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10
Sep

Irish National Lottery / Lotto Plus

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I recently had the opportunity to travel to Dublin, Ireland to work with ROTHCO on the new Irish National Lottery campaign.

The Celebrations have been the Lotto house band for the last 30 years, and for 30 years, they have played every time there is a new winner. Not a bad gig, and life has been pretty good. Now, The Irish National Lottery has released a new game called Lotto Plus, and there are so many winners, the band never stops playing. They are exhausted, and at their breaking point.

Please enjoy.

This is a really big campaign in Ireland right now, and the images are apparently all over the country. I wish I could be there to see it myself, but thankfully I have a few snaps of some of the executions.

A very big thank you to Stephen Rogers for this incredible project. It was an absolute blast. Thank you also to my producer, Patrick Daly for going above and beyond. I can’t wait to return to Ireland.
Retouching by GILD Studios.

25
Jan

Through The Eyes of a Child

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One of the wonderful things about kids is you can always count on them to provide you with outside perspective. It’s so easy to get locked into a routine as an adult, but kids have a way of knocking you out of your world and seeing things in a new light. That happened to me recently as I was going through images from my AT&T shoot with Possible. My daughter Isla saw this BTS picture and asked, “Daddy, why are you wearing trash bags at a photo shoot?”

Trash bag suit for a coffee spit.

To which I replied, “So that man can spit coffee on me.”
With an even more confused look on her face she said, “Why would he do that!?”
I had to think about that for a second before I said,”Well, because that’s my job.” smiling proudly.

Her look at that point said it all, and in that moment I was able to appreciate and enjoy just how unusual my job is. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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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
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

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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.

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12
Jan

The Seattle Times review of Uniform

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This week has been pretty exciting.  After wrestling with self doubt, fear, and vulnerability for the last year and a half while working on ‘Uniform,’ the series is finally complete.  Well, complete in a practical sense I suppose, but in other ways, I feel the work is just now beginning.

Last Thursday was the opening of ‘Uniform’, my first solo exhibition at Treason Gallery.  It was a night I will never forget, and I still feel like I am up in the clouds to be quite honest.  Not only seeing the images printed and displayed in such a beautiful space, but seeing people interacting with the prints and talking about them.  That made me happy.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement, I was invited to New Day Northwest on King 5 Seattle to talk about my ‘Uniform’ exhibition.  Below is the full video interview about ‘Uniform’ with Margaret Larson.

Art critic, Michael Upchurch wrote an amazing review of ‘Uniform’ in The Seattle Times, stating  “‘Uniform’, his first fine-art photography solo show, is a breakthrough and a revelation.” Wow. I am speechless.

‘Uniform’ is on display at Treason Gallery in Seattle through January 28, 2017. Make sure to check it out, and thank you for your support!

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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!

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14
Nov

Interview with Stitch

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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
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Kevin Durant portrait by photographer John Keatley
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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
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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
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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 selfie. Keatley with the assist!

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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!

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.

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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.

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