Michael Clinard

Remembering – The 9/11 Memorial

I’ve been prepping other posts this week, but it doesn’t feel right without first acknowledging the great weight I, along with countless others, feel around this time of the year.

I visited the World Trade Center Memorial some months ago when in New York, and I let that grey day wash over me again.

Remembering – The 9/11 Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, my daughter asked me which tree was tallest while out on a walk in the forest.

Remembering – The 9/11 Memorial

It went on for awhile, but now, upon reflection, I feel it is a conversation best left to the trees.

More soon,

Mike

Jermaine Kearse of the NFL Champion Seahawks for Seattle Met

I had the distinct honor of photographing Jermaine Kearse, wide receiver for the NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks, for the cover of Seattle Met Magazine.

Jermaine Kearse of the NFL Champion Seahawks for Seattle Met

Out now on newsstands, the shoot took place at the Seahawks famed VMAC, an impressive practice facility that’s also home to the organization’s administrative offices. . . oh, and the Vince Lombardi trophy!

Jermaine Kearse of the NFL Champion Seahawks for Seattle Met

As I made my way out the door from a technical scout the day before my shoot on July 29th, a nice video crew from ESPN had just wrapped some behind-the-scenes footage with the prized trophy.

As my eyes adjusted to the beautiful shimmering before me, my point person from the Hawks said, “Mike, you want to take some snaps, right?!”

Jermaine Kearse of the NFL Champion Seahawks for Seattle Met

*Note: I’d like to thank the anonymous dude that had the presence of mind to capture my absolute befuddlement with just wild a ride 2014 has been thus far (bonus points that he had not a clue on how to focus my camera).

In addition to the technical set we were building for Jermaine on the indoor practice field for the cover component of the project, the feature demanded we shoot a bit of reportage, too.

Jermaine Kearse of the NFL Champion Seahawks for Seattle Met

With that in mind, I set about crafting one of my trademark doodles to visually depict the production from a bird’s-eye view to better direct the assistants and production associates I was teaming up with on this project.

Jermaine Kearse of the NFL Champion Seahawks for Seattle Met

Once the lighting design was set, my three-man team and I made our way the outdoor field to capture the lore of the The 12th Man during the unprecedented all-access media event / training camp the Seahawks hosted on that now magical day back in July.

 

Jermaine Kearse of the NFL Champion Seahawks for Seattle Met

Stay tuned for an accompanying blog post that dissects my near two-week odyssey shooting the spirit of the 12th Man, Cannonball and the rest of the team’s legion of Superfans.

My continued thanks to Jane, James, Matt and the rest of the good folks at Seattle Met for a killer assignment!

More soon,

Mikey

A Faint Din, 2014

I’ve been a mix of ears and new eyes over the last few months, having started a side blog called The Hills, 98006.

It acts as a front page of influences and clinic into my personal vision and artistic style. As I continue adapting and growing in all of the many-faceted dimensions that make up my character, I feel the very real need in having an index that charts this flux.

A Faint Din, 2014

 

Higher symmetries, balance and form. New eyes.

More soon,

Mike

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

This is the Snapchat Ghost taking a Selfie concept for Adweek’s annual Mobile issue which is currently in print.

A particularly fun one, it was conceived, shot and delivered in the space of about 60 hours.

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

For the cover, they were looking for something that featured a smartphone but blended communication with mobile with social with apps really well.

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

Instagram, Whisper and Snapchat were among the apps featured in the story, but I locked in on the Snapchat Ghost character as a good everyman figure.

Tuesday night doodling and Wednesday afternoon approvals yielded late night studio sessions that me shooting until about 1am, Thursday.

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

Adweek’s Creative Director, Nick Mrozowski, had recommended shooting a photo-illustration for the app, Whisper, so I made him this quick comp.

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

Thought the portraits were nice.

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

Thanks to my Seattle crew, the folks at Adweek, and one of several right arms, Gretchen Hilmers, who helps me get these concepts and visions out the door.

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

Snapchat Ghost Selfie – Adweek Cover and Feature Opener

More soon,

Mike

Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

Got a good three or so feet off the ground with the CEO of Seattle-based, Privateer Holdings (better known as Leafly).

In May of last year, I photographed Brendan and business partner, Michael Blue, for (you guessed it) Financial Times. Really loved what I got with them the first time, see it here on my website.

Shot the same day as the call, I had little time to prep. While a couple of battery packs charged in a vacant office, I focused on these little exchanges they’d make at each other like they were about to steal home plate.

Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

It felt like a special kind of magic happened in the hour spent with those guys. Lit less dramatically than other business or finance projects, the approach was a welcome change of pace.

Flash forward to this, my first shoot in 2014, about ten days ago: thirty minutes of prep and thirty minutes to shoot.

Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

The Leafly office had since swelled to accommodate more than forty employees, maybe more.

The parking lot that once held about tens cars less than a year ago, now had more than twenty-five of them all perfectly Tetris’ed into every bit of available parking area.

Brendan and his colleagues are at the forefront of a brave new world, so I felt it only fitting that he share his vision of the United States in ten years.

Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

Don’t want to give it all away but just expect most states to look some shade of green.

Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

Here we are, shooting at the ceiling.

Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

We got light-headed, so we sat down.

Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

We said our AÃ…BC’s.

Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

Before heading outside, I let him sit down for a quick word with a colleague..

I took about eight shots of him there, and they went with the one above (or rather the one on their website).

Pulled him outside for this one, too:

Brendan Kennedy CEO of Leafly for Financial Times

Quote from my wife:

“. . .it looks like the kind of portrait I’d put on a new kind of money.”

Hmm. Stay tuned,

Mike

 

Bronference submission to Urban Dictionary

bron·fer·ence  (brBronference submission to Urban DictionarynBronference submission to Urban DictionaryfBronference submission to Urban Dictionaryr-Bronference submission to Urban Dictionaryns, -frBronference submission to Urban Dictionaryns) [sorry, the upside down things don’t translate well]

n.

1. The meeting of two or men (or ‘bros’) in which the sole purpose lies in the mutual desire to share ideas and discuss topics, i.e. conference.

2. One man (bro) having a conversation with another party of the same gender, in this case another man (bro).

3. If currently engaged in a ‘bronference,’ it’s having a conversation about bringing another man (bro) in to lend input or consult on the current topic being presently discussed within said ‘bronference.’

4. At least two creative men (bros) conferencing.

I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing this photo project with some friends, and this would be the name of it.

A still-life photographer, portrait photographer, tableau art photographer, and reportage photographer all coming together to explore a common theme, like the Higgs Boson particle or broad idea like “vision.”

It may or may not grow legs in 2014, but if it does, I’ll be sure to tell you about it.

Stay tuned,

Mike

US POLO ASSOCIATION

Toward the end of 2013, my crew and myself made a trip down to the International Polo Club in Palm Beach, FL for a photo shoot with the US Polo Association (USPA). It was a great time hanging out with the players and Jacqueline Harrigan and Alexa Cutler from the USPA.

After a week of shooting, here are some things I now know about Polo:

-The game of Polo dates back to the 6th Century BC.

-Polo was first played in the United States in 1876, although there are conflicting accounts of where and when that year the first match took place.

-Most teams have 40 plus “Polo Poniesâ€.

-Polo players are personally sponsored. These sponsors are called “Patron†pronounced (pah-trone).

-It takes millions of dollars to support a polo team, no wonder it has been referred to as the “Sport of Kingsâ€.

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

Couple months back, I had the good fortune to photograph Seattle’s favorite political reporter, C.R. Douglas, for Seattle Met magazine.

In the article, he talks about having cultivated a knack for Q & A at 12 years old when he started interviewing fellow castmates on a popular TV series that ran during the 80′s.

After working his way up the public access circuit, he landed the position at Q13 Fox News as the station’s lead political reporter.

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

Clearly, he’s got a knack for putting most any guest at ease, and as I read his interview, I liked the idea of exploring how C.R. is a Pacific Northwestern’er through and through.

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

Seeing as how he never got to the opportunity to cover a state 4-H competition in say Fargo, North Dakota, we thought it a fun idea to give him a taste of what it might’ve been like working one’s way up the ‘local affiliate’ circuit.

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

With sparse results coming back for ‘miniature horse farm Seattle,’ I found myself in internet chat rooms that sent me to places like this: HOOFWEB.COM

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

Here’s another favorite. . . GOTDONKEYS.COM

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

Was getting this ‘dark underbelly’ vibe there for a bit until I found Tracy of Flyin’ G Farms who was willing to help.

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

Of the three miniature horses made available to us, C.R. and Chloe and just hit it off.

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

Like. . . really hit it off.

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

Thanks again to the folks at Seattle Met, Flyin’ G Farms and to C.R. for being such a great portrait subject!

Seattle Met – C.R. Douglas interviewing Miniature Horses

More soon,

Mike

 

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

Anytime you get over 3,000 website visits on a Sunday, your head kind of spins.

That happened to be the case for me on December 22nd, when I found to be getting an insane amount of traffic from Reddit.

I thought some compromising photograph from my art school days had surfaced.

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

That or some brilliant, 11 year-old hacker had found a way to overlay sexually-suggestive cartoon appendages on every one of my images.

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

When I found that the culprit was none other than, Hilda Evelyn Kottman, I absolutely had to see what antics she’d gotten into this time.

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

You might remember I photographed Evelyn a couple years back for an editorial cover and feature story for Seattle Weekly on the subject of THC impairment.

She took my direction like an absolute pro, and as thanks, I photographed the heroic image below in front of the impressive pickling operation she’d devised in her two-car garage.

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

Seems this time around, Evelyn’s grandson, Adam, helped to make her 103rd birthday one for the record books.

Her big day included a little gambling, an all-you-can-eat lobster dinner, and for dessert, TATTOOS!!

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

Evelyn Kottman – The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

What started as a collection of images on Imgur, grew to an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A sesh on Reddit.

After some verification via Twitter, everything kind of blew up into write-ups on the Daily Mail, Complex, My Modern Met, Viralnova, Laughing Squid and the Daily Dot.

Labeled the BAMF (Bad Ass Mother Figure), she’s quickly grown to become the Internet’s Grandma.

I know the story’s not over, too! Excited to see what she gets up to in the coming months. No doubt her 104th birthday party is going to be off the chain.

Love you, Evelyn!

More soon,

Mike