The Machinations of a Photographers Mind

Portraits

Headshots in NYC

 


Solving the Rubik Cube


The Mime Photo Shoot

The word mime is derived from an ancient Greek word which means “imitator or actor”. Mime developed into a theatrical form in ancient Greece. When Rome conquered Greece it adopted this form of theater as means of entertainment. From there it took root in the Middle Ages as performers donned comical masks and exaggerated acting styles in order to draw attention to themselves.

The creation of the modern form of mime is credited to Etienne Decroux and his pupil Jean-Louis Barrault.

I based my photo shoot on mimes. When I think of mimes; comedy and white gloves are the first 2 things that pop into my mind. So I decided to use over sized cartoon gloves to serve as the props. Then I went with the more traditional white gloves and let the model express himself as he saw fit while letting the gloves frame his actions.


Art Bar Exhibition

Sorry I have not posted in some time. I have been busy shooting and editing for my exhibition that opened today at the Art Bar  in NYC. The address is 52 8th Avenue, New York. Between Horatio & Jane on the East Side of Eighth Avenue (two blocks south of 14th Street). The title of the exhibition is Faces.  Most of these pictures have not even been added to my website yet. The works are a collection of black and white portrait images. 

It is a great feeling to be able have my work on display.  So stop by grab a drink and enjoy the show. I look forward to sharing with you my many new photo shoots. Until next time.


The Many Faces of Tash

Had a great time this past weekend shooting Tash. As the time grew closer to our shoot date she became increasingly nervous.  She felt that she would just stand there with a goofy smile on her face staring into the camera. After some early jitters she settled into a groove with some subtle coaching and suggestions. She was truly a pleasure to work with. We ended up having a great time and she was excited at the end of the shoot.


Juju the Messy One

I had a photo shoot this weekend with a 2 year old. Let me tell you there is a big difference from working with actors, models, and other adults to working with children. They can sure wear you out and their attention span is much smaller than ours. Its definitely important to keep the shoot fun, use props, and take frequent breaks so the child is rested and remains engaged. But no matter what children will do what they want to do once set loose and this will lead to some great and rewarding images. After chasing her around for a couple hours I was WIPED OUT but satisfied. Here are some of my favorites from the day.

Juju Matching with Mom

Here's Looking at You Kid

Its My Chocolate Bunny

Hmmmm this Chocolate Is Good

FingerPainting

Peek-a-Boo


Look Into My Eyes

Eyes are commonly considered the gateway to the soul. Eye contact is one of the most powerful tools in human interaction. In order to become a better portrait photographer it is essential that we read our subjects eyes. What are the eyes of the subject conveying? Is it happiness, fear, sadness, love, anger, or another emotion. As the photographer it is your responsibility read these emotions and capture them.

What do you see when you look into her eyes?


“You Use a Glass Mirror to See Your Face; You Use Works of Art to See Your Soul”

George Bernard Shaw an Irish literary critic, playwright, and essayist uttered this quote above.

Reflections when used wisely in photography can add a powerful impact to an image. The type of impact the image has on the viewer varies greatly depending on the type of reflective surface used.

While the effect is easily achieved on glass, water, or any other type of reflective surface like the glasses above it takes great thought and imagination in order to turn a muddled image into a work of art that causes the viewer to search within themselves.

Here I used the reflection of  a game of chess which has often been compared to the ultimate game of life. Chess teaches you to plan ahead, think through your moves, analyze the actions of others, and most of all be patient all of which are perfectly applicable for life

So when you view this image what does it cause you to think of?