Here's a great in-depth look at one of the more striking portraiture series we've seen for a local publication in quite some time. We were curious to see how Demond's previous work with Scott Carey had evolved – we noticed a painterly, baroque-quality to the work that Demond mentions below as inspiration for creating this classic cover.
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Adam Tilford of Mission Taco
Kevin Lemp of 4 Hands Brewery
Back in October Feast magazine reached out to me to photograph their annual tastemakers feature. The feature was composed of multiple shoots; the first shoot was conducted on location at Libertine during FEAST's annual roundtable discussion, the second portion called for individual portraits of each tastemaker in their place of business.
This was a really exciting feature for me. I've been really focusing on capturing environmental portraits of artisans and business leaders lately. This was a great opportunity to document a few people leading the way here in St. Louis.
Nick Luedde of Libertine
Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe
As far as the cover goes, Scott Carey and I have worked together on a few previous portfolio shoots that I've done. In fact, the first shoot that he and I collaborated on sparked my interest in documenting artisanal subject matter. I credit our previous collaborations in shaping a new direction in my body of work.
The art director from FEAST mentioned that it was equally important to photograph the subject while capturing the beauty of each person's environment. This is where the previous collaborations between Scott and myself proved to be very beneficial. At that point Scott and I were familiar with one another; he trusted me, I was familiar with his space, and I arrived knowing exactly how I wanted to compose the shot.
I would be hard-pressed not to mention Buddy. Upon arrival it was a pleasant surprise to have Scott's little Yorkie Buddy greet us at the door. He had to be in the shot.
Outtake of Scott Carey
It was a partially cloudy morning, and the shop was dimly lit. I've recently revisited the works Vermeer and Rembrandt. The weather conditions that day provided the perfect opportunity to capture Scott in those styles.
My goal is to make everyone I photograph look bad-ass. Scott has no issues in that regards and my lighting only exaggerated that fact. From a distance people may not realize that both Scott and I have healthy senses of humor. I wanted the image to be moody and dramatic, but at the same time I wanted to add some humor to the shot - that's where the pink expresso cup and Buddy in the background came into play. Those details were subtle, but we all shared a laugh when we looked at the image on the monitor. It was a fun shoot."
TJ Vytlacil of Blood & Sand
Justin Leszcz of Yellow Tree Farm