This week we assigned a project to shoot experimental photos in the style of some photographers we had discussed in class. We covered people like Duane Michals, Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, and Cindy Sherman. For the photos I tried to do something similar to the style of Michals. It was late tonight when I got this shot along with a series of others. I saw her wall and the dramatic light that illuminates the art work on the wall and the bed. I worked with this lighting, using the shadows and in other images a slow shutter speed to create blurs and false double exposures. I wanted to convey this idea of sleep and what is real and what is just a dream. The figure is dark, completely shadowed, up from the bed. Is the figure real and awake or just a shadow from a dream?
Another assignment, more portraits. I get the importance of portraits, but man, I’m getting tired of doing them. It was especially hard this time, because I really didn’t have anyone to shoot, so I had to do some quick portraits of Hannah before class. I ended up getting this one, which isn’t my best and it’s not great, but it was the best of the bunch.
Another day of photography class and today we got to use the studio. We set up the seamless and got some tota lights out. And we started shooting portraits. Sometimes it can be hard to shoot in class, because there are ten other people all trying to get a shot. Today was a little hard but I was able to slip in every now and then and snag a couple of shots. Emily was our model today and I was able to grab this shot.
“It’s all about the light”. That’s Professor Foley’s favorite thing to say. But it really is. Light is a photographer’s medium. He is always talking about good light and bad light, harsh light, soft light and learning to work with it. Whenever we shoot outside he says “God is our gaffer.” A gaffer is a person that sets up all the lighting on a set. And our assignment was take photos where we controlled the light. And I have to say, I think the light turned out well with this one.
An optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by both reflection and refraction of light within water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. An optical illusion.
This photo was taken after a gnarly lighting storm had moved through the area. The skies cleared just as the sun was beginning to set, allowing me to get this beautiful shot.
A change in the weather. Some gnarly clouds rolled through tonight. Thunderstorms remind me of so much. I love the smell of rain, the roll of thunder, the surprise of lightning, the ominous look the clouds hold and the breathe taking sky it creates after the madness. It is all simply so easing and beautiful.
Every year deadly storms rip through small towns or big cities. Lives are randomly chosen and lost. For those, we remember.
Shot over Giest Reservoir after the storm.