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Seattle Fashion Week

by on Oct.25, 2010, under Events, Party, Seattle, SoDo

Seattle Fashion Week

The Interior Design Coalition of Washington (IDCW) asked me to photograph Seattle Fashion Week last spring. Several pieces from IDCW’s premiere event, Product Runway, were due to take a stroll down the runway. Having covered Product Runway before (and producing a short film on the event), I was delighted to hang out and rip off a few frames.

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Product Runway: The Fashion Show

by on Feb.03, 2010, under Events, Party, Queen Anne, Seattle

Digital photography is a blessing and a curse. How great is it that you can shoot over 1,000 pictures on one card, on one charge, at different ISOs and never have to reach into your bag? The obvious downside is that you’re also looking at serious time on the couch with your laptop trying to sort through all these stills. After shooting the Product Runway fashion show at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall last August, the counter on my camera was well over 1,500 frames. I guess I just “got into the moment” and blasted away. I had so many pictures that the best way to sort through them was holding down an arrow key while watching different scenes flash across the screen. Almost instantly, a little thought cloud appeared above my head that read, “this would look cool as a short film.” Over the next six months I kicked it around a little bit, borrowed some software, failed, thought about it again, bought some software and eventually finished the short video above. I haven’t counted, but I think there are well over 1,000 still photographs in the film. Also, please check it out a HD full screen version by visiting its home on Vimeo or downloading your very own copy here. It’s also on YouTube, if that’s your thing (or if you’re on an iPhone).

Product Runway is a unique competition for Pacific Northwest interior designers, suppliers and architects. Teams are formed several months in advance at a swanky event that serves as the competition’s kick-off party (the Explosion was there). Designers are paired with design suppliers, and the rules state that the team must design a haute couture piece culled exclusively from the materials the supplier works with. All the outfits featured in the show are made from things like carpet, tile, tubing, metal surfaces, etc. Given these constraints, the results are absolutely stunning. I was thrilled when my friend Jill, one of the directors of the event, asked me to shoot the show. Few things are as fun photographically as creating art out of other people creating art. Below are a few of my favorite stills from the evening.
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Product Runway: Kick-off Party

by on May.02, 2009, under Events, Georgetown, Party, Seattle

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WTF is Product Runway? It’s something I’m blogging about, semi-exclusively. Jill Marasigan, the event’s co-chair and a designer at Lara Taylor Interiors, invited The Andy Aupperlee Explosion 5000 to attend the oh-so-hip Product Runway Volume II kick-off party last month. Unable to refuse such a swanky suggestion, I immediately packed up my camera, made a pathetic attempt at dressing artsy/hip, and headed down to Pental Granite and Marble‘s art-gallery-esque showroom in Georgetown. I downed a few cocktails, fed on some finger food and made some photographs with Seattle’s denizens of design.
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