• 5.26.15   Amy Taylor Sets a Heroic Scene

    Wonder Woman. Black Widow. Jean Grey. Storm. Maria Hill. To many, those first four names represent the most powerful women in any superhero universe, but the list is hollow if it leaves off the fifth. Maria Hill is the right hand woman to Nick Fury, the director of S.H.E.I.L.D., an international (and interdimensional) organization that operates the Avengers. The heroes of this, and many other worlds, go where she tells them to go, and if it weren't for her actions in this summer's biggest blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, the entire planet earth would have been wiped of organic life. In the movie, Maria is played by Cobie Smulders, an actress who found her way into the living rooms of America over her nine season, astronomically successful SitCom, How I Met Your Mother. But while that show made her a household name, it is the Avengers that gives her the platform to make her mark. When it comes to superhero canon, the landscape is regrettably short on female superheroes. Those we do have are powerful, complex, dynamic, intelligent: a fair representation of any woman. And until that canon catches up with our contemporary understanding, we will be left with a drought of superheroines in mass media. Luckily, on the cover of Glamour México, we see what makes Colbie a woman, what makes her feminine. The set designed by Amy Taylor is graphic: three dimensional blocks and two dimensional squares are all painted in pastel. This soft rainbow echoes the dresses that Cobie wears, and in turn show off her softness, her femininity. But inside that grace is an ease, she sits with it unapologetically and honestly. Lounging across Amy's built steps of color, Cobie owns her femininity with a power that edges on alarming - not that she should be watched, but we should probably watch ourselves. In many ways, Amy's set is Cobie and is Maria Hill. The blocks and squares are supportive, strong, and bold but their colors paint their grace. They are both powerful and elegant; a combination that should surprise no one. It is a dichotomy that should be expected, understood, and known. This is not new, this is reality. And the more Maria Hills, and Black Widows, and Wonder Women we get to see on the big screen the less it should surprise anyone.
  • 5.26.15   Tiny Atlas Quarterly Gets Down to Earth

    The endless white expanse of White Sands is actually gypsum, a stone that is a main component of chalk. The crystals are crunchy and course, and bounce light like a soft mirror – any photographer’s dream. When Emily Nathan took a shoot out to White Sands for the latest issue of Tiny Atlas Quarterly, it was almost like checking a line off a bucket list; it was somewhere she’d been wanting to visit for a long time. “It’s an amazing, amazing place,” Emily gushes. “I’ve been to a lot of places, like so many places. And I don’t usually want to take selfies or sort of freak out about a place. But White Sands is just stunning. For photographers it’s like kryptonite.” But she did take selfies, and photographs of her real life photographer friends, Sera Lindsay and Philip Eastman, wearing Teva’s latest footwear. “I had to keep taking pictures. I took pictures from the car, every moment. It’s just spectacular. It’s so beautiful,” she says To bring this shoot into focus for Tiny Atlas, Emily conscripted a miniature team of artists for their signature flair. “There’s just all these layers like a typical Tiny Atlas story. We worked with graphic designer Lauren Crosier on the typography and Heather Day who’s a painter,” she says. She chose Heather’s work specifically for the aesthetic interpretation that it would bring to the story. Inherent in the name of the publication is that it is about travel, and spaces, and how people interact with those spaces. How the world can become an atlas, a map, as we find our way through from one place to the next. Heather’s work was pitch perfect for Emily to combine with her photography. “A lot of [Heather’s] paintings have a sort of mapping sentiment to them that are abstract. We simplified her work to fit the imagery,” says Emily When pairing with a brand like Teva for her own publication, the most important element is integrity. The pairing has to make sense, and for Emily, the relationship with Teva made sense because Teva understands what Tiny Atlas is all about. When they came to Tiny Atlas, they wanted to stay true to the vision of the publication. “We worked with Teva from the beginning, and they really looked to Tiny Atlas to do our thing which was cool. They wanted us to find locations that were inspiring for us, that worked for our content, and then they wanted real people for models,” she says. So that’s what they did. Armed with cameras, friends, and the gypsum crystals of White Sands, they stepped into this otherworldly setting and found another pin to sink into their atlas.
  • 5.22.15   Effervescent Excitement with Ars Thanea

