It’s always important to return home. Titusville, the small town in western Pennsylvania where oil was first discovered in America is Chris’s hometown and a constant source of inspiration for the environmental portraiture we create.
Since 2001, Chris has been making photos in his hometown – beginning with landscape work and transitioning to portraiture, Titusville was the inspiration for our award winning Steelworker series, a project which later grew to encompass the entire town and subjects from all walks of life.
The best description of Chris’s Titusville work comes straight from the artist himself (from Chris’s interview with Photographers on Photography):
“The Titusville portraits are all vignettes of a bigger romantic tale Iâ€™m weaving about the place and my upbringing. Reality is what you perceive it to be and I think most people want to paint a pretty picture of their childhood. I am so fond of Titusville and think that everyone there just has so much life to them.”
Whenever our shoot location for the day has a strict “jacket and collared shirt” dress code, you know it’s going to be an interesting day. Back in December, Philadelphia Magazine asked Chris to shoot a group portrait at the Union League of Philadelphia, our city’s most exclusive members-only club. We were tasked with shooting a handful of Philly’s most influential gay men, known as the A-gays of the Union League.
We’re happy to report that we have been featured in Advanced Photoshop Magazine issue 98. You might remember back to last summer when they first featured Chris’s work and an interview about his process. We’re back again, this time contributing a handful of tools and tips for maximizing your compositing workflow. Although the magazine is based in the UK, you can order it online or try and pick up a copy at specialty retailers in the US.
We’re excited to be releasing two brand new photos today. These conceptual portraits came about in a very similar process as our airplanes girl photo that we’ve blogged about in the past few weeks. Make sure to check out the main portfolio to see them in their full-size awesomeness.
Two countries, seven cities, three crazy photoshoots. It’s been a long week of editorial shooting and traveling, a week that took us from Philly to upstate New York, Vancouver, Phoenix, North Carolina, and Tennessee. We photographed all sorts of people, from fungus growing entrepreneurs to anthropologists to basketball coaches. All in all – a good week. Keep reading and take a look at a few shots from along the way.
Through photography, I have been very fortunate to meet and photograph some very special people. A few weeks ago I was able to cross one of the top-tens off my list… a photoshoot of 41 frames, six months in the making, and more than a few years planning in my mind. That’s all I can say about that shoot for now, but I promise we’ll write a post about the entire experience when we can share more next week.
For now though, I thought I should share my current top ten list, the 10 people that I would bend over backwards to photograph. So, if any of you know anyone on this list and want to make an introduction, I can promise a framed print, and a few cases of beer for your help.
Ten People I dream of photographing
1. President Barack Obama
2. Jack White
3. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with former President Bill Clinton – photographed together
4. Sir Anthony Hopkins
5. Will Farrell
6. Steve Buscemi
7. The Black Keys
8. William Eggleston
9. Bill Cosby
Almost made the cut -You could call these the top 26…
11. Michael Jordan
12. James Murphy
13. Christopher Walken
14. William Wegman
15. Laird Hamilton
16. Derrick Rose
17. Lebron James
18. Kevin Spacey
19. Lady Gaga
20. Chuck Close
21. Angelina Jolie
22. Javier Bardem
23. Mike Tyson
24. Tom Brokaw
25. Meryl Streep
26. Coen Brothers
So that being said, who do you want to photograph? Who would be on your photography “bucket list”?