I love working with people who are as excited about their ideas as I am with my own. I enjoy discovering what's unique within a person, and then help bring their idea to life. There's a massive hole in our culture of film, video games, music and even advertising, and it needs to be identified with new creations.

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Photography by Michael Elmquist

Photography by Michael Elmquist

Musical Compositions by Michael Elmquist

Musical Compositions by Michael Elmquist

Video Productions by Michael Elmquist

Video Productions by Michael Elmquist


Clients Include

 
bottega veneta
under armour
lulu lemon
dior
nike
marinamoscone.jpg
linder logo
v magazine
prada logo
 

current projects

BIRDRIVER, the latest musical compositions from Michael Elmquist.

BIRDRIVER, the latest musical compositions from Michael Elmquist.

I really like birds. And rivers are kind of cool, I guess. I decided to equate people I knew to birds; write them sonatas; and release them months apart. And so that's what's happening.

There is no track capacity. The memory of Birdriver's first organization is tainted with January 7, 2015. While I was researching birds at a cafe in Paris, a TV displaying police and police cars on the wall behind me drew the attention of the other patrons. Since I don't speak or understand French, I left and continued my day to go meet a friend, unknowing what happened. It wasn't until later I understood that the Charlie Hebdo attacks had happened. Later that evening, I joined the masses of people in Republique and watched them plead for justice with their hearts. I couldn't help but relate not only my acquaintances, but everyone to the chaos of birds.


THE LAWN


Video by night

I like to document moments in time with an unpacked take on video — a simpleness that forces the subject into the lens naturally, rather than a produced perspective. At some level, they're moving portraits while also lingering on a thread that's exploring the "here to there" of a person's emotions. See all my videos | Interested in working together?

 
 

What's behind the stove?

Going anywhere or doing anything, we usually find things we didn't know we were looking for — the odds & ends of a long days work and travels. You can either throw them aside, bury them, or take them home where they'll sit dusty on a shelf until some cleaning day. These are the vulnerable blueprints behind the creative process; and they can be just as important as the finished works.

Follow my blog and watch as I polish half-ideas for the sake of transparency as a creator. You can decide what to do with them after that. I'll just leave a bag of rotten tomatoes near the door. 

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