Like Clockwork, with Thomas Kuoh
It’s not every day you get a call from the founder and CEO of a worldwide watch company. Fortunately for photographer Thomas Kuoh, this was one such day. Barry Cohen, of Luminox Watches and Bodyglove Watches, reached out to Thomas to shoot a new brand that Cohen was starting. Called Szanto Watches, the company produces a line of affordable vintage looking watches reminiscent of a bygone era and a wartime aviation feel.
Thomas felt an instant connection with the project, due to their shared aesthetic. As details of the assignment were decided on, Thomas felt more and more inspired. With a small, start-up budget, Szanto gave Thomas the creative reins, letting him play creative director, producer, and photographer. “This kind of trust and power was incredible,” Thomas recalls, “I was able to make the decisions I thought best fit the brand and in return, Szanto said ‘We trust you.’” In the end, Thomas teamed up with stylist, Heather Sansky, a long time friend who he was able to collaborate with at a very high level. Her aesthetic and experience styling for 5.11 Tactical wear made her a perfect fit.
"The shoot took place at the Oakland Aviation Museum, which was a ton of fun. The staff was incredibly accommodating, and taught us things about the vintage World War II aircraft we shot in! They even let us get inside the cockpits of real WWII planes and helicopters, and showed us around modified bombers turned cruisers." Thomas and Heather, alongside a pair of photo assistants, were able to knock out the shooting in only two days, much to the delight of Barry Cohen & Szanto.
"I’m really quite pleased with how these shots turned out," says Thomas, "The way everything fell into place so perfectly really makes this one of the more memorable shoots."
To see more of Thomas’ work, head to his FoundFolios portfolio.