Jim Smithson recently shot an ad for Valspar. In his own words…..”Euro RSCG Chicago wanted to capture a landscape of a town center with a european flavor for their client Valspar. Because it was still winter we focused our search in mediterranean countries, and ended up finding the ultimate location in San Gimignano, in the region of Tuscany. The agency felt confident to let me shoot the project without them being there, which we have done successfully in past projects. Julia Cunningham (art buyer) was very instrumental throughout the project, doing most of the heavy lifting back in Chicago. As the production kicked off the ubiquity of the Mafioso business model was not lost on us, making it a wild adventure on many levels. ” Jim Smithson
Kevin Twomey’s relationship with the California Academy of Sciences started in 2008 with imagery he shot for a promotional piece announcing their newly renovated museum. Creative Director, Rhonda Rubinstein, saw Kevin’s butterfly compositions and thought he would be a good match for an upcoming project. She liked the clean, crisp, textural style that is signature of Kevin’s imagery.
Months later Kevin reached out to Rhonda with an inquiry to gain access to some of the unique specimens in museum’s permanent collection. A trade agreement was arranged. In exchange for access to their rare specimens, the Academy could use the images for a book they were producing for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin of Species.
Kevin’s initial interest was in shooting their butterfly collection for a personal project. Yet, once he gained the ALL ACCESS pass, curiosity quickly led way to chamelions, frogs and tortoises to name a few. Kevin converted a tiny office into a studio and a week later produced the images seen here.
Kevin shares,” One of the more interesting searches through the collection was picking out a fine Galapagos tortoise specimen to shoot, looking for that perfectly preserved tortoise with just the right pose. We walked into a room about 20′ x 20′, that had shelves filled with these giant tortoises, many of them preserved for about 100 years.”
Check in soon for an upcoming project where Kevin collaborates with Hillary Duff.