Posts Tagged ‘levitation’
It is acceptable to take a seat when the host/hostess is not present so long as you do not touch anything.Friday, June 3rd, 2011
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
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?
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!
Back in 2007, I saw this photo on flickr and swiftly added it to my favorites. More recently my friend Courtney buzzed about these photos. I saw them and knew something was missing: a dancer! So this is my ode to San Francisco, the city I love and where I have lived for almost 5 years. It is a bittersweet one though because I am currently packing up my apartment to move to Oakland. You can take the girl out of the city but not the city out of the girl. I’ll be back, San Francisco, and all the better for it.
Shout outs to Simone, a new dancer in town from San Diego, and Jeanine for being my second eye and voice-activated light. There are many more from this series and I’ll be posting them after the dust settles from my move.
It’s only week 2, and I’m already behind posting. The plan was not to have 52 self portraits in my bedroom, but there may be a few more like this when it rains like it did this past week.