Over the years my photography has gotten more and more focused around a plan – booking studio time, working with booked models or paying clients, even basing my own family photography around trips to exotic locations in the Southwest or Alaska or Hawaii or Mexico. It has been a long time where I just went out with the camera and shot stuff without a plan.
Tonight, on a routine trip to McDonald's with the kids, the sun hit just right and my daughter Maggie's hair was just the right combination of wild and fashionable.
I feel like to get good at a creative medium, or keep up one's chops, it's important to work at it during "off" time- like an illustrator who sketches while watching tv. Shot with the Fuji X-T2 and 35mm 1.4 lens.
I’ve put together a little formula for how I’ve conducted my recent shoots, which is: some video, which takes a while to compile/ edit/ do fx + sound for etc., and then some instant film shots, which are already done the moment they come out of the camera. This seems to satisfy the need for immediate results while giving me something to work on for the next couple months.
Alina aka Thumbelina
It’s fascinating how sometimes the work that gets the best response is the stuff that’s simplest or easiest or quickest to create like this. These were shot with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film, my new go-t0 creative tool for stills!
On my youtube channel I have a couple video tutorial/ reviews of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera…
…and the new monochrome film I use to make these!
My final shoot of 2016 was in Sacramento with model Alina Lee aka Thumbelina. We did 3 video pieces, the first of which is “Versions”, about as surrealist and minimalist as we could get!
Anyone interested in learning about Surrealist video editing please check out my tutorial on Skillshare!
Since my studio opened last month I’ve been able to film more tutorial and gear reviews – I especially enjoy harping on the beloved Fuji Instax Mini film and cameras. Here’s two recent videos covering different aspects of the analogue style!
I made this video with the 5 amazing models I photographed in Brooklyn in May of this year- Cacia Zoo, Glass Olive, Sierra Mckenzie, Kacie Marie and Victoria Elle. It’s a combination of behind-the-scenes footage and intentionally artsy stuff, shot on both my Fuji X-T1 and GoPro Hero 4 Black and scored with my ambient guitar noodling.
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These are more Fuji Instax Minis, aka “Fujiroids”, from my recent shoots in Brooklyn. We have models Glass Olive and Sierra Mckenzie, who I’ve worked with dozens of times…
and Kacie Marie, who was someone new for me to work with, but really game to make interesting work. Part of the fun is seeing how different each double exposure becomes by virtue of expression, lighting, positioning or gesture. Each image shot with the Fuji Neo Classic camera. Hair on Glass Olive and Kacie Marie was by Andy Tseng. 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.
The newest skill I’ve picked up is the alcohol inkjet transfer technique, which uses Staples decals and rubbing alcohol and not much else. It seemed like a really effective technique for presenting nude imagery since it has a painterly feel on watercolor, basically dissolving the ink off the decal.
These images are currently up for sale as small 5×7 originals on my Etsy site.