Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My Test Images, Love my iPhone

Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Quite often on shoots I like to set up vignettes, mostly they would be suggestions for shots that relate to the job/ shoot at the time. Sometimes I just see things that don't necessarily relate at all and I want to record them. My iPhone is my best friend that way. 


Maybe I am a frustrated Photographer, maybe I am just an image maker and any camera is just a tool for this purpose? I am definitely an appreciator of objects and I have an inner drive to see things I love documented. 


These are images from a recent shoot that we either did not get time to shoot or were bypassed. To help me get a feeling of a potential of a shots composition, I often shoot it myself first, because I want the immediacy of seeing it through a lens, I don't blame most Photographers when I show them if they hate that, I am not professing to do their job as I know more than anyone that it is with much skill and technical ability that images get photographed on a professional shoot, but sometimes people just don't see it the way you see it till you show them. We are all do bombarded with amazing imagery these days, all at our fingertips, have we forgotten or lost the ability to see something unless it's in digital form first? 


Hope you enjoy seeing these compositions through my eyes. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Process, A new section of my website

Photographer: Petrina Tinslay
Photography: Christina Holmes
Photography: Anna Williams
Photography: Christina Holmes
Photography: Sang An
Photography: Christina Holmes

Photography: Kate Mathis

Last year when I conceived my website with my designer Christina Holmes, who is also a wonderful Photographer, check out her work, We wanted to include a section called The Process that would give some insight into the background thinking of the way I approach my work. I wanted it look like it was a workbench or my desk from above so you could see in detail all the different elements that it takes to produce each job. Of course it would be impossible to show every job I have ever produced but I chose 3 jobs that reflect different areas of my work, An Interiors/ Decorating story, A Cover and a Beauty/ Still Life story.

It would take a year in the making almost, at first the section was “Under Construction” for many months. It was a final piece in the pie that would complete at least the first stage of the website as a whole. I have plans to keep evolving it and may also include a fresh batch of the process behind some more stories in the future. Christina and I actually shot these series of images on my Living Room floor, my apartment often doubles as a Photo Studio on a budget! :)

The section was designed in a scrolling fashion where the viewer can scan along the desk and see the final result while reading about in points how each job was conceived.

As many of you that work with me know I like to often sketch out my jobs, this could be in the means of loose idea to begin with, but often I will also sketch how I could see it working in a rough layout. Often sketches can be of sets that I will design to build also. I also like to produce mood boards or product sheets that reflect the total package or idea of where I am heading Prop wise for the shoot, choosing colors and paint choices is also a big part of the job, As is fabric choices to custom make some aspects of some jobs.

I hope you all enjoy seeing a glimpse of my work method, I am happy to share and demystify what a Styling Director does. This is my approach and is by no means a model for everybody. Naturally we all have a different approaches and this is what keeps Styling as a whole fresh and new, as it should be!
 
Thanks also to other Photographers, Sang An, Anna Williams, Kate Mathis and Petrina Tinslay for their contribution to this section also. 


See the actual section at www.marcushay.com

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Going Bananas at Everyday Food

Photography: Jonny Miller

Photography: Jonny Miller

Photography: Jonny Miller

Photography: Jonny Miller

Photography: Jonny Miller


In the current March issue of Martha Stewarts Everyday Food I have a number of stories, It is the Budget issue. Every few months Everyday Food has asked me to do a whole issue which is great as you really get to work through the look and feel of a whole issue, Sadly Everyday Food recently lost it's past Editor Anna Last with whom I worked with in this issue, As a result some stories were re-tweaked with a new team, however one story that stayed was this great Banana desert story.


I makes me laugh because I know Anna does not like Banana deserts personally but putting her tastes aside she knows most people do! I love banana everything so it was fun to shoot.


We decided on a palette that reflected the aging signs of bananas from pale yellow to black. I loved using the zinc surface as a base with bright punches of yellow. With Everyday Food we shoot quite a lot of process style shots that are also woven into the layout. 


The Going Banana's story was shot by the very talented Jonny Miller  

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Colorways/ A Golden moment


Photography: Marcus Hay
Left: Olga De Amaral, "Alqumia X111" Wall Hanging, 1984, at The Met
Right: Recently acquired Italian 1950's wall scone from The Garage Markets


Photography: Marcus Hay
Left: Detail of Holiday window at Saks Fifth Ave Department Store, NYC, Right: The Royal Palace, Sweden  

Photography: Marcus Hay, Left: The Royal Palace, Sweden, Right: A Syroco piece found at The Garage Markets

Photography: Marcus Hay
Left: David with the head of Goliath, Bartolomeo Bellano, C 1470-80, The Met
Right: Shop Installation of sprayed gold twig and net at ABC Carpet & Home

Photography: Marcus Hay, Left: Stencil set found from The Garage Markets, Right: The Royal Palace, Sweden 

Photography: Marcus Hay, Left: Detail at the Chelsea Markets, Right: A Greek Chalice at The Met 

Georges Briard products, Image to left from suitcase-confessions.blogspot.com, right: bunnypumpkin.com

Various golden design silhouettes from the Mid Century 

All that glitters is gold according to me, it has me quite transfixed but is gold a color? Not technically, it is really the color of our most treasured metal but regardless in decorating it is a current favorite of mine. I am not one to use it in a garish tacky way of course (which it can), more in a patina-influenced way like faded glory. I love the way gold looks in old European palaces, often used in a detail, in the molding on a wall or in other decorative elements. I particularly like paring it with dusty pastels, dusty butter yellows, aquamarines, pinks and lilacs for example. The Swedish and the French from others eras knew how to use it well in particular.

Gold does surface quite a bit in Mid Century design, In particular in the U.S with the work of Ukranian-born designer Georges Briard who moved to Illinois in 1937 and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. Georges Briard is the name he used on his commercial work, but his given name is Jascha Brojdo. His whimsical designs featured gold heavily on such materials as glass, and porcelain in many forms such as vases, plates and other tableware. Gold featured heavily in many products of the period, the fifties after all was a kind of golden age where industry and design flourished. There was often a throwback to other eras in the movement known as Hollywood Regency when designers from Hollywood's Golden Age as early as the 1930’s, like William Haines and Dorothy Draper, encouraged West Coast film luminaries to decorate their home with overtones of glitz and glamour, with this a new design style emerged and has resurfaced as late as just as popular. 

Gold according to Wikipedia has been highly valued in many societies throughout the ages. In keeping with this it has often had a strongly positive symbolic meaning closely connected to the values held in the highest esteem in the society in question. Gold may symbolize power, strength, wealth, warmth, happiness, love, hope, optimism, intelligence, justice, balance, perfection, summer, harvest and the sun. Gold certainly makes me feel enlivened, while some may shy away I am embracing it’s optimistic values and finding while a little can be a lot, I really enjoy using it in my work and at home.