Caleb Minter asked me to create a black & white music video for his single ‘Gone Too Soon,’ which is dedicated to his older brother Clarence Minter Jr. who was killed by gun violence.
The mood of the song ruled the day when it came to coming up with the art direction for this video. Long cuts, smooth movement and soft yet dramatic lighting was used to bring out the emotion’s of Marcus Matteo’s voice and the precision picking of guitarist Daniel Peters.
All of me / Stay with me cover by Chicago R&B and pop singer Marcus Matteo and pianist Tom Vaitsas by Chicago music video director John Gress
Chicago newspaper portrait photographer: I love creating environmental portraits of people in unique spaces and this photoshoot for Swiss newspaper Le Temps was no exception. The French language newspaper is one of the largest dailies in the country and serves Thomas Zoells home town of Geneva.
One of my favorite techniques is to use CTO filters (plastic gels that make neutral light look like old fashioned light bulbs) on my lights so that when I tell the camera to compensate for their warmth, the camera makes the rest of the world look blue.