Tuesday, September 21, 2010

04/52 Dante Lopresti

I've decided Sunday is flex day. If I'm a lazy bum, it still counts as the previous week. If I shoot the coming week on Sunday, I'm just being a go-getter. It's like If I'm scheduled for work at 5pm and show up at 4, no? Either that or it's like I'm scheduled Monday and I show up on Sunday. That's even better, right? You can never be too early. Or at least that's what I'm convincing myself.

Friday, September 17, 2010

03/52 Jay Diaz

This week I did what very well could prove to be my best smelling shoot of all 52. What could top it? Shooting R. Kelly in an actual chocolate factory? That's next week.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

02/52 Jeff Geesa

Okay, so let's get this out of the way right now.

I am so dumb.

I am really dumb.

...for real.

Now that I've preempted anyone else in saying that, let's continue.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A quick technical note

Just a quick word for all the techies and strobists out there. I shoot primarily using radiopopper JRX studio triggers. Because of this I usually have no idea what the intensities are of the individual light sources. Perhaps I can try to make educated guesses? Or maybe I can simply speak of the intensities in terms of stops. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Regardless, I apologize that I can't give slightly more detailed information, due to the fact that I'm too lazy to shoot on manual and am in LOVE with the simple rheostats of the JRX system.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

01/52 Jay Schroeder

Hey! I know that guy.... he looks pretty familiar...

Welcome (the exposition)

So,  as soon will be depicted, I've fallen into some relatively slothful habits. Lots of doing nothing and not much of doing everything else.

Self portraits? That was my first inclination. But really. Seriously. I wouldn't do that to you. I like you all way to much to subject you to 52 pictures of my dumb ass making silly faces. I know you all, and you are kind and patient enough friends to support me even if I were to undertake such a venture. All the more reason why I'm NOT doing that to you. As I said, I like you all way too much to do that.

Lighting is my passion, something about it really excites me. The ability to take an otherwise mundane environment and turn it into something fantastic. The ability to take your everyday average Joe off the street and make him look like a total badass or a rockstar or a villain. What's more is you can use light to expose someone's true nature, to show in a single image what they're about and what they do. This is why I decided to do 52 portraits in a year. A different subject for each, showing a different aspect of a different person in (hopefully) a different environment each time. The following are my stated goals:

The portrait must be lit

I love lighting. I think it can be used (to a greater or lesser extent) to improve the vast majority of photos taken. I want to get better at it, and use it to help with my second goal:

The portrait must somehow reflect the subject

I could get all post modern and speak about how none of us have any "true" nature, or how the idea of "truth" is ridiculous in the first place. Screw that, that's not what this is about. I want to attempt to reveal something about the nature of the subject, who they are, and what they do in each photo. It can be fun to play dress up, and sometimes I may take the "true nature" thing more literally than others, but it's important to the concept of the project that I try to incorporate it in each one. This is to be done through light design, environment, and posing of the subject.

One a week

Not one posted per week, one shoot and one finished product per week. I'm allowing myself no exceptions.

That's it. Should be simple, given effort on my part. Thanks for "joining" me on this "journey" (should you make the perilous decision to choose so). The first shoot is already complete, the corresponding post to come soon.