June, 2012

lamotte studios moves to allied box & excelsior factory

Michael Lamotte has moved in to a new studio space in The Allied Box Factory at 2169 Folsom Street, Studio 100 in the Mission district of San Francisco. The studio has a full kitchen, state of the art digital capture systems, natural light, studio lighting, and full printing and retouching services available. And a beautiful courtyard garden for mid-day lunch breaks.

Originally built in 1907 as the Allied Box & Excelsior Factory, it is now an artist complex, housing a mix of tenants including painters, graphic artists, photographers, woodworkers and architectural firms. And across the street you’ll find the stylish new Mission Creek Kitchen and Stable Cafe.

The Allied Box Factory consists of several buildings which were converted into live/work units in 1999 by architect Scott Parker. The main building is four stories high and resembles a barn. A tin-roofed storage area was removed to create a courtyard garden. Also, the different exteriors were unified with a deep forest green color. The result is a kind of arts oasis in the middle of the city.



matthew turley for the new mexico tourism board

Matthew Turley recently had the privilege of working on the first round of New Mexico’s latest state tourism campaign, ‘NEW MEXICO – true’ with the good folks at Vendor, Inc., and spent nearly a week on the road shooting a half-dozen ads illustrating New Mexico’s unique juxtaposition of outdoor adventure and authentic native culture.

Petroglyph National Monument less than a mile from Albuquerque


The week started with setting up before dawn for a trail-running shot on a rocky outcrop surrounded by hundreds of petroglyphs, only minutes outside of downtown Albuquerque before heading out across the state photographing a range of diverse scenes including a couple exploring the ancient ruins of remote Chaco Canyon at sundown, Native-American tribal dances against a backdrop of rolling desert clouds and a tranquil hot spring on the Rio Grande only a few miles from the historic mountain-town of Taos.

Stargazing at Chaco Canyon National Historic Park

Chaco Canyon National Historic Park


“It was a bit of a whirlwind tour of the state. Although I could’ve easily spent days exploring each location, there was just so much to cover! And yet, I still felt fortunate to have had such an immersive experience on the whole and look forward to many more adventures in New Mexico,” added Matthew.

Chaco Canyon National Historic Park

Black Rock Hot Springs


Amazing scenery and shots aside, the most dramatic event happened as they were wrapping the last shot of the week. Matthew has been shooting outdoor adventure and mountaineering jobs for many years and thankfully wrapped dozens of shoots without event. Nature showed them a different side this time when moments before finishing the last shot, a four-ton boulder came crashing down on the rental car. “There were more than a dozen of our crew (agency, talent, stylists, producer, etc) within 20′ of my car getting packed and ready to leave the location,” said Matthew. “We were EXTREMELY fortunate no one was hurt. We headed back to Santa Fe to exchange our car for one with a rear bumper.”

Rental car and crater left by four-ton boulder