• An Early Spring Update from Denver Photographer Benjamin Rasmussen

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    Benjamin Rasmussen will be traveling around the country this summer. If you want him to swing by with his book — which we'd highly suggest — just drop him a line. Here's what he's been up to so far this year.

    Benjamin was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, along with 29 other great shooters. There has also been a lot of movement with By The Olive Trees, a project about the lives of Syrian refugees in Jordan that Benjamin shot with one of his favorite photographers/people, Michael Friberg. It has been shortlisted for the Leica Oskar Barnac Award and images from it were selected for the American Photography Annual, AP30. The duo produced an 80-page publication that will be launching on April 19 at the TGIF Gallery in Queens, New York City.

    In January, Benjamin was in El Nido, Philippines shooting a travel story for Outside Magazine. It was a drama-filled three days with pounding rain, gale force winds, and about 90 minutes of good light. Take a peek at what I came away with here.

    Late last year Benjamin shot a campaign for TINCUP Whiskey, which was recently launched by the folks who brought you Jose Cuervo. Benjamin hung out with TINCUP’s maker, wandering through the Colorado mountains to discover the landscape that inspired the whiskey’s creation.

  • Clothing Line that Plays with Shadows on the Wearer's Body

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    Maiko Takeda's 'Cinematography Collection' clothing line features sections of fabric in which light can shine through, creating a photograph-like image on the wearer's skin. Pretty wonderful.

  • Denver's Image Brew and Arrae Reverse the Dirty for Facility Cleaning International

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    Office messes are an unavoidable part of life in the workplace. Clumsy co-workers spilling coffee, ink cartridge catastrophes, office parties gone wild. It’s all fun until someone drops Susan’s retirement cake. Fortunately, the office slobs of the world have a formidable opponent with janitorial services powerhouse Facility Cleaning International. Image Brew was tasked by Denver agency Arrae to concept and produce a couple of commercial spots to promote Facility Cleaning International’s commitment to beautifully clean office spaces.

    "FCI will primarily be using this spot to engage potential clients at trade shows. So we endeavored to create something that would be visually stimulating without an overtly salesy feel—we wanted to make FCI stand out in the abyss of typical trade show media. Our concept: Leave the tragedy to the opera. We utilized the hypnotic effect of high-speed cinematography to capture office mess tragedies."

  • Boulder's Dan Lehman Makes a Pattern Out of Wes Anderson's Latest Film 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

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    "After seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel, I felt compelled to create artwork based on the sensory overload of beautiful imagery. My tribute to this stunning film is a pattern featuring 32 moments from the story. I drew everything from memory rather than photo references to add a playful element to the artwork. It wasn't until I started drawing these illlos that I realized the excessive amount of blood in this film. Freaking awesome."

    The full project can be viewed on Dan's dribbble site.

  • The Wonder of Wonder Bread

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    Nicely done. Agency: The Hive, Toronto.

  • Ad Club Denver and Local Agencies Help Non-Profit Advertisers

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    Non-profits do so much for so many. Yet nearly all have challenged budgets with limited reach. Ad Club Denver helps any non-profit helping others with their innovative program, Good Works. Local agencies team up with Ad Club to help these nonprofits increase their advertising outreach. Whether it’s developing campaigns, assisting with media placement, or developing videos, this is a program about everyone helping everyone. For more info on how to get involved, check out www.adclubdenver.com/ad-club-good-works.

    Recently, Cactus and PostModern collaborated to help develop this video for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

  • Tiny Smart Car Uses the Tiny Part of the Billboard to Convey Its Message

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    Headline: "There is always a space." Agency: Contrapunto BBDO
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  • Boulder Photographer Jamie Kripke Captures the Beautiful Geometery of I.M. Pei's NCAR Building

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    The Mesa Laboratory, also known as the National Center for Atmospheric Research, sits at the base of the flatirons in South Boulder. Jamie Kripke remembers seeing it for the first time as a college freshman, then in Woody Allen's Sleeper, and was struck by its clean, otherworldly lines and its unbelievable perch, looking down and east over a sea of midwestern flatness.

    The building was designed by I.M. Pei in 1961, and built in 1964 — so 2014 marks NCAR's 50th birthday. Pei based his design on the Anasazi cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, and used bush-hammered concrete and locally sourced aggregate to help the structure blend with its environment.

    Jamie wanted to capture the abstract, conceptual nature of the architecture, in a way that recognizes the project's age, and its significance as a landmark in modernism. Mission accomplished.

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