• 7.31.15   Joe Pugliese's Exclusive View of U2

    The last time Joe Pugliese shot U2, they wrapped up with an offer: U2’s management said that Joe could attend any LA show that he wanted provided he gave them a head’s up. But Joe wasn’t going to be in town, so he couldn’t take them up on it. “I was bummed out,” Joe says. Fast forward a few weeks he’s in New York City and hears through the grapevine that U2 has just started their eight day residency at Madison Square Garden but he’s about to go back home to California the next day. He decides to give it a shot anyway. “So I emailed the manager and he said yes and got me a photo pass so I could take pictures,” says Joe. “I went to Madison Square Garden with my wife as my assistant and we basically just had a full run of the place.” Typically, U2 only gives the visiting photographers a narrow list of songs (usually the first four) to take however many photographs they want, and then they must put their cameras away to provide a unique experience to those who attend the shows. But they let Joe keep going. This space for creative freedom has been a theme in Joe’s relationship with U2 over the past years. “They want to see what my ideas are. They let me do my ideas. They didn’t force any kind of vision,” says Joe. “They’re arguably the biggest rock band in the world still playing and they did not act like it.” Musical acts like U2 have the luxury of calling all the shots in whatever room they walk into. But with Joe Pugliese, they meet him on common ground. Joe’s experiences with U2 haven’t only been fulfilling creatively, but they’ve also closed a sort of circle of influence in his life. “For me it’s just the legacy,” says Joe. “There aren’t too many acts that can do eight nights at Madison Square Garden, especially acts that have been around for thirty years. I grew up with them.” After decades of performing, U2 is still operating at the peak of their abilities. As they continue to develop their craft, they include all manner of artists to help them tell their stories. Luckily for all of us, Joe Pugliese is one of them. Check out the images that Joe exclusively captured at U2’s July 19 performance at Madison Square Garden.
  • 8.3.15   He & Me Blend Classic and Contemporary for Volkswagen

    When He&Me were set up on Glenilla Road in London, they found themselves with something of a challenge. One of the homeowners didn’t want her house to be in the ads they were shooting for Volkwagen’s latest Jetta. With local permitting they could shoot wherever they wanted, but Tom Menneman and Yona Heckl wanted to find an elegant solution and do something that would help complete the concept of the ads: they digitally composited a building over her home. They were in a section of London where most of the architecture is historic; the homes are the traditional brick and mortar of the Georgian era but the new building that they added in was very modern. That contrast was a crucial element of the shoot.  “It was part of the concept to show modern architecture next to old school architecture,” says Tom. “It’s such a traditional, classic Volkswagen car with high technology inside,” adds Yona. The blend of tradition and technology that the car represents needed to be reflected in the final compositions, so Tom and Yona employed the visual cues of contrasting architecture. Throughout the entire series of images, all shot in London, you can see that juxtaposition of Georgian themes and the glass walls of modernity. But like London, the new Jetta blends both of these seemingly opposing elements seamlessly into one vehicle. This contrast also has cultural elements. Tom explains: “Normally older people drive Jettas, and Volkswagen is trying to push it in a younger, fresher direction.” In showing off the complimentary historic design with contemporary technology, Tom and Yona help open the car to a new generation of drivers by widening their perception of what’s possible. When they’re balancing these two seemingly opposing forces, there’s a lot to juggle on set. But for Tom and Yona, once they arrive on set they let the exactitude of preparation fall away and just focus on the moment. “You know the light direction. You know what time you're going there to shoot it and then you stay there until the moment comes. And if it’s different from what you expected you have to see what you can do,” explains Tom. Not everything goes to plan, especially when you’re shooting on the streets of a city like London. But sometimes that unplanned chaos is exactly what the images need. “That’s the nice thing if you shoot on location and not in the studio: Things can happen,” says Tom. “You can have moments and catch moments and add it to the picture.” Those moments add a living energy to the photos that can not be faked, and help bring the story that He&Me is telling to full life.
  • 8.3.15   Found Studio and Peugeot Back Into Innovation

