Thursday, 24 May 2012

Pass It On: Jacob Perlmutter

Last outing we featured photographer Max Knight who kindly passed us on to another young photographer and film maker Jacob Perlmutter.

 Jacob started out doing music photography for the NME. This then lead to personal projects, where he took an interest in reportage photography and made projects for Converse and The Orange Dot Gallery, '88 days', an homage to Robert Frank's 'The Americans'. From there Jacob made the transition into film. His recent short, 'French exchange', won Best International Short at IFS festival in LA in March 2012. 

Jacob is currently in the process of writing his first feature film, which he will also be directing. Whilst recently in LA for the film festival, he also made a music video for Fanzine, check it out below, a really nice piece.

A busy boy Jacob is also part of a new blog, 'The breaks', run by Mandi Lennard, where he is uploading a short screenplay each week. Check it out, its a cool concept.

In Jacobs words 'I tend to almost always set and shoot my work in territories foreign to me. There is an honest purity that comes about from constant unrest and traveling alone; the uncompromising grind of the world. Nobody stops. Nobody cares. I find this platform a ripe device to explore my characters.' What a well phrased and interesting way of approaching film. This is undoubtedly what gives his work such a raw and honest feel. Jacob goes on to say 'Humour is also a big part of my work - I am constantly aiming to explore the close relationship between comedy and tragedy, right down to a commercial I made for a Kodak competition'. In our eyes this commercial is perfectly judged, a really nicely thought out concept and beautifully executed. As Jacob says there is a fine line between comedy and tragedy and this explores that knife edge in a very clever manner, i for one came away concluding that the two emotions in fact blur as they meet. The ability to provoke such thought from such a short piece is what makes Perlmutter a talented man.

Jacob was kind enough to also send us these photos, a selection of his favorite snaps:

A really cool little collection, highlighting the depth of Jacobs talent. For more from him visit his website it is well worth a look.


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Pass It On: Max Knight

 Pass It On and the blog in general have been neglected recently due to unforeseen circumstances, but we are back with a bang in the form of Max Knight. 

  Max was passed on to Yawn by Ed Haslam, he is a 24 year old photographer from London. For the last three years he has been mainly working in the music industry, shooting stills and videos for major labels. Recently he has been shooting more commercial commissions for small companies and large corporations. In his spare time Max likes taking photographs of cats and 'stupid' things he sees in the street, giving his work a distinct feel.

 Max started a record label and club night when he was 18 but was always more interested in shooting the artists and events. He headed to university to study art history but dropped out in his first year after he started receiving regular work from EMI records. This allowed him to take photos for a living... lucky boy!

  Max says of his approach "I enjoy photographing people, I enjoy the pressure of interacting with someone, especially someone who I've never met and doesn't usually have their photograph taken. I think this is why I don't specialise in fashion photography...models are too good at what they do!"  It is this honesty that Max extracts from his subjects that give his photos such an organic and intriguing feel.
  This year Max will be putting together a book called Cats in Windows - he has over 50 images so far from around the world. We very much look forward to this as it is right up our street.... watch this space.

Below is a selection of Max's favorite photos he has taken over the years... enjoy. 


Thursday, 5 April 2012

Pass It On: Ocki Magill

 One half of our last feature, Claire Blandy, has kindly passed on the Yawn baton to her friend and colleague Ocki Magill. First things first what a great name, second things second what a talent.  Ocki studied Fashion Design Womenswear at St Martins before itchy feet got the better of her and she moved to Australia where she became Junior Art Director at MTV. Whilst working at MTV she continued to design in her spare time working on projects like the logo and branding for Gottwood festival. 
 When Ocki returned to England she started up design collective We Breed Unicorns
who are responsible for some really cool projects working across several mediums and producing a really strong eye catching style. Now She is a digital creative at Iris (where she met Claire) whilst also being CD at Rookie Creative . Amazingly Ocki has all of this under her belt at the ripe old age of 24. All of this vast experience in design and life in general has evidently added together to create a unique style and is apparent throughout her work, of which Yawn are big fans. Below is a selection compiled by Ocki herself. Thanks Miss Magill it is now your turn to Pass It On...


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Pass It On: Claire Blandy and Elena George

Todays Pass It On showcases a project by friends of Yawn Claire Blandy and Elena George. The creative  duo work at Iris Worldwide and are responsible for the brilliant thinking behind Durex's The Naked Box campaign. The aim of the campaign is to make talking about condoms less of a taboo subject amongst first timers. Like all great campaigns the premise is simple, a competition to 'dress' a 'naked' Durex box with a design straight from your imagination. The execution of their idea is spot on encouraging applicants to use tools like the vibrating pencil, the ribbed roller and of course the good old fashioned rubber to realise their design ideas. The entire feel of the campaign is brilliantly judged and encourages involvement resulting in it going global and being a great success. To check it out and have a chance at winning the £2000 prize visit the website. Congratulations to Claire and Elena. Now its your turn to Pass It On...


Monday, 2 April 2012

Pass It On: Ed Haslam

The idea behind Pass It On is to feature friends of ours and then for them to recommend our next featured creative... and so on and so on. If you know someone who is pursuing a creative path, let us know and we might run a feature. Todays feature is on former Yawn employee and all round good guy Ed Haslam left Yawn HQ last year to pursue a career as an artist. Here are his latest oil offerings, i think you'll agree he made a good decision, the mans got skills. For more info on Haslam email

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Mike Perry

Some of our favourite Mike Perry designs. For more check out his website.

Friday, 30 March 2012

WWII Customised bomber jackets

Just come across these WWII bomber jackets over at Fucknfilthy. The jackets were standard issue, however pilots customised the back themselves leading to some really interesting designs, each one telling you a bit about its owner. Interesting to imagine what your design would of looked like. Check out the whole collection here.


Dana Tanamachi - Chalk type

Dana Tanamachi is a Graphic Designer and custom chalk letterer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. This series of chalk designs are all over the web and rightfully so, they are immaculately executed and beautifully arranged. Every time i look at their detail and precision i am amazed. The skill levels required to create these designs are so high and have led to Tanamachi being highly sort after working on campaigns for Rugby Ralph Lauren, Google, The Ace Hotel, Adidas and many more. Her website is definitely worth checking out, visit it here.