I like finishing things or perhaps I dislike leaving things unfinished more. I’m not sure which… I do know that lately I have been able to call some things finished and it was satisfying.
Looking at Celine Chuon and Hedi Slimane
Listening to new music from Gary Numan. Devotees of synthesiser music will know the name and recall Tubeway Army with nostalgic fondness along with similar bands like Art of Noise, Kraftwerk or OMD. Garry’s new stuff reminds me of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails… There is an intensity and darkness to it.
I wanted a dark, moody portrait to reflect the recent weather and after 20 minutes swearing at my remote flash trigger , this happened. Main light is best described as a donut shaped soft box placed at eye level. It’s an easy set up for when a real person comes along…
I was sunburnt on Saturday and soaked on Sunday… Gotta love Melbourne weather.
Looking at Goffrey de Boismenu
Watching Chase Jarvis doing interviews for 30 days of genius
I did not plan on spending time looking down through the hole in a physiotherapy table… You never do but I prefer it to the pain in my neck these last few days.
They really should put a tv down under the table, if only to distract you from what is happening above..
In between the appointments I was looking at work by Neil Bedford and liking it.
Listening to a new album from Joe Bonamassa “Blues of desperation”.
The Easter weekend flew by with nothing much to show for it. I did get to play with Linifyme. It’s an interesting web based tool that renders image files using lines.
Another folio, this from Florian Weller is full of beautifully lit indoor and outdoor work.
Listening to Live… It seems odd not hearing Ed Kawalczyk up front, the new lead singer is okay though.
Can’t seem to stop riding the whirlwind at the moment…
Looking at Anoush Abrar
Listening to Ben Folds Five
My portable studio lighting kit is coming together nicely and I’m working through some approaches that allow me to get setup quickly. This is something I want to keep simple but there is always the temptation to add when less is probably more. For the moment I plan to stick to one light, one modifier like a soft-box and two folding reflectors, a larger one for background and smaller for fill light. Repeated exercises around packing, unpacking, setup and working build knowledge and experience over time, freeing the mind to focus on the subject, mindful those soft skills around working with people need exercise too…
I spent part of the weekend back on 500px. I had not visited it for months and decided put some more recent work up, most of which was well received.
I wasn’t familiar with the name Gary Heery but I did recognise the earlier work, with images of Madonna and other celebrities.
Listening to Morgan James
Most of what I have been looking at recently are lighting setups that I can use my newly acquired foam head to test out. Finding space to use for this is also sucking up my free time.
Listening to Stereopony, a now defunct Japanese band who sat on the fringe of J-pop, perhaps undeservedly, though admittedly, they don’t sound quite as intense as Monoral. What attracts me to Japanese bands is the fusion of west and east, You end up with these interesting combinations of eastern melodies or traditional percussion with western themes and instruments.
This is s public service announcement for those who know me personally and occasionally follow this blog.
- I’m carrying a camera and a white reflector pretty much everywhere.
- You may be asked to sit for me with little or no notice.
You have been warned…
In other news, the work of Martin Bauendahl and Peter Augustin caught my eye.
Listening to some Robert Cray. Classic blues