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03
Apr

Print Mag shoot in San Francisco

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Tim Ferriss Print Mag cover by John Keatley
Tim Ferriss Print Mag cover by John Keatley

One of the fun projects I did this winter took place in San Francisco, an amazing 2-day shoot for Print Mag with Debbie Milman, Chase Jarvis, and Print Editor-in-Chief Zac Petit. Over those 2 days, I photographed more than 60 of the top creators in San Francisco (Tim Ferriss, Jessica Hische, Scott Dadich, Wendy MacNaughton, Roman Mars, Elle Luna, Josh Higgins…) for the current April issue. It was one of the most challenging and exciting shoots I have done to date, and I feel really proud of these portraits. Below are a few of my favs, and you can see more from the series on my site under Portraits.

A huge thanks to my friend Chase Jarvis for this opportunity, as well as the incredible Debbie Millman, and Zac Petit.  Thanks to GILD Studio for the incredible retouching on this portfolio also. I would encourage you to pick up a copy of this issue. The Print team put a ton of love and care into this issue, and the paper stock is pretty awesome. Also check out the interviews Chase did with everyone for a shot of inspiration.

Jen Daniel portrait by John Keatley
Jen Daniel portrait by John Keatley
Stephen Coles, Tucker Nichols, and Alvaro Villanueva portrait by John Keatley
Stephen Coles, Tucker Nichols, and Alvaro Villanueva portrait by John Keatley
Wendy MacNaughton portrait by John Keatley
Wendy MacNaughton portrait by John Keatley
Tim Ferriss portrait by John Keatley
Tim Ferriss portrait by John Keatley
Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg portrait by John Keatley
Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg portrait by John Keatley
Scott Dadich portrait by John Keatley
Scott Dadich portrait by John Keatley
Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey portrait by John Keatley
Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey portrait by John Keatley
Roman Mars portrait by John Keatley
Roman Mars portrait by John Keatley
Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton portrait by John Keatley
Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton portrait by John Keatley
Erik Marinovich, Sumner Stone, and James T. Edmondson portrait by John Keatley
Erik Marinovich, Sumner Stone, and James T. Edmondson portrait by John Keatley
Laurel Braitman portrait by John Keatley
Laurel Braitman portrait by John Keatley
Emily Levine portrait by John Keatley
Emily Levine portrait by John Keatley
Chase Jarvis portrait by John Keatley
Chase Jarvis portrait by John Keatley
Caroline Paul portrait by John Keatley
Caroline Paul portrait by John Keatley
Brian Singer portrait by John Keatley
Brian Singer portrait by John Keatley
23
Mar

Uniform at Treason Gallery

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2017 started about as good as I could have ever hoped. I had my first solo exhibition, ‘Uniform’ at Treason Gallery in Seattle for the month of January.  All 17 limited edition prints from the series were on display.  3 at 43.5”x58” (edition of 3 + 2AP), and 14 prints at 24”x32” (edition of 5 + 2AP). And I have to say, seeing them in print, larger than life is pretty incredible.

The opening reception was an experience I will never forget. So many friends, family, and new faces. It was like a dream. I also added a surprise at the opening by creating a live sculpture.

If you are interested in purchasing a print, you can contact alex@treasongallery.com, or find our more on the Treason website.

All of the images can also be seen here on my site on the Uniform page.

Also check out this incredible review of ‘Uniform’ by Michael Upchurch in the Seattle Times.

One million thank you’s to Treason Gallery, and also to my friends at Top Pot, and Seattle PBR for sponsoring the opening.

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15
Dec

Debut Solo Exhibition ‘UNIFORM’

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Big news!  My debut solo exhibition ‘Uniform’ will be opening on Thursday January 5th, 2017 at Treason Gallery in Seattle. What!? Excitement doesn’t begin to describe how I am feeling right now. On display will be 17 large format prints from my ‘Uniform’ series.

