Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Editorial Fashion Concepts

Model: Miss T., Film: Ilford B/W 400

Concepts and ideas come and times successful and at other times worth experimentation.
The key is to try visualizing the bigger picture and be flexible during executions.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Model: Miss B.V. , Camera: Canon half frame 1963, Film: Ilford B/W 400

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Director: Frank Darabont

Writers : Stephen King . Frank Darabont (screenplay)

Cast : Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

Director of cinematography: Roger Deakins

There are good films and there are great films....and that's what The Shawshank Redemption is...a solid film based on a solid screenplay, acted out beautifully and photographed wonderfully.

While at times it feels like melodrama is ready to take over few parts of the film, but at the end the combination of all of the elements involved works in harmony....from music to rhythm to editing.

The linear straight forward story and screen play is what this great film is based on but I can not imagine this film being shot by anybody else aside Roger Deakins.

The subtle movements of camera and careful framing adds so much to the depth of visual language and dynamics between characters and editing celebrates patience in a rewarding manner.

May all of us find our "Zihuatanejo" .



Monday, May 26, 2008

Sydney Pollack

Film: Ilford B/W 100

I always have liked Havana (1990), The Electric Horseman (1979), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) which he directed them.

I also have always liked The Quiet American (2002), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Sense and Sensibility (1995) which he produced.

...and I always have tried (and trying) to learn from Out of Africa (1985), Tootsie (1982) which he directed and Michael Clayton (2007), Cold Mountain (2003) and Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) which he produced in addition to my enjoyments.

I wish I could've met him and photographed him.

Rest in peace.



Sunday, May 25, 2008

Nude in motion

Model: Christina, Film: Kodak B/W 400

I have a personal fascination with exploring motion and form since I started photography years ago.

There is the element of surprise and capturing unexpected as well as being able to infuse a sense of poetry into images.

This is one of those cases of "journey" being more important than the "destination" in my opinion.



Saturday, May 24, 2008

They are looking at you...

China, Film: Fuji color 100

I always have enjoyed street photography...that's including people, travel, journalism and documentary style shots as well.



Friday, May 23, 2008

Envy: Beer, shower, feather, passion & nudity

Model: Envy , Film: Ilford B/W 3200

She couldn't have been more fun and exciting.



Thursday, May 22, 2008

Photo of the day...

Model: Miss J. , Film: Kodak B/W 100

I am not exactly sure when this image was taken...but it's probably at least 6-7 years old.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Alive again

Model: Brittany V., Film: Fuji color 400
"alive again"

the pain in my head
the curse on my back
and all I could think about was
the curves of your thighs

sounds of explosions
screams of pain
cries of mourning
and all I could hear was
your warm sensual sighs

the sweat and tears
the scents of crushed Jasmines
the blood on my hands
and all I could sense was
the dept of your orgasm in your eyes

the shame and sobriety
the century of thoughts
the burn in my heart
that's how I can be alive again, but in disguise


Friday, May 16, 2008

Portrait Photography

Model: Miss Ree Ja, Film: Kodak B/W 400

I have come to believe that a positive chemistry and dynamic between the photographer and his subjects can elevate the quality of photos dramatically.
It might sound obvious but it's very easy to take a good thing for granted or be blinded by production values, concepts and other side elements.
This specially could be more important in a portrait session, where, the present energy should be what we are after and not our own projections and at times misconceptions about the subjects.
Subject is there and no matter how hard he/she tries, we can always feel his/her true essence even if for a short while. The challenge is to not only feel that essence, and try to photograph it but also stay true to our own vision, style and perhaps aesthetics.
In my opinion that is where the balance lays between an artistically charged portrait and a true portrait. Do we value our own vision more than the subject's true personality? And are we gaining much by this sacrifice of truth?
Depending on our goals and plans the correct answers to those questions would vary from each other...the key is to ask those simple questions before every portrait session.

Model: Miss Ree Ja, Films: Ilford B/W 100 and 3200



Thursday, May 8, 2008

Inconsequential Culture

Inconsequential Culture

This is an on going documentary photo essay which focuses on the human attitude and effects on their own surroundings and living spaces as well as how those little impacts can shape our point of view towards life.

This project has been a work in progress for about two years. The shown images are part a rather large body of work which would be presented in sets of two, without trying to conclude a firm response towards the images...viewers, can draw their own conclusions based on their own past experiences and thought process.

At times the images might seem like simple abstract shots and at other times the snap shot qualities hopefully connect the viewers with images on an "everyday" level.

No staging has been done in any of the images.