Too Many Legs

Working with mirrors is fun. Tricky! You have to figure out how to get the shot without also getting a reflection of you and your camera and/or the lights and the studio in the shot. In this case the model is holding the mirror at an angle that almost points down, but the photo flattens it. That and cropping off the ends of the mirror creates the surreal, not-sure-what-I’m-seeing sensation. Mose people have to puzzle a moment before realizing a mirror is part of the composition. Lots of fun. This is a photo that has been successful for me. It’s been at Camera Obscura, Dairy Center for the Arts and a couple of other shows. I think of it as a made-you-look-twice kind of picture that a lot of people enjoy.

Black and white film capture; digital print. Although I have also printed this one in the darkroom as a traditional print as well. The only thing I did in Photoshop was clean a few dust specs off the mirror. It can be printed large 10×20, but also works as a small print. It’s a personal favorite that hangs over my desk. I think it could be fun hanging over a fireplace. In series of 25 prints. About a third of the series is sold.

Fine Art Nude #2

Although this is a color digital shot, I thought it printed best as a classic black and white photograph.

What makes this a good photo? I think it’s the connection between the two models and the fact that they are both focused on something off to the left of the frame which creates both compositional interest and a sense of spontaneity.

What else do I like? The sense of motion, as if they might be moving rather than posed. In fact, the direction was for the models to both move continuously as if in slow motion, in-and-out, back-and-forth. I often give that kind of direction because it avoids the static, posed composition. That also means I have to work to catch the right moment rather than setting something up. As any photographer will tell you, every additional person adds additional complications. It’s twice as hard to get a good photo with two models as with one.

Digital camera; studio set-up, two-lights.

This one is called Hanna and Friend. It can be printed large but my preference is smaller 10 x 12 with a wide white matt and silver frame. It is in a series of 25. This is new work, and the series is just released–25 of the 25 are still available.

I think this one would work well hung in a smaller space like a hallway.