Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sepia Saturday - May 7, 2016

The theme for this Saturday has to do with sheep.

In my previous life (in the 1970's) I was an advertising art director in Los Angeles.
I went on a job with a photographer (Lin Cariffe) to shoot an ad for Mel Brown Furniture.
It was a high end, modern furniture store. Lin always shot very elaborate and interesting photos for these ads. This time I don't remember why, but he decided to shoot the furniture with a herd of sheep.
Maybe there was some wool in the pieces, but it doesn't look like it. I can't find the finished ad so I'll have get in touch with Lin to see if he remembers.

When we got to the pasture Lin's assistants unloaded the furniture and the shepherd (yes, there was a shepherd!) brought the sheep over. Unfortunately they had been branded. I didn't know they branded sheep in this day and age! This could have certainly ruined the look of the photo. But, luckily there is such a thing as retouching. So, on with the shoot. Some of the sheep were very interested in the project. Here's one of the out- takes:

I couldn't find the finished ad but here's some of the others that Lin shot:

 When we got done shooting The shepherd came over and handed me his card. He actually had a business card and for his title it said "Shepherd" !!!

Just another day in the advertising world!

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Lin just sent me this finished ad:


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