So. I've got these really amazing cameras I'd like to put to use. An 8x10 view camera, a 4x5 view camera, and a 4x5 Crown Graphic press camera. I have some really cool Polaroid Type 55 P/N and some of the brand new NEW55 instant 4x5 film. Along with my digital kit, these film cameras produce some of the most amazing film negatives ever. The size alone is worth the price of admission.
My idea is to create an ongoing project of portraits of real people doing real things. Not something photoshopped. Not fake. Not smoothed or fixed to perfection. I strongly believe that beauty comes from imperfection. Consider that our faces aren't symmetrical. When you split and mirror a face so that it is symmetrical, it doesn't look quite normal. We know we feel we have a best side. True or not, my hope is to create an image you'll love and feel best represents who you are. One that you'd be proud to show others. If you want something photoshopped to perfection, we can do that, too. It takes time and costs by the hour.
In Heinlein's classic, Stranger in a Strange Land, Valentine Michael Smith says something to the extent that Jubal Harshaw's face is beautiful because of the history engraved upon it. Our wrinkles, scars, and crooked smiles add value to our appearance. This is what I want to capture.
The cost is free to the first five people who respond to this blog. Once we've worked together, I hope you'll like my work enough to recommend me to your friends.
Additionally, I'm seeking models for a fashion project a' la Paolo Roversi, an Italian photographer. I'd describe what I'd like to do as Creepy Vintage (Thanks, Taurean!) Look him up and let me know if you're interested in participating in this project. Bonus points is you know of a really good location with deteriorating walls with peeling paint and distressed wooden floors. Long, flowing dresses are a bonus as well.
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Thanks in advance for your interest and ideas!
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