Woven from wire, the heart-shaped sculpture we shot for the February cover of Smithsonian Magazine was created by Kellie Murphy, a long-time collaborator of David Arky Photography.
Kellie’s expertise in model-making has inspired many a shoot at the studio, from her preliminary sketches to the completed sculptures.
In addition to form, color is an essential piece of the shots we produce. Choosing the perfect shades of pink, red and white was vital in creating this model.
Visit our client gallery to see the finished shot and tear sheets of the cover and article images from Smithsonian Magazine.
To see more of Kellie’s work in model-making and sculpture, check out her website at http://kelliemurphy.com.
In recent weeks, the Tasting Room section of Food and Wine magazine’s popular website included several posts by executive wine editor Ray Isle on California Pinot Noirs. Accompanied by images shot in-studio by David Arky Photography, the wines are grouped according to value, region and essentiality.
The first, entitled “5 Super Value California Pinot Noirs”, sheds light on labels that produce quality, yet affordable wines. Among the selected bottles is a 2012 BV Coastal Estates California Pinot Noir ($11) which was photographed for the article by David.
Shot against a clean, white backdrop, the sharp contrast of the image clearly displays the bottle’s label while accentuating the upscale look of this otherwise inexpensive wine.
The next pinot-themed post to be featured by the Tasting Room lists “5 Essential California Pinot Noirs”, each of which exemplify the distinctive character of their respective regions. In the image below, the 2011 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($39) is offset elegantly by a filled glass, which shows off the deep tone of the wine.
The final piece of this intoxicating trilogy, “Classic California Pinot Noirs”, describes the featured bottles as the “most expressive and complex” of their kind. David’s accompanying shot is of a 2011 Hirsch San Andreas Fault Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($60), whose label features the mythological Rod of Asclepius, with a grapevine replacing the usual wooden staff. This clever correlation between the Greek god of healing and the fruits of Hirsch Vineyards harkens back to a time when wine was considered medicinal.
With so much variety across the featured labels, you’ll come away from these posts feeling like a sommelier with a genuine expertise on California Pinot Noirs.
When it comes to selecting the finer things, Forbes Life has it down to a tee. This is readily seen the magazine’s December 2013 issue with the article “The Holiday EYE 2013” which features several images from David Arky Photography.
The series presents three pieces of exceptionally elegant jewelry, expertly photographed in-studio. Of particular note is a cabochon-cut black opal bracelet by Cartier, set with diamonds in platinum and accented by sapphire and emerald beads.
While the images that were published in the magazine were captured against a simple white background, the shot below (an outtake from the shoot) is set against a deep indigo color that beautifully compliments the blue fire of the opal as well as the sapphire beads. It also provides a striking contrast for the diamonds, giving them a more sparkly appearance.
Other pieces from the shoot include amethyst drop earrings with 18k gold and bezel-set diamonds by Verdura, and an exquisite Burmese spinel ring with diamonds and platinum by James de Givenchy for Taffin, as seen below.
Spinel, which was formally referred to as Balas ruby, is an unusual stone that is more common in the Middle and Far East, in countries such as Vietnam, Afghanistan and Burma. The distinctive shape of the ring accentuates the stone’s unique exoticism while maintaining a very feminine appearance.
For more images and the full slideshow visit Forbes.com/all-that-glitters/
The current issue of Weight Watchers magazine (January/February 2014) contains a piece by Erin Quinlan on heart disease prevention that features images taken in-studio at David Arky Photography.
Primarily aimed at women, the article gives several pointers on how to improve heart health, including regular exercise, a low-fat diet and restful sleep.
David’s colorful images assist in communicating these points while adding a lighthearted touch (pun intended) to a gravely important issue.
The headlining image of a bright red sweetheart resting on a soft pillow is as endearing as it is effective, with its speech bubble statistic informing the reader that 90% of women are at risk for heart disease.
On the next page, the sharp blue edges of a crushed can convey the dangers of energy drinks and soda, which the article warns can strain your heart with their high levels of caffeine, taurine and other harmful additives.
Both images are set against a soothing blue background, preventing the article from taking on the disquietingly harsh aesthetic that so many prevention articles seem to display.
Informative and earnest, the article’s precautionary message is well emphasized by David’s strikingly visual still life.
Ever-present on new and emerging technologies, David Arky Studio was enlisted by Adweek Magazine to shoot a cover story on the tech world’s latest buzzphrase : programmatic buying.
Though many might find themselves at a loss for understanding when it comes to this topic, the article ”Programmatic for Dummies” promises to deliver a more digestable insight while giving readers a chance to explore the crossroads of technology and finance.
The accompanying photographs were shot on location at a facility that houses several programmatic servers, which to David and his team seemed to convey a feeling of being “inside the internet”. Shot within a whirling world of cooling fans and complicated circuitry, the resulting images look like something out of Tron or The Matrix.
Peruse the online version of this article at http://www.adweek.com/news-gallery/programmatic-dummies
We were recently featured in an article by Jacqui Palumbo for the online edition of Photo District News. The piece highlights some of David’s background as a photographer, while describing several of his most recent projects, including the x-ray installation at ASME’s New York offices.
Photo District News, or PDN, is a monthly trade magazine that was originally exclusive to the Manhattan photography community. While the publication is still based out of New York, its articles cover influential works of photography across the world, and reaches many more readers with its online site.
Look out for more features on David Arky Studio at http://pdnonline.com, and check out the article at the following link: