David Walter Banks Photography http://davidwalterbanks.com Atlanta | Editorial | Commercial Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:20:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Kate Mulleavy for The Wall Street Journal http://davidwalterbanks.com/kate-mulleavy-for-the-wall-street-journal/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/kate-mulleavy-for-the-wall-street-journal/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:32:46 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=6265  

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Without a doubt, my idea of ‘news’ coverage has changed since moving to Los Angeles to include a whole plethora of interests that would in most cases slip quietly past my personal radar. New haircuts, for example, as was the case with my recent Wall Street Journal shoot with Rodarte co-founder Kate Mulleavy. That said, Mulleavy was sporting an effortlessly slick new style, designed by the the incomparable LA hairstylist Cervando Maldonado, and the two were very pleasant to work with at Rodarte’s downtown studio balcony.
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Dan Bilzerian for The Wall Street Journal http://davidwalterbanks.com/dan-bilzerian-for-the-wall-street-journal/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/dan-bilzerian-for-the-wall-street-journal/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:57:15 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=6021 What could I say about Dan Bilzerian that the photographs do not. What could I say about Bilzerian that his own instagram account does not (seriously follow it, and then follow smushball’s). Well, plenty, but fortunately that is on the writer’s shoulders and not my own. I will say that I was surprised by [...]]]> Dan_Bilzerian_001
What could I say about Dan Bilzerian that the photographs do not. What could I say about Bilzerian that his own instagram account does not (seriously follow it, and then follow smushball’s). Well, plenty, but fortunately that is on the writer’s shoulders and not my own. I will say that I was surprised by the intelligence and strategy in his speech, but I should have expected brains in a man who has amassed the fortune he has and the strategy from a gambler of his level. I will also say that I always appreciate authenticity when I see it. It’s something I can sense, and I can always smell the bullshit when someone is pretending to be something they are not. Bilzerian is not pretending. He is the kind of guy that will drag race his own car in the desert for half a million dollars. He is the kind of guy who loves guns, girls, fast cars and working out. He isn’t pretending to be something that so many guys think they need to pretend to be. He simply is that.

To read the article on Bilzerian’s life and exploits, click here.
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Karen de la Carriere: Ex-Queen of Scientology http://davidwalterbanks.com/karen-de-la-carriere/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/karen-de-la-carriere/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:40:14 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=6275 Karen de la Carriere, former Sea Org Class IX Supervisor and ex-wife of the former Scientology president Heber Jentzsch, turned whistle-blower on the organization. I would write here more, but quite honestly, those people are terrifying and I have little interest in their wrath. I will leave that to the writing of Laura Collins at [...]]]> Karen_la_Carriere_001Karen de la Carriere, former Sea Org Class IX Supervisor and ex-wife of the former Scientology president Heber Jentzsch, turned whistle-blower on the organization. I would write here more, but quite honestly, those people are terrifying and I have little interest in their wrath. I will leave that to the writing of Laura Collins at the US branch of MailOnline. Check out Laura’s story here. Oh, and she is the largest collector and dealer in the paintings of Thomas Kinkade.
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A Fevered Dream http://davidwalterbanks.com/a-fevered-dream/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/a-fevered-dream/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:39:59 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=6211 Soul searching pulled me West. Once here, the desert snuck in through the back door of the recesses of my mind, where imagination reins, subservient only to an unflinching curiosity. The desert piqued this curiosity, and planted a seed that required no water to grow. She beckons me like a cruel beautiful lover, burning with [...]]]> A_Fevered_Dream_001

Soul searching pulled me West. Once here, the desert snuck in through the back door of the recesses of my mind, where imagination reins, subservient only to an unflinching curiosity. The desert piqued this curiosity, and planted a seed that required no water to grow.

She beckons me like a cruel beautiful lover, burning with passion, malicious with scorn, impossible to comprehend, harder to leave. Her voice speaks in two tongues, one soft sensual and raspy, shrouded in a worldly magic, the other a shrieking battle cry, embodying everything that is war and death.

This burnt earthen expanse, defined by absence, desirous of nothing, disguised in endless irreproachable void, yet demanding exploration.

I heeded the call West in hopes of finding a place to belong. I journey into the desert not for answers or belonging, but to experience for myself and tell a tale, a fictitious tale of my own creation. For non-fiction has no place in the search for magic, and the attempt to explain the pull to this unforgiving land. No, for this journey, facts would be fruitless. So, while my tool remains as documentation through glass and emulsion, my story is one of fiction.

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Pam & Gela for The Wall Street Journal http://davidwalterbanks.com/pam-gela-for-the-wall-street-journal/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/pam-gela-for-the-wall-street-journal/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:56:00 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=6192 Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, the unlikely duo who created the fashion giant Juicy Couture go back to their roots with a new venture, and hopes to chase their dreams once more. Here’s a look behind the scenes in the living room headquarters of the new Pam & Gela. Check out the story JUICY
Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, the unlikely duo who created the fashion giant Juicy Couture go back to their roots with a new venture, and hopes to chase their dreams once more. Here’s a look behind the scenes in the living room headquarters of the new Pam & Gela. Check out the story here.

