GUMELO mushrooms

This time I wanted to talk about something i find to be very interesting.

A couple of months ago i got to do a photo shoot for a new company, Gumelo. Created by three young entrepreneurs who developed a really curious product. It’s called EcoGumelo and it represents a fun new way of actually bring something to life and watch it grow, in this case it’s mushrooms I’m talking about, Gourmet Mushrooms.

The way it works is simple, you get a package, open it and just spray it twice a day with clean water. Then you just watch it grow, and it grows so fast you can almost see it get bigger by the minute. It’s almost scary! ;)

They were kind enough to give me a couple of packages to try it for myself, and after they grew and I cooked them, they were delicious!

The photo shoot itself was one of the must fun ones for me, shooting three young people, full of ideas and in a casual environment, with a couple of beers from time to time. :)

Here you can see some select photos:

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Please spare some time to get to know what Gumelo is all about in their official website HERE!

Cheers!

14th Nov. – European General Strike

Last November 14th was marked by a general strike that spread across many european countries, regarding the efects of the economic crisis and the repercussions it had on the european people. Here are some selected shots i took in the demonstration in Lisbon, Portugal.

 

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Marhum – bikini photoshoot

Last month’s photoshoot for the portuguese bikini brand “Marhum”

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Check out Marhum’s Facebook page

More at www.filipeserralheiro.com 

Michael Keena

Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite photographer, Michael Keena.

Born 1953 in England, he currently lives in Seattle, USA and is one of the best (IMO) landscape photographers i know.

The youngest of six children  in a working class, Irish-Catholic family. There was certainly no tradition of art among his family at the time. Art had been one of his strongest subjects and he went on to study at the Banbury School of Art in Oxfordshire. Photography was one of many art mediums that he was exposed to as part of the course-work.

Later on, he saw the works of such luminaries as Bill BrandtJosef Sudek, Eugene Atget, and Alfred Steigliz. They were profoundly impressive and influential. He was particularly entranced by the painters Casper David Friedrich, John Constable and Joseph Turner. After graduating, he did some assisting and printing for an advertising photographer, Anthony Blake. Landscape photography became his hobby and passion which he did in the mornings, evenings and on the weekend when he wasn’t “working”. It was really only when he went to the USA in the mid seventies that he considered the possibility of making a living in the fine arts. There were photography galleries in New York and there seemed to be a higher acceptance of photography as an art form.

Michael Keena produces almost exclusively black and white photographs. They tend to be very intimate, mysterious and at the same time rough and appealing. Here’s his take on the subject:

“I believe black and white is immediately more mysterious because we see in color all the time. It is also more subjective. I think it is quieter and more calm than color. I like to print all my own work and I can interpret black and white very subjectively in the darkroom. It is a personal preference.” – Michael Keena

Honestly, although landscape photography can produce beautiful images, and it does, i was never able to really be mesmerized by it. I don´t know why but for me it lacks some kind of element that tells the story, that grabs my attention. When I see a gorgeous landscape photo I like it, I know it’s beautiful but I don´t find myself much interested in it, because at the end of the day it’s just a photograph of something pretty.

The great exception is the work of Michael Keena, I was truly surrendered by the stunning images he produces, they’re not just landscape photography, definitely not just photos of pretty things. They tell a story, they had a great impact on  me. Especially the work he did in Japan, my favorite.

And you can tell his work is something else when you see his list of clients, that include Rolls Royce, Audi, BMW, Adidas, Bank of America, Moet et Chandon, Maserati, Mercedes, etc. I was impressed enough to feel the urge to contact him, so i even sent him an e-mail some years ago, when I was just starting to enter the world of professional photography. He was kind enough to reply and we exchanged some e-mails where he advised me and gave me words of strength and confidence for the journey I then started.

I leave you here with my personal favorite images from Michael Keena. And please take some time to visit his website!

First Photoshoot i did

So, as I promised on one of my latest posts i present you some oooold photos i shot for the metal band Annihilation. These were shot maybe 7 years ago on film, with my good old Canon EOS 33. I really regret having sold it… If i recall i used the Fujifilm Superia ISO200, but I’m not sure.

It was a really fun shoot to do, and these guys were great. When i look back at these images i remember a lot of things I’ve should have done better, but it’s always good to look back and know you’ve learned something along the way, and that there’s always so much more to learn!

Hope you enjoy them! Cheers!

dentsu: paint sound sculptures

From 2010, but worth re-watching! Truly stunning images.

“The creative studio dentsu, teamed up with photographer linden gledhill to create this series of paint sculptures using sound vibrations. the series was part of a campaign for canon’s pixma ink printer brand. the photographs and videos begin by wrapping a membrane around a small speaker. ink drops were placed on this membrane and the speaker was turned on. once it began to vibrate the ink begins to jump up and down. high-speed video cameras and still cameras were used to capture this including circling around the sculptures to see them from all angles. experimenting with different sounds and frequencies created the various pieces.” – Nate for Design Boom | 10.06.10

Check out their site at www.dentsu.com

Guerrilla Girl – by Nathaniel Goldberg

I came across this great editorial, in Models.com site. I just love this kind of visual and photographic out of place  influences! :)

“Considering the complex (and often antagonistic) relationship between the fashion industry and rights issues like human trafficking and fair labor, the idea of a luxury freedom fighter is a bit of an oxymoron. Not that you can’t fight for equality while wearing Celine pumps, but real life rarely offers such opportunities.

Of course that has never stopped fashion from, editorializing the fantasy of guerilla girls dressed in the season’s latest trends. V Spain serves up an intriguing take on the theme with a slick story shot by Nathaniel Goldberg and featuring a series of chic pieces from Margiela, Ralph Lauren and of course Celine all chosen by Gillian Wilkins. The images present a vision of well dressed rebellion and are dedicated to “all the courageous women who defend their ideals. They are masters of their own destiny, their voices songs that celebrate the beauty of freedom.”

Beautiful words, but how do you feel about the pictures? Sporting perfectly tilted berets and wildly hair coiffed by Shon, Edita looks like exactly what she is – a stunning top model playing dress up in revolutionary drag. In some pics it works, especially when she gives that powerful gaze, but even with a dagger in hand or holding down a semi-automatic, she still seems wildly out of place. Perhaps that is intentional – we can’t help but get some Patty Hearst, gun wielding socialite vibes in a couple shots. Let us know what you’re getting from this story in the comments.” – Models.com

Be sure to check the rest of the photos at Models.com!!