Conceptual Photography

Andric x Toys R Us

Andric created this series of images for a Toys R Us campaign.

The concept for the images is the idea that parents should give their children the gift of their time instead of purchasing another toy for them.

Andric is represented by Tim Mitchell Artist Representative. See more of his work through his AtEdge portfolio and andric.biz.

©Andric

©Andric

Clouds of Luxury: RJ Muna for Airbus

RJ Muna teamed up with Dutch artist Berndnaunt Smilde for an Airbus corporate jet campaign titled, ACJ Nimbus. The duo was tasked with capturing the luxury experience of flying on an Airbus corporate jet in a new & inventive way.

For the images, Smilde created unique cloud-like floating structures by spraying a fine mist of water & then blowing smoke into it and RJ then shot the imagery from a low point of view so that the clouds convey a sense of grandeur & freedom high up in the air.

Each photograph, respectively titled Serenity, Freedom, and Harmony, accurately reflects the experience of owning and traveling via an Airbus jet.

RJ is represented by Marianne Campbell. Take a look at more work from RJ through his AtEdge portfolio and at rjmuna.com.

©RJ Muna

©RJ Muna

Markku Lahdesmaki Explores the Vivid History of Taxis in Mumbai & Havana

Markku Lahdesmaki has made it his life’s mission to create unique images that tell a thought-provoking story.  His love for photography started at the young age of 8 and over his many years of assignments from Finland to LA, he has consistently created vibrant and eccentric work for brands like Apple, Nike, Sony, Pioneer, Toyota, GE & more.

For his ongoing project, “Taxi Company,” Markku’s original vision was to bring the world of taxis to life. The project has since been transformed into a pictorial history lesson from the viewpoint of the cities’ taxi cabs & their drivers; first in Mumbai and then Havana. The final two-part series features 90+ images that showcase the eccentric and unique cars in the midst of the bustle, or the rare silence, of the two major cities.

We took a moment to talk with Markku about what inspired him to begin this project, and what he found during his journeys across Mumbai and Havana.

See more of Markku’s work through his AtEdge portfolio, his website, markkuphoto.com, or follow him on Instagram @markkulahdesmaki.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

What inspired you to begin this series?

My first Taxi project started a few years ago when I was on an assignment in India and I had a couple of days just to explore Mumbai, a city of about 98,000 taxis and 250,000 auto rickshaws. I found myself fascinated by the taxis and their drivers.

The little taxis (Fiat Padmini) caught my eye.  I ended up traveling the city’s endless roads hopping from one taxi to another and capturing the Padmini taxis and their drivers. I was shooting them against Mumbai’s landmarks, shady boulevards, and congested industrial area.  That way I was able to tell the real stories against the backdrop of the city.

After successfully completing the Mumbai Taxi series couple of years ago and receiving  recognition for the work from the Art Directors Club, International Color Awards/Masters Cup, Applied Arts/Canada, PDN Magazine & the Association of Photographers Awards, I began thinking about continuing to another city with an interesting landscape to document the taxis and their drivers.

It took a few years to figure out where to go next, but when Cuba started to open their borders, my creative partner and wife Anne insisted that we go there and capture the real, still unspoiled Havana before it moves to a new era. Cuba is visually unique with its rich textures, its interesting people and of course its uncommon fleet of taxis, which are mostly American cars from the 1950’s.  We knew that Cuba has been photographed a lot but not from this perspective. To concentrate only on taxis and the drivers was a nice, new challenge.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Have you completed any projects like this before?

I am constantly working on personal projects. I was born in Finland and we usually go back there twice a year during Christmas and summertime and I have a few series based around there. I love to capture images of people and landscapes that are important in my personal history. One of the series I created in Finland titled, “Romantic Finland,” was shot in a little town called Eräjärvi, close to where we spend our summers.

The one thing all my personal projects have in common is that I try to share the human experience against the backdrop of unique locations.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

What, if any, special processes did you use to capture and produce these rich and remarkable images?

My wife and I would walk from early morning to late night, shooting around the city and looking for the situations & people that looked interesting or fun. After a day of shooting, we would go through the images in the hotel and check if there was anything else I needed. The next day, we’d go back out and shoot more elements for those images to make them complete. After walking for 5 days, we finally returned home and the images went into post-production.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Did you notice any differences between the Mumbai taxi culture and the Havana taxi culture?

I didn’t really notice any real differences but I did notice a lot of similarities. In both cities, the taxi drivers and car owners are very proud of their profession and vehicles. And in both places, the taxis serve a high function in everyday life. Those cars are part of the city landscapes, symbols and they are a special part of the culture. For most locals, the taxi is a vessel to go from Point A to Point B, but unfortunately, the taxis and the history that they hold are disappearing in both cities. In Mumbai, the Fiat Padmini cars that I was so enamored by will soon disappear from the taxi scene. In Havana, the beautiful Chevys, Buicks, Fords and Plymouths will inevitably soon be replaced.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Did working on this project help you discover some hidden parts of each city?

It always does. I found myself often thinking, how did I get here to this back yard, alleyway, back of the restaurant or any other place that normal tourist walks won’t take you to. I also met so many local people, who were very friendly to my wife and I and didn’t mind me taking pictures. Most of the time, the locals and I didn’t speak the same language but with a little patience and some creativity, we were able to communicate. Sometimes I even got invited to their homes or for a beer in the local bar!

©Markku Lahdesmaki

What outcome were you hoping for with this series?

