Syndicated Content

ARS NOVAThis was a really fun Off-Broadway project with Naomi…

K-POP

ARS NOVAThis was a really fun Off-Broadway project with Naomi...
Lucky Ones

ARS NOVAThis was a really fun Off-Broadway project with Naomi...
Sundown, Yellow Moon

ARS NOVA

This was a really fun Off-Broadway project with Naomi Usher of Studio Usher. Three really distinct images, Sundown, Yellow Moon and Night Sky Backdrop, represent the arc of the plays.

K-POP: K-Pop is such a powerful cultural force that transcends music and geography. The visual cues that define the genre are such a joy to concept for photography. We used a color-block backdrop, a fierce female model in highly stylized make-up and outfit. I aimed to subvert the image to portray her energy as slightly militant, angry and icy instead of cute, poppy and teenaged. K-Pop grown up.  

LUCKY ONES: We styled actress Jo Lampert in rock-n-roll angel teenager garb. We captured her sweaty, in the midst of a hard-core dance move, the effect brings on the feeling of being right on the edge of her pushing herself just too far physically. It was important for the image to invite the viewer to feelmovement, maybe even exhaustion, in this still image.  

SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON: Evoking elements of wistfulness and an ethereal longing, we featured a young woman, against a night sky backdrop, light low with her partially obscured by shadows against a backdrop of textural woodsy foliage. The juxtaposition of a sky full of sparkly stars delivers a hint of magic to this image.

Our model is styled in a summer dress that hints at the south. Loose hair and a gaze turned to something we can’t see, though the misty, ambiguous surroundings hint at vastness. She is set in a time and place that suggests deep thoughts and big questions.

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in…

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in...

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in...

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in...

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in...

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in...

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in...

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in...

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in...

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in...

Toilet Seats. Toilet seats in Texas. A Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio. Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. Count me in!

One of the things I love about what I do is getting access to a place or a person that I didn’t know even existed before they contacted me.  A big part of what keeps me going is the love of an adventure and to have – and share – these experiences with people and their stories.

Ketchum contacted me in regards to working a project for Clorox. Working with creative director, Ken Buraker, we headed to San Antonio and Barney’s museum. In addition to creating a series of images of Barney, we set up an outdoor available-light studio in the 100 degree Texas heat and photographed the objects that inspired us – Clean, minimalistic and graphically interesting.

I loved this so much. It’s bananas!!  

What do you do after toilet seats? What’s next? Honestly, I want to go where I don’t know I want to go yet.

*If you are in San Antonio, Barney’s Toilet Seat Museum should really be on your must visit list.  Barney himself is an American treasure. And he has a ton of stories to tell. The museum is located in his garage, so it’s small but there it’s overflowing with stuff to see.