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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.

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.

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

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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