How long does it take for you to find the right angle for your outdoor shoots, where the model and the environment line up and you are satisfied?
Not as long as you might think. The majority of time is
wasted enjoyed actually finding the landscapes I want to use. Perhaps there’s a subconscious element to that, and I seek only ergonomically beneficial landscapes to begin with.
My recent image The Wild Heart, for example, was made after lots of looking around for a location. The light was harsh, there was a lot of fast moving water, and the ever-present possibility that an unsympathetic someone would come along. We sat on the river bank for a couple of minutes and considered the options.
After we had some ideas, Celeste posed for a few frames in one location. That didn’t work so I had her move into the water and under the branches. A few more tweaks like “come two steps closer” or “lift your left hand” and her pose was lined up with everything. I think I adjusted my tripod some but with my model standing out in the rapidly moving water it didn’t seem very considerate to spend a lot of time tweaking. A couple of frames and we had the shot.
So, it’s an iterative process. Once actually shooting, only a couple of minutes are spent actually lining things up.
The Red-D does not respect the ask box. Sigh.
I think about style a lot. Although the occasional experiment causes me to deviate (I’m talking about photography here), I generally stick to certain concepts. First and foremost, my images aren’t intended to be titillating. The message I’m trying to deliver is uplifting and positive.
I strive for graphic simplicity, either through strong negative spaces or elimination of graphical elements. Also, along those lines, eye-moving composition.
Increasingly, I prefer distorted colors.
In the landscape, I try for my images to portray the landscape about equally as compared with the figure. They’re meant to show both, and thus a whole concept.
Interesting to me is this: how would you describe my style?
17 Again (2012)
Times might break you, God forsake you,
Leave you burned and bruised.
Innocence will teach you what it feels like to be used.
Thought that you’d done everything,
You didn’t have a clue.
—from 17 Again, Eurythmics, 2000
The Wild Heart (2014)
"The heart has reasons which the mind knows not." - Blaise Pascal
Mary Celestial Creature. Maybe it’s a wild heart which makes her the best figure model I’ve seen.
Things That Stop You Dreaming (2013)
Titled after Passenger’s 2012 song.
With the lovely Vassanta.
Town Creek (2014)
It was a long day yesterday with Celestial Creature, fighting bad light and endless miles. We made this though. My daughter (and primary critic) says it’s a keeper.
Die Walküre (2014)
The recommended procedure for viewing this photo depicting Celestial Creature riding a Boeing T50 jet turbine is to enjoy it full-screen, whilst listening to this (turn it up!).
Die Walküre is freely available for use as a desktop wallpaper. To access it, click here and download. It’s about 700kB.
'Till I Gain Control Again (2013)
Out on the road that lies before me now,
There are some turns where I will spin.
I only hope that you can hold me now,
'Till I can gain control again.
—from 'Till I Gain Control Again, Rodney Crowell, 1975
Our beautiful friend Usbru was still in her cocoon when this song came out. There are a lot of versions of this classic, Emmylou and Rodney’s brings a tear to my eye every time.
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