Atlanta artist Zip K has created some buzz in the past few years with projects like "404 Error" , featuring heavy hitters like TWO9 Jace , Cyhi The Prynce and Money Makin Nique. Zip K's most recent project, "Rotten Peaches Ep" has garnered buzz in the Atlanta music scene. Zip K recently teamed up with cigarillo company Swisher Sweets for their annual artist initiative. Celebrity stylist Metta Conchetta , who has styled for Metro Boomin and Two Chainz styled Zip K. Here's a few highlights from the lookbook
So this is the second installment of my in flight series with local Atlanta bmx rider Jordan Russel. For this installment we went to 3 locaitons, a bridge by the Georgia State Marta Station, King Memorial Marta Station and the Krog Street tunnel.
These locaitons felt a little more intimiating because it was a non school related spot and many times people become vigilantees against action sports athletes practicing at anywhere else but a skatepark. That being said, there was more of a pressure to hit more jumps the first time and me to capture good images the first try so we could leave and not riskded the awkward situation of begin escorted out of a place. I will say theres a rush in photography of shooting at somehwere you shouldn't be. It reminds me of the days I used to try and get on rooftops. Anyways, enough nostalgia. Here are my favorite photos form this shoot.
Photos by: Chris House
1.) Do stuff like this on a weekday afternoon. I did it on a Thursday and was completely left alone.
2.) Adding the pressure of getting a shot in the first try makes you pre-visualize more and try and nail everything. It may take some time to perfect, but it helps you in the long run
3.) I found so much enjoyment in taking photos like these, I'll be doing more.
4.) Limitations aren't a bad thing
5.) As a street photographer you just have to think about taking well known spots and representing them in a different light
So if you haven't noticed, I absolutely love taking photos of people in different settings. There's something about capturing a moment in time with a person in frame. Recently I was able to work with a local bmx rider named Jordan Russell to work on a motion project where I take Georgia State's campus and make it my photographic playground. Jordan has been riding bikes for a long time. I met him at my second job. We have had a great working relationship, I love what we come up with. So here is some of my favorites from our set at Ga State
Photos by: Chris House
A lot of the shots were super coordinated. These shots took at least 2 times to perfect. Every jump he did he practiced and gave ideas on how to make the image look right. It was great to work with a rider that has a nack for being part of the creative process. I have shot with this guy before and we've been kicked off campus for taking photos of him bmx riding. Luckily this time we didn't. You'll be seeing more from this guy and me.
Takeaways from the session:
1. Make sure your focus mode is set to "ai servo" this will let your camera auto focus for object in movement. You should also have your shutter mode on continuous shooting to be able to capture a series of motion
2. Appeture can be tricky to nail in things like this. Don't let your appeture setting stay low. It's ok to have it at f4 or above.
3. Late afternoon lighting is awful, but you can work with it creatively (look to shadowed areas)
4. I don't shoot action sports often, but I'd like to, this is good practice
So a good friend of mine is a marketing strategist and brand developer. He brands himself as Petie Parker.
His clients include artist Paper Frank , Stevie Pettus from Freebandz clothing and Photographer Evan5ps . Having influential clients and general success with branding has helped him not only grown his brand, but create connections for artists in the city get connected and grow. Something that makes him stand out is his ability to hide in plain sight, when he is not wearing his mask and is in public he won't be noticed. He also does corporate branding under his own name. To attest to his success at anonymity, he once told me about a corporate company being caught up deciding to give the gig to him or Petie Parker.
So because he has never publicly revealed his identity, mystery surrounds him. No one has sat down with him to interview how he got started. I decided to take the opportunity to conduct an interview about how he got started, why he likes to brand and the stories behind how he met his clients, and the relationships he has with them.
So there you have it. That is the story of how he got started. I've got to say it's been an honor working with Petie outside of this video. His creative energy is infectious and can motivate anyone to pursue their dreams and think creatively and strategically. If you have questions about management, consulting, branding, or any questions, send him an email!
As always thank you for reading!
I was able to spend some time with Fit For A King, The Word Alive and Out Came The Wolves for the "Dark Matter Tour" during their Atlanta stop on March 14th. The tour started February 19th and ended at the "So What Festival" March 20th. The tour was routed all over he United States, starting in California and ending in Texas.
I was able to spend a little time with Fit For a King and Out Came the Wolves before the show. I've got to say, the dynamic and energy in the greenroom was awesome. The guys all interacted like familiar friends even though this was their first tour together and Out Came The Wolves first tour ever. Fit For a King's set was face melting and full of sweaty, fist pumping energy. Their tightness as a mature band shows. While I wasn't familiar with Out Came the Wolves their infectious music had kids that had never heard of them banging their head and made me a fan for sure. Here's some of Fit For a King and Out Came The Wolves set highlights
Photos by: Chris House
The headliner, The World Alive has had prominence in the metalcore scene since their debut album. They have constantly improved on their music and it shows live. They put energy into every song, and are great showmen as well as musicians. Here's a few of my favorite photos from their set
Photos by: Chris House
Some things I learned from this concert were:
1. Get your press credentials as soon as you get to the venue
2. Great bands put so much into their live performances, no matter how exhausted they are from long tours
3. The music industry is more complicated than I thought
4. Learn how back button focus on your camera
5. The Masquerade security does what they can to look after photographers
So I get to shoot a lot of fellow creatives these days. It’s cool to be a photographer that can document other people… Atlanta is quickly becoming a city unlike any other, with such a young generation of already skilled creators. From photo, video, design and fashion Atlanta in my opinion is prime to become like New York or Los Angeles in terms of being known both nationally and internationally.
Anyways, my most recent session was with Chancer Smith. Chancer won the Atlanta Short Film Festival (audience choice) and Creative Loafing’s film festival for his film "The Thin Line". It's a documentary that follows the narrative of individuals pursuing their dreams. Here's a link to it: http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2015/03/04/scenes-from-cls-5th-annual-short-cuts-film-contest-screening .
He was also flown to Miami by Revolt Tv for the Spike Lee film festival. I was able to talk with him about creating art in general, life as an artist and the future of both our careers and the city. We also talked about what the future of creative work will look like for Atlanta and what challenges our generation faces creatively.
One thing I learned through this shoot is how to creative direct a bit more, a lot of times photographers will bumble around and not pose people, try a concept out or even just make it really awkward. As a photographer, you need to be able to control a photoshoot and coordinate with your models. I'm a firm believer that anyone can model, if coached and posed well. That may be controversial, but I think photographers just need to be a great communicator
If you're reading this welcome! If you want to keep up with recent portrait sessions, my photo adventures, how I make the images I do or just want to see my journey on becoming a professional photographer, check this blog weekly!
I had the opportunity to visit San Diego and explore some spots last week, here are some of my favorites from: Sunset Cliffs, North Park, Ocean Beach, La Jolla Cove and the SALK Institute
I had the pleasure of teaming up with Pamplona Clothing to create a lookbook for their fall and winter clothing line (http://pamplonaclothing.com/)
I had the pleasure to shoot Silent Planet, Phineas, Gideon, Fit For A King and For Today at the Maquerade
So when I picked up a camera, I was doing it because I loved to express myself and believed that this could be a great tool to create art. A powerful thing came along; social media. As a photographer I found myself drowning in an ocean of likes, comments and follows. For a while I found my validation in that. After a while, I realized that approval like that can be so fleeting. Validation cannot be 100% sourced from other people!!!! You have to believe in yourself and your craft. Community and validation from friends is ok, but they can't be your main source for it. Go explore, create something new and believe in it!