We are lucky to have a Jeff Zimmermann piece in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I first stumbled upon his work in 2008 while touring through the Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago and from the moment I saw his vivid walls I was hooked. It seemed like with every turn of a corner there was another one greeting me with open arms. What I never expected was that less than 6 months from seeing his work I’d not only meet him, but we’d become friends thanks to my graffiti buddy Drew. Jeff and Drew are always on my list of people that I must see when I get back to Chicago and every time margaritas are involved!
The photo above is a shot I took of Jeff’s finished ArtPrize 2010 mural on the side of Kendall College of Art and Design. I have been trying to get this shot for 2 years and my stars were aligned this week thanks in major part to Michele Bosak of Kendall… thank you, thank you, and thank you for letting me into the Old Federal Building to get this one. I appreciate it and I know Jeff does as well. So why the importance of this shot? Well for starters we just needed it and secondly Jeff needed to submit this image as part of media/grant packet that is due this week for a huge project that he is about to get funded. Talk about a deadline… make that new mural happen mister!
On a techie-related note: this one was also taken with the “in-camera” HDR setting on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM attached. The HDR function was set to Art Standard and this image is straight out of the camera. No adjustments, no retouching… really impressed by the quality of image that was produced and it made my job much more easier.
Jeff Zimmermann: www.jazim.com