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The Verge: A Photographic Retrospective
HTC Vive VR Headset Review Adi Robertson wearing the Vive headset is probably the most iconic photo I took during my entire time at The Verge
The Verge: A Photographic Retrospective
 
Today, February 8th, 2021, marks five years since I began working full time for The Verge.
 
My three and half years working at this preeminent digital publication (I moved into a more central role as creative director of Vox Media networks in August, 2019) were the most prolific of my career to date. I have no doubt that I shot more photos during my time at The Verge than during the previous decade; it was non-stop from day one. The irony wasn’t lost on me that in September 2015 I had written a piece announcing that my photographic career was over. Looking back now I’ve never been happier to be more wrong.
 
When it came to selecting the images for this retrospective, I picked photos that I remember having an impact on me at the time I took them and still resonate with me years later: Adi Robertson channeling her inner Trinity (from the Matrix) in our shoot for the HTC Vive VR headset — a photo which has since been so used widely without permission that there's the making of a great Twitter thread; recreating the NY subway map using circuit boards for a feature on e-waste; Dami Lee gently cradling a robot pillow with wagging tail; and spending almost eight hours using Photoshop to removing dust from the numerous lenses I’d placed around the iPhone7. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few more that made a mark but I’ll add them to this collection if I remember which ones.
 
In the meantime, I encourage everyone to check out the work produced by the awesome creative team at The Verge. They continue to produce incredible photos, illustrations, graphics and videos on a daily basis, even in the midst of a global pandemic. I am in awe. 
Nextbit Robin Review This is cool little Android phone was my first product shoot after joining The Verge
Avegant Glyph review (sort of) Dieter Bohn channeling his inner White Walker
iPad Pro 9.7 review The first iPad with a "True Tone" screen 
The Launch of Circuit Breaker, "The Worlds Greatest Gadget Blog" This called for an overhead still-life shot featuring gadgets, gadgets, and more gadgets.
The Last of the Dodge Vipers We took a very fast, and very yellow Dodge Viper to a private racetrack in upstate New York and had a blast.
Duncan Jones, director of 'Warcraft' photographed at the Bowery Hotel in New York's Lower Late Side
New York E-Waste We used a high-pressure water jet to cut the shapes of the Five Boroughs from some genuine NY e-waste to create a map of NYC
Up the Hill in a Ferrari I took a fast, slippy-slidey ride up the famous Goodwood hill in a Ferrari
Panorama Festival, Randall's Island, NYC. Fans of Kendrik Lamar light up the night sky with their phones
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Review I kind of love the Touch Bar
iPhone 7 Review It took me so much longer to retouch this image than it did to shoot it.
HP Spectre X360 Review This photo represents the zenith of my obsession with knolling
$40,000 Dollar Turntable Technology as art
Astronaut, Scott Kelly photographed on the deck of USS Intrepid docked on the west side of New York
Leica M10 Review Very pretty, extremely expensive
The Vergecast (left to right) Paul Miller, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Review As this phone is all about the gorgeous OLED screen I wanted to shoot the phone ON a screen. So I used an iMac with a graphic wallpaper designed by William Joel. Incidentally, this was the first shoot were we created a custom wallpaper for a flagship review.
Naveen Andrews The star of Sense8 and Lost, photographed at Vox Media studios in NYC
Welcome to Pandora, Avatars are included I went to Walt Disney World for the press launch of the World of Pandora and it did not disappoint, especially at night
Walt Mosberg's Gadget Collection Walt has arguably one of the best collection of gadgets in the world 
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Another screen photographed on another screen
iPhone 8 & 8 Plus Review Another iPhone, this time surrounded by vintage cameras
Circuit Breaker Live The worlds greatest gadget blog went live show on YouTube for a season
Robotic Wagging Cat Pillow This photo of Dami Lee cuddling a wagging cat pillow is peak Verge
Screendrive: McLaren 560s Spider I got to drive a McLaren around the leafy, rolling roads of north west Connecticut
The Last Scan Meet the man who is literally keeping old CRT TVs alive 
Apple Home Pod Review Little speaker, big sound
My original iPod is a Time Capsule from 2002 I plugged in my original iPod (with click wheel) and discovered playlists I hadn't heard for fifteen years 
Nintendo Labo Review I stand by assertion that Nintendo is arguably the most creative company in the world today
Home of the Future This was one of my final projects for The Verge. In June of 2018 I traveled down to Austin, TX and spent some time in a very technologically cool (but very hot because the AC hadn't been installed yet) 'Home of the Future' with the wonderful Grant Imahara who very sadly passed away in July of 2020
The Verge: A Photographic Retrospective
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The Verge: A Photographic Retrospective

A retrospective collection of photographs taken over a period of two and a half years for The Verge
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