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Test Shot

Though the test shot below was originally intended for a different product, the colorful label of this Runa (an organic tea made from guayusa leaves) bottle inspired a new direction for the shoot.

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While lighting the shot, the objects on set seemed to create a dark, theatrical mood that contrasts the final image of an energy-packed beverage splashing towards the viewer.

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As one can tell, the process of bringing an image into existence often incites new approaches and multiple impressions of the same subject.

Produced for the digital edition of World Wildlife Magazine, this stop-motion sequence serves not only as a behind-the-scenes look at creating the pine nut tiger, but also demonstrates the tragic rate at which these beautiful creatures are disappearing from the wild.

Read the full article at

Conserve and Protect

David Arky Photography recently teamed up with Pentagram
graphic designer Carla Delgado and the World Wildlife Fund on their campaign towards preserving the Siberian tiger population in the pine forests of southeast Russia.

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In the article “Forests, Pine nuts and Tigers” from World Wildlife Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue, Cheryl Lyn Dybas explicates the correlation between the rapid decrease of wild Siberian tigers and the on-going deforestation of Korean pine trees.

The situation is precarious as these trees provide a necessary shelter to the animals and the nuts are a food source for the tigers’ targets of prey.

To personify this symbiotic relationship prop stylist Kellie Murphy used light and dark pine nuts to form the shape of a pouncing tiger, which David photographed in-progress.

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This sketch by Kellie served as a template for the tiger’s construction.

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We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to help spread awareness to this cause and appreciate the warm response we received from World Wildlife Magazine’s managing editor Sarah Forrest with a copy of the Fall 2014 edition.

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Read the full article “Forests, Pine nuts and Tigers” online at

Still Life Desire

This year’s advertisements for the annual Photo District News (PDN) “Objects of Desire” contest feature an x-ray image from David Arky Photography. The tear sheet below is taken from the July 2014 issue of PDN:

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Against a white backdrop, the look of the sculpted mannequin and tight, structured corset is softened by over-laps of translucent blue.

This futuristic bicycle was David’s 2012 submission for the contest:

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The photo made it to the final round and was displayed in that year’s Winner’s Gallery under the Food and Still Life category.

Information about the contest including prizes, judges, categories and entry fees can be found at

The contest deadline has been extended from July 16th to August 4th, so there’s still plenty time to send in your own submissions!


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Our photo gallery contains many images from both advertising and editorial projects, have a look and give us a Like!

Patchwork Beauty

From all of us at David Arky Photography, we wish you the best on this year’s Fourth of July – a holiday that truly unifies our diverse land of America.

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It’s no secret that social media has grown from a neat way to stay in touch with friends to the driving force behind web presence. Though it has proven very useful for businesses, (such as photography studios) social media can severely backfire when used without caution.

The Boston Globe Magazine’s recent cover story 6 Ways Social Media Can Ruin Your Life warns against social media carelessness through several examples of recent mishaps, and effective visuals by David Arky.

The process of creating these images began with conceptual sketches as seen below:

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From pencil to print, these sketches became the colorful cover and article photos:


For the full article, visit The Boston Globe online.

Good Groceries

In this month’s issue of Men’s Fitness, the magazine bestows its 2014 Food Awards on several products that provide healthy choices for the male physique. Proving that nutrition can be delicious, the article’s mouth-watering visuals were produced by David Arky Photography.

The tearsheets below give a view of the images in context:


With color-rich texture, the images of a bag of Laughing Cow Babybel Cheese, San-J Szechuan sauce, Dreyer’s fruit and veggie ice-pops and a Cholula-drizzled egg seem to leap off the page and stir up an appetite for nutrious foods.

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