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October 12, 2010







Last Friday, October 16th, Visual Acoustics opened in Los Angeles, a film about architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

Tonight I finally got around to seeing it.

What an incredible film! Julius is without a doubt the photographer I aspire to be. I can’t believe that during my last two years of studying architectural photography at the Academy of Art University, none of my professors directed me to have a look at his work. In fact, the way I found out about Julius Shulman was through the broker on the house we are renting in LA right now. Of all people!!! She mentioned that he had passed away, and that it was a major loss for Los Angeles.

Being the curious person I am, I decided to Google him up and was blown away by the results I discovered. I found myself clicking through page after page of Google Images, reading article after article on his work. A few weeks later, a friend sent the link for the Visual Acoustics Apple Trailer…. After that, I just found myself counting down the days until it came out in Los Angeles…

The film gives an incredible history not only on Julius, but on the modernist architects of the 20th century. That was a bonus! There were clips from interviews from 50 years ago, and clips from as soon as a few years ago. I can go on and on about this film, but I’d much rather strongly recommend you to see it. Any fan of architecture and photography really should see it!

I aspire not only to enjoy a career in architectural photography such as his, but I also aspire to share his positive outlook on… well… everything! I’m sorry I didn’t get the opportunity to know him before he passed away, I would have loved the opportunity to meet him.

© Visual Acoustics, by Eric Bricker

© Visual Acoustics, by Eric Bricker

Getting to know….

October 5, 2009

I’ve only been in LA for a few weeks, so as you can probably imagine, work isn’t really “booming”.

In the meantime, I’ve been trying to get familiar with the photo scene, which is a pretty big task on its own!

I started by meeting with Mark Mercier and Jim Wimberg about a week and a half ago. Mark and Jim are photography partners, their company is called mercier-wimberg. Please click that link, their work has an incredible level of excellence and professionalism.

Mark was actually my Still Life teacher when I attended the Academy of Art University… As an instructor, he pushed us to produce professional images, “student quality” was not an option. I definitely took many of his lessons and kept them with me.

The meeting was great! I was very thankful they took time out of their day to sit down with me and answer all of my questions on the photo scene in my new city. It’s nice to know I have a resource when I hit a speed-bump in my transition. Muito obrigada to Mark and Jim! (many thanks!)

Then, just this past Thursday, I found myself at my first APA meeting in Los Angeles.

The event was called “Personal Projects:Richard Salas”. Commercial photographer Richard Salas shared with us his new book/personal project called, Sea of Light. Absolutely stunning underwater images… Exquisite lighting. While this APA meeting wasn’t heavy on instruction or business practices like most are, this event was still worth my time!! Very inspirational, and Richard Salas has an incredible energy to him. It was very special to hear him talk about his work. Here’s a shot from his book, which BTW, is very reasonably priced.

Sea of Light, Book by Richard Salas

Sea of Light, Book by Richard Salas

APA meetings have always been great events to attend. There is always an interesting topic, and always a new face to get acquainted with. I’m eager to see what kind of photographers I will meet down here in the Los Angeles chapter, I know that the San Francisco one was an incredible fountain of resources!

Back to work!

August 17, 2009

While my time in France may have been a vacation, I still photographed like a maniac, coming home with 60 gigs of images! I’m going to have to block out some serious time to get that taken care of…

In the meantime, I’m working on a print order of about 300 images or so for a past client. I just received the phone call yesterday. I get back to San Francisco Wednesday, and move to LA on the 24th, so let’s see if I can get these done before then! Ahh, the thrill of a deadline I’ve been without all summer!

While in Philly, I also had the opportunity to do a small job for Justin Moll, a pretty epic graphic designer/art director from the area… Sorry I can’t post the images yet, but once his site is together, I will proudly link to it! He really does incredible work – I love shooting his portfolio (I’ve done it once before) because his ideas always blow me away. Very talented!

Before I get back to business, I have to plug a company I recently used… While in France, I utilized the services of borrowlenses.com. I was able to reserve my lens a long time in advance, received my lens on the exact day I asked for it, ran off to France for a month, returned it to the packaging they sent it in, and slapped on the return shipping sticker that they included in the box. The lens was in great shape, and worked like a champion. It ran me about $175 for an entire month of usage… Not bad, I say! I was very happy with them, and look forward to utilizing their services again in the future. Check them out!

For now, it’s back to work. I’m very excited to get to LA and get to work again!

~jess.

auf Wiedersehen!

June 23, 2009

These next few months are going to bring about much excitement!!

From now until July 7th, I will be wrapping up the end of a five and half year stint of living in San Francisco. Having originally moved here from the small borough of Folsom, NJ, I attended school at the Academy of Art University for Advertising Photography, where I graduated as a valedictorian nominee. What a great city to go to school in! San Francisco is welcoming of everyone and everything, and really gave me the opportunity to grow and discover who I am, both personally and creatively, without having to worry about anyone passing judgement.

After graduation, I took a job with Apple Inc. as a Creative which, to be honest, I couldn’t resist. A great company, with great products, and great people. After only a year, however, I was really missing photography. So I said my goodbyes to Apple, and started up my business… …right in the middle of a recession!

Work in San Francisco has been pretty slow, for both myself and my film-producer boyfriend, Marcelo Eid. As a result, we decided to try a new city! Off to Los Angeles we go…

But first, three weeks in France! 10 days in Paris, 10 days in the south of France…. Suffice it to say, I’m exhilarated for the opportunity and feel extremely fortunate. I’m also eager to photograph like crazy to expand my portfolio! This trip will certainly justify updating my website.

After France, two weeks in New Jersey… Catch a couple of shows from my alumni drum corps, the Cadets, spend some quality time with family, and enjoy some water ice on the Jersey Shore!

However, as relaxing as the upcoming weeks sound, as soon as I’m back to California, I’m going to be in a new city with not many contacts, which will catapult me into working double time!! Lots of phone calls, lots of meetings, lots of challenges… All of which I am very excited about meeting head on and starting a new career in the South of California!

Hope everyone is well… Now I’m off to put some things for sale on Craigslist. Anyone interested in an iPhone 2G? (:

Tattoo Series

March 25, 2009

A while back I had started a project on tattoos. I was interested in shooting people who had an excess of body work not only because it’s instantly interesting to look at, but it became even more interesting to hear their stories. I never imagined that the word “addiction” would have been used so much. Here are some of my favorites from the series. I wouldn’t mind starting it up again soon now that I have a little bit more time on my hands. Any interested models? Thanks to both Cold Steel America and Black Heart Tattoo for allowing me the space to shoot.

Paul King of Cold Steel America

Scott from Black Heart Tattoo

Erin and Mick, Cold Steel America

Nick, Black Heart Tattoo

© Jess Reynolds Photography