Advertising Agency: O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul, Chicago
Creative Director: Aubrey Walker
Photographer: Marcus Smith c/o Making Pictures
Some people wear their heart on their sleeve. Lottery players wear theirs on their faces. From anticipation and suspense, to excitement and shock, you just can’t hide the feeling of winning. Even through a mask...
O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul from Chicago commissioned Marcus SMITH c/o MAKING PICTURES with the latest ‘You Can’t Hide Winning’ campaign for the ILLINOIS LOTTERY. Spot and prints – all realized with a small team under the strictest Covid-19 regulations – were published as online and via social media.
“We wanted to capture the spirit of what winning looks like at a time when you can’t see someone’s smile,” says OKRP Group Creative Director Aubrey Walker. “This work showcases the delight that can’t be hidden in our winners’ eyes and their exuberant spirit. The music adds an important exclamation point and sets a nostalgic tone that makes it distinctive and ownable by the Illinois Lottery. And once you hear it, it stays in your head.”
Photographer: The Masons c/o Making Pictures
THE MASONS c/o MAKING PICTURES present us here on GoSee their beauty & skin project ‘Paris’ : “We wanted to focus on skin and the beauty and detail of melanin, but it’s also a story of a young black boy – being confident, a black king in the making, shining the light on the beauty of his dark skin, embracing his innocence, vulnerability, strength & thoughtfulness. Mixing his playfulness with the challenging reality of the world for a young black boy while drawing his strengths from his culture and belief in himself. An emotional journey of a young black king.”
Maruska and Donna-Marie Mason are partners in life and also partners in creativity. Their work captures the complexity of characters and real emotion in a dramatic and bold style. Inspired by people who break boundaries and are not afraid to lead the change, they explore diversity and equality in a timeless style with an edge, always pushing and allowing for their subject’s personality and story to shine through. The Masons are particularly well known for excellent photography and treatment of skin and challenging outdated notions with honest, empowering, and positive representations of different cultures. The Masons’ skill sets are honed from photography, advertising and Film & TV backgrounds.
Photographer: Marcus Smith c/o Making Pictures
Marcus SMITH c/o MAKING PICTURES realized a personal film and photo project with Rena Butler, choreographer and dancer (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), which we present you here on GoSee.
Marcus : “We got to really vibe out and just have a good time shooting with no real goal in mind except to have fun. It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a ‘one man show’ type of shoot, and it was a reminder of how rewarding and stressful the early days were when I literally had to do everything myself. Kind of cool, but the suit Rena’s wearing was my birthday gift to myself this year, and I didn’t get to wear it due to being stuck in the house. It’s a cool suit, but Rena made it look way cooler than I could make it look. Sound on for maximum effect!”
Rena Butler hails from Chicago, IL. She has danced in companies such as Kyle Abraham / Abraham, In.Motion, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, David Dorfman Dance, Manuel Vignoulle/M-Motions, and The Kevin Wynn Collective. Butler trained at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Butler’s choreography has been presented at The New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with Academy Award-winning jazz composer Terrence Blanchard, CHTV Stories in Switzerland, and more. Butler currently serves on the Consortium for Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum. In addition to dancing in the company, Rena is HSDC’s Choreographic Fellow, and is a 2019 Princess Grace Award Winner for Choreography.
MAKING PICTURES presents us the TEEN VOGUE cover spread September 2020 with Munroe Bergdorf. TEEN VOGUE: “In light of a year of rebellion and revolution, this September Teen Vogue looked to The Masons to photograph their cover story featuring Munroe Bergdorf, a black trans women who trailblazes in redefining beauty, fashion, and culture. They wanted to spotlight the women who are at the heart of fashion but often left out of the conversation.”
“Yeah… It’s making sense of a lot of the things I was ashamed of and afraid of when I was a kid. Unearthing those things I’d really repressed for decades is a lot,” Munroe Bergdorf says about her debut book ‘Transitional’. “I’m writing about how we as queer people grew up without seeing our love reflected in the world around us. It’s a slog to write because I’m putting myself back into that headspace, all the way back to childhood.” The link to the whole story is here (Writer: Thora Siemsen).
Photographer: The Masons, stylist: Michelle Li, stylist assistant: Michaela Quan, hair: Mikai McDermott, make-up: Bianca Spencer, prop stylist: Penny Mills, production: Making Pictures Productions, Ltd., Art Director: Emily Zirimis, Fashion Director: Tahirah Hairston
Whether an egg, apple or lychee – Tais SIROTE c/o MAKING PICTURES, with her attention to detail and keen eye for the big picture, transforms everyday objects in fine art. ‘Quarantine’ and ‘Summer Colors’ are two new projects, which we are more than delighted to present you here on GoSee. Is it even possible to stage rings and jewelry more elegantly than this? Many more beautiful still and product productions are available directly from MAKING PICTURES.
Tais Sirote, also known as TAISODO, is a London-based photographer specialized in still life and product photography. She was born in Argentina but grew up in Tenerife, Canary Islands, which shaped her eye for photography. Her style has always been marked by attention to color and lighting and always trying new things and finding new ways to create images. Her photos are often mistaken for 3D renders and try to trick the eye of the viewer to make them wonder how they were taken. Her focus on product photography has demonstrated her skill in working with jewelry, beverages, ceramics, beauty products and all kinds of objects.
‘OLLY BURN c/o MAKING PICTURES captured the spirit of lockdown easing through these abstract stills, shot on a beautiful morning in South East London. In Olly’s own words: “I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, the guys who got to play and express themselves after the hiatus or me who had the honor of capturing them.’