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Now that Princess William of Whales has made the historic transition to royalty, there is but one thing left to do:  Time to party!

How about a little Royal Biscuit Cake with those 100 million pints of beer?!?  Here is a quick and easy recipe:

Royal Wedding Biscuit Cake Recipe, directed by Wayne Price for Daily Candy

www.dailycandy.com/all-cities/video/101702/Royal-Wedding-Biscuit-Cake-Recipe

 

It’s Jazz Fest season and as usual Michael is heading down to capture the grit.

After covering the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival every year for over a decade, he has become quite immersed in the musical culture down there.

To get you in the mood for some Crawfish Monica, sunshine and cajun jazz, here are a few highlights from last October where Michael turned Preservation Hall and Tipitinas into portrait studios to capture these storied musicians in time.

Included in the mix here is James Andrews’ latest album cover, The Big Time Stuff, and portraiture of Chief Monk Boudreaux, Uncle Lionel Bapiste and Benny Jones from the Treme brass band and George Porter Jr., from the Meters.

James Andrews' latest album cover, The Big Time Stuff

Uncle Lionel

Chief Monk Boudreaux at the historic Preservation Hall

George Porter Jr. from the Meters

Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

To see more of Michael Weintrob’s portraits, click here.

 

Michael Weintrob just got back from the Suwannee River festival where he set up a portrait booth back stage to capture the headliners up close and personal.

Here are a few shots of Scott Avett, from the Avett Brothers, the folk-rock band who gained massive exposure this year when they played with Bob Dylan at the 2011 Grammy Awards.  They had the opportunity to perform among headline vetrans like Mick Jagger and Barbara Streisand at the awards show.

But instead of a special tribute to acoustic music like at the Grammy’s, the Suwannee River festival was all about acoustic music, and was an amazing way to kick off spring.

This first shot features Michael’s signature style of shooting a multiple exposure of the musician and their instrument.  This is part of his new coffee table book series coming out soon called InstrumentHead, “where their head’s really at”.  Stay tuned for news about the book release and accompanying exhibition.

 

Introductory video for GE’s annual Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF) Conference.

This promotional piece was produced to educate the employees and press about GE’s Asian initiatives.  In addition to company and press distribution, the video was a lead-in for a speech by GE CEO, Jeff Immelt.

Click here to see more of Wayne’s work.

 

What is real?  If you were to watch David Kaplan’s new short movie entitled, Play, reality could just be a game.  If reality is simply what your five senses feed your brain, it is nothing but a series of electrical impulses.  So there’s reality reality, as in the sensation of spring time when the barren landscape of winter explodes with a giant ka-bloom of flowers on every tree.  Seems pretty real, right?  It is really just a series electrical impulses that trigger our synapses.  So what else conjures up electrical signals that effect our brain?  Enter: media.

In its purest form media is simply communication. In years past this included primarily newspapers, magazines and vinyl.  When the barrier to entry for media was at its highest—when you had to buy a printing press in order to spread the word—media moguls saw this as an opportunity to control the hearts and minds of the public.  At least that’s how Gail Wynad thought in Ayn Rand’s classic novel,The Fountainhead.  But look at ole Gail Wynad against our real life media baron, Rupert Murdock, it seems to be an accurate depiction.  It has been widely known for ages that “the pen is mightier than the sword”.

Now in the age of the Internet, there has been a philosophical jail-break of ideas and opinions through the ever-widening channels of social media.  Suddenly the hearts and minds are not forced into reading the daily newspaper and watching the evening news where the adage “if it bleeds it leads” is still painfully true.

Looking at the cause and effect nature of media, a massive shift also occurred.  Back in the day of printing presses, it would take many hours to broadcast the news from that day, no matter how gigantic.  That all changed with the advent of social media.  As documented by Dan Gilmor in We the Media, the day that it changed was on March 26, 2002 when Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio was answering questions during a press conference when someone in the audience, keeping track of the social stream on their mobile device, noticed that Mr. Nacchio had just sold $200 Million in shares in the company.  Contradicting what Joe was saying to the conference, this reporter raised his hand and called Joe on the carpet and asked him about the nefarious stock trade.

Media ceased to simply report events, and began to actually affect events.

Now we see that every day as Facebook brings together old friends—friends that would not have reconnected without the friend recommendation.  So, what is next?  Where is the media industry going now?  We’re like a snow globe all shook up.

Philosophically if News Corp loses its grip on us, and we are no longer force-fed the worst news the pundits can dig up, maybe we’ll start to see that the glass is half full.  If the public doesn’t have to take the incessant bad news, maybe this is a way to make the world a better place.  I have personally gone on a news fast and I feel great ever since.

I’m optimistic that although all this havoc is making it very difficult to make money in the media industry, there are many good things to come.  We don’t pick up the paper any more for front page headlines about murder, rape, political turmoil, religious warfare, cultural intolerance and greed—all because all of us have the power to generate content.  And if the concept of mind-over-matter has any glimmer of truth, just the avoidance of horrible headlines will bring more positivity to our world.  Time to stop and smell the virtual roses.

Talk about trending up!

- Jon Heinrich

 

Brooklyn indie rock stalwarts, Les Savy Fav, prepare for their performance at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple and go shopping for lead singer Tim Harrington’s 1-day old new baby.  As directed and produced, by Wayne Price.

 

Kent Larsson for W

On March 30, 2011, in kent larsson, by Agency 2.8

Here is another pair of photos that continue to show how Kent Larsson’s eye works.

The laser image illustrated a story in W in 2008 about in-home laser skin treatments.

The hand is part of a personal project.  Larsson’s concept is to remove the body from the image, but retain shape and keep the product in context.


Each of these images begin to show you how Kent Larsson takes ordinary objects in slightly different context to draw the viewer in and makes them ask “what IS this?”  To see more of Larsson’s work, check out his site at www.kentlarsson.com.

Kent Larsson and Agency 2.8 are working together on a freelance basis, so please feel free to reach out with any questions.

 

311 Caribbean Cruise All Access by Wayne Price

On March 28, 2011, in wayne price, by Agency 2.8

Wayne Price has a great working relationship with the band 311, especially since he produced the feature-length documentary, The Road to 311, which was released with their recent album, Uplifter.

This month, Price had the opportunity to cover the cult following float out to the the Caribbean for a week at sea.  Check it out!

To see more of Wayne’s work, click here.

 

You may already be familiar with Kent Larsson–or at least his work.  Kent has been shooting product shots, architecture and fine art photography in New York for years and currently is in the process of reinventing himself.

Looking through Kent’s photos you will see colors and shapes that jump out at you from ordinary objects, unrecognizable at first, but beaming with character.

Here are two of his shots juxtaposed to show the spectrum and disposition of his work.  Stunning indeed!

Looking through Kent’s photos you will see colors and shapes that jump out at you from ordinary objects, unrecognizable at first, but beaming with character. The shot of the lipstick on the left was commissioned by Chantecaille for in-store signage promoting their line of lipstick.

To see more of Kent’s work, check out his website at www.kentlarsson.com.

 

When Sam Bassett approached the concept of shooting Donald Trump for GQ in Germany, he epitomized this cultural icon as the little devil he is soaring above his empire.

In Sam’s signature style, he decided to do a projection shot, first shooting the background high above New York City from atop the Empire State building. To carry this gold-haired beast around his stomping grounds, Sam brought in four types of wings: devil, angel, fairy and demon wings.  What you’re seeing above is Trump as the devil, not afraid to throw his “Trump card” where ever he goes.

Here is another from the series, the dark fairy Trump.