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Jun 13

The V Guide: Episode 2 Screening – Photo Recap

Last week we had the screening for Episode 2 at “Over The Eight” bar in Williamsburg. It was an amazing turnout, and there was a lively discussion between the panelists featured in Episode 2 and the audience that followed the screening. I have to thank Nasa Hadizadeh of Cultured Productions for organizing this event. I also have to thank her for pushing me to have this screening despite my reservations and quite honestly my fears that no one would show up. Also a big “thank you!” to everyone who came out to support this film. There is nothing like having your friends (old and new) show up to support something you worked so hard on. Also big thanks to Over The Eight for providing the venue!

Check out the photos below and don’t forget to pick up our Notebooks and Handbooks at our website.  Any support we can get for this independently funded project will be appreciated.  Episode 2 officially launches on Hypebeast on June 11th.

Thanks
Trevz

Every seat was filled with friends new and old.

Every seat was filled with friends new and old.

Thanks to Over The Eight for providing thier amazing venue.

Thanks to Over The Eight for providing thier amazing venue.

There was a lively panel discussion afterwards that really explored the subjects presented in the film.

There was a lively panel discussion afterwards that really explored the subjects presented in the film.

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Aug 12

Is The Photo Portrait Booth an Effective Marketing Tool?

The fundraising efforts for our soon to be launched web series The Videographers Guide has inspired us to experiment with several fundraising techniques, most of which never really stuck. But there is one strategic approach we are focusing on that seems to be gaining some momentum…  Our Portrait for a Pledge booth has been the most effective tool both virtually and in the real world for raising awareness about our series.  Folks love getting our 4X6 glossy photos and we love taking their photos.  It combines the playfulness of a photo booth with the social media compulsion to share the photos which we also post on our Facebook page.

However despite my experience working with photo and video booths in the past, the challenges of making prints on site and getting folks to pledge to an art project is a challenge to say the least.  The learning curve is steeper than I expected.   From running out of supplies, to using the wrong printer for our flyers, to figuring out how many people we need on site, we spent most of the first few weeks tweaking and experimenting instead of shooting photos.  With the help of Cultured Productions, and my nephews, we are starting to figure things out.  After all if it was easy everyone would be doing it.  We still have allot to learn but hopefully this can be a fun long term solution for raising awareness.

Check out a few images from our pledgees.

Thanks
Trevz


To find out more about this series log onto the series website here.


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Nov 11

Photo Essay – The Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Park Eviction

About 4:00 am on the morning of November 15th I woke up to tweets about a Zuccotti park eviction. I got so riled up that I decided to take an early morning trip to Foley Square and join the movement to take back the park. This is my photo essay of that day’s events.

Later that night as is my habit I was watching The Rachel Maddow show and was surprised to see myself on TV marching with the people. You can see me at the 1:11 mark on the far left (no pun intended).


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Nov 11

Leica Portraits – Jonathan Mannion

It’s been awhile since we published a video from our very popular Leica series. Hopefully this one will get us back on track. This video features Cleveland, Ohio native Jonathan Mannion, who began capturing images of up-and-coming urban music superstars after working for a year with world-renowned photographer Richard Avedon. In 1996, he launched his professional career by shooting the photographs for the classic hip-hop album “Reasonable Doubt” by Jay-Z. Since then he has gone on to capture a who’s who in music, celebrity and sports. In this video Jonathan gives us a little insight into his process as well as some advice for future shutterbugs who want to be like him.

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TrVZ


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Aug 11

Zach Cordner Photography – The Hundreds Gallery Opening

Here is a video recap from the Zach Cordner opening night reception at the Hundreds Gallery for his book Zach Cordner photography. The show runs through Labor Day so if your in LA check it out. Shot & Edited by Danny Lee

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TrVZ


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Jul 11

Leica Portrait: Paul S. Bartholomew

Our latest Leica portrait features Pennsylvania based commercial photographer Paul S. Bartholomew.  Paul specializes in architecture photography and among other things shared his thoughts on the informal as well as the formal approaches to his craft.  We met Paul at the Highline Park which is one of the more graceful architectural accomplishments this city has ever seen.  It’s melding of architecture and recreation was a fitting location to meet Paul and watch him at work.  Read more about Paul at the Leica Blog.

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TrVZ

Directed by Trevor “Trevz” Bayack
Video Assistant: Brian Butnick

 

 


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Jul 11

Camerabag.tv | Frank Ockenfels

This video portrait of photographer Frank Ockenfels from the folks at Camerabag.tv  provides some refreshing insight into the humbling side of success.  Despite shooting some of today’s more interesting personalities like David Bowie, Snoop Dogg and President Obama, Frank is still amazed when someone hires him to do what he loves.  As he puts it…

“The act of being hired for what you want to do is a very different thing than being hired to be a photographer”

Frank achieved “overnight success” when a portrait he shot of Tracey Chapman originally intended as just a quarter page section in Rolling Stone magazine was moved to the front page when shortly after the shoot Tracey’s album shot to number one.  His views on success and failure are insightful and inspiring.

Enjoy
TrVZ

Frank Ockenfels from camerabag.tv on Vimeo.


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Jul 11

Handmade Portraits – Molly Landreth

Photography might be my favorite art form. Anytime I attend an art festival I am always drawn to the photo exhibits. When I browse bookstores I spend more time flipping through photo books than any other genre. My former partners at thenewpop were photographers. This is why I love video portraits of photographers.  This video by Mike Attie courtesy of the folks at Etsy profiles Photographer Molly Landreth who uses a large format camera to document gay and transgendered life across the U.S.  In photography and videography that space between you and your subject is what dictates the mood of your final image. Molly’s large format camera plays a vital role in this interplay. You can read the full story at the etsy blog

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TrVZ


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Jun 11

Leica Portraits – wowe

Our latest video for the Leica portrait series features German born New York based photographer Wolfgang Wesener aka wowe, Wesener covered the NY Punk and nightlife scene during the 80′s and has photographed some interesting and eclectic personalities over the years.  Coming from the New York nightlife scene myself and transitioning to the commercial world I was fascinated to hear how wowe dealt with many of the same challenges I struggle with today.  Wolfgang also shared some amazing celebrity encounters with us including a memorable photo shoot with the late great James Brown.  Log onto the Leica blog for the in depth interview and photos.

Enjoy
TrVZ


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Jun 11

Camerabag.TV – Harri Peccinotti

This is a preview of an upcoming episode from Camerabag.tv profiling photographer Harri Peccinotti. I can totally relate to his attachment to the tactile feel of paper and design. Someone once said that ‘drawing is the basis of every other art form.’ I strongly agree with this statement and maybe so does Harri.

Enjoy
TrVZ

Harri Peccinotti from camerabag.tv on Vimeo.