The Art of the Personal Project: Darren Carroll

A few months ago Suzanne Sease and Darren Carroll talked about his series of photos that focus on Smitty’s Market in Austin, TX. Having come from an Eastern upbringing, Darren was struck not only by the authenticity of how the food was prepared but was also aesthetically drawn to the way the light bounced around the establishment.

“They have a very old-school way of doing things—there’s no automation, no thermometers, timers, or anything like that. Everything is done by hand, by feel, and by instincts — instincts honed by years of experience and decades of doing things the same way, and without compromise. And don’t forget I shot this back in 2009, long before the barbecue craze took hold, both in Austin and around the country…

More than anything, I had fallen in love with the the light in the building— at certain times during the day it just bounces around in there through these old, dirty, diffused panes of glass and mingles with the smoke and the dark, soot-stained walls of the pit room. I really wanted to be able to play with that.”

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Fire pits, Smitty’s Market, Lockhart, Texas. Photograph ©2009 Darren Carroll
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Interior, Smiity’s Market, Lockhart, Texas. Photograph ©2009 Darren Carroll
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Interior, Smiity’s Market, Lockhart, Texas. Photograph ©2009 Darren Carroll
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Interior, Smiity’s Market, Lockhart, Texas. Photograph ©2009 Darren Carroll
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Lunch rush at Smitty’s Market, Lockhart, Texas.

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The Art of the Personal Project: Darren Carroll

About Darren Carroll

Darren Carroll is a commercial and editorial photographer specializing in portrait and sports work with a photojournalistic approach. Clients include Sports Illustrated, ESPN:The Magazine, Forbes, Hyatt Hotels, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. A New York native, he lives just outside of Austin, Texas with his wife Jessica, son Jake, and golden retriever, Shea.

About Suzanne Sease

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s, after establishing the art buying department at The Martin Agency then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information believing that marketing should be driven by a brand and not specialty. Follow her on twitter at SuzanneSease.

Welcome Illustration Age to Yodelist!

Yodelist is excited to announce that Illustration Age has come aboard as a new partner with the Workbook family that will help our illustration audience grow even larger!

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Illustration Age founder Thomas James says:

Hello Illustrators!

It’s time for yet another exciting announcement here at Illustration Age!

As you know we’re constantly working hard to realize our vision of being the ultimate professional resource for Illustrators, and today marks the beginning of another new chapter.

We’re thrilled to announce that Illustration Age, along with our partner site Illustration Friday, is merging with Workbook.

Many of you already know of Workbook as a high quality resource for Illustrators, along with their other partner entities Dripbook and Yodelist. In addition, they have long been supporters of both Illustration Age and Illustration Friday. After much conversation with owner Bill Daniels and several other members of the Workbook team, I have decided to join forces with them on our mission to help you succeed as a creative professional.

Please head to Illustration Age to familiarize yourself w/ their awesome work and we can’t wait to announce future events to engage the illustration community!

The Art of the Personal Project: Russ Quackenbush

Los Angeles based photographer Russ Quackenbush talks about the personal project that was inspired by the foot traffic outside his wife’s storefront in Santa Monica.

“I stopped by one day while she was prepping for a job and noticed a decent amount of interesting people walking by. I learned that some of the people were getting their car washed on one side and walking buy to Starbucks on the other side…I offered them 5 dollars to answer 5 questions and then sit for four minutes. Which turned into 5 minutes of total time. The inspiration was that I got to meet all these cool people that I might have never otherwise.”

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The Art of the Personal Project: Russ Quackenbush

About Russ Quackenbush

Russ Quackenbush creates visual images of humanity that reflect the qualities we cherish most in each other. In his portraiture, he gently documents the relics of a subject’s life experiences as they unfold and present themselves in the emotions of their face, the language of their body, and the energy of their being. Russ’ photography gives us license to laugh, play, rejoice, or to mourn. It is through his images that we are led respectfully and thoughtfully into the life of another.

Emotionally charged landscape photography compliments his portraiture work. Russ embraces the powerful energy of place as presented to him in textures, tones, and colors. Through these he creates a complex visual record that conveys the rich history of the site. One gets a clear sense of what has come before and what is destined to be.

It is these same sensibilities that he brings to his work in commercial advertising. Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Russ is always inspired by new environments and motivated by new challenges. Ultimately, it is his love of photography that is reflected in final result.

Upon starting his business in 1996, he has received a myriad of awards from the Photography and Advertising Annuals of Communication Arts, The Ad Club, and The One Show. Creativity Magazine, Archive, and Photo District News have all featured Russ and his work. It was 2001, that Photo District News distinguished Russ in their “30 Under 30”, presenting him as a young talent worth keeping an eye on. He has certainly lived up to that prediction.

