Anthony Vanderlinden Photography Portfolio
After a short career in photojournalism, Anthony Vanderlinden started working in advertising and commercial photography in 1991. Vanderlinden established Wet Dog Publications in 1998 and diversified into publishing historical books. Working with historical artifacts led to a more specialized approach of composing images in period correct settings. The images shown below are only a small sampling of photographs done for various projects through the years. Not all were commercial projects, some are just shown for fun.
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: This was a fun exercise photographing the lines and details of vintage and classic cars while competing with hundreds of spectators for real estate. The challenge was not so much elimination the visitors from the backgrounds but more importantly avoiding their reflections in the chrome and nickel finishes and even the car paints without relying on post processing. Emphasis was placed on highlighting the elegance of period design lines.
Pima Air & Space Museum: Timing was everything at Pima, a thunderstorm offered the dramatic effect needed to render these war birds in a different setting than that of a static museum display. The dark skies and tight cropping gave it the Cold War feel I was looking for.
Battle Patrol branding, Sao Paulo – Brazil: The goal with this shoot was to help the customer transition the line of vintage military garments from a niche market to a more mainstream men’s fashion line, while at the same time retaining period correct settings. This job was done with photographer Abbie Mercaldo, combining styles in order to maximize variety and selection for the customer. Images seen here are Vanderlinden photos, see the Mercaldo photos here.
Product and Advertising Favorites: Sometimes art directors take a break and leave the photographers in charge of their work. Here some samples of my favorite product shots including 1- Charles Chevignon, Paris, bomber jacket ad, 2- FN cased pistol for the cover of the Grand Curtius museum magazine,...
Location Work: The beauty of a place is often in the details. These images were used to communicate the ambience and feel of their surroundings. The Wurlitzer image was part of a series made for a bar called the Melrose with a prominent 1980s theme... the photographs reflected the decor, Don Johnson was not available to model.
People: From promoting a product to communicating a mood or statement. Here are some samples spanning over 30 years of work. A favorite is the 1950s Vogue style photo of the model hailing a cab on Rodeo Drive. Period film was used for this specific image.
Mise en Scene d’ Epoque (placement in period setting) is a term that is rarely used today, but was prominent in old theatre stage settings. It is part of the art of composition and is often lacking with commercial photographers. How about photographing a Ford T in front of a Verizon store, or a 1930s Duesenberg in front of a satellite dish? This may sound absurd but these commercial images were actually used to advertise these cars. Too many photographers focus only on the subject and ignore the complete composition or feel the photograph communicates. Utility poles, wires, cell towers, and AC units are some of the most common oversights in outdoor photographs. Many photographers show settings in the most vivid renditions possible, totally ignoring what colors were period correct. Vanderlinden strives to avoid such problems and creates images that give a historically correct feel.