Archive for the ‘Conceptual’ Category

It’s Friday. Go ahead, let yourself get carried away.

Friday, August 24th, 2012
Jeanine levitates over the San Francisco Bay with umbrella and bag.


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Being caught up

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Nora floating on an abandoned rooftop and in an abandoned cathedral in Gary, Indiana

a.k.a. the rapture

Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right – right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. —R.E.M.

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The restless haint of the Palace Theater

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
abandoned theater in Gary, Indiana and it's ghost

The Haunted Palace

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Deep Air Diving

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Ben floating above the reflective floor

swimming sans suds

Here’s a sneak peek of last weekend’s photo shoot. Much like my upside down picture of Kash, this is an example of photoshop-free levitation photography. There is no trickery here.

Model: Ben Kirsch

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Thursday, January 20th, 2011
First steps after gravity shifted.

First steps after gravity shifted.

It’s been three weeks since I last posted. I thought I would need a lot more time to recover from 2010 and my 52 Project, but already I’ve been in withdrawal, which I take as a very good sign.

So, yes, I am reprogramming in 2011. There will be different ways to defy gravity, experiments with lighting, and a haphazard posting schedule. I’m also learning how to get by with just one fully functioning hand because I broke my middle finger on my left hand over the weekend.

x-ray of my broken fingersnowball alien-head cast for my broken finger

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Week 46: The Underland

Friday, November 19th, 2010
levitation underwater image


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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