserved for artists of his caliber. This image builds a whole world in what is essentially Gucci's garage, but paints a picture of him that is complete. The entire frame is filled with a relatively small area, but Jonathan was able to tell the whole story. The fact that Gucci Mane asked Jonathan to photograph this album isn't a surprise, Jonathan has shot some of the most iconic imagery in the history of hip hop. But this was a special project, both because it marks the next phase of Gucci's career but also because it required creative problem solving. Jonathan was the right choice to successfully handle both aspects and balance the logistical needs with the creative.
  • 8.17.16   Gregg Hubbard Keeps YesJulz Honest for Puma

    You might not know who Julz (@yesjulz) is and that’s okay. It just means you’re totally washed and out of the loop. As a brand ambassador and influencer she uses her social reach to tip the scales on what’s worth paying attention to. Her hundreds of thousands of fans follow her every move on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat and each one of them know what she looks like from day to day. So when Gregg Hubbard was tasked with designing a makeup look for her in a recent shoot with Puma it was a special challenge. Unlike movie stars, Julz’ face is seen every day and from every angle. She’s become a star for being herself, so that’s what Gregg had to highlight. Julz is not someone who can hide behind angles and contouring, instead she interacts with her fans in person and has to be recognizable from one day to the next. Gregg brought in a taste of her signature street glam with a well shaped eye and glossy lip, and even offered a little bit of shadow on her cheek, but nothing that feels too formal or loud. It’s a balance that Julz strikes every day and with a little help from Gregg it’s sure to never go out of style.
  • 8.17.16   Celyn Imagines a Healthy DNA Future for Wired

    All life on this planet starts with DNA. All the information necessary to create life is packed into these tiny helixed threads spooled up inside every cell. But what if that map could be changed? What if the instructions to build life could be rewritten at an atomic level, allowing human beings to edit the development of life and shape organisms from their conception? That’s exactly what biologists are at the edge of doing and with that comes incredible implications and a wealth of knowledge. As we understand how to do these things, we learn more about the building blocks of life and how to make life richer, more effective, and work for everyone better. Until it’s mastered, reshaping DNA will be something of a walk through the woods, so when Wired asked Celyn to illustrate the complex issue for the magazine he went with that feel. Celyn’s illustration shows a climb towards enlightenment up a staircase made of DNA. Towards the bottom of the illustration the staircase is degraded, a representation of the “errors” we find in DNA. When DNA becomes damaged or is filled with bad actors (like a predisposition to heart disease or other ailments) it’s carried forward down the bloodline forever. With new advances in DNA technology we can repair those errors. In Celyn’s illustration we see this staircase studied by scientists and becoming cleaner, more solid, an easier climb. It shows a future of health, sculpted by scientific study.
  • 8.12.16   Monica May Gives a Complete Picture for adidas

    Our bodies are tools. They help us accomplish our goals in this world, and like tools they can be honed and sharpened. Multinational sport and lifestyle brand adidas has made an incredible push in the last year by expanding their consumer base, but they’re stepping it up in a sector that may be a surprise to some people: yoga. This year they’ve teamed up with Wanderlust to help their customers recognize the benefits of yoga and meditation, activities that are wildly popular but normally separate from mass-market athletics. They asked Monica May to join them on a retreat and document what happened, in the most beautiful way possible. What we see here is a collection of that experience on Oahu. As a brand, Wanderlust creates experiences for their customers to help them explore the softer side of athletics. They lead yoga classes, meditations, runs, and group classes that focus on a more mentally centric way of working out. Monica followed the group around for a week in Hawaii showing off what she found. For Monica and adidas it was less about conforming her work to a shot list and more about creating an identity and a feeling. In order to develop that sense of authenticity, nothing from this shoot is faked. They certainly worked to create the best environment possible to get the best photographs but if you see a model running, she’s really running. If she looks meditative in the image, that’s because she really was. This is how a photographer best communicates to the world: by telling the truth. There are not a ton of female photographers who photograph sports. But Monica doesn’t let that define her. “I do so many other things,” she reminds us. And she does. In just this single shoot with adidas for Wanderlust it’s a complete blend of sport, lifestyle, and fashion. Each of those elements cascades over every photograph, creating an impossible balance that she strikes expertly.
  • 8.16.16   Joe Pugliese Expects the Unexpected

