Even as I tried to post this, Safari was giving me issues. It further adds to my delusions of persecutions in regards to my creative outputs. Nobody outside a family circle gives a shit about this, and you can display it all in any way you can, you can shout to the world, but few, if any, will respond in an important way. I’ve often abandoned the efforts to make something out of this imagination, but I never once turned off the lights inside. New work is coming, is always will be, sometimes its just taken longer than it ought to have. Attached is a small preview.
Here's a cool article I came across in which photographer Joshua Paul shoots F1 racing events with none other than a 4x5 film camera, and one from the dawn of the 19th century at that. Again very cool stuff worth spreading. News courtesy of Petapixel.
It's not only in good manners to thank others for choosing your work to be displayed in an exhibit but a call for entry can also pave a way for more inspiration. In the case of the Darkroom Gallery and the latest exhibit, "Abstraction", I gained more ideas from Blue Mitchell, photographer and juror. His work can be seen here. Thank you for your selections.
This past weekend, I went up to Boston, to collaborate once again with a model whom I've had the pleasure and privilege to work with before, Chelsey Angers. She manages to take direction and yet spin a bit of her own idea into the mix, making shooting that much more interesting. That alone wouldn't work though. During the process of shooting, my mind was running. It was windier than I was expecting, and I did not have a weight for my diffusion umbrella, which I had plans of using. Not only that but a screw was loose in the bag, it was needed so I could use my flash remotely. What to do when your original plan falters, and now your using more time to find things than to take shots? Scrap the idea and move on, I didn't have all day, plus I had a remote cable. This was one example of how I had to adjust to make better use of my time, don't always become fixated on accessories, let your inner voice speak for your shots.
There are other moments but let's get to the favorites from this shoot. I wanted to focus my energies towards making street shots, rather than high fashion, experimental ideas that I usually have in my head. Its in these shots that I believe, I've found a split second moment where simple posing ends and something shines through
Once again I'm face to face with a model, and that familiar feeling returns, that sense of dread. "I know I can get a worthwhile image out of this session, but how?". I'm experimenting, hypothesizing, searching for that moment "ah ha" moment, where it all begins to make sense. I recently photographed Sarah M Faire, a model from my home state of CT, and it's my first step back into fashion and beauty photography. It's been some time now and as I expected, it was a rewarding experience, not because I got outstanding images with every press of the shutter but because I was facing challenges that I've felt before. Ms. Faire was a worthwhile model, she was on time, more than prepared and took directions well, but my challenge remains, how do I make an image that's about something and not of something?
The answer isn't simple and the journey to finding, and creating a great moment on camera takes on different roads. What I''ll leave you with though are a few of my favorites.
Just one look at the winning images on monoawards.com gave me a brief feeling of trepidation. There are a lot of works of art here that leave me speechless but I made a submission with confidence and my entry was recognized in the abstract category, it can be seen here. I want to thank the jurors of mono awards and even if it wasn't accepted, it was only 20$, you don't have much to loose and you still get your work in front of somebody.
I wanted to thank Ms. Sandrine Hermand-Grisel for choosing one of my pieces to be a part of the upcoming exhibit from the Darkroom Gallery, entitled "Le Paysage". I wanted to include a link to her site, not only as a thank you to her but because I had a genuine resonance with some of her images and you may as well.
and below is a link to the Darkroom Gallery's website which I've had the pleasure of submitting to before, you might have an image lying somewhere that might just fit a call for entry.
A small gathering of images that I made during the fall season, good time for this kind of post now that the trees have been rid of their leaves (and that little bit of snow we got earlier before Halloween, too soon)
"The object of art is to make the reader or viewer or listener aware of what he knows but doesn’t know that he knows… and this is doubly true in photography, because the photographer is making the viewer aware of what he is actually seeing and yet at the time not seeing."
- William Burroughs