Nom Wah Tea Parlor teamed up Adam Lucas (aka Hanksy) for a two-day pop-up in Chinatown called Neighborhood. Adam designed a capsule collection that includes Nom Wah branded clothing, totes, and enamel pins. He also painted large scale works on paper inspired by specific blocks in Chinatown. For the promotion of Neighborhood, I worked with Adam to direct a photo shoot of the collection. He wanted the photos to feel candid and have them capture the spirit of Nom Wah. I brought on Kareem Black to shoot. We’ve collaborated on many shoots like this before so I thought he’d be a perfect fit. All of the models were friends or fans of Nom Wah or Adam and some were local business owners. Everyone brought their own personal style and personality to the project. We were lucky to have such great access to the restaurant during a busy Sunday dinner. Below are a few from the shoot.
Neighbors opens on May 22, 7pm at 168 Bowery.
The ADC Annual Awards is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. Now in its 97th year, these Awards celebrate the very best in advertising, design, illustration, photography, packaging, motion and digital media, all with a focus on craftsmanship and innovation. It was a tremendous honor to sit on the photo jury with so many talented people reviewing a range of stellar work. Additionally, I was happy to present all of the Photography awards on behalf of the photo jury before a packed house at Industria as part of The One Club for Creativity annual Creative Week. The photo jury awarded 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 5 Bronze, 25 Merit in total.
Below are the awards I presented at the show. Full list of winners can be found HERE.
ADC Gold Cube winner in Photography and a winner Best of Discipline: Lauren Greenfield, Venice, CA, USA “Generation Wealth” for Evergreen Pictures in Photography, Book-Series
ADC Silver Cube winner in Photography for a Magazine/Newspaper Spread: The New York Times Magazine for “Horror Show”
ADC Silver Cube winner in Photography for a Magazine/Newspaper Spread: The New York Times Magazine for “The Voyages Issue” This issue also won a Bronze Cube for Magazine/Newspaper Cover
ADC Bronze Cube winner in Commercial Product Photography Series and for Brand And Communication Design Traditional Posters: Knot Tokyo For “Yamaha Speaker VXS, VXL, and VXC” created for the Yamaha Corporation
ADC Bronze Cube winner in the Wildcard Category: Viceland For “Things”. This also won a Bronze Cube for social media Instagram campaign
ADC Bronze Cube winner in Photography for a Magazine/Newspaper Spread: Dentsu, Amana and Taki Corporation for “Sumo Girls” created for Hokkoku Shimbun
Excited to share that I’m an ADC Jury Member for The One Club for Creativity in the prestigious ADC 97th Annual Awards!
Entries into the ADC 97th Annual Awards will be judged by juries comprised of talented and inspiring creative leaders from around the world. Representing the very best in advertising, design, illustration, photography, motion, animation, interactive and other creative disciplines, these top industry talents will be responsible for upholding the standard of ADC’s ongoing commitment to award work that meets the highest standards of craft, design and innovation.
There’s still time to enter at adcawards.org. Deadline is 1/31.
Some Grow Up, Others Grow Down was the inaugural exhibit of Adam Lucas aka Hanksy. Adam took over an unfinished storefront at the corner of Canal and Bowery to put on an exhibit of his latest evolution of his work. In addition to shooting stills of all the pieces, I also shot the opening night for him.
Photography by Brian Luna for High Snobiety
Every night after work all last week, I assisted artist, Hanksy as part of his core 4-person crew with his latest project, Market Surplus. This is the 4th show over the past 2 years that I worked on including Best of the Worst, Surplus Candy LA and Surplus Candy LA VR. Market Surplus was a one-weekend exhibition featuring murals by 10 renowned street artists, including Faust, PixelPancho, Elle, and L’amour Supreme in the now abandoned Essex Street Market. Every piece was an overt or subtle nod to the Lower East Side.
I was there to do whatever was necessary from walking around and encouraging or assisting artists to production, assisting in lighting direction and even final touch ups as you can see in the shot in the article. I also documented the space coming to life over the week. One of my photos was the show flyer. Once again, it was an amazing experience with a lot of great, talented people.
Hearing about Chris Cornell this morning, I pulled out my copy of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge to look back at these pics. I was photo editor on this book in 2010. Having access to so many photographer’s archives of famous and unseen images was an incredible experience. What an influential era and what an incredibly talented person. RIP Chris Cornell.
Photography by Derek Von Essen
Photography by Ed Sirrs
For the 30th Anniversary of Licensed to Ill, The Metrograph Theater is running the Beastie Boys’ film, Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! for one night. The film is a live concert performance shot by 50 selected audience members at a 2004 Beastie Boys concert at Madison Square Garden. Six of those filming were experienced principle camera operators. I was one of the lucky six! Adam Yauch’s vision to have fan created content was innovative. With everyone rolling the entire time, the concert was entirely edited from all of these cameras.
The film first screened on January 6, 2006 to the fans that shot the footage and that same month it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. During a promotional performance on the Late Show with David Letterman, members of the audience were given camcorders to film the televised performance in a similar fashion to that of the film.
Intro to film:
The official music video is out for “Patrick Wavy” by Pen Ultimate. I directed the video over the summer under First Team Posse. It’s everything Pen Ultimate is, fun, energetic and entertaining! There are so many hidden gems and great moments in it.
I saw Pen Ultimate perform at a rooftop party and this song, “Patrick Wavy” really stood out to me. From it’s fun hook to the line about Patrick Swayze, it lopped in my head and made me laugh. Instantly, I had so many ideas and visuals for a video. I pitched Pen Ultimate and their manager the concept and they were down with it. I envisioned them stuck between two worlds, reality and their wavy minds. Like when moments or objects from your life creep into your dreams. From the emoji beach balls and the inflatable and neon palm trees, to the actions and gestures they make, it’s a subtle back and forth fluid play between the two worlds. Plus, I love anthropomorphism and they were down with a bit of silliness. I included a live performance so more people could see how much great energy they bring. This was their first official video showcasing them as artists and I feel that we really captured who they are.
We shot at two locations in one day; the morning on the beach in the Rockaways and the night in the back room at Forgt Me Not.
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I’m happy to announce that Audition, a film I was one of the Associate Producers on has won several awards at four recent film festivals.
2016 Manchester Film Festival Winner: Best Film Editing
2015 Lone Star Film Festival Official Selection, Winner: Best Documentary Feature Film
2015 Portland Film Festival Official Selection
2015 St. Lawrence Film Festival Official Selection
What is real love? New York filmmaker Matt Herron spent over 15 years peeling back layers of expectations and disappointments to uncover the raw essence of this inescapable emotion through his powerful new award-winning film “AUDITION.” Set in the midst of a real-life acting competition, this cautionary narrative within a documentary takes us on a provocative journey into the heart of one of the most profound questions most of us will ever face.