The Looking Glass is an ongoing curated Tumblr blog of images shot by photographers selected by Disney. Each photographer was invited to shoot a Disney theme park with the goal: “shoot photos they’d want to see and share.” Participating photographers include: Chloe Rice, Elton Anderson, Noah Kalina, Tom Bricker, Lindsey Garrett, Matt Rubinand Ben Van Hook.
Chloe Rice: Photographer
But in addition to specific artists and authors, it is easy to see from her photos that she could acknowledge the entire world as her inspiration.
Chloe sees trees as “bird umbrellas” and rain clouds as “just parts of the sky that like to laugh until they cry”. In her mind cars all smile, bathroom sinks look embarrassed, and “everything looks prettier with eyelashes”. Luckily, Chloe has a series of cameras to capture all of this imagination that she sees.
Chloe excitedly dove into this Disney project with the technical photo knowledge and creative confidence of an adult as well as a child-like excitement for life. By harnessing these juxtaposing traits (and even enlisting the help of some construction paper, scissors and an extra dash of imagination), Chloe was able to capture the spirit of Disney through a series of fun, colorful, energetic images.
The world of Disney and this series of Chloe’s photos both ask you to remain innovative and inspired, to infinity and beyond!
Elton Anderson: Photographer
Today, photography has become Elton’s way of connecting with people. With a focus on moments and not necessarily the technical aspects of the business, he’s discovered a philosophy that he now lives by – “life happens outside the studio”. This philosophy, and an amazing eye, has made his work a huge draw for commercial and editorial assignments alike. With a growing client list that includes Disney, Tina Knowles, Black Enterprise and Rolling Stone Magazine, Elton is quickly spreading his philosophy of photography.
Elton remains inspired by his travels, his skateboard and capturing all the moments that this world has to offer.
Ben Van Hook: Photographer
Lindsey Garrett: Photographer
As a longtime resident of southern California, Disneyland was a place we visited often. I love that I can take my own kids and ride the same rides I did when I was their age. For this assignment, I wanted to capture that timelessness about the park using film. Hazy afternoons spent at the Tea Cups and Dumbo were ideal for these shots. The remainder of the time I was on the hunt for bright light and color, two things never in shortage at Disney California Adventure.
Matt Rubin: Photographer
Noah Kalina: Photographer
For this project, Noah wanted to make photographs of Walt Disney World in a way that hadn’t been seen before. Given the opportunity to make portraits of some of the most famous Disney characters, he knew he wanted to photograph them in a surreal and cinematic style. Making portraits before and after the park was open have given him the ability to create unique scenes that a guest wouldn’t normally be able to see.
Tom Bricker: Photographer
Tom’s approach to the Tumblr project involved a heavy use of ultra wide angle lenses to intentionally introduce distortion and converging lines into his architectural photos. This style can give structures and domineering or dramatic look not normally seen. He also used a variety of other lenses and techniques to keep things fresh, and edited his photos with an aim toward striking a balance between realistic and fantastic.