I hope that people will enjoy the images, I hope they will find the humor and joy in them. My goal is always to create images that are positive. Hopefully, the images will help the future generations to have an idea how Havana or Mumbai was after the taxis and their histories are replaced.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Will there be a part 3 of the series?

I would like to do a No. 3.  Maybe I will shoot some modern taxis in Europe or something else that has a new angle with taxis still as the main focus. Be on the lookout!

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Lisa Predko Brings Trixie Mattel’s New Album Cover To Life

Lisa Predko‘s recent collaboration with Trixie Mattel found her creating visuals for Trixie’s new country album, Two Birds. Lisa perfectly executed the album artwork concept, which was inspired by country albums from the 60s & 70s.

Take a look at Lisa’s AtEdge portfolio and website to see more of her work.

©Lisa Predko

©Lisa Predko

Ransom & Mitchell: Bee Amazing

The latest project by Ransom & Mitchell is a series titled ‘Bee Amazing’ that was created with the goal of the project is to encourage girls to pursue their dreams.

The project highlights the duo’s talent of merging photography and CG elements.

Browse through Ransom & Mitchell’s body of work through their AtEdge portfolio and their site: ransommitchell.com.

 

©Ransom & Mitchell

©Ransom & Mitchell

©Ransom & Mitchell

Microview 54 Just Released!

Featured Image: ©Chris Gordaneer

Microview is back with its 54th issue, now making its way to the desks of creatives all over the globe!

The edition’s chilling cover was produced by Chris Gordaneer. Chris’ portfolio is filled with energetic, atmospheric images that give off a feeling of intimacy. His work for brands like MasterCard, Honda, Bosch Appliances, has taken him all over the world and has earned him over 100 awards in the past 12 years.

Inside this new release, you’ll find over 300 pages of remarkable images from a group of unique commercial photographers invited into our exclusive program for their unconventional vision.

Browse through the full 300+ pages of Microview 54 now.

We hope you will reference AtEdge books & at-edge.com whenever you need to hire a truly distinctive photographer. Our publications are distributed 5 times a year. To be considered for distribution of our books, please click here.

Here are a few sample pages from Microview 54:

Spotlight on Damián Siqueiros, the Visual Artist

Montreal-based image maker Damián Siqueiros prides himself on pushing the boundaries between art & photography in a way that transcends reality. His body of work is more than a collection of images. Each individual image that he produces elicits conversation and evokes strong emotion. So much so that the first time Susan Baraz, AtEdge’s Director of Photography, came face to face with Damián’s work, the words that came to her mind were “gorgeous,” “inspiring” and “visually transporting.”

In both his commercial and collaborative work, Damián puts immense effort into every detail — from art direction and stage design to make-up and styling.  This multi-disciplinary approach helps clients like Vogue Mexico, Elle Mexico, Ford, Les Grands Ballets Canadien, and Porrua bookstore find a visual voice and make an emotional connection with their audiences. We think he is one of the most photographically compelling artists working today!

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

Find more of his compelling work through his AtEdge portfolio and website.

Mac Is Back + Better Than Ever

Our annual large-format collection of the world’s best commercial photographers has now made its way into the hands of creatives and art producers.

Macroview 17 features a hauntingly beautiful cover image by Montreal-based Damian Siqueiros, plus 155 more hand-picked photographers who are among the most talented advertising and editorial image makers.

Haven’t received your copy yet? Select creatives can request a complimentary copy of our publications.

You can also Browse the Book and view full portfolios from all the photographers on www.at-edge.com. 

Be sure to reference AtEdge in print and online when considering talent for your next assignment.

Here are some sample pages from this Macroview 17:

 

 

Markku Lahdesmaki Teams Up With M&C Saatchi for San Diego Zoo

Markku worked with the team at M&C Saatchi to create compelling imagery for San Diego Zoo’s 100-year Anniversary celebration.

The images featured extraordinary, giant animal puppets used for “The Journey”, a musical processional honoring the Zoo’s history and the quest to end extinction.

In explaining why Markku was selected to bring the concepts to life, Art Producer Brian Bushaw of M&C Saatchi stated: “There were a few key factors that led to awarding the job to Markku. The shots were challenging composites, requiring special attention to lighting and detail in the studio, as well as forethought into the backgrounds we’d be stripping into. Markku is a master of both, as his portfolio demonstrates.”

2 out of 3 images just recently received top honors in the AOP’S 2016 Photography Awards. The Elephant took Best-Of-Commissioned Advertising Single Image, while the Flamingos placed in the top 12. Both images will be featured in the AOP Awards 2016 book.

Markku is represented by Brite Productions. Take a look at his fascinating body of work through his AtEdge portfolio and at markkuphoto.com.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

©Markku Lahdesmaki

©San Diego Zoo

©San Diego Zoo

©San Diego Zoo

©San Diego Zoo

©San Diego Zoo

©San Diego Zoo

 

 

Jonathon Kambouris for Kate Spade & W Magazine

Jonathon Kambouris was commissioned by W magazine to photograph an advertorial for Kate Spade.

The New York-based photographer created striking imagery that allowed the product to shine.

Jonathon is represented by Utopia. Take a look at more of Jonathon’s work through his AtEdge portfolio & at jonathonkambouris.com.

©Jonathon Kambouris

©Jonathon Kambouris

©Jonathon Kambouris

©Jonathon Kambouris

©Jonathon Kambouris

©Jonathon Kambouris

©Jonathon Kambouris

©Jonathon Kambouris

©Jonathon Kambouris

©Jonathon Kambouris