This is a shot of my buddy Ron O’Hare, who runs a publishing company, Rockit Werks. One day we were shooting some photos for a series of black and white fine art postcards we’ll be coming out with soon, and I asked Ron to sit in for a few impromptu portraits. (After all, the models can’t have all the fun!)
The post-production was intended to be reminiscent of one of my favorite pre-digital darkroom techniques, involving bleaching and toning the print as it comes out of the fixer, giving it a gritty, high-contrast look. The end result reminds me a little bit of that famous Albert Watson shot of Keith Richards.
In my fridge here at the studio, I have a box and a half left of Type 55 Polaroid 4×5 film. It sits, unused…replaced by a fast-moving industry that depends on digital technology to produce everything “on screen” on quick turn-around. It’s funny that it’s only a few months old, and I’m probably one of the last photographers around who ever used the stuff. In fact, on a recent trip to the equipment rental shop the counterman half-jokingly tried to sell me the Polaroid 4×5 back on a more permanent basis. Sadly, Type 55 Polaroid isn’t being made any more. Continue reading
Here are some shots I took early October at a fund-raising event for Homeward Bound, a non-profit organization that provides canine companions to the elderly. The event was a kind of play-date for dogs and their owners. There were fun (and kinda strange) activities like dog massages and animal communicators.
For my part, people would bring their pooch into the back room where I’d set up a mini-studio, and we’d get them on “film”.
Shooting dogs is much like shooting children…unruly and (almost) impossible to direct, with attention spans measured in milliseconds, they’re nevertheless always engaging and full of personality.