Thursday, 26 April 2012

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Silver and Light

Once ever now and again you'll see something that makes you step back and completely re evaluate everything that you do. This is one of those moments.
Ian Ruhter took his life savings and turned a van into a giant camera/darkroom and has begun travelling the United States shooting wet plate collodion images. When you see the part in the video where Ian throws a plate that hasn't worked in frustration you think he's over reacting. But then when you find out that each time he makes a plate it costs him $500 whether it comes out or not you completely sympathise.
The first time I saw Ians work was on the Vans dvd A Lucid Dream which if you haven't seen it before i've added it to the bottom of this post.


Monday, 23 April 2012

Rain Rain Rain

This started off as a "what are you doing this afternoon?" shoot, which turned into dodging out of the rain which in turn became "let's go get a fry up".

Friday, 20 April 2012

Camera Head Photographers

I spent a while thinking about what I would write in this blog post to explain the website that I found, but there really aren't any words for it other than people wearing a Pentax 67 camera head.
Posted by Kiyoshimachine on flickr.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

You will never see this man presenting a children's programme

Sunday afternoon impromptu shoot with Lord Lav.

I've also cobbled together a short behind the scenes video.

Keep checking back for more stills from the shoot.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Victorian Ghosts

I've just been sent this great link from my friend Ross McNeil.
Artist Kevin Weir takes old Victorian cabinet cards and photographs and turns them into ghostly animated GIFs.
My favourite being the French gunner who has his soul removed by an apparition made out of gun powder.
Check them out over at the Wired blog

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Breakfast of Champions

A few weeks back we shot a new opening for Zombie Resurrection, for the shoot we were kindly leant a stack of replica guns to equip the characters with. After the shoot I had an idea to use them for a photoshoot and started thinking how to incorporate them into a picture. I had recently seen a coffee table book called "Chicks with Guns" and really liked the way that the pictures worked. The gun almost seemed to be a surreal element. You could take away the gun and the picture would still work just as well although with an altered context.

I am currently working on photographing film makers and thought this would be an ideal opportunity to combine the two ideas, so I called up my good friend Jake of Charmed Apocalypse Pictures and we set the shot up at his parents house.
Set decoration wise it was really simple, the house already has an amazing 1970's look to it, so it was just a case of moving a few things round, like the carved wooden wolf in the background and arranging the guns on the table. I tried to keep the background as clean and clutter free as possible so it was not distracting in any way.
Lighting wise I had a beauty dish boomed directly overhead with a reflector to kick light onto the face mixed with the ambient light.
For the portrait outside one light in an umbrella to camera left.