    If you've never had Orangina, the carbonated orange drink that is mainly found in Europe, here's a tip: Shake it before you drink it. The natural pulp settles, and to really get the full experience, you have to shake it up to get a good mix. But be careful, the effervescence of the juice is compounded by the agitation, so open with care. When you shake it, you can imagine the vortexes your shakes are creating, swishing the juice around and catalyzing a potential explosion. The glass becomes something like Schrödinger’s lightning in a bottle, the anticipation of opening it as exciting as the drink itself. This was the feeling that Ars Thanea plumbed in their latest work with Orangina. When the drink company came to Ars Thanea, they knew they wanted the bottles to be shown beautifully, and to use the inherent energy of the drink in the composition, but they let the team at Ars Thanea figure out the details of how everything would come together. Conceptually, the images are inspired by traditional packshots, the photographs we’re used to seeing in milquetoast ads, but Ars Thanea wanted to bring it to another level. In a subtle subversion of convention they used the liquid dynamic of the drink to imply the shape of the bottle as it flew through the air. To achieve this effect they photographed silicone in a variety of different arcs and trajectories and stitched them together in postproduction. To bring an extra layer of excitement, Ars Thanea brought in some orange segments to fly around the composition. They worked through a few ideas and finally settled on the high velocity movement of flying pieces. “We wanted to underline the dynamic there,” says Marcin Kowalski of Ars Thanea, explaining how this added piece highlights the flavor and effervescence of the drink. Each element of the images give us an exciting look and feel to the Orangia experience.
  • 5.21.15   Thayer Allyson Gowdy and Creative Luxury

    One of the challenges of lifestyle shoots, something that Thayer Allyson Gowdy is very familiar with, is the pure amount of energy that has to be maintained. Getting a deep variety of imagery in a plethora of settings takes a lot of time, and a lot of focus. The energy compounds on itself on set and ultimately helps to frame the final images with the same energy spilling in. As beautiful as those results are, there’s another side to lifestyle that can offer the same kind of beauty. When Thayer shot for Tommy Hilfiger, it was a bare bones crew. It was just her, the art director, a prop stylist, and her digital technician, and it was exactly how she likes it. “It was kind of a dreamy job,” she says. “We had so much freedom… It was a rare opportunity that we got to just sort of collaborate. It was refreshing and really, really lovely.” Working with a group of people that small meant both physical and creative mobility, allowing them to find the right shots in their own time. When it comes to treating her shots this way, Thayer uses an athletic example. “We had a shot list for the day we stared and we just sort of moved through it at our own pace,” Thayer says. “And we always got done really early and did extra shots. It’s sort of the same theory of a marathon: if you walk part of a marathon, you can still get a good time.” In truth, when photographers are working on broad projects with deep requirements, it is very similar to the work of an athlete. At the end of the day we judge the final product, their performance. But to get there requires focus, time, and practice. And nothing can beat perfect conditions on the day. Part of Thayer’s perfect conditions on this shoot was her relationship with Lionel Cipriano, the Art Director for the shoot. Their creative synergy on set is what allowed for the compounding good vibes. She explains that when you have a working relationship like what she has with Lionel, you can leave behind on-set drama, which is a big time save. “You get straight to getting an image done a whole lot quicker when you can collaborate that closely, we ended up getting so many more shots than we needed each day and we had a shot list as long as our arm,” she says. “It was great! And we had a good time!” When it comes down to it, those relationships are as important to a photographer’s success as their prowess with a camera, and it really shows up in the frames. “Any time that you feel really good and there’s good energy, it’s really positive and relaxed,” she explains. That feeling permeates the entire set and suffuses the images with effortless beauty and a little shot of natural luxury.
  • 5.19.15   Tom Corbett and Victoria Justice Against the Elements

    It is late February. Actress and singer Victoria Justice sits in a van with photographer Tom Corbett and his team. They’re deep in the Angeles National Forest as torrential rain pounds the windows and windshield. On what was supposed to be a sunny clear day, they’ve moved everyone in the van to wait for a break in the weather. When it finally comes they jump out of the van and Victoria leans against a tree. She’s wet, chilly, but looks as fresh as ever. They get the shot almost immediately and pile back into the van before the rain starts again. It went like this all day when Tom Corbett shot the multitalented actress for Cosmo for Latinas. “Everything was thrown at us that day: torrential rain, hail, snow,” says Tom. “We just kept on popping out of the van between extreme weather and got it done.” It’s almost magic that this doesn’t show up in the images, save for the beautiful cloud formations that paint the sky above Victoria’s face, the only evidence of Mother Nature's wettest contributions to the day. The visual heart for the shoot, as creative directed by Michael DeSimone, was centered around indigenous fashion inspiration. From Chilean prints to Peruvian fabrics and Mexican textiles, Victoria’s own rich heritage, including a Puerto Rican legacy from her mother, echo through the styling. The mountains of Los Angeles offered a stunning backdrop reflecting the rich forests of these native lands, and contributing to compositions that feel like they are in another world. But they were just a few miles outside of LA’s press. For Tom, the lesson behind this project was very clear. “Never give up, even when it seems everything is working against you!,” he says. He and his team never did give up despite the extreme weather. These situations can be challenging to fight through, especially for Victoria who had to look flawless no matter what the sky was throwing at her.  “Victoria was a real trooper, she never complained,” says Tom. Instead they kept moving forward, inspired by each other and the nature around them. They took in the beauty of their surroundings and used that inspiration to keep going, finishing the day, Tom says, "with a story were all really proud of!" "Native Espiritu" is in the latest Cosmo for Latinas which hits stands today.
  • 5.18.15   Peter Martin Makes Claptone "Immortal"

    The world of Electronic Dance Music has its own unique culture. Minus an exception or two every generation, only in EDM can an artist’s career and form be bolstered from behind a mask. When music is a visceral experience shrugging off the construct of fame, social identity is secondary. Or, some may argue, the mask allows for true and honest communication. Voiceless and hidden, expression is employed only through music. It creates a direct line between the artist's expression and audience members, creating flawless communication. Recently joining Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Sia is Claptone, a German, golden masked deep-house artist. His initial collection of singles swept the EDM scene last year, making a tour and EP inevitable. After a year of development, Claptone began his first international tour this spring entitled “Immortal.” The show has been called groundbreaking thanks in large part to Oscar Nominated director Peter Martin who was at the helm to ensure it was as beautiful and affecting as can be. The name of the show, “Immortal,” represents an indictment of time, explaining why Peter focused on time’s life cycle. In many ways, time is a human construct but one that has become so ingrained we literally live and die by it. Unless you are immortal. Past, Present, and Future each got their own musical chapters in the show, each featuring their own visual languages. Still compositions and moving pictures fill out a full experience. When these imaginings are paired with Claptone’s music it becomes a celebration and investigation of the past, present, and future. The visual cues and environmental methodology paired with Claptone’s music create a fully immersive experience. Like all experiential events, you really just had to be there. But check out the official trailer and showreel for a taste of the magic.
  • 5.20.15   Vault49 Gets Microscopic with Uniqlo

    Uniqlo is in the business of textiles. They make materials from which to shape garments, and it’s more than a question of just color or texture. Instead it’s about strategic weaves that maximize potential, like breathability and UV protection. The designers at Uniqlo get deep into the fibers of their materials, literally, by figuring out how to lay fibers in such a way that they can do what other textiles cannot do. For their latest publication, “The Life Wear Book,” Uniqlo wanted to offer readers a better understanding of how deep the design of Uniqlo goes. In order to bring a visual language to these technical textiles, they tapped Vault49 to work their CGI magic. Close up, these textiles are otherworldly. Each fiber takes on the look and imagined feel of steel. They become vast woven structures that are equal parts impressive and humbling. We start to see these objects from a completely different point of view. The vision that Vault49 gives us is through the eyes of the technicians and artists who take it upon themselves to understand our world in a much finer way. Every object, every composite piece of our world, is crafted by nature or man. And rather than just leaving it to chance, when we create these smaller elements, we have the opportunity to do it right, to understand how we fit into a larger context and take advantage of it in a way that benefits ourselves and ideally our world. Vault49 shows us how the designers have to see each tiny element in creating these powerful fabrics. It shows us how light, air, and these complex weave interact with one another at a nearly microscopic level. And that level is exactly where Vault49 started their production. Luke Choice, Lead Designer at Vault49, explains that they were given a close look at the fabrics, much closer than just the human eye could reveal. “For a couple of them there were microscopic images,” says Luke. “We had to study the actual fabrics to see the individual weaves of certain products.” Using hands on interaction they were able to learn about the materials in such a way that they could communicate their details visually. But the real trick was avoiding the typical, cliché graphic diagrams and turn the images into something compelling. “The challenge went into crafting the visual stories,” explains Luke. “It had to be quite classy.” The results are look at these materials we could never see all on our own.
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  • Toby got a Souvenir Plate from Hong Kong! He wants to eat DIM SUM on it!
#byehongkong #hongkong #peak #Toby #TobylovesYou #tobystravels #HappyTobyToYou #HappyBirthdayToby #HongKongTimesSquare #HKTimesSquare #garybaseman #baseman #plate #souvenir
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  • Who else loves working from hotel rooms? Love the sense of order, the quiet. Last day in #Bangkok working on some new exciting projects for the #jeremyvilleCSA messages ! Next CSA stop ....an installation in NEW YORK, then PARIS ! (July 22nd) thanks everyone at #GrooveCTW and #centralWorld for having the opportunity to exhibit the #communityServiceAnnouncements and CSA sculptures in Bangkok #thailand at #ATriptoJeremyville ...they are up for at least 6 months, check them out if you are in Bangkok. Thanks especially to my mate @artakornintakorn #cgplus #Jeremyville #studioJeremyville ✌🏼️👀🎩✨
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  • We will be pressenting the OFFF 15th Anniversary book: OFFF Unmasked
Thrursday 28th 15:00 Roots stage
Do not miss this unique opportunity to meet Urgil Vaatar, a person who has been the key in developing the book. #offfunmasked #offf2015
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  • In my class tonight I made a zine about making a zine. Layout, copying, folding, stapling. Then all the students helped assemble them and they got to keep one. This 8 pager is not nearly as complete as @estherpearlwatson & @mark_todd
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  • Birthday in style with @gumball3000 - thanks everybody - see the on the jet... @guess @gumball3000 @mrgumball3000 @moannn @danielleknudson1 @nataliepack #gumball3000 #guessvipers #stockholmtovegas @daiyoshihara @patdevereuxla
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  • I feel sorta bad eating this turkey sandwich fella.....
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  • colors so EZ you won
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  • one of my career highlights was the great fortune of working with this badass legend. thank you mary ellen mark you fearless, tireless + wonderful woman. R.I.P. photo @grantdelin art director @dlou
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  • EVERYONE PLEASE REPOST this for us 
JOIN US on Sat June 6th 2015 at the Bushwick Collective Block Party!

