There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.
This post, we’re featuring Mark Masterson, Senior Vice President Creative Director at Doner. After a tenure at Momentum Worldwide as group creative director for Coca-Cola, he moved on to start white_space, a boutique agency where his list of projects grew to include Anheuser-Busch, AOL, General Motors, and Gateway. You may recognize Mark from our behind the scenes in Hawaii – we worked with him recently on projects for Travaasa Austin and Hana. Mark’s got a penchant for beer and bicycles, and he’s a killer creative. I’ll let him tell the rest.
The new issue of Communication Arts arrived today – great way to start off the week seeing one of my photos selected as part of the 2011 Photo Annual. They chose the portrait of Shirley Deeter, used by Saveur magazine. Make sure to take a look at the rest of the winners on Communication Arts’ website – Congrats to Timothy Archibald and all of the other talented photographers who were selected, cheers!
In the fall of 2010 we worked with Bicycling Magazine on a project that involved one of my favorite things besides photography – beer. We photographed Sam Calagione, the founder and owner of Dogfish Head brewery, one of the breweries that led the charge in the craft brew movement. It turns out, Sam is also cyclist, riding every morning at Henlopen State Park down in Delaware. You can check out Bicycling’s interview with Sam here.
Dogfish Head opened in 1995 as a brewpub, expanding their operation almost immediately thereafter, and in 2002 moving the entire operation to a 100,000 square foot brewery which was in the process of being expanded when we worked with Sam last year. Aside from biking and brewing, Sam and Dogfish were the subject of a Discovery Channel reality show, Brew Masters.
Kinda like my job, traveling all around the world and brewing crazy off-centered ales certainly isn’t a bad gig. For the record, Sam is one of the most authentic people I’ve ever met. I’m a fan.
After finishing our project with Travaasa Hana, we had two more days of shooting on Maui before flying back. It’s not every day that you can shoot in Hawaii so we made the most of it, working with some amazing local talent, including Monyca Byrne-Wickey, a champion Team Nike 6.0 surfer. Enjoy.
We’re featured in this month’s Advanced Photoshop Magazine. Based out of the UK, Advanced Photoshop Magazine is aimed to professional and enthusiast Photoshop users, and has featured a really talented group of creatives including Mike Campau, McFaul Studio, and I Love Dust. If you can get your hands on a copy in the states, you’ve got to check it out.
According to the magazine, issue 84 won’t hit stores in the US until July but for now check out the other pages of the article below:
Captain Ivan Castro, photographed above against a retired Army helicopter from the Vietnam War, was severely wounded during deployment in Iraq in 2006. On a mission he volunteered for to help relieve fellow soldiers, he was struck by a mortar round, sending shrapnel through his entire body – breaking an arm, damaging his shoulder, fracturing bones, collapsing both lungs, and completely damaging the sight in both his eyes. Despite being rushed to the National Naval Medical Center, doctors questioned whether he would survive.
In the fall of last year, we had the opportunity to photograph Ivan for Runner’s World Magazine. During the shoot we learned his story and had the unique opportunity to spend the day with a real American hero. Please Read More to find out the rest of Ivan’s story and what brought us to Fort Bragg North Carolina.
As promised, here are two more landscapes from our trip out to Arizona earlier this year. Can’t wait to go back and shoot some more when I get the chance.
Check back in the next few weeks for even more landscape work, the work from our trip to Hawaii should be finishing up in retouching very soon.