Doors open at 6:00pm, and the gallery will be open until 9:00pm.  Mark your calendar, and invite your friends.  It’s gonna be a fun party.

Click (here) to go to the event page and add this to your calendar, RSVP, and get directions. See you in a few weeks!

14
Nov

Interview with Stitch

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Uniform by John Keatley on Stitch
Uniform by John Keatley on Stitch

Thought I would pass along my recent interview with Stitch about Uniform and some other thoughts about photography.  Enjoy.

31
Oct

Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant portrait by photographer John Keatley
Kevin Durant screaming portrait
Kevin Durant portrait by photographer John Keatley
B&W Kevin Durant portrait
Kevin Durant for Sparkling ICE by photographer John Keatley
Kevin Durant ad campaign for Sparkling ICE by John Keatley

Kevin Durant by photographer John Keatley

Kevin Durant by photographer John Keatley

Kevin Durant by photographer John Keatley

Kevin Durant by photographer John Keatley

Kevin Durant by photographer John Keatley

Kevin Durant and John Keatley reviewing images
Kevin Durant and Keatley reviewing images on set
John Keatley at Milk Studios in LA with Kevin Durant for Sparkling ICE
On set with Kevin Durant at Milk Studios in LA.
The ball grazed my ear every time, and yes I was terrified
The ball grazed my ear every time, and yes I was terrified
Keatley watches on while Kevin Durant drains free throws
Man, I look so small next to KD
The ladies from Production on 5th and Keatley going over the shot list
The incredible ladies at Production on 5th. Was I drinking champagne?
A Kevin Durant selfie with an expensive camera and John Keatley
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Kevin Durant by photographer John Keatley
Kevin Durant selfie. Keatley with the assist!

Keatley found a quiet place to rest and review

Kevin Durant shoes at Milk Studios in LA
Kevin Durant’s shoes!!!

Keatley and Kevin Durant

It goes without saying, but this was a fun shoot.  Set build at Milk Studios in LA, and working with NBA superstar Kevin Durant.  Big thank you to KD, Roc Nation, Sparkling ICE, Javelin, and Production on 5th.  Total team effort.  Last year I also shot a print campaign for Sparkling ICE with Robinson Cano.  This was the follow up shoot, plus I directed a few web interviews with KD which you can see above as well.

 

24
Oct

Out Of Sight 2016

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Out Of Sight 2016 gallery signage
Out Of Sight 2016 gallery signage
Falling Bodies by John Keatley at Out Of Sight 2016 Opening Night
Falling Bodies by John Keatley at Out Of Sight 2016 Opening Night

Falling Bodies by John Keatley at Out Of Sight 2016 Opening Night

Self portrait with my first red dot.
Self portrait with my first red dot!
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Falling Bodies #1
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Falling Bodies #2

In August, I took part in my fist group show, Out Of Sight 2016, at the historic King Street Station in Seattle.  Two of my Falling Bodies prints were on display, and what a thrill to be included with such talented artists from the Pacific Northwest, including two of my favorites, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Susan Dory.

The only thing more exciting than showing at Out Of Sight this year, was selling my first print and seeing that little red dot next to the title card.  Hopefully this is just the beginning.

Special thanks to Greg Lundgren, Sierra Stinson, and Mackenzie Canlis, as well as the entire Out Of Sight team, for making this happen.

18
Oct

iPhone Portraits

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John Keatley iPhone Portrait of Kindra
Keatley iPhone Portrait of Kindra
Keatley iPhone Portrait of John
Keatley iPhone Portrait of John
John Keatley iPhone Portrait of Andrew
Keatley iPhone Portrait of Andrew
John Keatley iPhone Portrait of Brendan
Keatley iPhone Portrait of Brendan
John Keatley iPhone Portrait of Etta
Keatley iPhone Portrait of Etta
John Keatley iPhone Portrait of Theo
Keatley iPhone Portrait of Theo
Keatley iPhone Portrait of Rameet
Keatley iPhone Portrait of Rameet
John Keatley iPhone Portrait of Chris
Keatley iPhone Portrait of Chris

For the first part of 2016, my iPhone camera lens had a crack in it.  This was a huge bummer, because it prevented me from creating iPhone Portraits.  It was the first time in about 3 years I wasn’t creating spontaneous portraits with my iPhone.  As someone who usually doesn’t create an image without some sort of production, creating a spontaneous portrait on a whim is an incredibly satisfying and exciting experience.

