I recently had the chance to create a brand new set of images for Buffalo power-pop quintet City Under Siege, a young but terrifically catchy band. A variety of group and solo images were created for the band members in order to give them a more appealing and professionally produced image than what they had been using to market their music previously. We wanted to avoid any cliches that seem to plague bands when they are producing much of their own marketing material and images (see: Rock and Roll Confidential’s Hall of Douchebags) so we ultimately decided that the key image would be produced in studio to give it the polish and feeling of control that the band was looking for. Working with new or younger bands can often be a challenge as they often have several misconceptions about the budgetary requirements of producing images or their own direction musically. However, the members of City Under Siege proved themselves to be extremely discerning in their taste, knowledge of producing imagery, and direction they wanted to take their image in.
My friends over at Auxiliary Magazine just celebrated their one year anniversary with the release of their December issue. For the last year this growing publication has developed its unique take on counterculture fashion and style and this is the finest issue that this small independent publication has released. I was honored to photograph the anchor editorial, WET, for the beauty section as well as the cover of this important edition. WET features a modern take on mass produced plastic jewelry from great independent designers and artists like Plastique, Isette, and CBST’s Closet.