Inventing The Future Part III – The Fun

Earlier this year we received a call from across the Atlantic Ocean. The editors at Wired UK magazine had an incredibly ambitious project ahead of them that they asked us to be a part of: one week, four photographers, over thirty photo-shoots, and a triple gate-fold cover featuring sixteen of the brightest and most inspiring minds in the world at the MIT Media Lab. How could we say no?

This project for the November issue of Wired UK was one of the most interesting editorial assignments we’ve ever been a part of We headed behind the scenes for you in series of posts here on the blog, starting with the cover, then onto the features, and now finally with the third and equally important part of any week-long photo project: the fun. We shot a ton of photos for this project, both on set and off… keep reading for more stories and photos about our week at the MIT Media Lab.

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Inventing The Future Part II – The Features

Earlier this year we received a call from across the Atlantic Ocean. The editors at Wired UK magazine had an incredibly ambitious project ahead of them that they asked us to be a part of: one week, four photographers, over thirty photo-shoots, and a triple gate-fold cover featuring sixteen of the brightest and most inspiring minds in the world at the MIT Media Lab. How could we say no?

This project for the November issue of Wired UK was one of the most interesting editorial assignments we’ve ever been a part of, and we’re going behind the scenes for you in series of posts here on the blog, starting with the cover, and now onto the feature articles we photographed. We’re going in-depth with photos and stories from the features we shot. Make sure to keep reading – as with everything we encountered at the MIT Media lab, these photo shoots contain much more than meets the eye…

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Fall Drives

The leaves are changing, there’s a chill in the air, the selection of pumpkin-flavored beers is downright overwhelming. All these signs point to one thing – it’s undeniably fall on the east coast. What a better way to celebrate the change of seasons than to fire up the engine of a classic Corvette, put the top down and take off on some winding roads? And of course, we just had to follow along and shoot some photos.

You might notice in the shot above that the leaves are a fiery orange hue, and this is all natural – no Photoshop work here. How did we do it? The answer is simple – much like shooting for the summer issues of magazines, we shot this 2012 New Jersey Monthly cover all the way back in the fall of 2011. Keep reading to see more photos and behind the scenes from our shoot…

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Inside the Divine Lorraine

The Divine Lorraine Hotel sits on the north end of Broad street in Philadelphia, a decaying relic from the turn of the 20th century. Originally built to serve as apartments for the wealthy elite, the structure has fallen to ruin; it is graffitied and crumbling with a seemingly uncertain future. When we were asked by Philadelphia Magazine to photograph the Philadelphian with a dream for the place, we couldn’t say no. If nothing else, it meant we’d finally get a chance to see inside the crumbling walls.

Keep reading to see more stories & photos of our day with Eric Blumenfeld, the real estate developer who’s just crazy enough to want to revitalize the Divine Lorraine…

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Oprah Magazine: Transitions

Earlier this summer, we worked with O, the Oprah Magazine to shoot the opening spread and feature for their September issue on Transitions. For the opener, we worked with our editors at the magazine and an extremely talented crew of set designers, fabricators and stylists to bring to life the concept of transition and change. Keep reading to see how this image came together and watch a behind the scenes time-lapse of the entire shoot…

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Featured in TagesWoche

It’s always an interesting time when we’re opening mail at the studio. Aside from the usual invoices, bills, B&H Catalogs, and pizza delivery menus, every now and then we see a special package…

Today we came across a manilla envelope addressed to Chris, adorned with about a dozen stamps and strangely enough, no return address. Upon opening the package, we found three copies of the latest edition of TagesWoche, a weekly Swiss newspaper.

Now haven’t started a weekly intercontinental newspaper subscription, it just happens to be that TagesWoche has featured a handful of Chris’s photographs both in print and online.

It’s an honor to be featured, especially to an international audience that might otherwise never come across our work.

If you step back for a second and think of the simplicity and beauty of a spread of photographs or art in the middle of a weekly newspaper, it’s really a refreshing thought. In a time when newspapers in American are at a loss and filling their diminishing pages with advertising, it’s honestly quite refreshing to see big, beautiful prints of color photography.

Last but certainly not least, do any of our German speaking friends care to translate? Leave us a translation in the comments or give us a shout @crismanphoto

Behind the Scenes – Creating Butterfly Girl

When Chris showed our team the landscapes he shot in the redwood forests of northern California, we knew that beyond a beautiful photograph, we had an incredible open-ended canvas to work with for a composite image. After lots of brainstorming sessions, we realized the otherworldly space needed to be filled with some type of magical scene.

Lots of phone calls and shipments of butterflies later, all of the pieces to Chris’s vision were finally coming together. All the image needed now was the input and creativity from our talented digital artist. Keep reading for some insight and explanation into how we created our latest conceptual portrait…

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