A selection of images from the Facing Chemo Before & After exhibit will be on display at a gallery in Switzerland this summer as part of a larger exhibit on the human condition. WER BIN ICH? WHO AM I?
WER BIN ICH?
Was kann ich wissen, was soll ich tun, was darf ich hoffen?
WHO AM I?
What can I know what should I do, what I should hope?
Trying to understand our Identity has preoccupied mankind since time immemorial. Each and every one of us grapples with the issue throughout our lifetime. Nevertheless, none of us can clearly or definitively answer the question: What makes us the person we are today? What impact does our environment have on our sense of self and what is predetermined by our genetic makeup? The Exhibition invites you to delve into the complexity of your Identity, to engage with your own unique personality, to question its assumptions and educate it further. Thoughts and insights of the curators are illustrated through artworks, new media and exhibits from every day life and assist the visitor to playfully explore who they are, what motivates them and what they still may want to become.
Vögele Kultur Zentrum
CH – 8808 Pfäffikon SZ
For more information [in German]
Not the most obvious comparison, but I had the opportunity (thanks to Sony for the A7rii) to play with both on a couple shoots and tests last month. FWIW, I thought I’d share my un-biased-ish thoughts. I shot both alongside my Canon 5d3’s for comparison.
- It displays the image you just shot in the viewfinder – not just the screen in the back but up in your eye. I’m done with that shot, I want to see my subject not what I just shot. I’m sure you can turn this off, but again – back to non-intuitive menus to do so.
- Changing ISO while shooting – I do this a lot, and people were standing around while I struggled to remember how.
- Quick change of f-stop – again, it just feels like it’s not where it should be.
- Batteries – don’t expect to go out for a day of shooting. You’ll get about an hour of heavy use before needing to switch.
- Little SD cards – yes, they are small and I can stick them in the side of my laptop, but they just don’t feel fast.
- Burst speed – you need to sit and wait for the camera to catch up with you.
- Follow focus – not it’s strong suit.
- If you want it will make no noise whatsoever. You could put this next to a sleeping baby’s ear and it wouldn’t wake up – even a cranky-holy-crap-would-you-just-stay-asleep kind of sleeping baby.
- Lenses – sharp, they get it right and look great.
- The 70-200 f4 is great at f4 – like using a Canon 70-200 f2.8 and shooting at f4 cause you know if you shoot wide open you’ll miss focus.
- Files – Nice, though Lightroom would take some tweaking to get a good color starting point.
- It’s compact, light and small.
The theme for Rare Disease Day a few days ago (feb 29) was: Join us in making the voice of rare diseases heard.
In honor of that I wanted to post a few images from a project I started years ago. The story is of my friend Nick, and inspiring man with Morquio Syndrome who I first met while taking pictures for a pharmaceutical company. Every year I return to the small town in rural Louisiana to spend the day with his family. This year I’ve pulled the first few years of images together on my site.
The full story will be a decade in the making. <the gallery>
Recently we had the opportunity to do a fun project with fitness model Natasha Ward for women’s sportswear company, Title Nine. We photographed on location in Marin County and at the boathouse in Greenbrae. Rowing machines, boats, running, pull ups – she was working hard. You may have seen some of these in the mail in the recent T9 catalogs or on banner ads.
We had a great opportunity to work with the folks from GA Communications on a project for BioMarin this past fall photographing a series of patients. We spent three days on location around the Bay Area making images that had to have a strong sense of flared backlight. While we couldn’t shoot all of the images late in the day, we made use of both ideally placed sunlight and a strobe set far off in the distance. For the swing shot I made a swing from an old piece of redwood and some nice looking hemp rope. Using high rollers for a large silk above, we slid medium rollers underneath with a speed rail tube across so that we could place the swing wherever we wanted. I knew we weren’t going to find a perfectly placed low hung tree branch : >
Yes, I got into the pool. I had to. With the tether cord held by an assistant and connected to a computer on dry land, I shot with a long lens handheld. Most of the project was photographed using Canon’s new 5dsr 50 megapixel camera and a ProPhoto B1 in the trees. And, lots of large silks.
OK that was a busy fall. We were thrilled to do a series of pharmaceutical projects here in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Toronto, Wisconsin and Denver. On top of that I was back and forth to LA for some portrait work and we wrapped it all up with a number of fitness projects for Title Nine. As if the busy shooting schedule of the year wasn’t enough, we did a lot of work at the ranch (pictures to come) — completing the client/makeup room and redoing a kitchen. The goats are still here, chicken count is up to seven, and a new golden retriever pup is now following Taco around the farm — Luna is sure to have a starring role on this blog. The reclaimed redwood slab built-in table in the makeup room is a thing of beauty.
Some fitness images from Title Nine’s Spring marketing. Always fun working with Alix Tillet!