Happy that the APA has featured our new fitness gallery on their site. Check out the new work.
I’ve often wondered about advertising or editorial images that show no connection — it’s often like the model is simply there to wear the clothes, or the subject is meant to be a cold statue. Sure a shoot may start off distant between the photographer and the subject, but when looking at images, I want to see a connection, a link, some expression or moment. I want to feel something about the person pictured, ideally something unexpected.
For me shoots progress and change as I spend time with my subject. Just yesterday we were shooting a model in the studio for a project where we had her jumping in the air, hair flying. Looking at the images on the camera, I told her we had it, it was great, but I wanted something more. There was a tension in the way she held her ankles and the outer three fingers on each hand. I turned up the music and asked her to relax, stop thinking about what she was being asked to do, and just jump — “feel it.”
Recently I did images of a boxer with whom I sat down first before the shoot. I asked him where he was from and what he’d done for the summer, where he lived and how long he’d been boxing — I wanted to find some connection, some points to discuss — a way in. Yes, I wanted tough shadow boxing images, but I wanted to find more — something unexpected to make the image stand out.
After the studio work, we headed to a park setting for the chain link background. I had to bring him outside into the late sun – the soft focus and flare on the chain link was a great contrast to him going through his exercises. As we neared the end we had progressed through stages that I often see in my shoots — stand-offish/cold, moving toward focusing on the task, until finally something genuine emerges, something unexpected.
There is something great about seeing this ripped tough boxer just crack up with sincere laughter.
My new Canon
Canon just released the new 5D mark IV and I’ve already played with it. The new bodies are supposed to start shipping today, so I’m waiting for my pre-order to get here. With the focusing engine of the Canon 1Dx mark II, it should keep up with that camera except not at 14 frames per second. While the 1Dx 2 comes in at just over 20 megapixels, the 5D mark IV shoots at 30. In all, this is the camera that I’ve been waiting for all summer. I loved the 1Dx2 when I shot with it this spring — the focus was so accurate and fast in sports and lifestyle work, but I wanted the larger files. Do I get rid of a 5D mark III? I don’t think so. Though the new mark IV shoots 4k video, I’ll keep both mark 3’s on hand for backup and BTS video shooting for now.
Thank Tank Photo – new cases
Also announced today are new airport camera cases from ThinkTank – my new goto supplier for camera bags. I want to get my hands on one of these Airport Security V3.0 cases. The Airport International version is slightly smaller to accommodate international security requirements, but the 3.0 is as big as you can get on a domestic flight. Check them out with the links below.
[Airport Security V3.0]
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.
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.