    The introduction of Ford’s Model T in 1908 changed the world. Automobiles gave us the ability to transport ourselves quickly and efficiently without yoking ourselves to gigantic animals. Since the initial creation of the iron horses, the new challenge has been safety. Every year our cars could get faster, but instead we try to make them safer. At the end of the day, innovations in safety are what really count towards making vehicular travel less of a liability and more of a tool. When rear view cameras were introduced with the rise of digital imaging technology it reshaped the world around cars. Blind spots were reduced and the threat of backing into something (or someone) was negated with the flip of a switch. As a way to build hype around their New Peugeot 208, Peugeot teamed up with Found Studio to create a unique advertisement that used the features of the car as the medium with which the advertisement was created. That means that not only is the entire thing being shot in one go, making for all the technical challenges that presents, but the “camera man” is actually a diver who is driving backwards. As the “camera man” navigates with the multi-ton camera on four wheels (with room for 4 in the interior!), five different alternative sportsmen ride their skateboards and bikes, as well as engage in parkour, all around the car in real time. “Skaters Tony Gale and Nathan Morris, freestyle BMX rider Keelan Phillips, extreme mountain biker Danny Butler and Storm Freerun’s Paul ‘Blue’ Joseph,” say the folks at Found studio. “There are no cutaways so the stakes were high for this uninterrupted one-take sequence of stunts.” They chose to use the rear facing camera to film a single shot video to show that not only is the car safe, it’s agile and cool. Found teamed up with Peugeot through Havas Helia UK who saw this as a remarkable opportunity to do something really satisfying. “This was the chance to create something truly exciting, risky and innovative with a supportive client who is as keen as we are to push audience expectations of their brand,” says Mat Denney, Creative Director at Havas Helia UK. Found has made a name for themselves in creating large scale experiences that push the envelope and make us rethink what is possible. This latest video with Peugeot is just another example of their exploration with creative solutions. Take a look at the video and please remember that everyone involved is a professional. Do not try this yourself!
  • 7.29.15   Stephen Wilkes Finds Laos with National Geographic

    The war that the United States waged in Laos between 1964 and 1973 wasn’t secret to everyone, despite its generally accepted moniker as a secret war. 270 million cluster bombs were dropped on Laos as overflow from the conflict in Vietnam, in addition to four million larger bombs. As many as 80 million of those bombs never detonated, burrowing themselves into the earth in Laos, waiting to be exploded. And explode they do. Laotians frequently set off these ordinances that result in the maiming or death of those who stumble into them. Despite the fact that these bombs are still a present and prescient part of Laotian life, Laos continues to move forward. In a recent story with National Geographic, “Life After the Bombs,” Stephen Wilkes traveled to Laos to capture what life is like there now, almost a half century after the bombing has stopped – while the presence of the bombs are still acutely felt. There’s no denying that this is an American legacy. They are American bombs, and the injuries that are caused today are continued violence against a people who were caught in American crosshairs (in the most brutal sense of the phrase). But on Stephen’s trip through Laos what he walked away with is that life is continuing to move forward. As T. D. Allman, the writer of the story that Stephen’s photographs accompanies, reports, a scarred past with a potentially violent present isn’t holding anyone back in the future. “These people have an extraordinary ability to forgive and persevere,” Stephen tells National Geographic. “I hope this piece opens American eyes to the tragedies of the war and that, as a nation, we begin accepting our responsibility to do more.” Stephen’s photographs tell the tale as consciously as the sentiment with pockmarked rice fields, and the adoption of bomb casings as planters. The bombs are a part of Laotian life more than in their potential destruction: artisans and entrepreneurs are using the metals from the ordinances for the creation of silverware, bracelets, and the inspiration for woven goods. It is no consolation for the violence visited upon a people who never invited it, but it is a testament to their way of life that if they don’t receive deserved aid, they will find a way to make it through. You can read the National Geographic story on their website, and follow along on their Instagram while they feature Stephen's images from the story.
  • 7.28.15   Tiffany Patton Gets Dramatic

    Tiffany Patton is making a habit out of proving dramatic styling is wearable, as evidenced by her recent editorial with Refinery29. In “Cat-Eye Liner Just Got A Lot Cooler,” her work shows that this timeless feline inspired makeup can fit into any lifestyle.  Suffused with drama, the designs are bold in their application, but remain completely accessible. As Refinery29 points out, this look can be tracked back through decades of celebrity fashion, but they left it to Tiffany to update it for every day wear. Take a look and let Tiffany inspire you to challenge your own flair. Fashion is only as good as you can wear it, and with their latest style of “Seriously Stretchy Jeans” Aéropostale is working to make their clothes as wearable as possible. In a new ad that stretches from a rooftop in DUMBO overlooking the Manhattan Bridge to a warehouse in Greenpoint, they highlight jeans that are so fun to wear you’ll want to dance in them. Tiffany was on hand to make sure the make up was as flawless as the choreography. Dancing to music that includes the lyric, “I run New York,” the ladies in the video look effortless as Brooklyn is supposed to be. Tiffany’s light hand was all about accentuating the natural assets of the dancers, while keeping them fresh faced and energized, so their looks really pop. Check out the video below.
  • 7.28.15   Everyone Wants Hate Mail from Mr. Bingo

