In 2012 I met Erik Tietz and Andrew Baccon when Metropolis Magazine hired me to shoot their portrait for the annual “Makers” issue. After the shoot we stayed in touch, they hired me a couple of times and we became friends. In the Fall of last year they showed me what was to be their new office space just down the road from their previous one. Erik told me they’d like to rent out a few desks and without hesitation I said “I’m in!” I moved in this past March and it has been awesome, especially since I’ve worked from home for the past 10 years, when not shooting. The company was more than welcomed.
This past Thursday Erik and Andrew threw a launch party for their new company, Machinemade. Mihae Mukaida, the marketing director, asked if I’d like to participate and, again, without hesitation, I said “I’m in!” We collaborated on the photo booth you see above. I proposed we build an enclosure that people could enter and interact with but leave the back open so I could create a wall of light. From there they designed what the walls would look like and what it was made of, foam core. And did they knock it out of the park or what?! It was a huge hit and everyone had a blast, especially yours truly.