Category: health

St. Anthony Medical Center

Client:  St. Anthony’s Medical Center
Project:  Ad Campaign

A stills/motion piggyback shoot for St. Anthony’s Medical Center, we were  hired to help make their vision come to life. Shooting at 6 locations over 2 days, it was a fast-paced shoot indeed. But, great chemistry on-set and a finely tuned production crew were key in making this shoot as smooth as possible!
I chose to shoot this in a style tailored for an authentic look & feel, to help define the St. Anthony’s brand and have consistency with the motion. The still images are currently being used in various media, i.e. billboards, ads, web/social.

Murder Capitals

In case you’re curious, here are the top 5  places in the U.S where you’re most likely to be murdered, mostly by firearms…but that’s another topic.

Within the last year I have visited for one reason or another 4 out of the top 5 counties, parishes or geographic regions on the murder list. They are wonderful places, seriously, but like most big, medium & small cities, rural areas and well just about everywhere else on earth, they have their dark side. I’m not sure what my point is other than that people smile & love everywhere and these places are great, especially compared to the headlines that lead us to believe otherwise. Here are a few images from those scary places and I can’t wait to get back to each & everyone of them.

#1 Saint Louis, MO, yay my hometown!

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#2 Orleans Parish, LA

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#3 Baltimore, MD15-08 FM Global McCormick 16-02 4/19 Murder Capital Pics

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15-11 FM Global Parsippany, NJ 16-02 4/19 Murder Capital Pics

 

#5 Hinds County, MS (#4 Halifax County, NC I haven’t been there lately)

15-16 UMMC via Ramey

15-16 UMMC via Ramey

15-16 UMMC via Ramey

 

15-16 UMMC via Ramey

15-16 UMMC via Ramey

The Museum of the City of New York Exhibition

I’m honored to have 10 images, that I’ve made over the years of the NYC Marathon, on display at The Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition is titled The New York City Marathon: The Great Race. I’ve been shooting the marathon for about 9 years & counting and was at it again last Sunday. If you have a chance to check out the exhibition it’s pretty cool, as is the museum in general, it’s a great place! The exhibition will be on display from OCT. 20, 2015 – MARCH 8, 2016. Here’s a few iPhone snaps.

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2015 TCS New York City Marathon

K2 – The Blog

Lou Bopp at the The City of New York Museum

Posted by K2Creative on November 4, 2015

Lou has been photographing the NYC Marathon for 9 years now and is part of the newest exhibition at The Museum Of The City Of New York. The MCNY’s exhibit: The New York City Marathon – The Great Race will be up until March 8, 2016. The exhibition features more than 100 images that capture the energy, emotion and spirit of New York City on “marathon Sunday.”

Check out a few images from this past Sunday that Lou captured and if you have time stop on by the exhibition at MCNY. Here is what Lou had to say about photographing the NYC Marathon.

What keeps you coming back to shoot the marathon every year? 

To me, the marathon represents the commencement of the holiday season, which usually is on or about Roses birthday, then Thanksgiving, holidays, 2 more family birthdays etc. It’s such a great & exciting event, the vibe is powerful. The range of emotion & people, whether participants or spectators is huge, it’s exciting, I def get amped for it!

I’ve been shooting it for about 8 or 9 years and counting. I don’t shoot a ton of sport these days, however, I actually moved to NYC to accept an internship at Sports Illustrated, then I started shooting commercial work. It’s nice to return to my roots, both in terms of sports/action and a photo journalistic style coverage.

What area of the course do you like best?

The whole course is great, at least form what I have seen. Even the most difficult, I see as great challenges and try to make something out of it. Every year I shoot a different & unique location. The more obscure locations the better, off the beaten path, gritty locations along the course. It’s funny, the start & the finish are the 2 places that are the least attractive to me.

Any thing shock you while photographing the spectators or runners?

Nothing really shocking, but there are always some surprises, such as the guy running this past weekend, I saw him at mile 15 entering the 59th St. Bridge, dressed inside a 10-12 foot Eiffel Tower sculpture. How? Why? Lol! The spectators are always pretty vocal, it’s a part like atmosphere in one parts of town. That’s what makes the NYC the best!

Has shooting the marathon inspired you to run?

To put it bluntly, no, not the Marathon:) I do a little running on the side. On the day of the Marathon I’ll log in about 7-10 miles with about 40 lbs of gear, which includes running, climbing etc. At the end of the day I feel it:)

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15-24 TCS New York City Marathon

15-24 TCS New York City Marathon

15-24 TCS New York City Marathon

15-24 TCS New York City Marathon

15-24 TCS New York City Marathon

15-24 TCS New York City Marathon

15-24 TCS New York City Marathon

15-24 TCS New York City Marathon

15-24 TCS New York City Marathon

Antonov

I just saw a post on the Antonov, the worlds largest production plane and the heavy weight champion of the skies, over on FB yesterday and posted a portion of the following and thought I’d do the same here with a little bit more of a personal touch.

