I had the privilege to spend 2 1/2 weeks in Madrid in April as we moved back from Nagoya, JP to the States. I was on assignment for another video job, but for fun I asked my good friend, Olivia, to let me spend some time with her in her studio as she finished up her last collection before transferring back to New York City.
Her studio is breathtaking. Everything in Madrid is. I felt like I was cheating. Anything I pointed my camera at was gorgeous, full of character, draped in majestic colors, bursting with texture and graced with so much light. No wonder Spaniards are always outside taking in the sun with friends enjoying a glass of wine together. It's a paradise.
These are the kinds of projects I love doing and that I want to spend my time on. I love promoting artists and giving people a window into the stories of the people behind the scenes, tucked away in a dimly-lit studio, surrounded by the creative process they love and labor over. I can have space, take my time; be inspired myself as I watch others do what they love. In a sense, I think the best photographers and videographers out there let the world happen around them - an observer. A watcher. A lover of detail. A wallflower. Sure, it's lonely at times and you never feel like you get to 'participate', but in a way you are given more of an opportunity to take part as you get a glimpse of folks in their most personal element doing the seemingly mundane and ordinary tasks that make them who they are.
I love Olivia and her husband Andrew is on of my best friends. I was so thankful we got to spend almost three weeks catching up like old times.
I also made a video recently that tells more of a story portrait of Olivia. Hope it makes you want to support my artist and friend!