    Joe Pugliese has been on fire this summer. A veritable catalogue of editorial work has culminated in an incredible collection. Three of the projects we’re most excited about were his shoots with Andy Samberg for Outside Magazine, David Chang for Wired, and Ariana Grande for Billboard. “They are all people who have been photographed many, many times, and all of them came with their own set of expectations,” says Joe. With each personality comes a different kind of shoot and Joe was able to adapt to each of them. As an actor, Andy Samberg is known for his incredible skill of bringing the unbelievable to life, shaping characters that are riotously funny. But Joe wanted to go in a slightly different direction. “I don’t consider myself a comedic photographer, so I asked Andy that while I wanted it to be a funny situation, I wanted his expression and feeling to be one of sincerity and introspection,” Joe explains. “I kept referencing Buster Keaton as being a great stone face. Andy can pull that off. He’s funny to look at. You just know that hilarity will ensue.” Joe stepped back and let Samberg’s natural energy take over, resulting in images that are more subdued than what we’re used to seeing of Samberg, revealing something about this famous face that’s entirely fresh. On the other side of the spectrum, David Chang is a naturally subdued person. That quieter energy presented an opportunity for them to create something a little subversive. “We laughed and joked about how obvious a knife is for a chef photo, but honestly he is comfortable with that identity and I think he took to it in a more relaxed way,” says Joe. “He wanted to be genuine and that’s what I was after as well. He’s not trying to fit into the mold of anything and I didn’t want the shoot to fit into the mold of a chef shoot.” They took a trope often used in food personality photography and turned it into something of a self-effacing joke while displaying confidence. These images are working on many levels, just like Chang’s food. You can take the bits that taste good to you. Ariana Grande is no stranger to playing to the crowd, routinely performing her music to thousands of fans. She’s not shy. So when she arrived on set with her own ideas Joe was ready to listen. “She really guided the creative decision to do the head wrap in the towel shot, that came out of the blue on set,” says Joe. “She really had a thing for these glasses and we didn’t know that she was bringing them. She really wanted to play with that type of wardrobe, it’s kind of like a Breakfast at Tiffany’s kind of feel.” It was a unique moment, and one that Joe knew how to maximize. He remained agile to take the best of what was in the moment and turn it into something beautiful. When you photograph as many personalities as Joe does you have to expect the unexpected.
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  • @madebyradio gif for @ralphlauren #animation #rio2016olympics
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  • Table tennis animation by @shotopop SFX by @soundsmithstv #rio2016olympics #animation
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  • A little doggy wink from @joepug with @andysamberg for @outsidemagazine. 😉🐶
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  • To celebrate the liberation of Manbij, Syria we’re sharing some of @joeyldotcom’s photographs from his time in the Middle East. This is the Kurdistan Workers
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  • To celebrate the liberation of Manbij, Syria we’re sharing some of @joeyldotcom’s photographs from his time in Kurdistan. This is Mohammad Abo Adel, a General Commander of the rebel group Jaysh al-Thuwar, sitting by the Euphrates River.
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  • To celebrate the liberation of Manbij, Syria we
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  • Happy #WorldElephantDay! This little bit of CGI by @eevolver for the @villagevoice. It
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  • TFW you want to count a couple more sheep. Photo by @jamiechungphoto. #🇬🇧
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  • @jamiechungphoto brings #internationalcatday to a whole new level.
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  • Rio 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony tonight! Animation by @shotopop #rio2016olympics #olympics2016 #animation
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  • CGI peace dove by @eevolver 🕊#rio2016olympics #olympics2016 #olympicpeace
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  • Olympics animation @madebyradio #rio2016olympics #olympics2016
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  • Break free. @joepug for @espnmag
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  • We wonder how happy Barack Obama is about getting older. Either way, Happy Birthday Mr President! Illustration by @mr_bingstagram for @washingtonpost. #HBD #obama
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  • @Eminem by @stan_chow. Kinda shady. #Eminem #slimshady #marshallmathers
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  • "After all, when there
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  • "The American Dream is something no wall will ever contain." - President Barack Obama photographed by @Platon. #DNC #DemsInPhilly #Obama
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  • "I know a con when I see one!" @MikeBloomberg with an unexpected message of national unity this evening at the #DNC. Photo by @platon
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  • 8.27.16
    Dirty Bandits: D I A L E C T | A Type Based Group Exhibition

    On display through Aug 27th @ 111 Minna Gallery

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