Portrait of cartographer, environmentalist and adventurer Marty Schnure.
I love shooting for Luxe. Assignments from their photo editor include meeting an inspired artist, builder or designer and communicating their work for the Luxe readers. To do my best here I’m listening and looking with all I have, translating their vision through mine. http://www.parker.works/
When your product grows in a field and looks just like everyone else’s, what you say and how you say it matters. We were invited to make a series of images that tell the story of how barley becomes an ingredient in beer, and how the best barley makes for the best brew. Finding beauty and distinctiveness in the prosaic is one of John’s main strengths. I see a field and he sees color, light and shadow. I see a farmer and he sees a hero. It’s always fun to shoot with him as he teases out features that are just plain gorgeous when all I can see is dirt and dust.
Many thanks to our art director Jessica Bernert at Pail Design, who introduced us for this project. Jessica headed up an enormous rebranding assignment in the global malting industry.
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Some of you know that I’m an avid cyclist. I’m a decent rider, and when I ride alone, I know how well I do. But the times that I cycle alongside a great rider, I’m better. It’s the collaboration that elevates us both. With a good riding partner I’m smoother, better, more aware. That’s a bit what it was like to work with Denis Kegler and the team at This on a project for Greg and Gabby Denton’s Superbite. The clarity of their ideas combined with their vision of the end result, elevated my work and made it more precise and effective.
I’m super excited to see our photos in the current issue of Gluten Free Forever magazine. These were both such fun projects to work on. First, a story featuring Troy McLarty of Bollywood Theater fame, and another travel story highlighting all the terrific gluten free offerings in Portland. You can learn more about the magazine at the GFF website. With dozens of locations to visit, some of the highlights for me were The Broth Bar, New Cascadia Bakery, Ground Breaker Brewing, and Harlow. And it was nice to see our superstars, Imperial and Ox mentioned as well. Portland, Oregon is truly headquarters for all kinds of great food.
Luxe Magazine calls me frequently to shoot their Stylemakers series and I absolutely love the process of creating them. It’s a half-day crash course on the region’s notable artists: learning quickly what makes them unique; scouting shoot locations to tell their story, and ultimately creating a personal/emotional space for them to really shine.
And then I cull the experience down to one beautiful black and white image that runs full page. Doesn’t get any better than that, in my opinion.
This shot is of Michael Pratt and Reta Larson of Pratt & Larson, the country’s leading tile design house.
I’m a firm believer that a great collaboration leads to great photographs. Collaborating with interior designer Jason Ball always pushes me to be my best. When someone who curates a space asks for an image that encompasses all that they were imbuing into a design, there’s a pretty high standard to meet.