The Journal

A collection of curiosities by photographer/director and storyteller Adam Ryan Morris.

June 17, 2019

The Kings of Curdistan

I’ve seen rivers of string cheese, smelled mold that stays with you for days, and tasted some of the finest cultures in the world. Living in Wisconsin, it’s hard to escape cheese. But a year-long project with the dairy industry gave me closeup view of a business that it turns out, I didn’t know much about. The craftsmanship, the care, the science, the art, the history handed down through the generations.

May 21, 2019

The Hair Taker

Craig Foltos has a million stories — ask him about the one where he cuts off the guy's ear.

April 1, 2019

I Tell Stories, Vol. 2

The followup to our acclaimed I Tell Stories, Vol. 1, booklet has begun hitting mailboxes! The cover’s above, but what’s inside? A look at recent stills + motion campaigns: Helping Subaru launch its first-ever SUV. Showcasing the more unlikely members of the Professional Beauty Association (via Portland-based Manifesto). Capturing moments large and small in the lives of some of America’s hardest workers — farmers — for Compeer Financial. Thanks for the design go to the fine folks at Untitled Creative Studio, who keep themselves so far on the down low that they don’t even have a website. Word of…

February 28, 2019

The Piano Man’s Last Song

Tucked away in a secluded northwoods retreat, Doug McGee works on his babies. He used to operate on others’ too, but as pianomakers such as Steinway and Yamaha begin offering digital player piano systems to replace the mechanical ones he loves, the collector and repairman has been wrestling with the ultimate existential question: Am I still relevant? Armed with a drone, a Dana Dolly, a few cameras, some vintage Leica lenses and a grip truck, our crew dug in to tell Doug’s story in a stylized documentary manner. Director: Adam Ryan MorrisDP: Ryan BinghamGaffer: Derek SchmittProduction: Morris Creative LLC

February 5, 2019

Heartland Romance, Part 3

Post 3 of 3 As summer slid into fall and fall began giving way to winter, our team worked sunup to sundown, witnessing golden moments, breathing in the smell of fresh earth, and providing a window into the lives and labor of some of America’s most hardworking souls: Farmers and their families. Our mission from farm lender Compeer Financial: Don’t just document. Go, see, feel and make pictures that show what it’s like out there in the fields, barns and tractors of the heartland. Capture motion and stills that convey the intricacies — and the magnitude — of the…

January 30, 2019

Heartland Romance: Part 2

Post 2 of 3 As summer slid into fall and fall began giving way to winter, our team worked sunup to sundown, witnessing golden moments, breathing in the smell of fresh earth, and providing a window into the lives and labor of some of America’s most hardworking souls: Farmers and their families. Our mission from farm lender Compeer Financial: Don’t just document. Go, see, feel and make pictures that show what it’s like out there in the fields, barns and tractors of the heartland. Capture motion and stills that convey the intricacies — and the magnitude — of the…