Archive for November, 2010

Week 47: Synchronized Air Guitrampolining

Friday, November 26th, 2010
Laura, Claudine, Genevieve and Jeanine at the House of Air

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A few of the many things I’m thankful for:

  • family
  • friends
  • being healthy
  • huge trampoline parks in historic airplane hangars

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Week 46: The Underland

Friday, November 19th, 2010
levitation underwater image

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The month of October for me was bookended by two entirely different photography workshops. A few weeks ago I posted about the Eddie Adams Workshop, a photojournalism mecca where reality, observation, timeliness and documentation are essential. The polar opposite would then be an emphasis on creation, illusion, and trickery. And, for that, I chose to attend a one-day levitation workshop in Los Angeles with Natalie and Brooke.

Levitation is not a new subject for me; but levitation without jumping? Movement in low, all natural light? Definitely new. And definitely inspiring. The experience reminded me of my college days as a print journalism major who realized too late that I would have fit in much better as a creative writing or radio/tv/film major. One of the highlights of college was definitely the insane amount of hours I spent with three RTVF majors recreating the depths of Dante’s Inferno for a multimedia journey through hell.

Truth or fiction? I appreciate both sides of the coin as far as photography goes. Neither (when good) is easy. They both require patience, vision, and a skill for storytelling. The primary lesson I learned from both workshops is that when the photographer feels something, it will come out in the pictures. In New York, I felt like someone socked me in the emotional gut almost the entire time that I was shooting pictures of a man who simply and clearly wants to die. And while the image above was not created wholly in camera, it wasn’t until l actually felt discombobulated looking at it that I sensed it was heading where I wanted it to go.

What do you think? Do you feel anything when you look at it?

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Week 45: Cowgirl up

Friday, November 12th, 2010
Cowgirl Jeanine jumping through autumn leaves

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When the going gets tough, ladies, we’ve got to tighten our belt buckles, cowgirl up, and get the job done.

A special thank you goes out to Jeanine for a) being a rockstar jump model; b) helping out behind the scenes on so many of my shoots: throwing objects, wrangling models, bringing costumes and props, holding lights, providing humor; and c) being one of my most supportive friends in photography and life. I’m so glad that I’ve inspired you to spend as much time (maybe more) than me thinking about jumping!

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Week 44: Brought to you by the letter U

Friday, November 5th, 2010
B-boy Kash upside down

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As much as I love my live/jump loft, it’s just not quite big enough for dance photography. So it was a lot of fun this past Saturday to rent a bigger space for half a day. It’s hard to believe that the last time I did this was almost a year ago.

Pulling together a shoot in just seven days was challenging. I was on the prowl for capoeristas because I noticed that I had no upside down movement in my 52 Project. And, for the first time, I put an ad on craigslist to find dancers. The response was small but rich.

Superstar Kash “pHlauZ” Gaines showed up with half of his closet for wardrobe changes. He and his friend Daniel “Silver” Fiamingo also came with a list of b-boy moves and freezes to run through for me. This was move #3 on their list, and I caught it on the first try.

Upside down? Check!

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