Category Archives: Food Photography

Back in the saddle…

| currently listening to: Divine Invasion, Trans Am, Liberation, 2004 | LINK

the photography:

It’s been exactly 3 years, 3 months, and 1 day since I left my position as Staff Photographer and Staff Photo Editor at Cars.com. A lot has happened in that amount of time. I will try to list them briefly here in no particular order:

– Archibald (Archie) Brian Fitzsimmons Merritt was born
– I’ve helped launch 4 new vehicles for Subaru of America while traveling to Iceland & England
– My photography helped launch a ton of Sharpie Products since 2012
– Hefty and Reynolds Consumer Products have used my lifestyle photography extensively
– I shot multiple photographs that were included in Doug Sohn’s Hot Doug’s The Book
– I’ve discovered less hair on my head and more gray hairs within the amount that is left

I guess it could be worse.

I started this blog as an outlet years ago to broadcast the work I was creating that did not have a place to live. It was a landing for any photo projects, fine art, and non-Cars.com photography that I started and wanted to show off. I named it “I am a working artist…” because I wanted to relate to people that being an artist in the real world meant that many times your creativity needed to take a back seat to your production and technical expertise.

Unless, of course, that you are being bankrolled. That would be awesome.

I strive to reopen this part of my career. This blog will once again stand as a creative outlet, a portal, a creative abyss, a photo dump…

Make art. Make Art. Make. ART.

the music:

TRANS AM.
I have followed this band’s career since the late 90’s when two musician friend’s introduced them to me during my last few years of college. The bass, guitar, synth, drums, midi-triggers attack of this three piece intrigued me to no end. I have always want to make as much noise as possible with other musicians in the same way that these three friends do it. Sebastian is also one of the best drummers I have ever seen. Period.

corned beef heaven

Exposure: 1/125 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 59mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/60 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 55mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/125 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 70mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/125 sec – Aperture: f5.6 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 35mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 38mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f4.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 51mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: f3.5 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 48mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/125 sec – Aperture: f3.5 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 70mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f5.0 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 57mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Exposure: 1/500 sec – Aperture: f5.6 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 34mm
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM – Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

| currently listening to: Virginia Don’t Drown, Chin Up Chin Up, We Should Have Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers, 2004 | LINK

the photography:
when i say st. patrick’s day, what’s the first food that comes to your head? 95% of americans will answer corned beef and cabbage. and when i say corned beef, 95% of chicagoans will immediately start salivating and thinking of Manny’s deli.

one of the oldest deli’s in the midwest, Manny’s Deli is a staple for most of the chicago food community. family owned and operated since just after World War II, Manny’s has been a foodie must-have for anyone looking for the best corned beef and pastrami sandwiches West of the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln Tunnel (and i, among others, would argue that they are just as good if not better than the sandwiches East of those landmarks).

but i’m not here to bore you with historical facts and mouthwatering tidbits. this place is just plain famous for being itself. everyone from US President Barrack Obama, to Chicago Mayor Daley make a point of stopping by and eating at Manny’s when they are in the neighborhood. you just can’t walk by and smell the food without heading in the door. when i was asked to take some products shots of their mouthwatering food, how could i pass up the chance?

so, in honor of st. patrick, and in honor of chicago’s most legendary eatery, i bring to you, deli sandwich photography pornography.

before you ask any questions, the sandwich in the fourth photo is in fact, a breakfast rueben. you read that correctly… a breakfast rueben. oh dear lord it’s as good as it sounds. photos are with the 5DMKII and the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. everything was shot on location with natural light.

the music:
Chin Up Chin Up were one of those bands that succeeded in the face of adversity. even with something as profound and hard hitting as the death of their founding bass player overshadowing the recording of their first record, this band trudged on and made a career out of jangling some indie-rock guitars together and producing some great tunes. i had a chance to see them live a handful of times and with each performance, they crafted indie pop perfection with a groove all their own.

in 2009 and with only two full length records and re-released self titled EP as their mark on the industry, Chin Up Chin Up called it a day and broke up. their presence in the chicago independent music scene will sorely be missed. reunion show? too soon…