Control Current

Early Ad work

This image was made early in my photo career and as a business owner. A lot of people I knew were starting businesses at the same time and often we would help each other by lending our skills to build our businesses. Sometimes I would do something for no fee if the result seemed worth it.

Mike Olson is a composer who was one of these new start-ups in the creative industry. He came to me with a great idea and something few people have: access to an unusual place to shoot. In this case a power plant on the Mississippi River in St. Paul. It was a simple shoot to execute but access to the location made the resulting image so compelling. It’s worth pointing out that this photo was done before photoshop was around. Because of the type of lighting I used it seems like it could have been composited using a computer. It was entirely done on location and in camera.

This was Mike’s first effort as art director.┬áThis photo was used on a poster for one of his performances.

Samples of Mikes music can be found at:

2 thoughts on “Control Current

  1. Tom, I love this photo! You are right, it is perfect and in a way, I am glad it was done before PhotoShop. It needs nothing because it is amazing on its own.

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