About Suzanne Sease

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s, after establishing the art buying department at The Martin Agency then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information believing that marketing should be driven by a brand and not specialty. Follow her on twitter at SuzanneSease.

The Art of the Personal Project: Dave Moser

Dave Moser discussed his project “The American Housewife” and how it came into fruition with consultant Suzanne Sease a few months ago. Dave credits his own wife for inspiring him to shoot this series.

“My wife is a stay at home mom, and I found that when we were in social situations, folks had no interest in what she did. I believe the occupation of being a stay at home parent is challenging, isolating and disrespected but yet one of the most important roles there is – raising the future generation.”

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The Art of the Personal Project: Dave Moser

About Dave Moser

I am a seeker, an artist, a photographer, a father, a husband, a lover of all things eclectic, a listener, a cook, a marketer, a business person, an outdoorsman and voyeur.

I graduated from The University of Dayton with a BFA in photography. After discovering commercial photography, I fell in love with the problem solving, collaborating, accessing and working with different people in different environments everyday.

I have found portraiture to be the most fascinating aspect of photography due to the connection and understanding it offers. I’ve found that if I understand someone, not necessarily agree with but understand – I have love for them. Often while photographing people, they become younger, the effects of time fall away and I witness the openness we all shared as children. Portraiture, listening and the discipline of seeing are the aspects of my craft that inspire and energize me.

Dave’s portraiture has been featured on the covers of and in national magazines and in advertising campaigns worldwide and has led to awards with Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, Applied Arts, Prix De La Photographie Paris, ASMP and many more.  http://www.davemoser.com

About Suzanne Sease

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s, after establishing the art buying department at The Martin Agency then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information believing that marketing should be driven by a brand and not specialty. Follow her on twitter at SuzanneSease.

The Art of the Personal Project: Christina Richards

A few weeks ago photography consultant Suzanne Sease spoke with Christina Richards on the project that took her to the childhood home of her great-grandmother’s at Lake Ainslie in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Says Christina:

“I loved hearing stories about the house, Ena was a great story teller. When I found out that the house was still there and was still owned by a family member I knew I had to go and see it for myself. Once I got to Cape Breton it was such an adventure to actually find the house, there was no address and no one had lived there for years. I had the painting, a picture, and a verbal description from my grandmother and her sister. We knew it was at Lake Ainsley but not much else. When we finally caught a glimpse of the house we drove as far as we could then hiked up the overgrown drive and there is was. Being inside was thrilling. It was a dream come true to finally be there.”

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The Art of the Personal Project: Christina Richards

About Christina Richards

Christina is an east coast native who calls California home.
She is fascinated by the fleeting, honest, and spontaneous moments of life. Her photography explores the themes of family, childhood, memory, and a sense of place and time. Christina spent her youth in New England and studied photography at the Savannah College and Design. After college she moved to NYC and finally to the bay area where she now lives with her husband and dogs. Christina loves exploring the wild and urban spaces that surround her. She often takes along one of her many film camera’s with the hope of finding magic in everyday life.
www.christinarichards.com

About Suzanne Sease

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s, after establishing the art buying department at The Martin Agency then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information believing that marketing should be driven by a brand and not specialty. Follow her on twitter at SuzanneSease.

The Art of the Personal Project: Peter Samuels

Today’s edition of The Art of the Personal Project features woodland creatures shot by photographer Peter Samuels. Consultant Suzanne Sease and he talk about his start and how he segued into photographing animals. Says Peter:

“…animals have been evolving as the strongest body of my work with lots of press, accolades and a growing amount of fine art print sales. So finally at the start of this year, I called it and owned up to the animal genre. As someone whose prior focus was product, people and animals, deciding to specialize has been ironically liberating, allowing me to hone my skill set and continually strengthen my work. It’s interesting to note that featuring animals hasn’t deterred new and prior clients from sending me product and people work.”

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The Art of the Personal Project: Peter Samuels

About Peter Samuels

In 2009 a dog named Leica became my muse and a new photographic passion was realized. However, I soon learned she was a gateway dog as I began photographing more dogs, then cats, horses and before I knew it, even farm animals were becoming suspicious. While my time with Leica was sadly cut short, she lovingly inspired a new direction in my work and career – good dog.  http://www.petersamuels.com

About Suzanne Sease

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s, after establishing the art buying department at The Martin Agency then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information believing that marketing should be driven by a brand and not specialty. Follow her on twitter at SuzanneSease.

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