There is something unique and different about working with your talent when it involves film. You think about the frames you have available. The way the light keeps moving and changing. The fact that you are shooting blind. And then…you just trust your instinct and your model…
New Years Day I managed to get out of the house and went skating at House Park. The best part about every time I head downtown to go skate, I always run in to friends I don’t have the opportunity to see very often. I ended up skating around for about two hours and decided to go up the hill and see who was hanging out at the shop, No-Comply.
The evening of January 4th, I got to catch up with an old friend I haven’t seen since our last shoot in 2009. We shot a two day set for Suicide Girls in one of the hottest summers I can remember having here in Austin. We managed to squeeze in two more shoots before she moved off to California, got married and moved to a small farm.
I saw that she was in Austin for the holidays, waiting for her sister to have her child. The first night we were supposed to get together didn’t happen since her sister gave birth that evening. After a couple days of talking, everything fell in to place for us to catch up and shoot together finally. We shot a roll of film first on the 4th and then some digital shots as well. Basically we talked and caught up and I shot some frames in between the stories and laughs. After the shoot, I dropped her off at her parent’s house and drove back home, developed the film that night and scanned tonight. The film images are after the jump…
I shot my very first frame for my Stripped Down series in 2008. I had a general idea of what I was wanting to do with the series. And it was a learning experience for me. High key lighting was a foreign and new concept for me. How do I keep the light from spilling all over the model and not soften the edges? Or the light bouncing back in to the lens? Basically, how in the hell can I shoot this and not fuck it up was the question bouncing around in my head.
This is from one of my first shoot for the series before it turned in to a series. I had “failed” at some previous shoots in regards to exposure, light bouncing back in to my lens and softening the image and edges. So I backed the lighting down on the background and started shooting. Somehow I managed to not get the exposure correct for the backdrop and the following images of Embry are the result. We also shot a set for Suicide Girls the night before. We talked off and on for about a week working the images down to a set and then POOF!, she dropped off the radar as she was traveling the country. 8 years later, I still haven’t been able to track her down and show her the final set for SG that is still ready for submission….
I shoot in my house way too often. But the light in my house is just too damn amazing… Continue reading article →
I have always loved black and white film. The tones, the grain. But, I shoot primarily digital format and feel like I have always struggled to create a rich film like look to my black and white conversions. Maybe I need to load those 4 rolls of Ilford film in to my Bronica and shoot some film soon….
I shoot in my home/studio often. But I keep trying to push myself to use this space differently. To take advantage of some of the most amazing light I have ever seen.
Thought I would do a little throw back Thursday post to keep the blog updated. Back in 2013, I had the opportunity to work with Bear (finally…..). We pretty much just played around in my tiny studio space at the time. I wanted to do something that really made the color of the latex and her tattoos pop. You know, just really pretty people with really pretty things.