Writing about this definitely had to come after the fact, as its been a whirlwind to keep up with. Earlier this spring, General Motors approached RIT about a photography contest never tried previously.
One student from three great NY schools of photography, including the aforementioned, Pratt Institute and the School of the Visual Arts. Each student would have the opportunity to photograph the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Convertible, a completely new and unreleased model from “The Heartbeat of America.”
Mike Finklestein (Pratt), Nico Sforza (SVA) and myself (RIT) were all flown out to Detroit to see the then-unreleased Corvette, meeting with the in-house photography staff and designers of this beautiful car.
Shortly (AKA 48 hours) after, I watched a silver 2015 Z06 convertible roll into Windmill Studios in Brooklyn. With an amazing team of Jason Kolsch, Ryan Jenq, and Tim Zwicky on hand to help sling some lights around, we pulled off 4 amazing images of this car in 8 hours.
Releasing the car and announcing the contest at the New York International Auto Show at the Javits, a week long contest of Facebook votes kicked off. Early off I was fortunate enough to take the lead and win. The awesome networking made available online as well as through the amazing reach of RIT made it possible to get the support of thousands of photography lovers, alums, and car enthusiasts alike.
The “Corvette shoot” was an unforgettable experience, and one that I am incredibly thankful to GM, RIT, and all my supporters for making possible.