All posts by Grant Albert

Miami Free Transportation by Photographer Tom Clark

Miami gets a bad rap when it comes to public transportation. We find it unreliable and unavailable. While our transportation system can be lacking, you cannot deny variety is there.

Tom is a patient photographer. He hung around long enough to get this shot on a Wednesday afternoon, right before the madness that is rush hour.

free transportation in Miami by photographer Tom Clark

Above is the PeopleMover. A free metro that covers 4.5 miles and takes Kendallers, Brickellites, and Downtowners all around Downtown free of charge. Yes, they are still in use after Ultra Music Festival where ravers crowd the cab with neon and sweat.

To the right is the Miami Trolley. A bus painted in the University of Miami colors and takes travelers all throughout North Miami: Wynwood, the Stadium, and even Coconut Grove.

Below is the humble biker. Despite the odds that they could be hit by a car at any moment (wear a helmet,) they are brave enough to pedal the streets of Miami.

We are then stripped to our most primitive form, walking. Fortunately enough, Downtown is riddled with shops, business, and restaurants all within walking distance. When the clock turns 5 and all of Miami loses their minds to beat the rush, it’s not a bad idea to take a breath and think of our options.

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is one of the few commercial Miami photographers offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Climbing the Divide by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Lucy climbs in Red Rock Nevada:

Twenty minutes west of Las Vegas, the gentle eye in a category five hurricane of vice, sin, blue-men, and neon. The term “juxtaposition” gets thrown around rather liberally but Red Rock is a true juxtaposition. You have the fast paced, silicon lifestyle of Vegas and yet, in the horizon, rocks glisten with unfathomed potential.  

I find the phrase “the mountains are calling” to be disconcerting, but when viewing this photo, it’s all I hear. Perfect rock in perfect conditions. Lucy climbs a forty foot boulder, “The Divide” in the Kraft boulder field. Though the rock stands tall with aplomb, Lucy uses technique to chimney up the divide.

We often forget how pivotal nature is to our creativity and ego. Cormac McCarthy, in his book “Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West” invokes mans interconnectedness to the rock:

“The very clarity of these articles belied their familiarity, for the eye predicates the whole on some feature or part and here was nothing more luminous than another and nothing more enshadowed and in the optical democracy of such landscapes all preference is made whimsical and a man and a rock become endowed with unguessed kinship.”

climbing in red rock by Miami photographer Tom Clark

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Product Photographer Based in Miami

While people tend to focus their energies on the final product, we must not forget about the initial processes. Here is a photo of three stainless steel mixing bowls, behind them, kitchen utensils; often the first resource in beginning a recipe.

product photography mixing bowls

Tom and I believe that it is better to tackle the task in steps rather than an all guns blazing approach. This brings forth better results than the latter. As you can’t make an omelet without cracking an egg, you can’t make passionfruit infused challah bread without pouring in the first teaspoon of yeast.

On social media one usually sees the final product of the meal more so than the actual process. A piece of meat laying on a plate in a deadpan ceremony of iPhone’s cameras and unhinged hashtags. While pages like Tasty and YouTube channels like FoodWishes showcase the processes, why not focus more on the organic steps? The step-by-steps are often the most thrilling and provide a feeling of accomplishment that outshines the quick shot of the $15 smoothie bowl.

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Wine Bottle by Miami Product Photographer Tom Clark

It’s a tad ironic how some of the most minimal shoots could be the most laborious for photographers to work on. The notion of ‘less is more’ is apparent in this photo. Why dilute this bottle of Malbec with the “perfect” model or car when the wine can stand alone?

This simple wine bottle required two separate shots, maneuvering lighting, and then composited in post production, to get the best result.

product photography wine bottle

The lighting on the bottle almost melts off the ink colored exterior. It wasn’t an easy task. We like to think that there is a bit of symbolism here:

We often have to work the hardest on the smaller tasks before we can take on the big missions. Whether it be taking a shot of a red wine bottle or figuring out the best conditions to grow the grapes, one should never neglect the small tasks. Tom and I believe the term “don’t sweat the small stuff” is becoming obsolete.

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Conceptual Staff Portrait by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

No matter how old you are, you can still recall those days that you spent with your favorite toy. I remember my Simpsons collection. Dozens among dozens of yellow action figures all starring at me. Professor Frink was my favorite. His rounded glasses and white lab jacket. “Hoyvin!”  

This shot was done for a software development company called Magic Leap. Upon visiting the website, it will show the staff members name and title, but instead of the mundane and typical headshot, a photo of their favorite childhood toy appears. Gary Natsyme decided on the classic yo-yo. It’s a nice way of conveying the playful side of a business.

yoyo by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Magic Leap thrives on the “think differently” and children at heart approach. “We are here to make magic real for you” it’s refreshing and intriguing.

It is easy to dwell on the stresses of today’s fast world, but it never hurts to think back on the simpler times.

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Portrait of Sarah Kouri by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

What Tom and I like about this shoot is the minimalism: wall, mat, Sarah, Floor. We have a strong minimalist philosophy; no ornamental additions to the photo nor superfluous adjectives in this description.

 Tom finds not only solace in this motion but also a bit of a comedic irony. Much of the commercial photography business requires Tom to embrace consumerism while his actual preference is to ignore the urge to consume.

 Working with Sarah gave Tom a break from business and to correlate his minimalistic ideals with yoga. The only requirement to perform the archaic practice is your presence.

 Sarah in pyramid pose. Her pose is strong, determination in her face. Not even a strong gust could knock her over.

sarah kouri by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

Tom Clark is a commercial photographer based in Miami offering portrait, product, architectural and interior photography services.

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Fashion Photography by Miami Photographer Tom Clark

Once or twice a year, Tom does a collaborative shoot with fashion designer and now Asheville, NC resident, Rachel Weisberg and Miami native actor/model/singer, Carolina Pozo. 

 

Rachel combines the elements of fashion with concerns in production sustainability, emphasizing on local scale practices. The collaboration makes perfect sense: a photographer with minimalist aesthetic and a designer with a minimal footprint. My eyes are drawn to the brass horseshoe. Carolina’s vertebras and back muscles elevate the horseshoe while it gingerly dangles from a thin, gold chain. The ocean blue dress then blends in with a blank wall, Carolina’s umber hair and vivacious tan juxtaposing.

rachel weisberg fashion by miami photographer tom clark

Tom never considered these shoots to be work and I can see why. Tom, Rachel, and Carolina created a beautiful and useful image while in an atmosphere of the ideal work environment. 

Grant Albert likes techno, rock climbing, and basset hounds. You can find more of his writings on noiseprn.

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