S MAGAZINE by Tim Zaragoza http://timzaragoza.com/
The morning of the S Magazine shoot my call time was a bit earlier than the usual 9AM. I remember at the sound of my obnoxiously loud alarm clock I opened my eyes slowly, adjusting to the faint sun obscurely coming through the window shade. I blinked hard and slow as everything came into focus. My first thought was thank goodness I have a coffee shop downstairs. Morning wouldn’t be the same without Starbucks. I am a visually obsessed person and the moment I arrived at the location I knew that it would be a great day. It was a brownstone just off of Grammercy Park with jockey statues lining the entrance, wood moldings, low ceilings, antique lighting and boulle cabinets. The energy of the place was astounding. This is one of the first homes built around Grammercy and the producer of the shoot told us that generations of actors from Friends, Frasier, Gossip Girl, SNL and other series had resided in the guest rooms and that the original owner had passed away a few weeks prior while asleep in her bed - that definitely put all of us a bit on edge. We used the furniture and dim lighting to our advantage to make the images more etherial yet moody. The semi-nude pictures resemble that of a corrupt fairy-tale with old school elegance. It was my first time working with Tim, and since this shoot I have had the opportunity to know him better and we have worked a few more editorials. His work is an amazing example of depth and creativity with raw emotion he draws out from you.