One of my goals for decor8 this year is to spotlight more of my favorite photographers because I don’t think most of them get nearly the credit they deserve. I mean c’mon, these are the peeps showing us the world through their lens, their talent is what drives us to purchase some of our most cherished magazines each month. What good would a design magazine be without photos? One photographer that I found through the pages of Domino magazine last year is Justin Bernhaut. Interior photography is very competitive and demanding — one of the greatest challenges is lighting. No doubt working in a confined space, perfect exposure — making sure the color is captured correctly, and of course excellent composition plays a part in the creation of a perfect shot. Justin seems to excel in all of these areas. He’s brilliant.
Remember Domino’s Woodycrest project? Back in January ’07, Domino magazine teamed up with 8 interior designers and several companies who donated their talent and products ($650,000 in donations!) to transform apartments in a 40-unit apartment building in South Bronx for families living with HIV and AIDS. I thought this was the best project ever, I hope they sponsor another one because everyone should have an opportunity to live in a space that makes them feel at peace but also supported on every level. Anyway, Justin photographed all of the rooms for the spread that appeared in the magazine so some of these shots below you may recognize from Woodycrest. If you missed that issue, the slideshow is online here.
If you’re interested in learning more about Justin, he is represented by Anyway Artists in New York City and you can view his portfolio online here. His food photography is not to be missed, I tried to sneak it in some of the collages I’ve arranged above. :)
(images from justin bernhaut for anyway artists)