Lets talk about my friend Peter. Now whenever I talk about my friend Peter, it normally involves me mentioning something that he can do that I can't. (He's a computer/science guy and very athletic. In other words, things that I am not.) Today I want to talk about my friend Peter and the static trapeze.
Specifically that my friend Peter can do the static trapeze.
If you're not sure what that is, perhaps you have heard of the flying trapeze? You know, the swinging thing in the air that crazy circus people do? Well there's another type of trapeze that doesn't involve swinging and jumping. Static trapeze is when the rope is "static" and you do tricks by balancing and wrapping yourself around the rope and base. (See above photo for reference) This type of skill focuses more on strength, and form. It's quite difficult. I'm pretty sure Peter could throw me from one brick rooftop of RIT to the other, judging by the shape of his arm muscles.
I ended up photographing Peter for a project in my editorial class. (I'll post more about it later) The lovely Aerial Arts of Rochester was very kind in allowing me to use their space to photograph. It was quite the experience to see such a rare and difficult skill be presented in front of me. And I ended up with some wonderful photographs.
Oh, and if you're wondering how Peter became skilled at the static trapeze. Well it's a long story that ends with him becoming a certified circus instructor. But that's for another post...
For a while there, I thought I broke my boyfriend.
No, seriously, the day after I photographed him in the studio doing some of his cool taekwondo tricks, he could barely move. I had made him do kick after kick after kick for 3 hours. And not just a simple kick, but a jump-spin-round-house-kick. Naturally the next day he was pretty sore.
Luckily, we both love the photos that I took. It was really fun capturing the peak moments of action in each move. After a while though, we both looked at the photos and realized we were getting some cool photos that were not the peak action. And in some ways those looked even cooler. So I started trying to catch the "in between" moments. Which is REALLY HARD it turns out. Especially after you've trained your eye to capture a certain moment. Anyway, these photos are the results. Hopefully the next time I photograph him it won't end up being so painful for him... though I'm not making any promises.
A few weeks ago I did my first photoshoot that involved Cosplay. It was pretty fun and it was nice to meet everyone that I photographed.
Most cosplay costumes are made by hand by the Cosplayer which I think is really neat. I've always admired people that can make there own clothing but these costumes are often very elaborate and lots of thought and detail goes into them. I'm hoping to do more Cosplay photoshoots in the future. Perhaps with some new characters and some new locations!
For this last semester at RIT I am enrolled in a wonderful class that allows photographers and designers to work together to create editorial spreads. I'm enjoying the opportunity to collaborate and create something with a partner. And it is especially rewarding to see my photos incorporated into a design. I do not have a talent for designing, so working with someone that has that ability is really cool.
For the first editorial spread that I worked on the topic (which we picked) was about Legal Prostitution in Nevada. If you didn't know prostitution was legal in certain parts of Nevada, look it up.
It turns out the recession hit the legal prostitution industry hard. We thought that was pretty interesting, so we used that as our topic. I was partnered with a talented designer named Nick Tyler who was a pleasure to work with.
Soooo that meant I got to do a prostitution photo shoot! :D I'll admit getting some of the props was a bit... awkward. But totally worth it! I came out with a great image that we used for our spread.
After the image was taken and retouched, Nick created an awesome design. This is the final result of our effort.
Now that this project is over, I'm excited to start another editorial spread with a new partner. It'll be a few weeks before I have the final results, but until then I'll be posting other projects that I'm currently working on!
It's been a while since I posted about my whereabouts and that is because I am back at Rochester Institute of Technology! I'm hoping to kick it into high gear for my final semester in school. Which means lots of shooting, lots of equipment experimentation, and lots of new ideas! Lots of exciting things are going to be happening and I can't wait to share them will all of you. As always feel free to comment on my posts or contact me with any questions you might have. And for those of you that are also starting the new school year.
One of the great things (or not so great things) about being the photographer in the family is that you're always recruited to take the family photos. This time I had a lot of fun because I was photographing my sister for her senior portraits. Now I'll be honest, my experience with senior photos is limited, but that's why it was so great photographing family. No pressure, more time for experimentation, and, considering she's younger than me, I could just boss her around. These photos are some of the results. I used one camera body with one 35mm lens. Pretty simple. Pretty fun.
When I was looking at the work of Miles Aldridge today it was hard not to be in awe of his insane amount of excellent work. For those unaware, Miles Aldridge is a fashion photographer originally from London. He has since had the pleasure of photographing for Vogue Italia, Paris Vogue, The New York Times
, and Numero.
Though, to be perfectly honest, it was not the endless amount of wonderful photos that caught my eye. It was his website
. Now I know that sounds kind of boring compared to his actual work but whoever did his website did a magnificent job. I think I'm so excited about it because as a photographer, you look at the websites of your peers (and hero's) and see the same old layout. There's and "about me" page with some biographical information. There's a bunch of portfolios, and a contact page. Sometimes a blog. Basically most photographer websites look like... mine.
Shut up, I'm working on it.
