Early this year, I completed a video project of San Francisco knife maker Drew Hash. Before forging steel, Drew worked in some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. What makes Drew so interesting is his holistic approach to knife making—from sourcing the wood used in the handle to shaping the steel in his garage and then using his handmade knife to prepare a beautiful meal.
This has been a great year for both stills and motion. Creating diverse content in both media outlets is a great way for me to keep a fresh eye. One project I enjoyed was creating images for Education First. It was for a Chinese campaign advertising its tours for Paris, France. The days were fast-moving with a lot of content to capture, but I couldn't ask for a better client to work with.
I had the privilege of photographing the Napa Valley cooperage Nadalié USA along with its Master Cooper Alain Poisson recently for Life & Thyme. Nadalié has been making handcrafted barrels in the traditional French style for over 30 years, making it the oldest in America. I documented the process from the aged wood being cut down into staves, to the toasting room where each barrel is watched over by an experienced cooper. Below are a few select images, and you can read the full story here.
Over the past couple months in between jobs, I along with another photographer have been working on a short documentary about a sheep rancher in Sonoma County. I've been enjoying the process of video and the creative challenges it brings. Our hope is that we can produce more of these short videos, with the overarching theme being Our Edible Landscape, a deeper look into the food that we eat.
Below is a collection of images from the production as well as the video.