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Communication Arts Photography Annual

I’m thrilled to announce one of the graphic industry’s most prestigious awards, Communication Arts has selected a series of five (5!) of my Fairy Tale Animals for the coveted CA Photography Annual. Included are; Jack the Belgian Hare, Stanley the Donkey, Joffrey the Rooster, Garbo the Barn Owl and Poe the Raven. See the rest of them here.

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Fairy Tale Animals – A Series of Real Animal Portraits Inspired by Childhood Tales

It’s rare for me to do a formal show,however, when the curator at 111 Minna approached me for my Fairy Tale Animal series, I couldn’t resist and realized it was time. That said, this is shaping up to be an amazing presentation that I’m to be producing. I’d love to see you there! See more of my work here.

Here’s the FB event link for details:https://www.facebook.com/events/592420780924101/

Billboards for healthcare start up Collective Health. Photography by Peter Samuels, San Francisco Ca. An exciting batch of new people advertising photography for my portfolio.

Branding campaign for Collective Health

Very pleased to see my work on billboards along the 101 freeway near SFO for healthcare start up Collective Health. A super fun shoot with a great team and an outstanding client that resulted in an exciting new collection of people photography that I’m proud to share. See more on my site by clicking here.

©Peter Samuels
©Peter Samuels
©Peter Samuels
©Peter Samuels

fanhattan – untangling your viewing experience

The San Mateo start-up, Fanhattan, is involved in a great trend in the tech start up arena right now – consolidating movie and TV content. If you’ve ever wanted to know if a movie was available for streaming, as a disc, or still in the theaters, Fanhattan’s got you covered.  It’s a one click source for knowing if the content you want is available and for how much. It lists different sources, not just itunes, but amazon and vudu – price shopping! Of course, you can rent or buy right from the site, so it really does consolidate all those shows from so many different providers in one nice looking UX environment. I recommend signing up for the free beta at fanhattan.com and giving a whirl.

Fanhattan's CEO, Gilles BianRosa.
Fanhattan’s CEO, Gilles BianRosa.
The fanhattan team.
The fanhattan team.

an inspiring blend of science tech and geek

When it comes to still life / product photography, it’s projects like this that get me excited. These prosthetic limbs were designed by Scott Summit of Bespoke and backed by 3D printing systems. Both limbs shown were created by 3D printing and the metal one was chrome plated afterwards. Scott’s a product design guru of sorts and a long time client of mine.

© peter samuels
© peter samuels
© peter samuels
© peter samuels

Here are a few images from a previous shoot and a model who was very excited about her unique prosthetic.

© peter samuels
© peter samuels
© peter samuels

 

camouflage cell towers – ominous sort of cool

You know you’re a city boy when your road trip travel photo subject of choice are camouflage cell towers… These faux trees inspire thoughts that range from blade runner landscape visuals to the Twilight Zone episode where the people discover they’re in a tiny model set world and nothing is real. Then I imagine the politics behind them – the compromise between the NIMBY (not in my backyard) patrols and the telecom industries’ need to add more towers across the land. All this so I don’t drop your call when I hear from you with the perfect project for me.

Thank you exotic electromagnetic wave pine, I can hear you now.

© peter samuels
© peter samuels

 

 

 

bodymetrics – the science of fit

I was pleased to be chosen to photograph the bodymetrics pod, or rather, glowing orb like variation to Woody Allen’s orgasmitron.. This is one of the stranger things I’ve photographed since it’s lit from the inside and pulses in different colors, it really has no point of reference for someone to say, ‘oh yeah, that’s a..’ Therefore, finding the balance of how it ‘should’ look becomes entirely subjective – and totally fun.

Bodymetrics is essentially a Microsoft Knect modification that scans your body then tells you which jeans will fit you best. Soon, buying clothes online and knowing with a better certainty of how well they’ll fit could be the norm and likely transform the industry along the way!

bodymetrics.final
© peter samuels

farewell to my best friend and inspirational muse

Last month I made the difficult decision to put my loving dog and inspiring muse down for the big sleep. Earlier this year, Leica, the dachshund /min pin mix had surgery for two herniated discs – that’s when the cushions between the vertebrae turn sandy and mineralize. The surgery was a a financial and emotional behemoth with a 3-4 month recovery time. She seemed to be doing alright, however, just nine months after the first surgery, a new disc had herniated and we found ourselves back at square one. Disc issues are common in dachshunds, it’s a genetic thing, and though my girl was only half doxie, it was apparently enough for her. As one surgeon told me, it’s almost as if their spines were designed to go bad.. The decision to let her go was as heartbreaking as much as I knew it was right thing to do.

Leica was not only a great dog, she inspired a new dimension of work for me. Leica was my first dog and I wasn’t photographing animals before she entered the picture. She was my muse and she did her job very very well. She will be missed and I celebrate the time shared with her.

good girl! © peter samuels