Inspired by an iconic photograph of Marlon Brando shaving, my male model buddy of mine asked if we could take our own spin on the image. Shot in my studio, he actually started the day with a full mountain man beard and we proceeded the shave it off in order to get the shot. Here’s the end results.
I was really excited when San Francisco Magazine came to me to shoot and recreate scenes from the Steve McQueen movie “Bullit” with Ford’s 50th anniversary version of the famous mustang. We only had an hour with the car but we drifted and drove all over SF to shoot some great dragged shots of the car. Shout out to the managing editor, Ian Stewart, for driving the car around and looking like a badass while doing so.
Here are a few outtakes from the shoot that didn’t end in print.
My assistant, Marc Estrada, and I made a quick little video while we were shooting as well.
For the August issue of San Francisco magazine, I was asked to photograph Cabaret artists that attend a local Speakeasy and really get into character. What was so interesting to me is that when each person walked in they were shy and timid, but I blasted old Sinatra music and asked they who they became in the Speakeasy they opened up and turned into alter-egos straight out of and old classic film. They were singing, dancing, and talking with the perfect old New York accent to make for some wonderful subjects. It was an afternoon of great music and amazing performances for the portraits.
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