Great Photography from Steven Klein

Great Photography from Steven Klein

I’m not one for celebrity gossip. I can see the publicist through almost every story in People or on Extra.

Ok, I get suckered in from time to time. I’ll admit. Britney’s “Lady Land” hanging out in concert, Octomom’s unsupportable children habit and any of those ambiguous photos that say “whose ass is this?”. I don’t seek it out, but I don’t exactly avoid it either.

Anyway, I can tolerate the rediculous stuff, but sometimes it’s nice to see celebrities doing something awesome. Artistic even.

I have blogged about my fellow Missourian Brad Pitt before. As I said I’m a big fan. I normally try to avoid any “Brangelina” hype, but this I thought was amazing work, and I like the story behind it as well.

In 2005, Pitt and Jolie were filming Mr and Mrs Smith (While Brad was still married and before all the adopted children). The produced Smith movie was comedic and more suberbia than what Pitt had in his mind for the story. Brad apparently wanted a seedier mid-century style for the husband and wife. He saw them caught between the family that ties them to normalcy and the dark lives that they lead in secret from each other. Brad coordinated a photoshoot with photographer Steven Klein.

The photos turned out amazing. I saw these on FFFFound tonight.

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Fun work

Martin Luther King Tribute

I wanted to attempt this style  in February, and being Black History Month I chose the Rev. as my muse.

His face is made up of the words of his epic Lincoln Memorial “I have a dream…” speech.

Take a look. I am having it framed as I type.

Smoking Goat Branding

I like beer.

Beer high in flavor, alcohol and price. I brew at home, but wouldn’t consider myself very good at this point. I’m working on it.

We have friends in Louisiana who I would consider really good. I designed some branding for their forthcoming brewery down there.

The Smoking Goat will hopefully be amazing, especially if I get some good beer out of the deal.

Have a look. Then drink a beer and have a look again. Continue this process until the logo looks awesome.

New Poster

This is a poster I made for my buddy Dustin.

A classic quote from him as we drove by Effingham, IL’s infamous and huge cross.

I thought it would look good in his new apartment.

Sheltered Perceptions

I recently got the chance to work on a project for the Humane Society. Given the fact that every time I walk into an animal shelter I have to be talked down from taking home every animal in the place, I was happy to help in anyway I could.

With the majority of pet buying in the United States coming from breeders, mall pet shops and unfortunately mills, animal shelters (specifically the Humane Society) are left overflowing with pets that need loving homes. They are running into a perception problem however, and many misconceptions about shelter pets are accepted as fact, and often repeated as such.

To get past this, we decided to take the problem head on, and address the most common misconceptions individually.

Here is where we landed:

Humane Society - Misconceptions"Mutt"

Humane Society - Misconceptions - "Bark"

Lauren and Dan sit’n in a tree…

My good friend Lauren is getting married in July, and though I am extremely jealous of her fiance Dan (don’t tell my wife), I made their save the date cards.

I use VistaPrint to print these types of things. Though the quality suffers, and the rumor is that they are destroying local community printers nationwide, for the price they can’t be beat. Check them out next time you want to customize your own holiday card or invitation.

Here’s how Lauren’s STDs turned out: