by Jamie Kripke
This image is a composite of two shoots from different times and places. The coffee cups and the car were assembled in Photoshop. See the original images at Jamie’s site, in the gallery named composites. The gallery “places” shows some interesting work of ordinary stuff and places.
When I was sixteen, my parents arranged for me to meet with a career counselor. After extensive interviews and four-hour multiple-choice personality profile exams, we sat down to talk about my future. He told me that I was a creative kid with a gift for technical, hands-on work. Then he told me that I might make a good researcher in a laboratory, possibly working with high tech materials, like ceramics.
Ten years later, I know that I’ve found my calling, creating images for magazines, design firms, and ad agencies across the country. I try to pay attention to the everyday stuff that we tend to overlook, and find the creative process even more rewarding when it comes in the form of collaboration.
Furthermore, I’ve learned the value of having a good idea before trying to make a good picture and I am comforted knowing that if the photography thing doesn’t pan out, there will always be a lab out there in need of a ceramics researcher. – Jamie Kripke