This is a mound of salt, used for chicagoland roads in winter. The blue striations are varying levels of dye put in by the Morton Salt Co. I was happy to hear the news that it is being showcased in the 2012 PDN Photo Annual - out in June. As always, would love to hear your comments. Better yet, would love to shoot some pics for your next great ad campaign.
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 16:02
outtake from a recent shoot for walgreens brand campaign. in this case, an ad for a giant bottle of headache pills. fortunately everything went smoothly so i didn't need to dip into the bottle. big thanks to my producer, crew, suzanne koller at ddb, dimitri at downtown partners, and walgreens client.
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 17:31
One of the holdouts of the glorious hot rod days of the 50's-70's, Hal is a true car guy. Knows pretty much everything there is to know about Fords and Chevy's. His classic garage, in a tiny Northwestern Ohio town, is testament to this. Not far from Detroit.
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 12:14
First launched in Hamburg in 1911, the Europa has 11,000 square feet of sail area, weighs 303 tons, stretches 185' and is 109' tall. Pretty impressive sailing in the waters in front of the Chicago skyline. Thanks to Delores Robinson and Mark Thompson for access and opportunity.
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 12:01
This is a campaign I shot for Chicago Children's Advocacy Center. A good assignment for a good cause - to prevent child abuse. Can't think of many things more worthy of trying to stop. Many thanks to the creatives @ Downtown Partners Chicago for the gig.
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went to michigan to check out an oil spill that botched up a river near kalamazoo and battle creek. the spill, millions of gallons from a ruptured line, has devastated life throughout the river's flow. it is threatening to eventually run into lake michigan. it was hard to tell what was really going on, as all the main sites were blocked off by some authority or another. the last thing they wanted was some ***hole walking around with a camera. i ask, you, though, who are the real ***holes here?
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 10:15
this was from a shoot i recently did for chicago convention + tourism bureau. it was kind of creepy to be in this abandoned place, stuck out in lake michigan. it was built in holland, transported and reconstructed over 100 years ago on the break wall. Not many people have access to it these days, but apparently in the 70's it used to be a hangout for naked parties. Insert dirty joke here.
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 16:12
here is the spot i wrote and animated for the grain foods foundation. its aim is to create awareness for hungry kids and more importantly, to do something about it. my thanks go out to jim amadeo and robyn rhodes for making this possible. check out breadartproject.com to see what it is all about. you can also view the spot on my illustration site in greater detail. jeffrossillustration.com (under animation)
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 09:33
i've been working on this animated project with an ad agency in boston. old school flip-book style. it's a :60 slated for broadcast, but will also be everywhere online. here are a few board frames. this is my foray into animation with hopefully more to come. if you're interested to see my illustration work check out: jeffrossillustration.com
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These are from an ongoing series of kitesurfer dudes i shot on the lake michigan coastline, just north of chicago in waukegan. there was a factory belching smoke just behind and to my left. lake michigan toxic soup, sure, but the wind is awesome.
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 08:08
this was from a small town (wilmington, il) festival called 'catfish days.' no bs. used to be that when the small river running through the town would flood, usually in summer, there would be a plagues worth of catfish lining the streets when the waters receded. the townfolk didn't know what to do about the problem until someone suggested a giant fish fry. thus a festival was born, solving two problems with each whack of the club. the name stuck, but there wasn't a fish in sight when i was there. guess they got tired of being systematically butchered and now stay far from that hell hole.
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 13:42
As this first tumultuous decade of the glittering new millennium rolls to a close, i'd like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. I hope your next year, as well as the next ten for that matter, is all that. I'd like to give a special thanks to those who enhanced my photography business, thus myself, in there own big or small way. You know who you are.
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 19:45
this is what happens when you're too lazy to get out of the car to take a shot. call it an auto reflex of the need to just pick up a camera and point it at something. though i don't recommend popping a flash inside the car at the windshield while driving 65.
Posted by Bowen Ross Photo at 17:51
was out yonder the other day and came across this truck stop. kinda humorous to me. as with any church, it needs a congregation of lost souls and a 10-4-good-buddy preacher man. then it may have been a better shot. an interior would have been pretty cool i think.i wonder how david la chapelle would defile this situation...
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