I was first exposed to Gail’s work through her ‘Out My Window’ series, which immediately drew me in with it’s beautiful mood and depth. I love the contrast of simple, quiet human moments with the vastness of buildings and apartments neatly housing them all. Even though elements of her images are somewhat pre-conceived, she captures real moments with real people in a wonderful, honest – and of course artistic way.
If you’re not familiar, go to her site for a few minutes. And if you are familiar, never hurts to remind. Her web site.
All images © Gail Albert Halaban
OK, this is by no means a new hot video. But it brings home the point (albeit the beautiful, hilarious point) the consequences of asking Mom and family to critique your work. “Oh, honey – that’s wonderful! You’re amazing!” Uh, oh.
There’s the flipside to the family critique too though. “What the hell’s that?! You’re gonna make money doing what? Didn’t you say you wanted to be an architect once?” Let’s not get too depressed here about creative careers. Just enjoy, and give thanks to Stacey Hedger’s mom.
It’s not just your imagination. An article from AdAge points out the dramatic change in expectations for creative’s workloads in the past twenty years. The article is centered around managing expectations and fees in this down economy.
Wake up, CMOs. This is more than a tough year in the market: It’s another in a string of very hard years for Madison Avenue. In the 20 years between 1988 and 2008, according to research by Farmer & Company, agency fees for an average unit of work have dropped by about 40% when adjusted for inflation. Over the same period, creative workload for U.S. agencies grew by more than 60%. Fee levels have dropped while workload has grown in volume and complexity.
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©AdAge, Michael Farmer Feb, 2009
This image was selected to be in Photographer’s Forum 2008 photo annual for emerging photographers. Always nice to get recognized, even though truthfully it’s not like I’m just some freshy out of college. Hey! I was an art director for a while – back off! We all take different journeys on life’s beautiful winding road!
By way of production notes: not being able secure permits to shut down the square and bring in big fans to blow everything around, we just did a mix of real world and talent in studio with some compositing later.