Picture this...fast moving taxis whizzing by right and left, savory street food on every corner, astonishingly tall skyscrapers all around pulled me into a three-week long journey in Shanghai. One of my dearest friends now works via contract and resides in China, so I jumped at the opportunity to visit and explore this beautiful city. Through the eye of a lens, I embarked on daily photo shoots that allowed me to experience the lives and culture of such wonderful people. I must admit I was a complete outsider, traveling into the unknown, unfamiliar with the language and customs; here, I felt welcomed through the continuous approach of natives who inquired about my varying tattoos or marveled at my unwavering height. It was truly an experience I will never forget and the new sights and sounds I constantly was exposed to meant a camera never left my hands.
One of my lifelong friends, Alex Angell, had the amazing opportunity work and live over in Shanghai, China for over a year. I needed some time away from LA to travel and his free place to stay was the perfect place to go for a few weeks. While I was there I wanted to convey the crazy fast paced movement of a city filled with over 24 million people combined with mens fashion. We enjoyed one too many glasses of whiskey and shot the day away.
I've known Benjamin, the owner of Benjamin's Shoes, for a few years now through the artist community of Sacramento. After moving to LA last year we finally found some time to get to shoot a campaign for his brand in and around our hometown of Sacramento shooting in some of our favorite locations around time. It's a great feeling to have created work for a hometown friend. Check them out!
Here's a BTS shot of the last shot. Follow along for more on Instagram @theadamdillon
My team and I had the chance to spend an afternoon with the wonderful Miss America Olivia Jordan. She was one of the most kind and energetic people I had the chance to work with so we took her energy and began to run at high speeds around downtown Los Angeles fueled by mass amounts of cappuccinos. All in all it was an amazing shoot with Miss America.
Here's a BTS shot of her and I at the end of the shoot.
I had the privilege of shooting with the amazing DJ Sam Blacky in Venice in LA. We ended up at her friends private estate who's house looked straight out of Bali, which made for a photographers heaven. Swimswear provided by Swim Like a Mermaid.