I know I posted this on my Facebook page already, but I'm in an upcoming show at Charlotte Street Art Centre on Friday, March 16th, 2012 with the 2nd Year Diploma Photo Students from NBCCD. It's called "Not From Concentrate" and I hope to see you there. My piece is called "Monotony", look for it there!
These are photos I took last night at Gallery Connexion. On of the bands, Union of the Snake, was late due to car trouble, so I wasn't there to photograph them; actually I'm not even sure if they showed up to play or not in the end. Anyway, no major issues with shooting, I used natural light at a high ISO just like last time.
These are pictures I took at the opening of "Wolastokuk", a public art piece by Craig Schneider, at the Fredericton Convention Centre. I shot these with natural light at a high ISO. Fairly nice outcome, but I was far away and only had my 50mm with me, still I think it looks good, plus I got to capture the crowd a little.
I wasn't there on an official capacity, so I got to have a little bit of fun and decided to make some room panoramas too.
Go see the piece in person some day now that it's up, it's very beautiful, nice work Craig and all those others involved.
Some new pictures I took for Bronwen Robbins of her doing measurements for her next costume design. What could it be? To find out you should also follow Bronwen's blog posted below. First though, the pictures.
This is some sculpture and pottery I shot for Melissa LeBlanc the other day. I was really excited to try my hand at shooting the sculpture and I'm very pleased with the result. I used a single top down, left sided flash head with a couple reflectors in place to bounce the light back up. This method was suggested to me by Drew Gilbert, an instructor here at NBCCD. For the pots I kept the overhead light but made it more central and added in a left facing soft box. I wish now I had another reflector in place on the right side, as the bottom right side on the images is a little too dark by my standards, a reshoot may be in order if Melissa wants it. I could just be being picky though. On to the images.
At the end of this school year in June, the Graduate Studies program I'm in will be having a gallery opening. One challenge of planing such an event is coming up with a title and an image for your poster and related promotional items. Over the last few weeks as a group we've been discussing show titles, layout and so forth. A lot of what we came up with were general words or ideas to represent us each having very different arrays and styles of work. We are now close to certain deadlines and we've all been asked to pick a selection of our favourite titles for the next class after March break. I decided, while I have a bit of time to think, why not make up some images to go with the titles and give my self a chance to really play with some concepts I've been thinking about. I'll post the title and image one by one and give a little explanation behind the technic and concept.
A fairly simple idea, but a difficult execution. I started with the idea of having three painted colours merge into three rays of light of the same colours. I picked the three primary colours, red, yellow and blue, and then gelled my flashes in the background with the same colours. The painted panel was held in place high and far enough to block out the flash heads while still leaving the distant background visible. Lining this up on my own was a nightmare. Then I lit the front of the painting from below and shot all at once, no HDR, stitching or another photoshop tricks, other then brightening the lit background. The colour from the lights merged a bit, as I expected, so I really like that this actually worked out. The concept is, you start with the basic elements and it merges into something bright and beautiful.
"Acronym For Art"
A very simple idea, execution was also fairly simple. I've been playing with overhead projections as of late and thought it would work well in this case. The idea is a play off the word "acronym" and that in a sense what we describe as our studio practise can been used in that fashion to substitute for the word "art". The mind bubble and the words are projected onto the backdrop and the shadow is created from the light of the projector. Originally I was in the shot, but removed myself from the image in photoshop. The purple colour is created from a flash head I used to help expose the image better, in my research the colour purple is seen to represent inspiration. I like this image and idea.
"The Modern Struggle of Art"
This one might be a bit to dark for everyone, and is definitely a more surreal and abstract image then the other two. Again this uses projections and flashes with coloured gels, and a long exposer time. I don't really know what to say about this image, I just really love it. But again, this is more my style then one that really represents everyone.