This photographer-illustrator collaboration creates beautiful, parallel worlds

Illustrator Jeremy Booth puts his own incredible spin on Joel Bear's beautiful, stark photography.

Los Angeles-based photographer Joel Bear's work caught the attention of the right man in designer and illustrator Jeremy Booth. After the pair met, Joel gained an enthusiastic Instagram follower in Jeremy, and - from there - an incredible collaboration.

In these three illustrations by Jeremy, which each interpret one of Joel’s photos, the contrasts and harmonies of the different works are beautifully balanced - showing off the best of their differing mediums, but complementary styles. 

Stare at the works long enough and it looks like reality next to dreams, this world next to a parallel one, or your perspective next to someone else’s.  Each piece no longer seems complete on its own. 

Freelance illustrator and designer Jeremy Booth’s work is beautiful and bold, with just the right touch of intricate detail. His clients include Amazon and Samsung. Here, in a highly stylistic fashion, he accentuates the shadows that Joel’s photography hints at, whilst adding his own brand in the two-tone colour and simplification. 


“Soon after I began following his work on Instagram and noticed his love for harsh lighting and dark shadows,” said Jeremy of Joel’s work. “His style is very similar to mine but in a different context.”

Where Joel’s work is stoic, heavily shadowed and harshly lit, Jeremy’s is brightly coloured, two-toned and cartoonish. But both are minimalist, with an appreciation for stark stillnes, and are closer than they might appear on paper (er, unless that paper’s got their work on?). 

A graduate of New York Institute of Photography and hardly starved of experience since, Joel has a well-honed photographer’s eye, which has been picked up by clients such as Google, American Express and Starwood Hotels. Joel works with his wife Maggie. 

Here (shown), Joel shows his knack for working with light, drawing you in to the most ordinary of moments and turning it into something otherworldly. 

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