Stanley the Donkey, a fine art animal photograph

the donkey that wasn’t an ass at all

 

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Last week I got to photograph a donkey in the studio. Since I’ve often photographed horses on location in studio settings, I was thrilled at having a small horse in my studio without the confines of a barn like location.

I just completed a video shoot for Bidawee, a pet services company back east – more on that in the next post. For the Bidawee gig, we brought in animal trainers from Los Angeles and since they were town, we worked out a out deal for me to photograph the ass after the shoot.

All puns aside, Stanley wasn’t an ass at all. In fact he was polite and adoring – a model burro, if you will.. Stanley had that ‘just walked out of a fairy tale’ look about him. )

While the shoot was intended for my comercial portfolio, I’ve already sold two large prints of Stanley as fine art. One of those is going to Bar Bambino, a cafe restaurant in the mission, where they’ll feature the 5′ print in the front dining area – sweet!  It’s exciting to see my comercial and fine art work blending so nicely and makes me wonder if the donkey image is the beginning of new series.

© peter samuels
© peter samuels
Lucky Kitty

lucky happy vibrant kitty

This image came about both to fill a need in the portfolio as well as a recent art show at project one in San Francisco. The original image was photographed against white and while liked the image a lot, it needed something extra to pull it together. Without the art show request or the portfolio need, I might not have kept pushing to find a solution that worked. You know an image works when you just have to print it out and have it sit by you just because you love to look at it.

There’s something very loving about the Good Fortune Kitty or Maneki Neko. She is a money blessing after all and the bright yellow/gold seems to invoke a positive emotional reaction which I find intriguing. Perhaps there’s a series in this for me if I can find more ‘happy vibe’ statuettes, not an easy task since many are somewhat odd or almost creepy looking.

Equine Fine Art Photograph of Bugs the Horse For Coup Detat.

Not just for hay.

I was recently asked to photograph a horse inside a showroom, the client, Coup d’tat, is an interior design showroom that features an visual ethic that I like to  call ‘steampunk meets industrial design chic’. However, while the white bookshelf in the image is more Kubrik than Steampunk, I feel the the over look of the showroom is still fitting of my description.

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The shoot was for an ad featured in California Home and Design and Chrysta Giffen of CG retouching did an outstanding job combing three variations into one final image. Great work Chrysta!

If the term Steampunk doesn’t ring a bell, one of favorite all time movies, ‘City of Lost Children’, is a good example as are the visuals described by the 18th century science fiction author, Jules Verne. My client wanted to feature the white bookshelf unit, one of a pair, that were custom built in the 80’s for the Macy family. The one of kind pair of bookshelves have a $300,000 price tag and it was obvious that Bugs, the horse, sincerely appreciated his fancy feeder..

And a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot as well can be seen here.

 

Neo the Trakehner horse in a gracious bowing pose. Best of Show, Horse equine Photograph

Best of Show for the APA/SF

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I’m very pleased to have an image chosen as best of show in the upcoming APA/SF holiday exhibit and party!
This image is of Neo, the Trakehner, in a gracious bowing pose and a good to know side note is that white horses are actually referred to as Grey.

The show takes place on December 3 at Left Space Studios – Stay tuned for more information on that. The night brings in 1200 people, if its not raining. It’s the largest SF photo and supporting industry gathering of the year and I’ve got a grateful warm fuzzy for being selected Best of Show… I’d like thank the academy…

I have 2 other images in the show, one of which placed 2nd or 3rd too, nice!
You can see my other equine photography here.
Peter Samuels art exhibit at Project One SF

Art Show: Cultivar

I’m pleased to announce that I’m headlining an art show of my new floral work on Wednesday September 22nd from 7pm until midnight. The show is at Project One, an art gallery wine bar with a dj lounge (that means dancing too). Project One is a newer space in Potrero off of 16th in the design district, it’s spacious and clean with ample parking in the area too.

The show is named Cultivar which simply means the combining of flowers based on color and shape. I found the word through wikipedia after starting with the botanical. For me the name is perfect since it’s an actual term and relates to what I’m doing while it gives me room to interpret the meaning through artistic means – sweet! In the show I’ll have a mix of singular flora images at 40×40″ and a collection of smaller iconic photo collages similar to the invite image. Also in the show will be a HUGE vertical garden and large indoor water sculpture too!  I’m very excited about the new work and hope to see you there!

what:
an exhibition featuring images by peter samuels at project one gallery.
cultivar
etymology: cultivated / variety
This exhibition aspires to achieve a Cultivar through organically inspired
art works of varietal media.
where:
project one www.p1sf.com
251 rhode island st. in potrero
project one is an art gallery / wine bar / club space in potrero’s design gulch off of 16th st.
when:
reception: september 22 2010 7pm
exhibit: september 22 – october 16 2010
who:
peter samuels :: photography
karl s reichley :: vertical garden
michael l maes :: fountain installation
dean stubbings :: madera furniture
curated by brooke waterhouse
Here is a sneak peek at some of the flora images. They’re dahlias and we’re in peak season right now though getting ‘show quality’ flowers was a trick to pull off!
Dahlia Fine Art photograph by Peter Samuels
©Peter Samuels
©Peter Samuels
©Peter Samuels
©Peter Samuels
©Peter Samuels


 

 

 

Neo the Trakehner horse in a gracious bowing pose. Best of Show, Horse equine Photograph

Dog leads to horses

It’s great how life creates new passion directions.

Since getting a dog 2 years ago, I’ve found myself taking pictures of other dogs as well as mine, many of which have have worked their way into my portfolio – with a few dog related jobs along the way : )

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Now horses are entering the sphere of influence. Learning to photograph such majestic creatures has certainly upped the anti in the skill level department. This has been a fun and exciting time. Shown below are some early edits, I’m not so into the mottled backdrop so I’ll be tweaking those a bit to find the sweet spot.