How about Travels? Recently I was shooting a job for a magazine in Northern Brazil. (I can’t mention too many details until it’s published!1). A great little surf town. Very basic but wonderful. The Brazilian people are very friendly. I’ll publish the tearsheet when it come out. But I want to keep you in suspense.
This weekend I was up at a friend’s lake house and I brought along my 8×10 and some B+W film. I love the 8×10 but with all the digital toys I have been using, it sat in my basement waiting. I brought it out this weekend and really got back into it. It’s a totally different way of working. You have to be very methodical in choosing your shots. Unlike my fast shooting, bang off several variations in minutes, digital camera, I have to really decide which is the best angle; which is the best shot. No chance to try some shots here and some shots there.
It’s time consuming but the results can be amazing. The clarity, the form, and the shallow depth of field. Equipment are just tools to get to what you want to show. But using different tools wakes you up and sparks something new and unique. I still love taking out a plastic toy camera to take photos. Two weeks ago, I found a 2 megapixel camera I had and I’m working on doing massive blow-ups with it. I realize that with photoshop you can replicate many of these looks. But what about the magic of organically finding that look? I much prefer to try a unique effect in the field then to wait until I’m back in the office in the dark on the computer.
My Nivea/Labello Ads that I shot in Barcelona are now in October Publications. I was hired by TBWA/Hamburg to cross the Atlantic. We spent a little less than a week there capturing some high energy shots. I shot different scenarios from the nightclub to the beach to give the client many choices. As typical of my photoshoots, we cast in video and work with talent that can act. I set up the scenes and have the talent react with each other. If you would like to see it all in action, scroll down to the next frame or click here.
I put together this lifestyle shoot with Shaka (the boxer) and his friends. I try to shoot personal projects on a regular basis. I also enjoy working with real people especially if they are friends. Sometimes I cast from Craigslist to get a look that is outside the commercial model/actor world. In this situation, they are all friends of Shaka.┬á For more images from this shoot, click here.