It's raining here in the Bay Area and it's making me wish of the warmer days when you could adventure around and do some great shooting. My shoot with Caleb and Dade in Soho, NYC came to mind. At the end of summer last year I headed out to NYC for some meetings and planned a few shoots while I was in town. I wanted to do a run around young love style shoot and capture some finds around the Soho area and this shoot was set up with the wonderful models Caleb and Dade. They had never met before but their energy was great and acted as if they've known each other for years.
The great thing about this shoot was it was one of the first times lately where I wanted to create my own spin on a brand that I really looked up to. For a long time I've always wanted to shoot something for Levi's but I didn't want to make an image to send them that was probably like everything that they already get in the mail. I wanted an image that was more about a lifestyle and who the woman was the wore the pair of jeans. She's an adventurer who loves the quiet moments alone wandering in an unknown landscape but full of contentment. The first image in this series was the image for me that really captured what this embodied for me and it also being shot on film helped me to slow down during the shoot and really become more aware and intentional in what I was creating that day. I think as artists we lose the sense of focused and in tune thinking while the camera is in our hands because we are shooting to fast to get as much as we can. And slowing the process of taking/creating a photograph is something that I strive to get towards on each project as of lately. I hope you enjoy the images as much as I wandering around the hills making them.
A few BTS images from the day of the shoot where we tackled both medium format film and digital imagery. More behind the scenes shots on my Instagram here: @theadamdillon
Model : Sophia Jackson @ SCOUT. Stylist : Anne Palmiotto. Assistant : Edward Lie.
I've had the pleasure of knowing men's shoe designer and fashion influencer Rob Gregg who runs Rob McAllan for a few years now and the guys is an unstoppable force of nature. Wet met in Manhattan to spend some time taking photos and talking about what it means to make a brand that really cuts through the noise. We ended up passing by the DogPound where he, and some Victoria Secret Models and Olympians, workout and decided to make him sweat in a suit. Throwing tires, boxing with the camera, and somehow making it all look super classy.
Rob designs luxury men's shoes that focus on high end materials that allow you to move like they were a pair of performance shoes. As a creative who's always running around but likes to throw on the occasional suit, the shoes are the perfect go to.
Here's where you can follow Rob : Instagram
Here's the story of how during a trip to Barcelona my camera almost lit on fire.
My buddy Lucas and I were on a country hopping trip earlier this year (see the Paris images here) and our last stop on the trip was a week to explore the beautiful city of Barcelona. We planned the trip so that on our last day we would be able to experience "La Festa Major de Gracia." We were told it's a festival where all of the streets in a certain area decorate the alleyways and put lights and streamers over top of the alley to create this amazing environment.
Before we went to check out the sights we wandered across the parade that was happening for the festival. Continue reading below...
The festival was loud, crazy, energetic, and everyone was having a blast running through the streets. There were groups dressed as the devil and would put fireworks on the end of sticks so that they would spin around and the sparks and embers would fly out over the crowd. It was an amazing sight and a photographers heaven.
Lucas was vlogging the trip so he decides to call one of the devils over to come do the rocket right next to us, which he obliged. It resulted in the amazing photo at the end of this blog where there's just pure joy on Lucas' face with such a fire-fueled adrenaline rush. I take the shot and then look down at the back of my camera where some of the fire being sprayed landed on the back of my camera. I try to push them off but they sink in deeper into the camera. I freaked out but now the camera has a few burn battle scars which makes for a great story on set.
One of the best moments I've ever had the opportunity to capture.
After working together on a group shoot in San Francisco earlier this year, the amazing stylist Melike Nur Ocal reached out to me to create an editorial piece for the fall/winter issue of Harper's Bazaar Turkey. I was of course super excited to get on board! We planned to shoot around Tomales Bay just north of San Francisco where there are oyster farms everywhere with beautiful land and textures. We shot over 12 looks in the day and got a full range of imagery to be able to choose from for the final piece which ended up being an 8-page spread in print. My goal was to be show the movement in the dresses and really create a narrative for who the Harper's Bazaar women is in our minds.
Styling by Melike Nur Ocal. MUA by Erika Taniguchi. Models Alexis and Nicole from SCOUT.
A little BTS shot of me taking the hero image from the editorial. As if I couldn't get any taller...