WICK BEAVERS PHOTOGRAPHER
We were passing Edgartown…
I’m a freelance portrait photographer originally from NYC. My pictures have been published in such magazines as Newsweek, Forbes, the Daily Beast, LA Photographer, Architectural Digest, Miami Herald, NY Magazine, Penthouse, Architecture and many more. I’ve shot lots of editorial portraits and ad campaigns. I’m dialed into my lighting and camera equipment- I use and recommend Profoto and Hasselblad. My shoots often recreate intricate scenarios and dream/psychedelic scapes that I conjure up in my imagination and realize with the help of willing models and friends, serendipity, found items, thrift store props and costumes. I’m willing and happy to shoot assignments just about anywhere in the world. Speaking of which, I’ve sailed around the world, done some big wall climbing and some big wave and wind surfing from Hawaii to Bali, Oz, the Red Sea and Africa. Real people with all their imperfections fascinate me and my portraits aim to tell their stories with empathy and dignity. There’s a strong social justice component to my work. I’m a strong liberal and despise Donald Trump and his corrupt family of thugs. I’ve shot portraits of the Gulf fishermen post BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill tragedy, migrant workers and other marginalized individuals to give them visibility and a voice. Major influences include Marc Lagrange, Joel Peter Witkin, Michelangelo Carravaggio, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Eggleston, Richard Avedon, Greg Crewdson, Irving Penn, Greg Gorman and so many others. I never veer from having a great and creative time on my sets- Let’s Shoot!
BP DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster
Immediately after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, I was hired by my now friend, Guinotte Wise- the G-Man (coulda been the Wiseman)- then a lead AD at VML Agency in Kansas City, to shoot portraits around the gulf states of anyone who was effected by the oil spill.
Needless to say, I found I could even go inland 100 miles and find plenty of subjects.
A resulting selection of portraits was mixed by VML with a voice over and a song by singer/songwriter Garnet Rogers to make this video to raise funds for the gulf fishermen. I still feel very honored…
LEXUS, TEAM ONE, Super Bowl Ad
I owned the 83′ Maxi, Longhorn, formerly, Matador and Huaso, a beautiful Royal Huisman built aluminum racing weapon/sloop- it took 30 people to race the boat. I chartered her, and along with me, my now ex-wife and the help of a great Newport-based crew I found mostly at one or the other of my 2 “offices” on Thames Street (the AC or Zelda’s), we brought the boat to Southwest Harbor, Maine where we contributed in making a TV Ad to introduce the latest model of Lexus Car. Go figure. And I’ve spoken with a guy who owns the biggest Lexus dealership in NE who only could raise his hand to his head and mutter, “56 seconds of boat… 4 seconds of car?” Produced by Team One, directed by Peter Smiley, it was a great 10 days full of friends, sailing, stories, riggers, helicopters (when there was no wind), a Feadship (a 160 footer to make waves for added drama) and the ad was first aired on that year’s Super Bowl and won an Addy. I’ll fix the music some day…