Shout out and Thank You always to the homie @sexer1 For the flyer and @dasicfernandez For the artwork !!!
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  • Join us as we celebrate at the 2015 Bushwick Collective Block Party on Sat June 6th 2015 
Big shout out to the homie @sexer1 for the dope flyer and to @dasicfernandez for the art work.
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  • #100daysproject Meet Katie, amazing model I got to capture on a grey Norcal day.  shhhh I am writing a short film about her!  She’s lovely, wild and free. @katie.fitzsimmons #100daysproject
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  • ...our bases are bases that are in your face! 
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  • Progress #wip #iknowitbyheart @dorothycircus
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  • Will you SHARE a SECRET with TOBY? Visit HAPPY TOBY TO YOU! at HK Times Square to celebrate 10 years of Toby!
#HappyTobyToYou #HappyBirthdayToby #Toby #TobylovesYou #tobystravels #HKTimesSquare #HongKongTimesSquare #garybaseman #baseman #secrets #acceptance #love
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  • 2015 Official Bushwick Collective Music Line Up for Sat June 6th 2015 is now available .. Shout Out and Thanks to @heavyfriends for this dope flyer for the Music portion of the Block Party!!!!
Everyone check out @heavyfriends IG page for more dope work !
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  • One more from the #Wired archives... Glitchy logo treatment from a little way back. // Tags: #type #typespire #typography #typestagram #thedailytype #processing #glitch #experimental #editorial #monochrome
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  • Crop of a piece for #Wired from 2013 to accompany a crazy article about #JohnMcAffee. Ink splats, clean type and Photoshop FTW. // Tags: #type #typespire #typography #typestagram #letters #monochrome #ink #splat #experimental #editorial #thedailytype #thedesigntip #graphic #design
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  • Sticking up in DTLA 👀 #SecretWalls
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  • Ready to produce our next round of Tiny Atlas stories for our upcoming FIRE issue and second print annual (which will conclude our year of elements). This was such a memorable shoot from our ongoing fine-artist series, Fieldwork. The Fieldwork column features in-depth artist interviews by CULT Exhibitions gallery founder @aimeefriberg -here in Kona with artist @rosebud_the_grub and TAQ founder/pro photographer @ernathan #mytinyatlas . Find all our features on our website, link in profile. We would love to have 1-4 advertisers ONLY in the 154 page print book. If you work with a company that would like to partner with us on something beautiful, personal and wanderlust inducing, please reach out. Tiny Atlas is a small, completely independent publication.
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  • Mendocino coast dusk #mytinyatlas @ernathan
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  • Um... So my Instagram account mysteriously disappeared this weekend. I was sad but I figured that life goes on etc. I even went as far as creating a new Instagram account ( @kareemblackphoto ) and was prepared to start from zero again... Just a few minutes ago I get this email 👆🏾 and just like that my account is back... I don
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