With Bunting’s combination of interpersonal and photographic talent, it’s easy to see why he’s such a success. At the ripe old age of 26, he has created a blossoming advertising career with a client list to make any seasoned photographer envious. He can trace it all back to his time as an undergrad at Arizona State University, even to a single photograph that started it all.

A test shot of a football player—made for fun because the athlete also wanted to learn about lighting—led to a major corporate sponsor putting $100,000 behind a poster series of ASU athletes. It’s a series Bunting continues to shoot to this day.

“That’s an account I’ve held since I was 19 years old,” he says. “We’ve never had one year where they said, ‘Let’s do this.’ Every single year they’ve said, ‘What do you want to do?’ This year I was kind of getting sick of everything on black, so I asked to shoot it all on white. They said, ‘Yeah, we’ll change everything around for it.”

So Bunting made this year’s ASU football photos on a white background. What didn’t change, though, is Bunting’s drama-filled lighting style. He achieves this almost exclusively through meticulous placement of many sources. A shot of a basketball player with a spray of water? Seventeen lights. An angry-looking football player? Ten or so. Some photographers use lots of lights to put on a show for clients. Self-taught Bunting does it because it’s the best way he knows to create the look he wants. 



About Farah Mahbub

Farah Mahbub was born and brought up in Karachi. She attained her bachelor’s degree in fine art, literature and psychology. Being primarily self-taught, she has been working as a professional photographer since 1988. Her photographic journey has taken its course through exploration of various genres, ranging from fine art, commercial, architectural and landscape photography. However for her, personal self-expression is best conveyed through fine art photography, which she continues to explore and dedicate her abilities to. Working formerly in analogue, her present work now is primarily in the digital format. As a practicing artist, Farah’s work has been exhibited in both local and international exhibitions including the 11th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh and the Mohatta Palace Museum in Pakistan. Her work has also been published in multiple books most notably Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millenium. Farah joined the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 1997 as a faculty member, where she has been ever since. Under her tenure, photography has evolved from a single class into an undergraduate minor spanning the Communication Design and Fine Art and Interior Design departments. Farah recently had her fifth solo show "Baraka Silsila-e-Nisbat" with an accompanying monograph. View all posts by Farah Mahbub

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