Category: road trip

Hotels Views 2016

You know the drill, every hotel that I stay in I take one photo out of the window. That’s the challenge….the things I do for fun! So as not to overwhelm, here’s but a few from 2016.

Blake Hotel #1111 New Orleans

 

Hampton Inn #324 Cedar Rapids

 

Hyatt #1214 New Orleans

 

Blake Hotel #876 New Orleans

 

Riverwalk Hotel & Suite #312 Global San Antonio

 

Best Western #38 Waseau, OH

 

La Quinta Inn #423 Memphis

 

Grand Oasis #2226 Tulum Mexico

 

Marriott Downtown #569 Kansas City

 

Marriott Downtown #1269 Kansas City

 

Sundance Resort Cabin Mandan Sundance UT

 

Hilton #503 Memphis

Epicurean Hotel #261 Tampa

 

Sheraton Airport #532 Tampa

#followyournola folks!

People, places & things…nola rich vibe~ola! Some bts from New Orleans. I’ve been wanting to share these pics since way-back-when in April. I thought that some of the peripheral content derived from the project was pretty interesting. There’s a quality of natural day light in The Big Easy that is so beautiful….earthy, rich & warm and makes shooting there so special. We encountered multi-faceted greatness, thanks to all involved!

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Visit Mississippi Production

This state never ceases to amaze me, love Mississippi! Last month we made 3 more Mississippi Tourism spots and shot stills. The Clients, DoP Jon Michael Ryan/Tangent Mind, Jim Smith our Producer & the crew in Mississippi all rock! The fruits of our labor will be forthcoming, but for now enjoy a few BTS stills. #workhardplayhard

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Mississippi Tourism Ads

It was truly an honor to shoot the following ads for Mississippi Tourism. A state that I am not from but feel so much a part of. I am there so much these days, I am looking into an apartment, more on that to come. For now however, checkout a few of the print ads that we shot back in February,  dig the design, copy, font, vibe etc.

I get amped collaborating with great creatives like Josh Schooler & Wes Williams and everyone else that was involved with this project from the Ramey Agency, along with the client & MS crew, it’s the best part of this profession!

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Featured in PDN May 2014

Great article in PDN about yours truly, written by writer Dzana Tsomondo. Thanks PDN!

PDN Online - May 2014

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EDITED BY CONOR RISCH

A portrait of “Mr. Johnnie” Billington, from Lou Bopp’s series “Blues Musicians.”


THIS MONTH: Lou Bopp’s portraits of blues musicians.

PRESERVATION
A personal project documenting blues musicians helped commercial photographer Lou Bopp land exhibitions and rediscover the passions that brought him to photography.

BY DZANA TSOMONDO

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Big George Brock.

THE MAN SMILES broadly, revealing several missing teeth, as he holds his callused and bandaged hands up to the camera, palms out. They are the tools of a blues musician and, even without a guitar, they tell one hell of a story. “Portraits of the Blues” by Lou Bopp is a fascinating visual compendium depicting—through portraits, landscapes and details—a fading culture and the musicians who helped build it, with their hands and guitars.

Bopp is a commercial photographer whose client list is packed with heavyweights like Time Warner, Sports Illustrated and American Express. He has worked all over the world, once shooting on three continents in a single day, but it wasn’t an assignment that brought him to rural

Mississippi, the birthplace of blues, it was his own love of the music. For Bopp, this project is first an act of documentation. He is keenly aware that the sun is setting on these aging musicians and with them, a golden era in American culture and music. “There are not a lot of young bluesmen in the pipeline unfortunately,” Bopp notes. “I have photographed 70 to 80 musicians and about half have already passed.”

Bopp credits his own curiosity for much of his success as a photographer; it’s also what inspired “Portraits of the Blues,” which is currently showing at August House Studio in Chicago. Bopp grew up a fan of artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. As he explored their influences, he found they invariably led back to the blues. Bopp became a fan of the music and years later that same investigative urge spurred him to ride his motorcycle down Route 61 from his home in Missouri to Clarksdale, Mississippi, a historic blues hotbed. What was intended to be a daytrip stretched into three or four days of roaming the Delta, searching for the music. That first spur-of-the-moment trip yielded photographs of legends Big George Brock and Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, along with an invaluable resource in Roger Stolle, a writer, artist and owner of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, a store in Clarksdale.

Connections proved invaluable to Bopp, as actually finding the musicians was and is the most difficult part of the project. Using an ever-expanding network of like minds and employing the occasional local fixer, Bopp found his way to the music, even if it meant being a long way from paved road. He makes it clear that a willingness to compensate his subjects went a long way; after all, some of the artists had made a good living playing the blues, but most hadn’t, regardless of their place in the canon. “I paid honorariums to everyone I shot,” he says. “Their time is valuable, my time is valuable. I respect people’s time.”

No matter his commercial workload, Bopp always makes time for personal projects. He credits his years spent working on the blues project in Mississippi with allowing him to “get back to the roots” of his love for photography. A penchant for travel and culture are what brought him to the art form, and that is what drove him back to Clarksdale, time and time again.

Bopp decided early on that he wanted to shoot the artists in their element, but not onstage. “I wanted to shoot them behind the scenes, at their homes,” Bopp explains. “One guy, Pat Thomas, I shot him at his father’s graveside. I wanted to get a little deeper and peel away the layer of their public persona.” His aim was to pull back the curtain, as it were, and capture something more intimate.

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LEFT: RL Boyce. RIGHT: Robert “Bilbo” Walker.


His photographs of Wesley “Junebug” Jefferson are a particularly poignant example. Roger Stolle put Bopp in touch with the obscure-but-legendary Delta bluesman, and though he was ailing, Jefferson invited the photographer to his home. The bedridden musician insisted on being photographed with his guitar and, unnerved but profoundly honored, Bopp obliged. Jefferson passed away only days later.

Unlike his commercial assignments with their attendant crews, production meetings and top-down creative direction, “Portraits of the Blues” has been a lean operation. Bopp works alone, traveling light and following his own compass. That challenge—and freedom—is part of why he finds the entire experience of pursuing his own projects so rewarding. He relies heavily on natural light, which he finds in abundance in the South. “The patina is beautiful, its got tons of character,” Bopp says. “Some guys got dressed up for me and some didn’t, I tried not to dictate things.”

Balancing the demands of his commercial work and “Portraits of the Blues” was a bit of a “juggling act,” but Bopp is proud to have never canceled any appointments—not with his ad clients and not in Mississippi. Structurally, his approach to shooting the images remained the same: get the “meat and potatoes” first. In one world that meant shooting the creative brief before trying to do it his way. In Mississippi it meant “think fast,” and make sure you get a shot you can use, all the while leaving “space for serendipitous moments,” he says.

Bopp’s income from his commercial work also allowed him to self-fund “Portraits of the Blues.” Surprisingly, chasing his passion in Mississippi would open the door for more commercial work when his images caught the attention of an agency in Jackson, Mississippi, which contacted him directly. What initially was going to be a simple licensing arrangement ended with Bopp directing four TV spots for the Mississippi Tourism Association.