I had a bit of downtime after weeks of shooting so when my favorite stylist Annie Palmiotto asked to set up a test I jumped on working together. We wanted something that was relaxed and gave the story of a fashionable woman’s late afternoon wandering after her house taking in the sun, drinking wine, and enjoying a slow evening. We decided to work with model Alexis Hutt, who I shot for Harper’s Bazaar TR last year HERE, and met her at a small home in Santa Cruz for the shoot. I decided to shoot this story all film to put me in a relaxed and more meditative state and I’m very excited about the results from our evening shoot together.
One of my favorite things is when I get to collaborate with an artist that I respect, especially a musician. I met Rebecca when we were both living in Sacramento a few years ago, trying to figure out what kind of artist we wanted to be, and I saw her singing at an open mic night. I knew from the way I could feel her passion through her singing that I had to work with her whether it be to photograph her or create something more in depth like a video.
Flash forward almost four years of being friends and countless album cover shoots for her work she asked me to direct her first major music video and I jumped on the opportunity.
When she sent me "Lonely" I was struck with such emotions since everyone has felt what it's like to want someone to want you but to feel alone. We came up with the idea to show the passing of time with multiple loves and how still at the end of it all there's a sense of loneliness and not feeling seen completely.
The amazing cinematographer Sean Geisterfer was my right hand man in making this for us. Below is the single cover I shot as well. Enjoy!
Here are a few Behind-the-scenes snaps from the day.
What was so cool about this project was that when Boda Skins reached out to me to shoot they said I had free reign to show off my favorite spots in the city of San Francisco. I grew up outside of the city in Sacramento (two hours ish) but in high school and early college I spent a lot of time in the city while interning for a company called Wantful. We all gathered at Union Square and began roaming around some places from there like rooftops of parking garages, the famous Chinatown and even Little Italy. They gave me the pleasure of being able to shoot some of the work on film so of course I loved that opportunity and ran with it. Below are more images from the campaign in the city.
Here's a few BTS snaps from the shoot. @theadamdillon
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.
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.