Pep Ávila Pictures Children’s Heartbreak for an Emotional Ad Campaign

All images by Pep Ávila. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Of all the things we like asking children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” resonates the most. These dreams mean a lot to young minds and hearts, so watching them crumble or fade is always a heartbreaking ordeal. This was the idea that Barcelona-based photographer and cinematographer Pep Ávila executed into an emotional ad campaign for international independent children’s organization Save the Children.

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An Early Glimpse of Joe Giacomet’s Shots for the Cigar Sanctum Ad Campaign

 

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All images shot by and used with permission from Joe Giacomet.

London-based photographer and cinematographer Joe Giacomet creates powerful photographs that are as dark as they are eccentric. He has a way of turning real everyday scenarios, with the help of amazing lighting, into thoughtful reflections of human emotions and conditions. When you look at his photos, it’s almost as if you’re looking into a parallel universe, one that is very similar but way darker and more cynical upon closer look.

But when new jeweler Cigar Sanctum, a company that makes jewelries for the passionate cigar smokers (set to launch on the 15th of February), commissioned him to photograph the advertising for their debut, Giacomet had a different vision, entirely.

“The subjects he photographed were not models but interesting characters in their own right, and all were dedicated cigar smokers. In his selection of subjects Joe showed how, in the world of cigars, a seemingly unrelated group of people can come together based on their love of cigars.”

The results from the shoot were as thought-provoking as his other, more skeptical images, however. Subjecting each man to the same aesthetics and exposing them in the same lighting conditions, he was able to create images of strong masculinity that fits the brand perfectly. More importantly, he was able to put the men all in equal footing and highlight their commonality – their love of cigars.

We’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the images from this fantastic campaign and we’re sharing them with you. See them after the jump. Be sure to also check out Joe’s Creating the Photograph guest blog post that he did for us.

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Sony’s “DSLR Gear No Idea” Ad Campaign Shows You What Happens When You Put a DSLR in the Hands of a Dumbass

I saw this a couple nights ago and I laughed, the video is so spot on and mocks key groups of photographers who just buy camera gear. I’d say if you like the Sh*t Photographers Say video than you will surely enjoy Sony’s new ad campaign for Australia. It reminds of all the time I have spent watching other camera owners make similar mistakes or even listen to sales people pitch cameras to new perspective owners.

My favorite ad of the series would have to be the “F-Stop Fusspot“, in this clip it shows a photographer struggle with the automatic pop up flash. It really is a shame that the comments are disabled for these videos… I am sure the adult nature of YouTube would produce some solid remarks.