Rapper Snoop Dogg performs onstage during the 2012 Catalpa Festival at Randall’s Island on July 29, 2012 in New York City.
Photo by: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images
Canon Professional services unpack their equipment in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics at the Olympic Park on July 19, 2012 in London, England.
Photo by: Clive Rose/Getty Images
While plaudits for his writing are numerous and stories of his high-society schmoozing infamous, Matt and I were attracted to the rumpled elegance that defined the aesthetic of Truman Capote, and paid homage to this in a photo series dedicated to him. Teaming up creatively, we combined my affection for the writing and frippery of Truman with Matt’s eye for detail and passion for that Slim Aarons look, and came together on something that is both fitting tribute and uniquely its own.
Our focus was on Truman before he fell into caricature of himself, taking particular influence from his youthful good looks and the rakishly tousled demeanour that only a burgeoning alcoholic can pull off. We shot in and around Saratoga Springs, NY, the home of artists’ community Yaddo, a spot that was of particular importance to the development of who Truman Capote was to become. Credit to Yaddo for letting us use their gardens, the astonishing Adlephi Hotel, the National Museum of Dance, Hall’s Antique Wooden Boats, and our Truman-esque subject, Marc-Andrew Smith.
Hold the phone while Matt gets technical - “I wanted to keep things simple. I wanted to shoot with a camera that would allow me to shoot natural light very well (even at dawn and dusk) and one that enabled me to shoot interior stuff at a high ISO, using only lamps in dimly lit rooms. Thanks to Headshots, I did some tests with the Nikon D800 and really liked how it looked - at 6400iso and even 12800iso. I haven’t shot with a Nikon in years and it took a little bit of getting used to, but after a day of testing I was really loving the camera. I loved the size of the D800 files and how well they took my rich vintage colour palette editing, with noise that looked quite filmic. The mirror image in the series is shot at 12800iso and the sharpness and quality of the file was awe-inspiring. I look forward to using the Nikon for more of my creatives, as it really gave me everything I wanted in a camera.”
Ride the jump for the entire series.
We went to Snæfellsnes for a week, to a place called Kóngsbakki, and recorded our third LP album. The week was beautiful and recordings went amazingly well.
Here are some photos.
The beautiful living room that we changed into a studio.
Kvlt view from the house.
Last week, I spent a couple days at my great aunt Peggy’s sculpture studio located at the College of Mount Saint Vernon. She’s a member of the Sisters of Charity congregation, an incredibly talented artist, and a joyful lady that I love spending time with.
Her latest project is an eight foot tall sculpture of the Virgin Mary. It’s amazing to see such an immense work slowly come together one small piece of clay at a time.
More images on the way soon…
Hi, My name is Matthew. I’m a freelance photographer based in New York City. You might be familiar with some of my live music images from a blog I run called www.musicinfocus.net.
I’m starting a Tumblr because I want a place to share some interesting images that don’t quite fit at my blog. Hope you enjoy and thanks for visiting!