I added a couple of new images to the Liberia section of my website. Check em out.
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Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS
Just wrapped up filming my first commercial, shot for MiiR, with my co-director Eric Becker of We Are Shouting. It was a really fun shoot and the footage is looking great. We are hoping to have everything wrapped up in the next week. For now, here are some of the production stills by Scott Everett. Thanks Scott! Behind every great production is a wonderful crew, and the crew on this commercial was no exception. From left to right in the crew shot (last image) is Caven Keith, DJ, Lauri, Becker, Rodrigo, Nina Carduner, Scott Everett, Keatley, and Sarah Finkelstein. Not pictured is our hair and makeup artist Annabelle Petry.
I feel really good about this video, and I think it presents an honest look at my trip to Liberia with MiiR this past January. Several of my images were recently selected in the 2011 PDN Faces contest, and I thought this would be a good excuse to put together a video that shows a little more of what the experience was like and how the images came together. I cannot say enough about my editor for this video, Andy Maier. He put so much thought and hard work into this, and his efforts made all the difference. I feel blessed to be able to work with wonderfully creative people, such as Andy and everyone else I have been creating with this past year.
The man at the beginning of the video is Pastor Kondoh, and he will be coming to Seattle in just a couple of weeks for a project MiiR CEO Bryan Pape and I are working on. I can’t wait to see him again. This will be a trip of many firsts for him, including his first time out of Africa, and his first time on an airplane. Without sounding like a tease, I do have a little bit of freedom to talk more about the project I referred to above. You can hear about it in greater detail on the podcast interview I did with Faded & Blurred recently. I start talking about it around minute 40.
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It’s an embarrassment of riches! I am especially proud of the work I created over this past year, and it is an honor to have that work recognized by the international photography competition ”Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (Px3). This is my first time in the international game, and all 5 of the images above were selected as well as 2 honorable mentions.
From left to right:
Luke Burbank, host of Too Beautiful To Live for Seattle Met. Art Director Benjamen Purvis.
Dennis Haysbert for Seattle Met.
Keli Carender, founder of the Tea Party political movement for Seattle Met. Art Director Benjamen Purvis.
Plants Vs. Zombies / John Vechey, co-founder of Pop Cap Games for Inc. Photo Editor Monique Perreault.
The Keatley Family 2010. Personal work / self promotion.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Editorial Work, Tear Sheets
This has been a big year for Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks. There has been a new company logo, the 40th anniversary of Starbucks, and Howard’s new #1 bestseller book Onward, which I shot the author portrait for as well as some pictures inside the book. I have been keeping pretty busy photographing Howard over the past few months with everything that is going on. Some of the images have not been released yet, but one of my favorite assignments which I can show was for The Sunday Times Magazine. I got some great shots from this one, including this 2-page spread, and the headshot outtake. You can click on the spread to get a closer look if you are interested. To get the expression, I sang several songs from The Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach which I think everyone enjoyed quite a bit. It seemed to be going well at first, but then I got distracted somewhere around Act 2 while trying to adjust my camera focus and my pitch went slightly off. I will admit it was not my finest moment, and clearly some in the room were not impressed. Nonetheless, my off key falsetto created a nice expression which went along perfectly with what the magazine was looking for. Despite the successful outcome, that will most likely be the last time I ever sing at a photo shoot.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under News
I’m in New York this week for the Snyder/Redux launch party, and LeBook Connections. While I am looking forward to both events, I want to direct your attention to another get together for those of you in the area. The fine folks over at WTJ? have put together a great post about Snyder/Redux as well as an informal invite to anyone interested in grabbing a drink and saying hi. This will take place Tuesday, June 7th (today) and the address of the bar is at the end of the post on WTJ?. I hope to see you there.
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Chris Buck needs no introduction, but I am going to say a few things about him anyway. I had the chance to meet up with Chris in New York a few years ago, and he was very gracious to make time to meet with a young photographer such as myself. I have always admired and been inspired by his photography, and over the past few years, he has had a tremendous impact on me from the business side of photography, as well. He has taught me some valuable lessons I will never forget. I will always be grateful to him for that. Chris is an award winning celebrity, advertising, and editorial photographer, and he just started a blog which I can promise you will be worth following. Do yourself a favor and check out his website chrisbuck.com and make sure to add his blog chrisbucknews.wordpress.com to your reader. You will be glad you did. Welcome to the blogosphere, Chris. Do we still call it the blogosphere?
Image © Chris Buck
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Surprised to see something other than stylized portraits? From the beginning, the goal with this ongoing personal series was to create something completely different from my portrait work. Last fall, I decided I wanted to push myself to create something outside of my comfort zone. I would prefer to let these images stand on their own without adding a story or context to them, but I also realize it is important to talk about one’s work. If not the meaning, at least the process. I have attempted to explain these to a few close friends, and the best explanation I have come up with so far is that this good idea evolved from several really bad ideas. What this means is I began with an idea and talked about it for a little while and really wrestled with the concept and how it would read. The first few concepts never really sat right with me, but thinking and talking about them with others eventually led to what you see here. Even after I began shooting, the concept continued to evolve. I worked with a great post production studio called Gigantic Squid, and collaborated with Ian Goode on the final look and feel of everything. This really has been an experiment and exploration of a different type of photography. As much as I pulled away from my portrait work in this process, I came to realize just how important the human element is to me in my work. I learned how to respond to what I was shooting and adapted my approach as the images came to life. That is not something I get to experience when working on an ad campaign which has to be planned out completely before shooting. So far, this project has taken me across Washington and Northern California, and I am planning a couple more out of state trips in the months to come. I have learned so much from this experience and I am excited to see how this continues to evolve and shape me as an artist.
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Here is my new video interview on Adorama TV, hosted by Mark Wallace. I was really impressed with Mark’s questions, and I think the video turned out great. Some of the questions include the gear I use, what it was like photographing Annie Leibovitz, how I approach photographing celebrities who are aligned with hot issues, and much more. I am going to keep this pretty short because of the video, and there isn’t really anything I need to add. Thanks for taking a look, I hope you enjoy it.
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That’s my neighbor Mark Miller, reporter for ABC affiliate KOMO in Seattle, getting water thrown in his face. No, I am not waterboarding him. That wouldn’t be very neighborly at all. I am simply teaching him a lesson. Ok, I’m kidding. Mark sees some pretty interesting stuff at his job, but I would guess this is the last thing he expected he would be doing when he woke up today. ”Hey neighbor, would you be up for getting water thrown in your face while I take a few pictures?” He did mention he expects nothing less when I call, though. Fair enough. Why did we throw 121 bowls of water in his face? I just finished shooting an ad campaign and it is in post production this week. Today we realized we needed a few more assets to really make this thing shine, so with Mark’s help, we made it happen. Mark won’t be in the final image, but I needed to capture water splashing on skin. It’s going to look great when it’s finished.
Thanks Mark! You are a true professional and a good friend.