In the second installment of his three-part blog series, Bowen Ames—our moonlighting Art Director—profiles Nolan Calisch. This artist, photographer, and founder of Wealth Underground Farm uses an unconventional approach to sustainability to live his art every day.
Nolan Calish is equal parts farmer and artist. Though seemingly exclusive, these two identities became harmonious early in his adulthood. While studying filmmaking and photography in college, Nolan grew a garden for his local community. Soon after, he found himself working on several farms and large gardens before moving to Portland to begin an apprenticeship at Sauvie Island Organics.
I feel comfortable speaking for everyone on this shoot when I say it was a pretty dreamy couple of days. It’s a rare circumstance when everyone collaborating on a photo project all know each other, professionally or personally, genuinely like each other, and love the product and places being shot.
From a lofty fourth floor of the The Good Mod surrounded by inspiring mid-century furniture, to an early morning on Swan Island overlooking Portland just as it was waking up — the general mood of the shoot was light and easy.
Our challenge was to find the hidden spots in Portland that resonate as parts of cities around the world. Luckily, I was just back from New York, our photographer, Ben Moon, was fresh off a plane from Amsterdam (jet lag to prove it), and our models Ryan and Sydney are both seasoned travelers. That said, our eyes were quick to find walls that reminded us of Berlin, park
scenes that reminded us of Paris, and street corners that looked just like Soho.
Despite being unseasonably warm and therefor a bit sweaty in Nau’s cozy fall collection, we were all excited to review the images and see the the trip we took together.