    Over the past few years Mr. Bingo has sent 928 Postcards, mainly to strangers, that are incredibly, and scathingly offensive. He’s turned it into a project that he calls “Hate Mail,” where participants pay him real, hard earned money to insult them through the mail. Who knew it could be so lucrative? Part of working this way is that very few people are exposed to the work that Mr. Bingo is doing. “It’s an interesting project because each postcard is owned by one person and they’re the only person who has really seen that artwork,” he explains. “The best way to show work like that is to do a website or a blog or something or a book. And books are beautiful.” Books are beautiful, so he decided that he should probably put a bunch of these postcards into a book and let people buy it. So that’s what he’s doing with the upcoming release of “Hate Mail: The Definitive Collection.” Instead of pairing with a publisher, Bingo has opted to create the book from the ground up, using Kickstarter to fund every page of the monstrosity. The campaign launched on July 6 with the goal of £35k. That was almost a month ago. At publication this morning, Bingo had already reached £109,614. We’ll do the math for you: it’s a lot more than he was even hoping for. “Pretty crazy, pretty overwhelming. I wasn’t expecting anything,” Bingo says, reacting to seeing this incredible response. The backing of over three thousand people has forced Bingo to expand what he’s able to offer through the campaign, resulting in some creative solutions that have got people to fork over their hard earned dollars – including, but not limited to, buying a friendship with the artist. Bingo’s favorite reward? “Get Shitfaced on a Train.” The 20 backers who pledged £150 will get to spend 4 hours on a train with Mr. Bingo with booze and snacks. “I also really like the ‘Meet Me For a Pint in 5 Years Time’ because it’s really quite dark and quite bizarre.” Although most of the unique rewards have already been greedily claimed, there are still a few days left on the campaign, giving future backers the opportunity to buy as many books as they could want. For Mr. Bingo, this way of funding a project is particularly satisfying. "It’s really lovely to be creating work that’s funded by the public and just individual people who really like it and want to get behind it," he says. "It just means more to get it public funded." If you like what you see you better get on this train. There are only five days left on the campaign.
  • 7.30.15   Victoria Plum's Wonderous Bathroom by Bose Collins

    There are few places that offer the solitude of the bathroom. In an age where we’re constantly in contact with one another and always finding new ways to interact with our worlds, the bathroom offers a type of sanctuary that is unparalleled. With very few exceptions, it’s the one place where you can always count on being alone, and that is something that should be celebrated. For their latest advertisement spot, Victoria Plum was looking to create a visual representation of this celebration, showing off their fixtures and products. Bose Collins, the CGI company that Victoria Plum tapped for the advertisement, ideated with London based film company Alpha Century. Together they looked to Busby Berkeley for inspiration. You’re already familiar with Busby Berkeley, even if you didn’t know. Busby is best known for his films with intense choreography and synchronicity. “We wanted to have this element of Alice in Wonderland or the tunnel in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory,” explains Nathan Collins of Bose Collins. “We wanted it to be a bit of a ride.” Looking specifically to Berkeley choreography with swimmers, the video becomes a sort of sink and faucet kaleidoscopic hallucination. The clean lines and fresh feeling of Victoria Plum’s products are the perfect squeaky clean base for such an imaginative visualization. To achieve this look, Bose Collins had to manage a breathtaking amount of assets and imagery. The only way to do that successfully was to plan for everything. “We storyboarded it to a really, really high level,” says Nathan. “And when we shot it, we shot all the elements.” Operating two parallel sessions, every element seen on screen was photographed and filmed by the Bose Collins team to ensure they had everything they needed. Then through the challenging process of fitting everything together as smoothly as possible they were able to achieve this homage to classic Hollywood inspiration. When creating an entire alternate with all these elements they were shooting from real life, it was impossible for Bose Collins to know exactly what it was going to look like until they started piecing it together. That moment, when everything came together for the first time, was a remarkable event for the team at Bose Collins. When asked what the most satisfying moment of the production was, Nathan didn’t have to think very long: “Putting together the first edit of the live action shoot, the moment when we locked in with the music and got a sense of what it was going to be. It’s quite satisfying that we can bring this thing to life how we imagined it.”
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