How I Created a series of matching ‘Sexy’ engagement photos that went Viral
I bought a used Mamiya RZ67 Pro II a month ago, a huge medium format studio SLR with a negative area a full five times larger than the sensor on a Nikon D800 or 5DMKIII “full frame” camera.
A decade ago, the kit I bought would have sold for 5 figures, but thanks to film’s loss in popularity, I was able to get it for less than a tenth of what it cost new.
It’s a bulky thing, its six pound weight demands to be put on a tripod, it doesn’t autofocus or zoom, and dealing with film is generally a real pain in the butt. But damn it’s impressive for an empty box with a hole on one end.
For a first project I had the idea, partially inspired by Jim C. Hines, of taking a couple and posing them both in the same feminine poses and then displaying them side by side.
I approached Adam McLaughlin, who officiated my wedding, and his fiancée Casey Grim (collectively known as ACoupleOfN3rds), who I suspected would be game.
I’d photographed both of them before, and was stoked when they they not only agreed to do it, but were enthused. Casey mentioned they’d previously talked about doing some over the top boudoir parody, so the concept resonated with them.
This was my first time using the RZ67 and my first time using film since I last took photography classes in 2004. The shoot was generally a disaster: due to pure human error I shot everything 2 stops overexposed, I was having a hard time getting the lighting right without the digital crutch of instant feedback, I lost two whole shots because the focus was off, and figuring out the lighting took so long I didn’t have time to try any of the other film that I’d meant to experiment with.
Adam and Casey were patient and up for anything, but I felt like I’d let them down on my end.
I had pretty much written the whole thing off and was deep in the process of thinking I’d made a stupid choice buying the camera in the first place when a few days later I got an e-mail with the scans from Photoworks. Despite the meager resolution of their scans, you could still see extremely good resolution in the eyes (where I’d actually gotten them in focus), plus the look of B&W film was honestly even more captivating than I’d hoped.
And though I was initially disappointed to see the few shots that hadn’t turned out and I never did get the lighting how I wanted it, they managed to save most of the shots from overexposure in the processing, and I realized I had enough decent pictures to try execute the initial concept. So I asked my wife Lauren to Photoshop the selects together and then uploaded the finished photos to Facebook.
I did not expect any response.
Since then the photos have been featured on a couple blogs, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, and even on nationally syndicated TV. I’ve had friends message me to say they saw the photos (even one friend I haven’t talked to since high school).
I still have a lot to learn to reach basic competency with this camera, but all things considered my first three rolls have done okay.
Portrait of Kids Around the World Posing with their favorite toys
This portrait is of a little boy named Lucas who lives in Sydney, Australia. Like many children around the world, Lucas enjoys playing with toys, particularly his set of miniature trains and wooden railroad tracks.
Like many photographers around the world, Gabriele Galimberti enjoys traveling. During an 18 month span of travels, Galimberti visited and photographed children in a long list of countries around the world with each child posing with his or her favorite toys. Lucas was one of the kids Galimberti visited for his project, which is titled “Toy Stories.”
For each of the images, Galimberti played with the children and their toys for a short time, helped them arrange the toys neatly on the ground, and then had the kids post for a portrait. Through the many portrait sessions, Galimberti discovered that children around the world have similarities and differences. While all enjoy playing and having fun, the economic status of the children apparently has a big influence on the children’s personalities.
The wealthiest children were more possessive of their belongings, refusing to let Galimberti touch the toys at first. Building rapport with those kids took longer. The poorer children were much more receptive to Galimberti and were more generous with their fewer belongings. In the poorest countries, children often had very few toys, and therefore spent most of their time outdoors with friends.
Galimberti’s portraits are very revealing of the children’s worlds — their personalities, economic statuses, families, interests, personalities, and countries:
You can find the entire set of Toy Stories photographs over on Galimberti’s website.
East L.A street and people photography by George Bojorquez
East L.A Street and People Photography by Gregory Bojorquez: Gregory Bojorquez has been photographing the people and places within East L.A for years. Whether capturing women in Hollywood, his hot lady friends, crime, or musicians, he keeps it raw and in-your-face. Via PsyCreator
Struggle to right oneself; Falling selfportrait
“We are a visual culture wherein photography has become an exceedingly powerful form of communication Moreover, the development of digital technologies in the past ten tears has wiped traditional artistic boundaries away.” – Kerry Skarbakka
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The Next Day, David Bowie’s first album in ten years
At the revamped website for David Bowie, it was announced today that he is releasing “The Next Day,” his first album in ten years (pre-order). The first single from the new album, “Where Are We Now?,” is available now and the song’s videocan be seen at Bowie’s site.
photo by Diego Uchitel
Famous Photographs turned into arm’s Length self-portraits
Self-portraits snapped with an outstretched arm can be seen everywhere these days, from profile pictures on Facebook to filtered shots on Instagram. Among iconic historical photos? Not so much.
However, Cape Town, South Africa-based newspaper Cape Times has launched a brilliant new advertising campaign that imagines what those photos were look like if they had been captured with arm’s-length “selfies”.
Created by advertising agency Lowe Cape Town, the ads show four famous photos Photoshopped to look like they were captured with a hand-held camera by one of the subjects.
The photograph above is a remaining of the 1945 image V-J Day in Times Square.
A portrait of Winston Churchill resting on a bench by LIFE magazine photographer Hans Wild:
A photograph of South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu:
A picture of Prince William and Kate sharing a kiss on a balcony on their wedding day:
The images are a pretty neat way of making the point, “You can’t get any closer to the news.”
Abstract Photos of Human Bodies in Motion
Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama has an interesting series of photos simply titled, “Nude.” Each image shows an abstract flesh-colored shape that’s created by a nude subject dancing in front of the camera.
Although the photographs look like long-exposure shots, they’re actually composite images created by combining ten thousand individual photographs of each dancer. The result is a look in which each model’s body is (mostly) lost within the blur of its movement.
You can find more of Maruyama’s work over on his website.
Digital Illustrations by Sam Spratt
Sam Spratt is a New York-based artist who was the first-ever staffed illustrator for Gawker Media.
Incredibly Realistic & Shocking Cardboard Scenes
Box is a project by Belgium photographers Maxime Delvaux and Kevin Laloux, in which they utilized cardboard and miniature dollhouse furniture to create these dramatic scenes. The elaborate portraits portray the imperfections of life through very surreal and cinematic moments. Each character seems incredibly downtrodden and unresponsive to the life around them. For example, a car crashes through a kitchen wall while a woman, unfazed, continues to smoke her cigarette, and separately, a man stands in his underwear, casually watching things burn in the middle of a living room.
The images are quite out of the ordinary and viewers might begin to feel a little uncomfortable about peering in to such intimate and disturbing moments. According to the artists, “The idea is to create imaginary scenes with a cinematic aesthetic which, beyond their narrative aspect, unsettle the spectator through the scale and choice of material.” After seeing this work, viewers will walk away feeling a little depressed, but hopefully they will also be inspired to remember and appreciate the good in their own lives.
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