Category Archives: Personal Projects

Nicole Chan Explores The Caves of Son Doong

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Deep in the jungle of Vietnam, inside the world’s largest cave is a mystical world with its own ecosystem, climate, and even clouds. Photographer Nicole Chan was lucky enough to go exploring there, and the images she brought back are stunning.

Bill Hickey Goes Fishing

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Bill Hickey‘s latest project takes us into the world of fly-fishing by introducing us to Kelly Harrison, an accomplished guide who is more than able at sharing her expertise, as well as her knowledge of her local environment and its ecosystems. But probably the most compelling aspect of this short film is it captures the experience of fly fishing beyond the obvious goal of catching fish – a context for interacting with nature and the environment, and according to doctors, we could all use a little more of that.

Kelly Harrison | Montana Fly Gal from Hickey Photography on Vimeo.

Photographer Inti St. Clair And Her Friends Head to Cartagena

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Even though the trip was planned as a birthday celebration for herself and a friend, photographer Inti St. Clair wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to capture some great imagery. With the colorful street art as a backdrop and themes like “Tropical Fruity Fantasy”,  “Jungle Safari”, and “Overboard Yacht Glamour”, they had all they needed to create some great over-the-top imagery. Needless to say, the group was hard to miss as they island hopped, danced at the Cafe Havana, or explored the ancient walled city of Cartegena.

 

Tom Cocotos And The Fine Art Of Collage

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Tom Cocotos began communicating visually before he could speak, and his primary method even then was collage, an art form that is both simple and sophisticated. Collage is like a visual record of all the creative decisions this artist makes along the way as he deconstructs and reconstructs his imagery. The tools are relatively simple: paper, magazines, pencil, and glue stick, but they nonetheless allow this artist to create  imagery that is sometimes a funny narrative, a probing portrait, or something powerfully iconic. Tom always seems to be working, whether it’s on the subway or in his studio here in New York. Commissioned work has also taken him all over the world, from Buenos Aires to Moscow, and this past year, he held artist residencies in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Miami, with one-person exhibitions in all three cities. To read more about his art and commercial illustration, read the full interview at Design Arts Daily.

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.

More images and the full interview can be viewed at aPhotoEditor’s website:

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.

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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More images and the full interview can be viewed at aPhotoEditor’s website:

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.”

More images and the full interview can be viewed at aPhotoEditor’s website:

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.