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Snoop Lion + Trinidad James http://davidwalterbanks.com/snoop-lion-trinidad-james/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/snoop-lion-trinidad-james/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:36:06 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=6178 On a recent social media shoot for Adidas, I had the pleasure of photographing the infamous and incomparable Snoop Dogg, aka., Snoop Lion, aka., Tha Doggfather, aka., Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. of Long Beach as well as the up-and-coming, All-Gold-Everything, Trinidad James, aka., Nicholas Williams of my home town and the Capital of the South, ATL. Snoop_Trinidad_001
On a recent social media shoot for Adidas, I had the pleasure of photographing the infamous and incomparable Snoop Dogg, aka., Snoop Lion, aka., Tha Doggfather, aka., Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. of Long Beach as well as the up-and-coming, All-Gold-Everything, Trinidad James, aka., Nicholas Williams of my home town and the Capital of the South, ATL.
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Matt Reeves for The Wall Street Journal http://davidwalterbanks.com/matt-reeves-for-the-wall-street-journal/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/matt-reeves-for-the-wall-street-journal/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:28:44 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=6168 While I am happy to have hours, days or weeks with a subject, I am also constantly working to cultivate that need for speed which I encounter frequently. This particular shoot – six precious minutes and three setups. The trickier part is trying to connect with a subject in that period of time. As [...]]]> Matt_Reeves_dyp

While I am happy to have hours, days or weeks with a subject, I am also constantly working to cultivate that need for speed which I encounter frequently. This particular shoot – six precious minutes and three setups. The trickier part is trying to connect with a subject in that period of time. As someone who is decidedly not a multi-tasker, this is no easy task. The key for me is to understand exactly what I want to do before I ever lift the camera, which allows me to actually focus on a repertoire while shooting. As of late, I have been pairing this with a brief talk with my subject about what I’m looking for and what I hope their motivation will be. This has seemed surprisingly effective. On yesterday’s shoot (not this one), I even experimented with leading a breathing and visualization exercise, which I highly recommend. It was such a simple idea that only took about one minute, but seemed to leave my subjects ready to shoot without the need to warm up to much.

To read how director Matt Reeves of the forth-coming ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ struggled to bring humanity and reality into the world of CGI, check out Alexandra Wolfe’s story here.

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Teen Cancer Survivor for The New York Times http://davidwalterbanks.com/teen-cancer-survivor-for-the-new-york-times/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/teen-cancer-survivor-for-the-new-york-times/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:19:02 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=5957 During my recent endeavor to incorporate yoga into my life, I’ve chosen certain words to focus on and come back to when I feel my mind stray. Among these are, stereotypically, creativity, but more importantly kindness and positivity. I have no doubt that my life and the life of those around me would be [...]]]> SOCIALPIC
During my recent endeavor to incorporate yoga into my life, I’ve chosen certain words to focus on and come back to when I feel my mind stray. Among these are, stereotypically, creativity, but more importantly kindness and positivity. I have no doubt that my life and the life of those around me would be better if I could cling to those two words more often. When I met Keaton Williams, he embodied those terms. Not only did he remain positive through a winning bout with cancer, but he showed compassion both then and now for others navigating the same struggle. Throughout our short shoot at Disneyland where Williams works, I was continually reminded to check my own attitude. It was directly after this shoot that I rushed to my first yoga workshop, which spurred a commitment to take regular classes. And it’s to Keaton that I owe thanks for setting the intention in my mind for that first class – one that I hope will remain for a long time to come. To read Laura Landro’s story about Keaton and the need for more resources for teens undergoing cancer treatment, click here.
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Gun Permits for The New York Times http://davidwalterbanks.com/gun-permits-for-the-new-york-times/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/gun-permits-for-the-new-york-times/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:51:22 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=5946 While there may be plenty of people who are gun nuts in a mad dash to carry a concealed weapon, Pete Alexander is not one of them. Alexander was one of the first to apply for the permit after recent legislation eased gun regulation in California. Alexander is a proud gun owner and enthusiast. [...]]]> GUNS
While there may be plenty of people who are gun nuts in a mad dash to carry a concealed weapon, Pete Alexander is not one of them. Alexander was one of the first to apply for the permit after recent legislation eased gun regulation in California. Alexander is a proud gun owner and enthusiast. But these traits do not follow the conclusion that he is in a feverish rush to conceal a weapon as one could misconstrue the title of the article to imply. Alexander was a nice, relaxed upper middle class small business man who seemed to care deeply for family and have a sensible head on his shoulders. I say this to point out the fact that subjects chosen to illustrate a story are just that. They do not necessarily fully embody a story to any specific degree. They are often times simply an entry point for people to connect a real human to a larger idea or topic.

I often worry that readers will misconstrue an anecdote or character in a story to embody the whole. And while this is often the case when a story revolves around one character, this is not the standard. I recently read a piece of wisdom that stated a warning. When we hear gossip about a third party, remember that you have learned nothing about the third party, you have only learned about the one telling you the gossip. You have learned what they think about the third party, what their mannerisms and speech tell you. I would warn the same about anyone appearing in a news article. While journalism strives to be objective and truthful, it is still just words, and we should still think for ourselves without jumping to conclusions. To read the article by Adam Nagourney, click here.
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Skirball for The New York Times http://davidwalterbanks.com/skirball-for-the-new-york-times/ http://davidwalterbanks.com/skirball-for-the-new-york-times/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:54:00 +0000 David Walter Banks http://davidwalterbanks.com/?p=5929 Jewish history and heritage and lions and boats and lighting and rainbows, oh my… To read the article about the fabulous Skirball Cultural Center by Edward Rothstein, click here. Skirball_001
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To read the article about the fabulous Skirball Cultural Center by Edward Rothstein, click here.
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