For a while now I have been meaning to start some other projects away from the realm of shooting people…to branch out and to explore other things. Shooting still life and landscape slows things down a lot. It seems like I have more time to think…and less has to be thought out in advance. It’s more relaxing.
It really is a whole new way of shooting. Many things are different. It’s a more solitary exercise and depends more on me and me alone rather than being a collaboration between a model or models and me. The technical concerns are a little bit different as well.
Heavy Soviet armor with a little bit of attitude. If she was going to be on this tank then I had to make her look like she belonged there. This meant dark clothes, the boots…hair and makeup that was not “studio perfect”. She’s not posing with the tank to look sexy using it as a prop. She’s posing with it because the armored division is her’s. Its June 22, 1944, and she’s about to present the Wermacht with a very nasty surprise.
I’ve heard that Helmut Newton was a master of shooting in harsh mid-day light. Studying his outdoor work I notice some blown highlights. I can see he probably didn’t like to get up early. When I am forced by circumstance to work in those conditions I think of him and it makes me work harder…knowing that great work can still be made.
Five days until the opening of my show at the Easton Gallery of Photographic arts in Easton,, MD on July 6. I am looking forward to meeting some new people and talking photography.