Hello!!! I’m excited to come at you today with some FRESH FILM IMAGES that I made for Twelve South. Their product BookBook got a little bit of a lift, and our friend, Jai who works with Twelve South, thought it’d be a good idea to bring me on board to help them refresh the imagery for this long-standing product in their line.
For a genre of goods that can err on the side of, should I say, h y p e r - s l e e k + s u p e r - c l e a n, Jai was an angel for inviting me to share my vision and creative process for how we could bring BookBook into a natural, playful, film-based look. I pitched 3 ideas to the brand and this one stuck:
1 beverage professional receiving invoices, making orders, an overall pre-shift vibe
1 knowledge/business professional working from a shared space
2 college-age persons, studying outdoors, ivy-but-make-it-fun(!)
All the images you see were made on 35mm or 120mm film, Porta 400 stock. Cameras: Nikon f100 fitted with 50mm + 35mm Nikkor lenses, and Pentax 67 with 105mm lens. :D FUNNNNN!!!!
The team that came together for this project was stunning! Here are your team members:
Talent: Fabiana Pinillos (actual bartender at F.I.G. in Charleston), Kyleigh Adorno, Will Buchanan, Shepherd Diaz.
HMU: Kelley Farlow
Photo Assist: Caroline Herring
Client: Twelve South
Location (1 of 3): Chasing Sage
Enjoy these things we made!
Our travels in France during September of 2021 were wild and wonderful. Granted, Covid was still very much a factor of traveling anywhere, but September felt like the “lightest” version of Covid-19 related travel we could’ve hoped for. Either way, we did it, and walked away with truly some of the best experiences of our lives. In the areas of food, community, humankind, and wine, I’ve never learned so much.
For some context, the first trip we took to the city of Paris is 2019 was the catalyst for what would become Bar Rollins. By the time we left for France this time, we had held 5 pop-ups, found a space for the bar and were negotiating a lease.
I look back at this trip as being the one that made Bar Rollins something that belonged to us rather than a replica of something we once knew.
During this trip, we received the immense privilege of knowing and watching people move around in spaces that were incredibly special to them. And since things were actually taking shape with BR back home, it was a real study for us to understand how to do the same. How does one create a space that feels like their home? What are the words best used when someone is curious about wine, but doesn’t really know how to ask questions? Who is having the most fun and how do we do that??
There were, of course, aesthetic take-aways. But more than that, we came together with people over glasses of wine, and talked about all these things.
We reunited with our first friend-love, Joss, who showed us the impact you can have on someone by unabashedly celebrating when your friends walked into the bar. We met Chloe and Issac, who taught us a lesson in relationships, being that Chloe works nights and weekends and Issac works corporate hours, yet still comes to hang out at the bar every night.
We met Hervé - oh Hervé - who taught us the importance of not sacrificing your integrity for the sake of popular opinion. (This man will speak truly candidly about the poison that is involved in most viticulture, and will not put up with it. He serves only poison free wines ;)
We met Meriam at the Christien Binner estate who is making her own juices from apples and other crops that co-exists among grape vines, and is passionate about teaching younger generations about farming, cultivating, and harvesting grapes.
We met Catherine Riss who is one of the winemakers we had the privilege of meeting and photographing for Pipette Magazine during our trip. Getting to witness her strength and relentlessness for a perfect product was incredible.
Of the other folks we met - they deserve another post with fresh photos. We’ll get to you soon Tom, Guy at Liquiderie, and Olive :)
We fell in love with Copenhagen so hard it hurt to leave. People were so incredibly kind and HAPPY it blew us away. We stayed in the Norrebro area, and blissed out on bikes rides to and from La Banchina, Lille, Roder + Vin, and Pompette. And it’s worth mentioning - we had our brains and mouths abducted by Noma and then returned to us totally transformed. It was wild, and annoyingly beautiful - I mean that affectionately. Noma, you changed how I will forever see food and the world we live in. And to you Copenhagen, you’re just great. ILYSM.
One of my favorite travel memories exists in the time between these photos. Chris and I saw people swimming in the water at La Banchina and got so envious that we biked to the nearest H&M, got swimsuits, and joined. It was a LITTLE CHILLY but luckily, the restaurant keeps tools to build your own fire in their several fire pits on-site. We stoked a fire, drank our wine, and realized that life could not have gotten any better in that moment. It was perfect.
These last few images were taken at Roder + Vin and I think Chris briefly saw his entire future flash before him while we were sitting there. The incredibly kind and jovial owner, Solfin, opened up bottle after beautiful bottle and shared this space that he’s made feel like home for everyone. And more, while we sharing wine + stories, we encountered the makers of Frukstereo - a culty fruit cider that is passionately following the footsteps of natural winemakers. We have since had the privilege of featuring a few Frukstereo products on Bar Rollins pop-up menus, and will continue to show looove to them with our retail program. Bar Rollins loves Roder + Vin <3
Katharine + Ray celebrated their wedding at the Gibbes Museum in downtown Charleston, after saying their vows earlier in the year with a small group of family members. We’re in a time of shaking up the way we celebrate weddings and Katharine and Ray really set a great tone for their day. That tone being “LET’S CELEBRATE”. We made some sweet portraits of them during the last few minutes of golden hour, before heading into a blast of an evening - toasts, dancing, and all-around party times… all of my favorite parts of the wedding day :)
Paige + Nic honored their vows by holding a small ceremony by the water in Downtown Charleston. The three of us walked along some favorite streets in the South of Broad neighborhood while making these photos. IMO this was a Thursday afternoon in October well spent.