Playing with Paper, the Creative Nude

Saturday 11/15/14, Shoot at RED Studio

Michael Pannier & Bill Earle

This workshop is an opportunity to photograph the human form in original, imaginative settings we’ll create throughout the day. The photographers will have the ability to work with both fine art nude and fashion settings uilizing common items found in the studio. We’ll convert part of the studio at RED into a work zone to experiment with paper, foam board, and other items to construct multiple setups for the photographers and models to use.

Photographers will have the opportunity to experiment with several setups they have constructed and experiment with different lighting techniques to control and manipulate the idea. Photographers will work one-on-one and in teams with the models for six hours of shooting. Two professional models, Erica Jay, MM#2108801, and Laina Vandekieft, MM#2907440, will join us to inspire photographers of all levels of experience.

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Keira Grant – Recent Works

Keira and I had done some good work together in the past so when I realized that she would be in the area I had to have her over to work on The Empty Room and Something New projects.

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Rose White – Recent Works

As I continue to pursue The Empty Room and Something New projects I find myself re-energized with every shoot.  Each model and each day bring new twists and turns of collaborative creativity. I’ll continue work on both projects as long as the energy remains high.  Please spend a few minutes and have a look at Rose’s work, she’s an extremely talented model.

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Naked in New Hope

I’m extremely pleased to announce that three of my photos were accepted for the 8th Annual Naked in New Hope exhibition at Sidetracks Gallery in New Hope, PA.  The exhibit opens on September 6, 2014. I’m incredibly grateful to my collaborators on these three images.  Zinn, Brooke and GK.

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Hands

This is a new project that I’ve just started working on.  Hands have a language all their own, a language that may be shared between people with common paths in life.  I’m looking for people from all walks of life to participate so please contact me in you’re interested in participating.

A few image are shown here and more can found in the Hands Portfolio.

 

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What we do

Whether it be landscape, still life, architecture, water, people, whatever we photograph takes work.  I have no doubt that the more effort i.e. work that we put into it the more we’ll get out of it.  Sounds simple, right?  Actually it can be very simple, however the “work” we do is not just putting in time.  It’s physical, it’s mental and it’s largely about passion and focus.  How passionate are you about your photography?  I firmly believe in the theory that one should photograph what it is they are passionate about.  Your connection with the subject will be stronger and you’ll take the photographs to places that others who are less passionate can’t.

I have to thank Michael Pannier for this photograph of me.  Mike introduced me to the spectacular landscape of Death Valley and Alabama Hills.  This photograph was taken in Alabama Hills by Mike one morning as we were patiently waiting for the sun to rise and it got me thinking about “what we do”.  In this case we were up early and out there before having any breakfast. Then we waited for the sunrise not knowing if nature would give us something spectacular or not.  On this particular morning it was beautiful and nice but I didn’t feel that I was able to capture anything strong enough to share.  Some would say it was a waste of time because of this.  I say, not at all. Just to be in this place is a treat, to be standing there breathing in the fresh morning air along with friends and fellow photographers brings peace and reward.  Every experience teaches us something.  I’m a novice when it comes to photographing the landscape so I’ll use my images from this day as a learning tool. I’ll study them closer than any that are really strong because they will teach me.  This is just one example of “what we do” when photographing the landscape.  There are hikes up and down hills and canyons, a lot of driving and exploring to find the best possible location, time of day and light.

Most of my work does not involve the landscape, it involves people and specifically the female form.  This genre carries with it a totally different bundle of “what we do” items.  We select projects and the models we believe will fit into them and produce the results we’re trying to achieve.  We select locations and lighting. We collaborate.  The list goes on and on but at the end of the day we still have to do our work regardless of the subject.  It matters little what genre we choose, what matters is the passion we approach it with and the effort we put into it.

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Bits and Pieces

I am a constant student of photography and the many wonderful things it can bring to someone’s life.  It has brought beauty, strife, learning, growth, friends, travel and many other things into my life.  Wherever I am whatever I’m doing I’m looking at things, people, places etc and the light that’s cast upon them.  Primarily the light because it’s a key piece of what will ultimately be the image and it’s message. While at home one day I started to really look at the things around me and how the light brought them to life. On the surface little things with little meaning. Go beyond the surface and the meanings grow.  So I got my camera out and started to photograph them with no real goal other than to capture what I was feeling and what these things said to me.  Sure, this has been done before but what hasn’t?  Just because it’s been done doesn’t mean you should not have a go at it.  What you do will be totally different than what someone else does.  This is one of those things that will be ongoing with no pre-determined ending.  For me this is a wonderfully fun exercise in seeing and the results can be interesting.  I put very little thought into the pictures while shooting them.  I simply shot what I saw and felt.  All natural light with no modifiers, reflectors or enhancements.  Very simple.

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Breanna Marie – Recent Works

Two images from The Empty Room and two from Something New.  My wonderful model was Breana Marie, please take a few minutes and have a look at her work.

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San Cristobal Fort

I recently spent a week in Puerto Rico with my family.  Old San Juan to be specific.  While it was not a photography trip I found the light to be pure magic and did snap a few photos.  Back in the day Old San Juan was a walled fortified city with much of the wall and fortresses still remaining.  San Cristobal is one of the more complex fortress locations towards the Eastern side of the city.  Old San Juan is a charming and beautiful little city.

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Perfectly Imperfect

I was recently printing the work I’d completed so far on two of my ongoing projects.  The Empty Room and Something New portfolios and discovered something incredibly interesting.  Most of us spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen and it is the vehicle by which we consume much of the art we enjoy viewing.  Nothing wrong with that and today’s technology presents this art with spectacular accuracy, color, detail and beauty.  But wait, does it really?  Me being ridiculously meticulous and demanding of high quality prints requires substantial patience and effort.  I stare at every inch and aspect of every print in different lighting conditions and will adjust and reprint until it’s exactly the way I want it.

Much of the work I’ve done over the years was and continues to be in studio with high quality lighting gear and total control over it.  These two portfolios, however are both shot with nothing but natural light and in most cases without even a reflector.  As any photographer will tell you the instrument (camera) that we use to make our photographs in fact is nothing more than a device that records the light that we as the operator allow it to see.  Composition, aesthetic and subject aside the quality of the photograph relies largely on light.  In fact I’ll go so far as to say that the light is the most important component in the making of a photograph. The definition of a photograph is an image created by light falling onto a light sensitive material.

What I discovered during my cycle of printing, reviewing and reprinting is that these images in print, looked nothing like they do on the computer screen.  They took on a life and a reality that I’d not realized with these same images on the computer screen.  A life, depth and beauty of reality that I’d not witnessed in them prior to this printing exercise.  Being very deeply committed to these two projects for a number of months now one would think that I’ve seen everything they have to offer.

This may never have any significant meaning to anyone other than me but it’s as important to me as anything I do in the creative process.  One of the things I discovered early on in my artistic photographic journey is that I’m most comfortable with natural, clean, minimalistic photographs that are un-manipulated remaining as close as possible to what is actual and real.  When I saw the details, depth and beauty in these prints, the hairs on a person’s arm, the imperfections in their skin, all of the wonderful things that make us humans paradoxically perfectly imperfect I knew I’d achieved what I wanted.

I don’t know where these two portfolios will take me as I’m still on the bus but I do hope and believe that there are more rewards.  I will share these prints with as many people as possible and hopefully they find some meaning and joy.  I also hope all of this provides some level of inspiration for others to print their work.

Print your work !!!