A little while after the new year, as is tradition, thousands of media professionals thaw out, sober up or get back to business and say “what the hell happened?” As we begin taking stock of the previous 12 months for cerebral clarity, emotional sentiment, data backups or to draw fresh marketing material for the next push, we hopefully will encounter standouts along the way. For me, this next image is such a standout.
Shot in Bucharest, Romania while working for a Canadian textile import brand called Poco Loco. The gig had taken me all over the country, shooting everywhere from castles to medieval mountain cities, but I finally snagged the frame I was looking for on my last production day in Eastern Europe, in Herastrau Park. After the jump is a narrow crop of the shot, which I also find striking. Oh, and the model’s natural, wild eyes which seem to follow you around the room. Continue reading →
Captivate is back in Romania for our second euro shoot trip of the year, this time with Christopher Eades joining us on his first overseas jaunt. To celebrate being back in Eastern Europe so soon, we’re kicking this journey off with a small recap of the last one, backed by a mean groove.
The video was shot by Alexander Vlad, Stefan Amariutei and our Romanian colleague with a similar name and predilection of all things Canon, Alex Vlad Covaci.
Still photography in the video by Alexander Vlad. In the coming days we’ll reveal a number of the projects we were working on over here past and present and reconnect with our production family to cook up something new.
Assistance by Stefan Amariutei and Alex Vlad Covaci, who worked like champions all across the country and who helped make this whole enterprise possible.
Video edited by Christopher Eades, who may end up subconsciously learning Romanian by scrubbing footage.
The journey to Transylvania in September / October 2014 also produced some interesting results.
Oman was always one of my favourite parts of going to the Middle East. The people, culture, occasional access to bacon (for a Gulf State) and incredible geography all contribute to making it a worthy destination. Even on the way out of the country, our cab driver insisted we had enough time to tour around Sultan Qaboos impressive Al Alam Palace. I had a mini tripod in my carry on bag that required me to spend a good amount of time on my belly, drawing curious looks from the palace guards, but it was worth it to capture the symetry and presence of the front, along with how vibrant it is, in stark contrast to the muted desert colours of palaces in other Gulf monarchies. Photographed by Alexander Vlad.
I lit and shot this portrait of a gypsy accordionist during a music video shoot close to Rupea in Transylvania. His traditional band was starring in a music video for Ottawa rock outfit The Wicked Mercy. More news on the production later this month, but it was hands down the most fun I’ve ever had shooting anything, ever.
This portrait was taken during the early morning bustle of a Transylvanian wedding in September 2014. The subject is the mother of one of the village musicians that was playing at the wedding, and also knew the groom since he was a small child. I plan on returning to Romania in May of 2015 to shoot another wedding. The subject matter is always so rich and authentic in rural Eastern Europe.