New Instax With Lacheln

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Ever since the positive feedback I received for my instax mini work at Photolucida and the Palm Springs Photo Fest workshop in April, I’ve been laser-focused on getting better with that particular style.  Luckily I have some friends, like Lacheln here, who enjoy being shot this way, and love experimenting with the weird in-camera effects.  The above image used the Fuji Neo Classic double exposure capability, and the below image is just a well-placed fan.lacheln instax may 2015 9

 

 

New Video Art: Be My Little Hero

This is my first attempt at a video art piece with my 6 year old daughter Magdalena.  She’s been a great photographic muse, getting better every year that passes, and during our trip to Flagstaff we filmed her in her omnipresent superhero outfit.  I think her enthusiasm for being filmed is her overriding desire for her own youtube channel, like a lot of the kids she’s discovered on youtube.

I made the music with my guitar plugged into the virtual amplifiers of my iPhone via the iRig, and the Brian Eno-esque keyboard sound is another app called Crystalline Mini which reflects your guitar as a heavenly melody.  In retrospect I think I had “Be My Baby” in the back of my head when I played it.  All footage shot on my Fuji X-T1.

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Maggie at Bedrock City

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My previous post was about the awesomely weird location Bedrock City in northern Arizona, which I shot panoramic images of each interior.  As a people photographer I look at places like Bedrock City and think “I wish I had a model to shoot here,” knowing full well that it isn’t going to happen- too remote, too much of a “family” place to allow for model photography.  Then I remember, my favorite model Maggie is with me almost all the time.Flagstaff May 2015 trip (119 of 894)

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Location: Bedrock City Panos

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Easily one of the strangest places I’ve ever been is Bedrock City, 30 miles south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It’s a relic from 1972, when the Flintstones were still in the public consciousness.  Flagstaff May 2015 trip (478 of 894)-Pano

These interior recreations of the Flintstones cartoon are within individual “houses” in a multi-acre area.  There’s a few playground pieces- a dinosaur slide, regular swing set.  There’s also a very wonderfully creepy theatre that projects old Flintstones episodes.Flagstaff May 2015 trip (637 of 894)-Pano

One of the things that really stood out was the effort and dedication to create such a thing.  It makes me wonder what modern pop phenomenon could inspire such a “city” attraction, and how it’ll be looked at decades after the phenomenon fades.Flagstaff May 2015 trip (411 of 894)-Pano

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Becoming Luxbot – New Video Art with Lacheln

This piece was filmed in my crazy person workshop in my backyard with model Lacheln at the end of May this year.  I wanted to do something where the model moves slow but the frames movie fast, giving an uneasy feeling to the footage; also, something with more sweeping/ minimalist lighting, where I could cut on the blackness when the lights go out.

The sounds were actually a soundtrack I tested on our previous video art collaboration “Unity” though I ended up making a more vaguely Asian soundtrack for that, they were both created on the iPad at the same time while sitting at a playground watching my children.

Footage shot between my Fuji X-T1.  If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

A quick PSA about sharing other people’s work

As a freelance artist I truly want and need the people I work with to share/post the images and videos they are involved in- but when my collaborators alter the colors, adding filters, even “instacropping” to a square makes me wish they never did. It’s destructive, a bad representation on me since all of those alterations look like crap, and most important, it’s completely unnecessary. Free apps like Squareready, Squareready V (for video), and Photo Grid make it so easy to post the real, as-intended thing on IG.

As for the color alterations, they serve no purpose and in 2015 it has to be acknowledged that filters on photos are mostly amateurish, tacky and almost always regretted as time goes on. A black and white conversion doesn’t work just by dropping to grayscale or picking “inkwell”.

Lizzie + Tax

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This was an accidental printing on tax instructions of model Lizzie Gunst, but it got pretty good feedback after making the rounds on my social media, so now it’s part of the portfolio.  It’s far better than what I planned on doing to the printout.

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