Joe Spano, Evil Mickey, and Chris Pine.
We’ve all noticed changes in the world the past few years — that’s a big “duh.” But those changes translate to what visual artists produce for the world as well.
Last year, German publisher Gmunder published a book of my flashier, more colorful and highly-produced photographs from the earlier days of my career. A few years ago, however, a former editor of Interview and Details magazines gave me an opportunity — to capture some amazing artists — people who are perhaps less sexy than we’re used to seeing, but who have done amazing things that have changed the world. This is how the “detail” series that I’ve been working on nonstop lately was born.
The series continues to grow. Celebrity clients have become interested in the series (Chris Pine, top right played Captain Kirk in the latest Star Trek), and a collaboration with Oscar-winning makeup artist Trefor Proud has brought about more styled images (top Center with Evil Mickey). My favorite memories from this series so far are shooting Spartacus himself, Kirk Douglas, as well as one of my personal heroes, author Ray Bradbury.
Check out all of my work at schwabelstudio.com. While the “detail” series of closeup faces is not for every client, my work engages in a good amount of diversity. At the end of the day, I’m happiest with a camera in my hand.
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