But anyway when you first enter his site something happens that normally turns me into a giant squid of anger... music starts playing. I don't know how about the rest of the world. But I get startled, confused, and then slightly offended when music starts playing on websites. Maybe I'm listening to music already? What if my sound is up really high and it startles me? Normally I immediately turn the music off and then continue looking at the website in a grumpy manner, or sometimes I'll just leave and not look at all. But with Aldridge's site it.... works. Perhaps because the music is mostly crickets and then a soft riff that plays over and over again. It's not annoying, and it WORKS with the mood of his work. I'll repeat that.
THE MUSIC ON HIS SITE WORKS WITH THE MOOD OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHY!!!
Now while you're clicking around sometimes little gasps or scary creaky noises happen also, and honestly after a while I did mute my music. But I was impressed that it took me a while to actually do that. Also after you click off the splash page the website full screens. Now once again, this sounds annoying. But having the entire screen be composed of just his dark, moody website creates a cool vibe that goes perfectly with viewing his work. But I haven't told you the coolest part about his site. Or at least, the part I think is very unique.
He does a cool slide show in the "biography" section that includes photos of his parents, his childhood, and his wedding. I find this to be a fun, unique way to introduce himself to the viewers of the site. And the whole thing is quite adorable, IT STILL WORKS WITH THE ENTIRE MOOD OF THE SITE. So while it's very likely that Aldridge worked with some talented coders and designers to create his website, props to him for having a unique, interesting website unlike the rest of us. The only think I'm not digging is the flash player. Now I'm no expert on web design and flash, but I don't care for it mostly for selfish reasons, such as I can't pin something on my Pinterest automatically from the site. You also can't save the photo on your computer just in case you wanted to, say, write a blog post about the website and post some of the photos on your blog. Also he doesn't have any work up later than 2010, which is kind of disappointing because I'd love to see his more current work.
But overall I was blown away by Aldridge's website and I'll probably check in every once in a while to see if he's put up recent work. For anyone that wants to see his most recent work, he has an exhibition coming up in September at Somerset House
. You know, if you happen to be in London.
I had the pleasure of visiting Coopers Rock
, West Virginia, over the weekend with a friend of mine. It's a beautiful place with lots of trails for hiking and walking. I took my camera along though I had to be careful because the trail we took wasn't exactly a nice walk in the park. I'd never actually gone hiking before, though I doubt this experience counts very much because we weren't there long. We took the "Rattlesnake Trail" which I later learned was .7miles and "moderately" difficult. Which I guess doesn't make me TOO much of a wimp.
I took some photos along the way. I'd love to go back in the fall when the leaves are turning. It would be unbelievable. I honestly would recommend it for anyone that's in the West Virginia/Southwestern Pennsylvania area.
Today I was checking various photo blogs when I saw an amazing story on aphotoeditor.com
. They were featuring an ongoing portrait project by photographer Giles Duley
called 100 Portraits Before I Die
. Now we all have bucket lists. Some are small, some are long, some have to do with our work and some have to do with family, friends, travel, etc. But imagine if you got in an accident, you had to spend 46 days in intensive care, and you weren't sure if you were going to live or die?
What would you think about? What would you do as the days dragged on and all you had was time to think? Well Duley thought about going back to an old love, portraiture photography. He made a list of 100 people he wanted to photograph if he made it out alive. And now, 2 years and 3 missing limbs later, he is fulfilling that dream and documenting it along the way.
His stories are absolutely inspiring to read. His perseverance and determination make you want to be a better human being. And the best part? (for me, anyway) Is that his journey is just beginning. As of the day this post was written he has only photographed 2 of the 100 people on his list. I can't wait to follow his journey and hopefully work on my own as well. I would encourage anyone and everyone to follow this portrait project, and see what unfolds.
I left my home yesterday with nothing but my phone, tripod, and camera. I intended on finding some trees for a project of mine I would like to do, but ended up getting distracted by these wonderful curly plants that were on the path I was following.
They are quite intriguing, though at first it's hard to say why. Maybe it's because most plants don't really curl in such a way, or maybe it's because I like twirly things. But I think what intrigues me the most about the plant is that curly, coil-like structures are only normally seen in the man-made world. We build large machines with tons of metal and electricity and power to create coils that go in our mattresses, and appliances. Look at this video
that shows all the equipment and manmade thingamabobs that go into coiling a piece of glass! Ok, I don't know how often glass needs to be coiled, but it's still cool looking. (skip to 1:15 to actually start seeing the glass coil)
The point is, when you're walking along you don't really expect so see things just coil and twist and twirl so naturally. Because we work so hard to force it to happen in other materials. It's almost like nature saying "hey, look what I can do. This looks pretty doesn't it? Oh, you can do it too with a bunch of machines and power made up of hundreds of parts worth thousands of dollars? I just need a seed, some light, and some water, baby. WHAT NOW?"
So while mother nature was snapping her fingers at me in a "Z" formation I took lots of photos of these little twirly twigs. I think I'll even go back there some other time to take more. A series perhaps? I don't know. But I would love to work on the potential of these plants in my images.