One of my oldest friends (and longtime muse) Ms. Gillian Todd recently decided to channel her love for the TV show "Mad Men" into a creative project. The series is currently running a photo contest where viewers can win a walk-on role based on the most inspired photo and user votes. Gillian's look is perfect for the competition, and we had a great time shooting these around NYC's glamorous financial district. So many of the shoots I do call for grittier locations, so this was a welcome change of scenery and allowed us to explore some hidden corners of the neighborhood. One of the best things about shooting with such a glamorous woman is that security guards tend to be a lot more lenient when allowing you to shoot on private property.
I began this series, titled "The Neighbors," earlier in the summer as a collection of environmental portraits showcasing the way New Yorkers typically see the people living a wall apart from them: with a hand on the doorknob and their eyes to the floor. What I found after that exploration was I was as intrigued by the character of New York City Hallways (and the lines of said hallways through a 14mm lens) as I was by the initial concept. So last weekend I braved the heat with camera in hand and continued expanding my list of subjects. I'm excited that this is a project I can continue building on over the next several months and look forward to sharing more here on the Rant. If you are interested in participating, please contact MurphyMade@me.com.
(A huge thanks to my "neighbors" who donated their time: (in order)Gillian, Kait, Jim, Geoffrey, Ryan, Kevin, Lindsay and Katie!)