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N 69 B 1.0K C 2 E Dec 30, 2019 F Oct 18, 2021
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Pulp and I had this little tradition, we'd shoot at the end of every year...which worked great until the pandemic, so, 2019 was the last time (so far) we pulled this off.

Got a different feel from her, this shoot, softer, more at ease. Maybe it's the lighting (cheap Chinese LED stands, if you're wondering), maybe it's that we'd been shooting for a few years, at this point.

Time can become its own tool for rapport, is what I've discovered. Shoot people enough times, over enough time, familiarity sets in. Comfort.

And then you can experiment, with light, with composition, with the relationship you've created with your subject. I felt able to play around with the lights, Pulp knew I wasn't going to waste her time, or leave her empty-handed, photo-wise. It's not just about putting the subject at ease, it's about creating an environment where I'm willing to challenge myself, an environment where I can see avenues for enjoyment.

Told some friends over the weekend, my main goal, every minute of the day: Avoid Boredom. True for shoots, as well!

Tags:   12.30.19 Pulp Suicide

N 332 B 15.6K C 27 E Nov 3, 2012 F Oct 16, 2021
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This from, what, nine years ago? 2012, I was shooting up a storm, was working only as much as I had to in order to pay for film and equipment and food and living, but other than that?

My career was not thriving! I was way more focused on having a good time, living in my tiny apartment, working on my wall o' Polaroids, traveling, eating Mexican food.

Going over to the river and taking pictures of as many people as I could.

Found Paulina here the way I found most of my subjects, Model Mayhem.

And now, nine years later? Where is she? She's a model! Professional!

Which...doesn't come as a...yes, yes it does. It comes as a huge surprise! Not because of her specifically, but because...hey, how many people actually make it as a model, or an actor? Very few, my friends, precious few. So seeing someone I shot make it? Well that's just a great thing, great to see someone who actually achieved their dreams!

Because this town, I tell ya, this town will eat up dreams and spit 'em right out in your face.

...and maybe that's just The World, but LA's the avatar for dream-killing. It's probably all big cities, wherever you go, dreams come in, disappointment and a live lived with regret comes out.

Me, I got lucky, had my dreams chewed up when I was young, got to spend the rest of my life enjoying having my head above water.

But isn't nice to know that some people make it?

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N 77 B 3.4K C 3 E Jun 22, 2012 F Oct 13, 2021
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For the longest time, I just posted photos, here. No stories, I'd run out of stories. Got back to it right around the pandemic starting, felt the need to write again, to flex that particular artistic muscle.

And it feels good, no doubt about it.

Even though it can be a struggle, what do I say about older photos, when I've already told the story surrounding those photos?

Even trickier: what if the photos had no real story attached?

And thinking about that this morning, a few tumblers in the brain clicked into place.

Here's a way to make interesting images: set up a shoot that leaves you with a story to tell, afterwards.

Not just "oh, we met up, took some pictures, had a nice time." No. You need to hike up into the woods, play around in the ocean, sneak into that abandoned house.

Meet up with someone who scares you, finally get that coffee with the old friend you've been meaning to catch up with.

Set up a catalyst for a story worth telling, and I guarantee you'll end up with photos you're happy with.

Might not be photos anybody else cares about, but what's that matter? We're post-popularity, now! Social media, the social media out there, it's bad for us! It works in opposition to our needs and well-being!

But having a good time, telling a story that entertains others, everybody wins!

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N 104 B 4.1K C 5 E Sep 8, 2021 F Oct 11, 2021
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I can now say with a high degree of certainty: the pandemic has cured me of my addiction to shooting models.

Chy was one of the last, and even that didn't really feel like shooting a model, as we've become friends over the past few years.

Always the goal, that. But what it translates to in a shoot is better, richer conversation. Less focus on taking pictures, more on just hanging out, catching up.

Got a buddy, we go surfing, he's always out there making new friends, talking to other folks in the water, to the point where I notice him missing wave after wave, too deep in conversation.

That's how I've become with a shoot. Shot my cousin the other day, we went a good half hour before I remembered to take a picture.

Similar with Chy, here. We were just talking and talking, barely shot a whole roll of film.

Part of it, I know these people, so it no longer requires a lot of exploration when shooting.

Part of it is that artistic part of my brain is always working, seeking a shot while I'm talking, banking it for when the shoot actually starts.

But most importantly: the conversation, the interaction, that's the real goal. Said it once, I've said it a thousand times. Never stops being true.

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I look at this photo and I feel that wind on her face.

If I can get you to feel it, oof, that would be an excellent picture. Thinking of that got me thinking about what makes an excellent picture. An Effective picture. The answer: being able to transmit, get you to embrace a memory of wind, triggered by this here image.

If I could transmit the feeling of that entire shoot, of meeting someone for the first time, of our slowly becoming more comfortable with each other, getting on the same wavelength, connecting over trying to make interesting art, well...that there would be a masterpiece.

But my aims are far more modest, so let's just see if I can get people to remember some wind.

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