A little over a year ago I had the opportunity to work with the LA based photographer Michael Muller. Muller is one of the most intense people I’ve met, not only as a photographer but in general, his flame definitely burns a little hotter than most. While on the shoot Muller gave me a little sneak peek at a series he had been working on focussed around great white sharks. He built special under water strobe lights and a propelled one man water-craft to bring the series to life. His site has more images from the series along with a handful of other iconic photography.
Smash Collective is the collaborative show between two Denver based designers/artists Ryan Lee and Eric Wedum. Their process is self described as being “free-formed and organic. Each addition to every piece was done in a silo away from the others opinion and art direction. Only coming together to decide on photos to be used and color choices. We were interested in exploring where each of our styles would collide with the others. The series grew and evolved as the months past, it melded and turned into something cohesive.”
Smash Collective opens Friday August 5th at The Infinite Monkey Theorem
931 West 5th Avenue. Denver, CO : 5pm – 10pm
Swedish director / photographer, Johan Renck has a collection of work that captures a certain dark, emotional saturation that I really enjoy. Of the long list of commercials, short films, music videos and photographs, I’m particularly fond of his work with Fever Ray, The Knife and Nike. Check out the rest of his work here, and look for the episode of The Walking Dead that he directed.
Timothy Saccenti‘s photography has a way of capturing oddity in a very true and sober way. His standout aesthetic sensibility has awarded him collaborations with a large collection of uniquely talented musicians and visionaries such as Warp Records artists, Battles, Antipop Consortium, Flying Lotus as well as opportunities to shoot Tricky, Erykah Badu, Pharrel, El-P and more…
Andy Mueller has always been a giant inspiration to me and my approach to design. His work with Girl Skateboards along with the Quiet Life and Ohio Girl have undoubtedly shaped my appreciation for lifestyle driven projects and helped direct my focus as an artist turned designer.
Hesh Johnson has an adept ability to capture the raw energy, emotion and grit of a moment in a single frame. An ability tuned growing up in the working class Irish-American neighborhood ‘Southie’ in Boston. It is this environment that instilled a work ethic and empathy that is carried forward in his photography, systemically in output and approach. Shuffling through his book you will see Hesh’s real life experiences, frustrations, joys, hopes, and ambitions interwoven into the body of work he has diligently collected and captured over his career. A recent transplant to Denver, I’m very honored to have worked by his side in the past and extremely excited to have him now residing in Denver. I look forward to collaborating with him in one way or another sooner. Above are a few of my favorite images picked from his recently updated book, view more of Hesh’s work via his website.
I’ve seen this technique in still photography, but this was my first experience with the added element of time. The effect is pretty sweet! Reminds me of gazing up in into the night sky, trying to count the stars and realizing how tiny we are. Something like that.
F/STOPS is a bicycle photography show featuring some of Colorado’s finest photographers: David Kutcipal, Lenny Maiorani, Robert Karman, Samantha Britten, Raul San Miguel, Allisyn Malley, Nigel Penhale, Sara Sayed, Mark Hughes, Omar Ahmed, Zach Romero, Arnold Aguilar, David Pennington, Sara Ford,Matt Novak, Rob O’Dea, Peter Wayne, Thomas Prehn, Dave Wright, Vanessa Wilde, Broox Pulford, Tuyet Nguyen, Rich Ryon, Mark Woolcott, David Donovan, Harrison Nealey, and more…
In conjunction with show opening, the F/STOPS race will be held for some fun, prizes, and a healthy portion of the coveted ‘street cred’. Registration starts at 7:30PM, the race starts at 8. If you plan on racing bring a bag, pump, patch kit, lights, strong stomach, and the will to win it all. Entry fee = FREE.
Indy Ink : 82 South Broadway, Denver : 7PM : Friday March 5th
I recently managed to grab a well-deserved day off and head over to Suffolk UK to check out ‘Harvest at Jimmy’s‘ a new boutique food and music festival combo. The sun shone, the music played and, (not that I’m condoning anything) far too much of the locally brewed cider was drunk. With some great festival branding from Form, Harvest at Jimmy’s is definitely a mark on my next year’s calendar. A few shots from the day can be found here.
BWLT would like to welcome Chris Henley on-board as our newest editor/contributor. Mr. Henley is a UK based Art Director / Designer / Photographer / Seer of Sideways. After a few weeks of healthy negotiations he has agreed to come on and provide a continuous stream of posts filled with insight, rants & rambles, along with other assorted bursts of creative joy.
Who is Chris Henley? Well he produces work under the name 24exp. His book filled with stunning creative & conceptual executions that wonder in and out of the realms of graphics & photography along with some of what’s in between. His work is firmly grounded in the mantra of part time creator, full time thinker. Chris is a designers designer… just the way we like ‘em!!!
Above all else he is a like minded peer that will provide insight into the ins and outs of creative life in the UK and abroad.