Creative People

VISEone squeezes creativity!

As you may remember from a prior post, I have a collection of art toys, some of which are small production runs or even custom one-of-a-kinds, and all of which are just simply fantastic!  Today, I’d like to introduce you to another interesting creation: the Tube Dunny…

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Outland Red Tube Dunny

The Dunny is an art toy platform created by Kidrobot, which has been customized by many artists in very creative ways.  In my mind, one of the finest custom Dunny creations is the Tubedunny created by VISEone.  Above you see one of my photos of the Outland Red Tubedunny, which was a very limited run done for the Outland Designer Toy Store & Art Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The creative mind behind the Tubedunny is the German urban artist known as VISEeone,  who is best known for his lowbrow custom designs of urban vinyl toys, as well as crossing over to influential design media like Notcot and Design You Trust.

His works – owned by international collectors – have been shown around the world.

VISEone started his creative path in the late 1990’s as a graffiti writer creating character designs. Due a musical career as a national booked hiphop DJ and producer with a major record deal he took a 10 years break from painting before he stepped back to his creative path in 2007 when he discovered the urban vinyl scene.

Since then he constantly created unique custom works on vinyl platform toys and released several limited editions of his iconic style.

VISEone is best known for his dripping style where he combines his graffiti roots and his love of lowbrow design. He also has a big passion for comics which influenced him heavily for his well known “Comic Stripped” custom series.

He belongs to the top designers in the urban vinyl scene and his works are all sold out and sought after.

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VISEone with Mini Tube Monster

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of doing a quick photoshoot with VISEone and his then latest creation, the Mini Tube Monster (that’s a Zombie juice model in his hand).  We did the photoshoot at New York Comic Con, where I set up a quick light couple of lights and created some cool images.

VISEone’s latest creative endeavors have been wildly successful sculptures that are often life-sized and sought after by collectors around the globe; a truly amazing artist!

A Senior Portrait Shoot

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Strumming the Guitar

When Chelsea’s mother approached me about doing a portrait shoot for Chelsea’s Senior Yearbook, she remarked that she had seen lots of wonderful photos done by me, but not a lot of people.  It certainly is true that people tend to know me either for my dog agility photography, my landscape photography or my HDR photography, but not many are familiar with the other sides of my photography.  Yes, I do enjoy portrait photography and have been known to capture the occasional portrait, and perform various other people photography, such as model shoots and documenting weddings.  In a future blog post, I will provide more detail on the range of my photographic services.

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Contemplation at the Old Stone Church

I sat down with Chelsea and her family to discuss my ideas for doing a senior portrait shoot, which diverge from the standard studio shots approach that is done by many school and senior portrait photographers.  I suggested that we use some outdoor locations that would either be meaningful to Chelsea or provide an environment that she really enjoys.  I explained that what I want to achieve in a portrait photo shoot is to have the images tell something meaningful about the subject.  We looked at a number of images to come up with some inspirations for this shoot.  The ideas of bringing a book and guitar into the shoot were generated, as well as using the Old Stone Church on the shore of the Wachusett Reservoir in West Boylston as one of the sites.  We agreed to hold off until weather started getting a little better, as it was early April.

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Chelsea in Purgatory Chasm on a Beautiful Day

Over the next number of weeks, we also added Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, MA, to the list of sites and I was still hunting for a third site that would work well.  A friend suggested that I check out Waters Farm in Sutton, MA, as a possible site.  As the weather started getting better, I checked the light conditions in Purgatory Chasm, which is rather deep and required mid-day sun to get light in.  While there, I went over to Waters Farm and was blown away by the wonderful possibilities of the site.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we did the shoot in just over two hours in all three locations.  Chelsea’s mother and her cousin helped out during the shoot keeping an eye on Chelsea’s hair and holding a reflector for me to get the light just right.  Everyone had a great time and we couldn’t help but produce a fantastic set of images to choose from for the yearbook photo and many more for the family and relatives!  More images can be seen in the album on the Frank Jansen Photography FB page.