This body of work takes the human subject out of the foreground and puts them into the background. It promotes the subject to interact with the setting that would normally be behind them. The images are intended to be as sincere and organic as possible. Therefor all the images are shot on black and white film with little digital manipulation. All the photos are taken by Trent Jones and were developed, scanned and edited by him.
I shot with Gabrielle last week on the only warm day of the week. I did the full photoshoot but ended up messing up in the development process. All I really have left to show for it the digital proofs I took to test the exposures. Gaby and I have talked since then and plan on recreating this shoot.
I have since revisited this shoot with Gaby and have uploaded the photos below.
I did some research and decided to begin developing my own film. The current location I go to for film development charges $10 a roll. I did the math and found I could buy a kit for $150 and replenish the chemicals for $9, every 15 rolls. This would effectively save me $141. Listed below is a Youtube link where I learned the process, a cheat sheet and a screen shot of my check out list. (Everything is picked out for Ilford HP5 400 film)
The following are miscellaneous shots taken in 2016 with my Hasselblad 500cm. Films are Kodak Portra 160/400 and Fujifilm Provia 100. Each photo is 10,000 x 10,000 pixels (100 megapixels) and took 15 minutes each to scan. Locations are in Middletown, Devils Hopyard State Park, Wickham Park and Rocky Neck State Park.
2/23/2017 I shot with Tess. We planned on shooting at the Cromwell Nike site, which is an abandoned anti-air military base from the Cold War. When we got there, we realized the fence was fixed and the buildings had been burnt down by an arsonist. I thought on my feet and decided to take us to the Portland Nike site which was 30 minutes from us.
We shot some digital pictures (which I'll have next week), with an urban theme. Then we shot with film and did some more precise images. The films used are a roll of Fujifilm Provia 100F and a 10 year old roll of Ilford Delta 3200.
I found 3 fashion photographers who had an aesthetically pleasing style to me. Each are huge influences on the fashion world today and have a large impact on the art of photography. They managed to carry a career in fashion magazines such as vogue and still shoot personal work on the side.
Irving Penn | https://www.irvingpenn.org
Irving Penn was well known for his fashion photography and was the prominent photographer for vogue. He later spent his time photographing other things rather than fashion, including garbage on the streets of New York. Vogue had a deep respect for him and trusted his ambitious work. I personally like Mr. Penn for his simplicity and out of the box subjects. He got to the point with his messages and wasn't afraid to photograph anything out of the ordinary.
Ellen Von Unwerth | http://2bmanagement.com/ellen-von-unwerth/
Ellen Von Unwerth is an award wining fashion photographer with work published in Vogue and Vanity Fair. Ellen was a model prior to her photography career. Now as a photographer she brings out more of the models personality and tries to tell a story through her photography. I like her work for its honesty and the sincerity of the people in her photography.
Helmut Newton | http://photobucket.com/images/helmut%20newton
Helmut Newton is one of the most influential fashion photographers of our time. He's known for his stark and provocative work which was mainly published in Vogue. His work was very controversial and shocked his audience, which brought a lot of attention to his work. I found his work to be very stark and vivid, the women in his work look empowered and overall trendsetting, even though he has passed away.
A few weeks ago, just before the semester started, I had Samantha over for a shoot. We had talked about shooting together for about a year and finally had the chance to sit down and collaborate. I used 4 different editing styles, the first being underexposed and used the soft light from the window. The next two are black and white and were back lit from the windows. The 3rd two are similar to the 2nd two but are in color. The last two was shot in the rain and in a puddle of ice.
I spent some time googling traditional portraits and saw a lot of intense black and white photos. I played around with this a bit with my friend Mackenzie and these are the results!
The Hasselblad Masters 2018 contest has begun. The submission deadline is June 10th, 2017 and it's my goal to build up myself and my photography to enter this year. I may not make it in to the semi finals but it's something I'd like to strive for and work towards.
Photos are of Margot, taken on August 2nd, 2014 at Rocky Neck using my Hasselblad 500cm. I went through the film strips and updated the photos to my current representation of the shoot.