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28
Apr

Artist for Love

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Like many people, I’m concerned that our country may not be doing all we can to support refugees and other vulnerable, displaced people and families. One thing my wife and I do to make a difference is partner with First Aid Arts. They offer well-researched, arts-based activities and programs to refugees and other trauma survivors to promote mental health and healing.

I had the opportunity to travel to Manila with First Aid Arts in 2012 and meet some of the people they work to serve. It was a life-altering trip, and in many ways, the beginning of some major life changes for me personally. That being said, as impactful as the trip was for me individually, the work First Aid Arts is doing for people all over the world has an unimaginable impact, and it is humbling to be a witness.

Thanks for watching this video collaboration, and I hope you will consider supporting First Aid Arts’ beautiful, important work.

“First Aid Arts provides necessary skills to facilitate empathy, attachment, connection, creativity, and a renewed sense of vitality for care providers working within trauma affected communities. Their curriculum is well-researched, tested, and flexible enough to meet the needs of organizations.” –Nisha Sajnani of the Harvard Refugee Project
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
Let me take a selfie
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.

 

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.

03
Oct

Louie Gong and Eighth Generation

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Louie Gong City Arts cover by John Keatley

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.

07
Sep

BECU Member Portrait Ad Campaign

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While I didn’t use my iPhone to make any of these member portraits or videos for BECU, it was my iPhone Portrait project that helped shape the direction of this ad campaign by DNA.  It is incredibly gratifying to work on a project like this, when there is a close tie to something as personal as my iPhone Portraits.  Exploring the human face through photography and video is the one thing I have never grown tired of.  Every new person I photograph presents a new opportunity (or sometimes a challenge), and I am always learning from the experience of photographing people.  Below are some of the portraits I made from the nearly 50 people I photographed for this project. Everyone is an actual BECU member. Working with “real” people is a lot of fun for me because they don’t come in with any expectations as to what they think I want them to do. And there are always some surprises, which I think makes the portraits all the more interesting.

If you were watching the summer Olympics this year, you may have seen these commercials, which I directed.  The billboards, bus wraps, posters, etc. are all over Seattle, as well.  Big thanks to BECU and DNA, especially Lianne Onart, Dave Echenoz, Molly Woodruff, and Dan Gross.


BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.
I always try to keep people on their toes and make things as fun as possible. To me, that means taking awkward pictures of the ACD Lianne and BECU member, Kiki.
BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.
My daughter, right as she discovered / I taught her, you can yell, “M&M’s” on set, and they will magically appear.”
BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

Big thanks to my wonderful crew. Projects like this are a total team effort. Not to mention it wouldn’t be nearly as fun without all of these great people.
Producer: Kort Havens
Digital Tech: Lonnie Webb
1st Assistant: Brian Jones
2nd Assistant: Peter Hanson
Stylist: Alexis Steinman
Stylist Assistant: Gwen Stubbs
Hair & Makeup Artist: Jenny Verador
Hair & Makeup Artist: Haley Olsen
DP: Matt Daniels
Sound: Scot Charles
PA: Audrey O’Neil
PA: Hugo Garcia
PA Camera: Sacha Benis

30
Jun

Con Man

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Con Man. The many faces of Howard Cogitz.

Identity is an interesting thing.  We dress and decorate ourselves to convey a message to others, communicating to them with intentionality or not  “this is what I want you to think about who I am.”  What is interesting about this, though, is that most people don’t interpret our message the way we intend.  Our identity and the opinions of others are inextricably linked together, for better or worse. Our identity forms opinions.  Others opinions mold and form our identity.   
Identity is something I have been thinking about a lot over the last several years as I try to understand more about myself, and how I view others.  In 2015, I created a portrait series called Members Only, where I styled 13 people to look exactly the same.  Once I finished that series, I wanted to explore multiple identities in a single person, and wondered what was the extent of the range of a single human face.   In a portrait, visually, how much can one person change?  With that, I give you Con Man.

Con Man. The many faces of Howard Cogitz by John Keatley.

Con Man. The many faces of Howard Cogitz by John Keatley.

Con Man. The many faces of Howard Cogitz by John Keatley.

Con Man. The many faces of Howard Cogitz by John Keatley.

Con Man. The many faces of Howard Cogitz by John Keatley.

Con Man. The many faces of Howard Cogitz by John Keatley.

Con Man. The many faces of Howard Cogitz by John Keatley.

Howard Cogitz is one of the most prolific American con men of the 20th century.  His first known con was in 1958 while running a fake real estate development company in Florida.  At best count, he walked away with over 3 million dollars from nearly 16 individuals and families.

In 1963 he spread out, with known ties to Las Vegas, New York, and San Francisco.  It seems he may have primarily lived in Florida under many different aliases, which indicates he may have originally been from there.  His main game was to create fake corporations in the real estate business and offer investment opportunities to people beginning to think about retirement.  His work can be traced from 1958 to 1971 when all signs of him vanished.  He was never caught or arrested, although there is record of him receiving a traffic ticket for speeding in Los Angeles during 1964 under the name Charles Barber.


Below are some behind the scenes pictures for those of you who like to see how things are made.  A very big thank you to Jennifer Popochock, Alexis Steinman, Brian Kirk, Viktor Fejes, Duffy De Armas, my wife Nichelle, and Peter Hanson.  Behind the scenes pictures by Peter Hanson.  I feel like this is just the start of something pretty exciting.

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05
Oct

Cano Billboard for Sparkling ICE

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05
Oct

Kickin’ It With Michael Bennett

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Big thanks to Jane Sherman and Seattle Met for this fun shoot with Seattle Seahawks big DE Michael Bennett.  I am a huge Seahawks fan (ok, who in Seattle isn’t right now…), so making a portrait of one of my favorite players was an exciting opportunity.  Thanks also to Michael and Pele for letting us set up a studio in their home.  Go Hawks!

23
Sep

Members Only Club

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I have always been fascinated by faces.  Throughout my career, faces are what I gravitate toward.  But there have been many voices, external and internal, telling me to pull back and show more than just a face.  “You can’t just shoot portraits” the voices said.  I have experienced different periods of time where I have moved away from portraits, or at least tried to.  My general curiosities as an artist have taken me in other directions at times also, not to just make this all about a mental struggle.  I have explored environmental editorial portraiture, conceptual advertising (which I do enjoy), and many other types of photography.  Trying these other kinds of photography have allowed me to figure out what I don’t want to do, and at the same time hone my passion for the things I do want to do.  In that sense, I do not regret these periods of exploration.  If anything, this process has given me even more freedom and confidence to do what I want to do now.  This is the first time in my career that I finally feel like I have figured it out, so to speak.  I have rediscovered what I am most passionate about and what I must do, create the portraits that fill my head day and night.  I am filled with a whole new sense of excitement and creativity that I have never experienced before.  This project means so much to me, and I am excited where it is already leading me as an artist.

Thank you to my good friends, Cal, Ian, and the entire Wexley School For Girls family.

Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Popochock and Nancy Leonardi
Styling by Alexis Steniman
Retouching by Viktor Fejes
Digital Tech Lonnie Webb

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