Not having a fully functioning iPhone camera for several months was a pivotal time for this project.  A little part of me was feeling burnt out and tired.  In the first three years, I had photographed over 300 iPhone portraits of family, friends, and strangers.  I wondered if I would ever regain my excitement for this project if I stopped pushing myself to create.

Eventually in the Spring, I did get a new iPhone.  The 6s.  As soon as I picked up the phone, I couldn’t wait to make an iPhone Portrait.  What I began to realize is the time away from this project gave me new energy and excitement to explore and push myself further.  My pace has slowed a bit for several reasons, but my excitement and focus has only grown.  The above images are a handful of the recent portraits I have made this Summer and Fall.  I will continue to share more about this project as I move forward.

You can see a larger gallery of my iPhone Portraits here, and you can also follow @johnkeatley on Instagram to see the full project unfold.

13
Oct

Come See Me At PhotoPlus 2016 in New York

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Come hear John Keatley speak at PhotoPlus 2016 in New York.

20% OFF if you sign up with this link – SIGN UP NOW

Are you going to be in New York for PhotoPlus Expo?  It’s happening October 19-22, and I will be speaking on Thursday the 20th.  If you are going to be in town, I would love to see you there.  I am giving a talk sponsored by Tether Tools about how to get the most out of your photo shoot opportunities.

Life on set at a commercial photo shoot can be daunting, particularly if the client chooses to be present.  John will talk to you about how he manages to make his set feel comfortable for the subject, client and photography team, all the while having a great time and getting awesome pictures.  Learn about production, managing workflow, handling clients requests and expectations, building lasting relationships, and the tools that will make everything easier to navigate.  First 100 registrants will receive 20% OFF if you sign up with this link – SIGN UP NOW!

11
Oct

Fine Art on IGNANT

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Uniform by John Keatley published on IGNANT and Instagram

You always remember your firsts, and yesterday was the first time my new series Uniform has been published or recognized in the fine art world.    Thank you IGNANT!  They do such a wonderful job curating, and it is a thrill to be a part of that.  Be sure to follow IGNANT on Instagram for more inspiration.

03
Oct

Louie Gong and Eighth Generation

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Portrait of artist Louie Gong by John Keatley.
Portrait of Louie Gong by John Keatley.

I love making portraits of other artists.  True, a portrait of anyone is a wonderful mystery waiting to be unlocked, but I always have an extra sense of excitement before I make a portrait of an artist.  I think it is because they are often willing to experiment and collaborate, and are more willing to be patient while I exact my desire for perfection and exploration.  Louie Gong was no exception.

Louie Gong is an artist, activist and educator, among other things.  His heritage is Nooksack/Chinese/French/Scottish, so he brings a really unique perspective to his work, along with a modern sense of style.  His murals are incredible.  When I first saw his work, it felt somewhat familiar in the sense that there is a fair amount of Native American art here in the Pacific Northwest.  But very quickly you realize that something is different about this piece: a modern sensibility that at the same time still feels authentic to its roots.  Then I start to see the Chinese influence which seems so subtle at first glance.  It’s quite brilliant.

Louie just opened a really cool new store here in Seattle called Eighth Generation.  I want the blanket he is wearing, which he also designed.  Christmas wishlist…  If you aren’t in the Seattle area, fear not, they have a great online store as well.

This shot was a collaboration with City Arts art director Dan Paulus.  Thanks Dan!  Here is a link to the full article on City Arts.

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