Simplify

I’m a believer that an image achieves it’s maximum strength when there’s nothing remaining that can be removed. It becomes simple and much cleaner presenting the viewer with an honest reality of the intention of the image.  In general my work is clean and simple because it’s that aesthetic that pleases me most.  When an image contains multiple elements I always ask myself what each of the elements contributes to the overall feel and aesthetic of it.  If an element is not contributing I remove it, ideally while composing it.  I believe that it’s important to take the time when composing the image to evaluate all elements being intentional with which are included.

Clearly post processing is an important step in the work flow when making pictures.  The example image I’m presenting here struck me as soon as I shot it. It was one of those that I knew had strength.  It was presented in an earlier post as a part of a series and post processed differently that the one shown here.  I knew I was going to treat this image in a few different ways because I knew it would retain its strength.  Both are fairly simple, however, the one presented here is much simpler and I believe has more strength.

My model for this work is Zoe West, please spend some time looking at Zoe’s work, she’s a fantastic model and a joy to work with.

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Zoe West – Something New

A few from my recent collaboration with Zoe West for the Something New portfolio.

Please spend some time looking at Zoe’s work, she’s a fantastic model and a joy to work with.

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Zoe West – Recent Works

I assisted Mike Pannier at a natural light workshop this past June and Mike had booked Zoe as one of our models for the event.  I had heard of Zoe and seen her work prior to the workshop but had never met her or worked with her.  After seeing her work at the event I had to have her over to work with me in the Empty Room.  After a few scheduling challenges we finally made it happen.  We had a great time collaborating and in fact took the Empty Room in a different direction.  We did shoot for the normal Empty Room and Something New portfolios and working together we came up with this group of images.  This is the first cut of post processing and I may tweak them a bit before I’m comfortable with them as final images.

Please spend some time looking at Zoe’s work, she’s a fantastic model and a joy to work with.

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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.

Click here for registration.

 

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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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