Produced in the sweltering days of August where all photoshoots take place in water. I did this for Phoenix electronic act Satyr Comma with model Lacheln using the Fuji X-T1 for the above water stuff and my GoPro Hero Black 4 for anything underwater. Since Jessie (singer for Satyr Comma) makes jewelry, this doubled as a fashion video for her creations.
I shot these fujiroid instax minis with my frequent collaborator Lacheln in early August when we had access to a pool. The instax were shot from above a diving board, with the model under the surface of the water, with a couple failed attempts to do something with the camera in a waterproof bag under the surface.
Lacheln and I both live in the Phoenix metro area so you can guarantee any photography during the summer is done around water or in a studio. 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.
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.
Video art created with model Lacheln. The footage is entirely from my GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition, shot with 120 fps. The animation bits were shot with my Fuji X-T1, converted with Lightroom, cut apart in Photoshop and brought to life in After Effects. The actual video was created in Premiere, including all layering/ mirroring effects, and the soundtrack (recorded on iPad Garageband but with Waldorf Nave and Animoog synths) was mixed in Audition, bringing the total of Adobe programs used to 5!
When we made this, I spent about 10 seconds setting up the GoPro and then concentrated on shooting the rest for around 15 minutes, working from a list of shots we came up with while Lacheln was doing her hair and makeup.
The music was crafted a week or so after the shoot as I didn’t really want to make a “music video” where visuals fit a pre-existing song. It was more interesting for me to do a soundtrack piece that fit the vibe of the visuals. Secret fact though- I picked 60 bpm for my tempo since I was working with original 120 fps video, even though my slowing down of the video varied from 25% to 50%… point is, those mathematical calculations factor in to the creative choices we have to make.
Let me know what you think in the comments below! Also, 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.
I’ve added a lot of new prints to the Etsy shop, as well as new one-of-a-kind instax and ceramic masks. These particular images are all available as 8×12″ archival prints ranging from $25-$30. The top three painted images were collaborations with artist Jamie Graden in Los Angeles…
…and these two were painted by model and artist Luxbot Lacheln, who is in the first image…
LYYRSELF and love this no-budget video I shot at Rooster Cogburn’s Ostrich Ranch between Chandler and Tucson.
The track itself is one of the more guitar-oriented Artificial Human tracks which bears signs of U2, the Verve and Curve in its DNA. Vocals are by Luxbot Lacheln. The phrase behind the song came from a conversation with model Glass Olive who described to me her philosophy of self acceptance.
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In my recent experiments with mixed media I used xerox transfer of my photos onto Ampersand clayboard, blocked off parts and used drip watercolor on the other areas. I did a few new pieces that Lacheln and I shot specifically for this, but I also dug deep into the archive to find images that could use a sprucing up. This came from our “Death/ Siouxsie Sioux” shoot in 2012, which was largely black and white.