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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Americans on FX

The Americans is a show about a Russian couple, played by Kerri Russell and Matthew Rhys, who work as spies for the Soviet Union under the cover of leading perfectly average suburban lives in Virginia. They are constantly close to being found out by a FBI agent, played by Noah Emmerich, or their own daughter, played by Holly Taylor. I shot portraits of nine characters, each to evoke a movie still, and not a "photo shoot". I also shot many of the characters in a surveillance type of way, with a very long lens from a high vantage point through a window, mimicking shots we associate with cctv surveillance or evidence a secret agent or detective would capture.
The key art hints at the graphic nature of Russian propaganda poster art. In season 5 Kerri's character seems to be more trigger happy, while Matthew's character is opting for restraint.

Man Seeking Woman on FX

I shot the art for the 3rd season of Man Seeking Woman in Toronto last fall. Each portrait depicts a scene from the show: Digging a tunnel to your girlfriends bedroom, but being deported by her flatmates, a classroom lesson on the history of the suitor, a new girlfriend clearing the toxic waste of her new boyfriend and turning his bachelor pad into "their" home.