Thursday, January 22, 2009

Horse Feet

For the last few months I've been in front of the camera way more than behind it. It's just not right. I totally understand why people don't like being photographed. I like to think that most of the people I photograph are comfortable with the shooting process but I sure do get nervous with someone looking down a lens at me. I've found mustaches and umbrellas both easy to hide behind.

I have still been working for Mechanimal which I'm very grateful for. Lately people just don't have money for creative photography. Working with the small crew of nerds/artists there has kept me from being completely stagnant with my photography. Too cold to take my camera out for a stroll at night to shoot icicles and football riots; so I let the giant office and varying light conditions challenge me.

They're working in a big space with dim natural light half the day and a handful of odd lamps casting varying degrees of brightness and hue. Fun! Every different viewpoint was a new arrangement of lights and tones. Like in the photo above, there's a cool toned light hitting the foreground and warm hitting the background. It makes them look like they're on different planes instead of right across each other at a table.

Later that day at the same table, a light quality that seems considerably different to me. I've been documenting each step in the creation of some life-size prehistoric horse feet. I'll leave it at that so I don't explain any of it incorrectly and make anyone sound stupid. Here's one more, then I'll move on.

More to come when the project is complete. Keep an eye on flickr!