Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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.

Get the head out

Get the head out

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…

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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”.

 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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.

 

Working out

Working out

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…