I have been very fortunate in my career as an image maker. People from all walks of life have afforded me opportunities, given me entry and supplied me with ideas for subject matter. Without these people and their altruism it would be much harder, probably impossible, for me to have acheived the goals I have met and strive to acheive later.
Kohler is a longstanding client and I have done many projects with them for various still campaigns so when they called me recently to invite me to do a still and video campaign I jumped at the chance. The brief was to capture a before and after kitchen renovation project. I am proud to share this work. Special shout out to Nick Kapanke for his directing and edit. And a hearty thank you to the Donovan family and Susan Serra for their time, enthusiasm and thoughtful collaboration during our two days together.
Imagine you are an international magazine company (read Hearst Publications) and you are having your annual showhouse collection that by happy chance happens to feature the glass tile work of my very talented cousinJohn McWilliam. We are all set to do a National ad campaign for Ann Sacks and then the storm of the century arrives (read hurricane Sandy) and washes out all the electrical, plumbing and heating systems in the swank downtown Manhattan building that has all of the showrooom apartments, massaged by world renowned interior designers and craft people and their talents and well, frankly, it seems like a recipe for major meltdown and no photo campaign.
Fortunately everyone and everything was safe and the hard work of all these talents survived and I recently was reinvited there two days before there massive public preview and after they got some systems back up and running (read no water so no toilets during the coldest time of the year. Impossible for women and grim for guys!) but who am I to complain – we had electricity…
We photographed three showrooms and I have to say the designers use of each unique Ann Sacks tile set was both inspiring and appropriate for the space. Bravo to everyone! Many thanks to John Hart and Wanda Tracy of Ann Sachs and to Jon Davison for his styling magic.