I rode in an #Antonov for about 18 hours from #Rome to #Kabul in 2002. As we landed at the gas station in #Turkmenistan, to either jettison or to buy more fuel, ugh I wish I recalled the reason for this stopover, it was a good one. Anyway, I noticed that it was being flown by 6 very young Russian dudes, we’re talking acne & all, jus kids. The plane had no windows and the payload, other than a group of 6 of us was Italian military vehicles & arsenal. We sat on airplane seats that were NOT bolted to the floor. But we had to wear seatbelts haha. Fun! And we were surrounded by #Playboy centerfolds taped to the walls i.e. inflight entertainment.

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Although the plane was humongous we were led to the very back of it and up a very high and straight ladder through a small hatch door and into a small “room”. Ha, and I thought that we’d have the run of the plane! Once all of us climbed through, with little or no luggage because it wouldn’t fit through the hole, with no commentary, no have a great flight etc. the hatch promptly shut. I could hear and see it screwed down and knew at that point that I was stuck. The was no form of communiqué with flight crew or the outside world, we were committed.

There was nothing but the aforementioned un bolted old airliner seats, a small WC that was exposed to everyone and one lightbulb that dangled from the ceiling hardly hanging on by a frayed wire that swung like crazy in turbulence, there was a lot of turbulence. That bulb was our only source of light, and warmth for that matter, we froze our ass off up there in that little pod! We ended up taping the wire to the ceiling to prevent the wild & huge swings, and to keep it from smashing on the wall. I was obsessed with that stupid light bulb and not letting anything happen to it.

Since there were no pre flight or in flight announcements, we were clueless and somewhat sensory deprived. I could hear the engines whine & roar and I could feel the beast move about, but after about 3 hours we had no idea if we had even taken off yet. Until we did! And then there was no mistake about that plane taking off, my hair was standing up, talk about a power trip!

We flew for about 12-14 hours and finally landed in Turkmenistan. I actually thought the we were in Bagram, but what did I know, we were just along for the ride, simply nobodies. The crew did come and let us out of our pod in Turkmenistan, but we couldn’t disembark. The Turkmenistan custom agents boarded and searched, brought dogs on board etc. They weren’t messing around and not the friendliest folks that I’ve met. It was freezing, they had on their fur hats & coats and asked us all questions. And that is why they let us come down from our pod.

While we were free I decided to stand at the doorway of the plane and hang with one arm and lean out to grab a sat signal to make a call home. I was on that call for about 2 minutes before one of the agents on the ground noticed me and he came running over and went crazy and not in a kind way…….pretty soon I was by far the most popular human on that aircraft, if not the country! That interaction delayed the flight by about an hour as I got bumped into a higher level of interrogation. Apologies & lessons learned I said. They ended taking the bat for the sat phone and gave it to the pilot and gave me the body and “locked” us back upstairs. Me being me, the first thing I did was to pullout one of the backup bats and made a call, now that I hand some privacy. It was spotty, but it worked, near the toilet.

To land we had to corkscrew, or spiral land at Bagram Air Force Base just outside of Kabul. It only took the lads 5 or 6 attempts to line up the runway, every miss tacked on about an hour while we climbed out half way to Turkmenistan and into outer space then came back and tried again. And again. I later learned that it was the flight crews first time into Bagram and because it sits in a bowl like environment and it’s a method that’s better than a slow nice & easy decent into a hostile airport, as it’s intended to minimize the risk of being nailed by anti aircraft fire. With a corkscrew you start out at a very high altitude. Then descend steeply, rapidly, in a banked spiral pathway. And hope that you have the runway lined up properly. Surface-to-air missiles no bueno.

Once we landed I was able to get in the cockpit and meet the crew and apologize for the delay in Turkmenistan, my bad. To my surprise the mood was a LOT less tense at that point, now that we were there. I got to chat with the pilots and hang out in that beast as we waited for the mobile Afghanistan Customs truck to pull up next to us. Once they did, we were allowed to disembark and that’s when I made the photo below, which btw MAY be my first selfie ever, sigh. Two things happened after I snapped this image. 1) I got yelled at for taking photos, 2) Moments after I snapped this image I heard explosions and immediately tossed myself to the ground! It turns out that the Brits were clearing landmines on the other side of the airport and detonating them. No one else flinched, except those that noticed & laughed at my awkward bounce on the tarmac lol.

In hindsight it was kickass flight, but only in hindsight lol! On the way home I got a ride to Karachi on a UN flight, then to NYC via Pakistani Air, seat 1A. From worst to first!