It is always so fun to collaborate with a creative mastermind like the photographer Taylor Castle. I love that this image was inspired from the 90’s one hit wonder, “What if God was one of us,” twenty years after the fact. Lucky for us, we know a DJ that looks a hell of a lot like Jesus and was totally game to be like one of us and pose in front of the TV for this angelic photograph. A big thanks to Chicago prop house, Propabilities for the sweet props, and retoucher Brian York for the making it so I didn’t have to create a set that looked like a sky, rather just a couple of fluffy clouds that Brian could manipulate in post. Great job, team.
Anyone else a big fan of Arrested Development? How about that Lucille Bluth? She was my classy/worldly older woman inspiration for styling one of the actors for this project I did for the Field Museum with the super talented photographer, Taylor Castle last spring.
Here are a couple of other fun shots from the campaign.
Disclaimer: No selfie sticks were present. These selfies took a crew of around twenty people.
Breaking news!!! Politicians abuse taxpayers money!!! Now let’s make a funny picture about it. Sign me up Chicago Magazine. I’m all over this.
I pulled inspiration from spotting Ted Kennedy eating clam chowdah at Cheers at Logan airport when I used to live in Boston. I now know that was my money! But really (even though that is a true story, but not my source of inspiration), this was a fun one for me. I love telling a good story and I love to sensationalize. Who better to collaborate with than Chicago based photographer, Taylor Castle?
As you know, politicians have a pretty limited wardrobe. It’s strictly a navy or black suit, white shirt and either a red or blue tie depending on their party’s affiliation. The other little touch is the American flag lapel pin. To make them a political Blago, you need to add little touches of sleaze. This includes oversized gold watches, pinky rings, class rings, gold buttons, gold chains, etc. (you can’t include of these things or else it would look like Mr. T running for office). We also wanted decadent food, therefore I sadly had to waste two delicious Maine lobsters I bought for $25 a piece for the sake of art. Seeing how lobster is my favorite thing ever (I’m a born and breed New Englander), I really felt I took one for the team.
Thank you Megan Lovejoy-Deja from Chicago Magazine and Taylor Castle for making this a memorable shoot!