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New Project: BLACK THORN

May 27, 2015

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I’m really excited to highlight a new project on my updated website: Black Thorn.

It’s a selection of photos made in early spring at Black Thorn Farm in the Appalachian mountains, North Carolina, with landowners/farmers Seth & Sharon Dubuc and veteran father and son sheep-shearers Jonathan and Ben Hearne. Photographed with Voices of Industry in April 2014.

We spent a week on the farm mainly to document the sheep-shearing for Voices of Industry (Adele used the wool for her fall/winter 2014 collection – read more about that here: http://www.voicesofindustry.com/black-thorn-farm/). We also got to see the hustle and bustle of early spring – new lambs, the shearing, preparing the farm for new crops and a busy growing season ahead. It was an incredible week for many reasons. Seth & Sharon are two of the best people I’ve ever met — they are respectful stewards of their land and the farm is almost entirely self-sufficient. They are hilariously funny, amazing cooks, thoughtful, and obviously very hard working.

One of the things that I learned over that week is that the prevailing idyllic view of the small farmer/landowner is total bullshit. The work is hard, the reality of it all can be brutal, and nature is uncompromising in many ways. We tend to think about these farmers growing organic vegetables and living a “simple life” on a beautiful piece of land … but Seth & Sharon are very realistic about the challenges they face and their lack of sentimentality about it all was really refreshing. I learned a lot that week.

In these photos, I tried to show this as best I could — I attempted to steer clear of cliched images of farm life (something I have very little interest in) and instead hoping for a more nuanced and specific view of one individual farm and its various parts.

See the full project here: http://www.brianwferry.com/black-thorn

Thanks to Adele Stafford, Seth & Sharon Dubuc, and the amazing sheep-shearers Jonathan & Ben Hearne.

PORTFOLIO UPDATE

May 26, 2015

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Hello!

It’s been a while since I last posted, and that’s because I’ve been spending all of my waking hours sifting through photographs that I shot over the past 2 years and updating my portfolio website. With a huge sigh of relief, I am very happy to say that www.brianwferry.com is updated with fresh work and new projects, sections, an overview, etc. etc.

Please head over there and take a look if you have a chance, and I hope you enjoy! I’ll be updating it much more often in the future.

WWW.BRIANWFERRY.COM

And even better, in the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting here a lot to share new projects on the website, including outtakes and etc.

Now that I’m finished with it, I’m really looking forward to fresh challenges and creating new work.

Thanks, as always, for the support.

Ed Askew, 2013

April 28, 2015

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A portrait of the musician Ed Askew, one of my favorites, photographed in late 2013. I haven’t been able to publicly share most of the photos from this shoot yet, but above are 2 of my favorites.

I’m working on a new/updated Portraits section on my site, and these will be included. I hope to share the (very overdue) portfolio update soon.

New work for Dwell: Raleigh, NC Home

April 27, 2015

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New Editorial Work!

I photographed a story for the current issue of Dwell Magazine (May 2015), capturing the home of Jeremy, Amy & Edison Clark in Raleigh, NC. The autumn foliage was in full swing last November when I visited the Clarks to photograph their beautiful home. Pick up a copy of Dwell to see the full article or take a look online here: http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/minimal-north-carolina-home-built-tech-forward-west-coast-couple

Thanks to the wonderful Sue Getzendanner at Dwell for this assignment, and thanks to the Clarks for welcoming me into their home.

 
 

Outtakes 3, Kashmir

April 16, 2015

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Photos taken in Srinagar, Kashmir and Aru Valley in Pahalgam, South Kashmir.

All of these are outtakes from the series of photos I made there in October 2014, while on assignment for Condé Nast Traveler.

I think I shot 40 rolls of 220 film while I was there, so there are many outtakes to share … and some of the other photos will be part of a new project that I’m working on.
 
 

Douglas Rushkoff for The Hour

April 14, 2015

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New work –

I photographed the funny & thoughtful media theorist Douglas Rushkoff for the cover story of The Hour, a new publication designed by Bibliothèque in London.

It was an honor to meet Douglas and spend a few hours photographing him – and I’ve since added his most recent book, Present Shock, to my reading list. Looking forward to reading it.

Thanks to Tim Beard and the team at Bibliothèque for this one!

Outtakes 2, Kashmir

April 8, 2015

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More photos taken in Kashmir last October while I was there on assignment for Conde Nast Traveler mag.

I noticed dilapidated structures, things cobbled together, spots of color, fading greens.

 
 

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Working on a special new project related to the work I made in Kashmir. Very psyched. In the meantime, I’ll keep posting outtakes. I’m eager to get the full series out into the world in the next couple of months. Stay tuned.

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