Monday, June 16, 2014

When it comes to shooting Fashion.. it's all about style, but..

When it comes to shooting Fashion, it's all about style.. but, it's the talent, teamwork, and good attitudes that are the keys to success. If you don't have a good attitude, I don't want you in my studio (or at my barbecue, for that matter). I like working with positive, like minded people.. no Debbie Downers allowed.  Nothing personal, Debbie...

Thanks to rockin' model, Kathryn Komarnicki, alongside the hair/makeup talents of Monique McLaughlin, this recent photo session showing off styles from MISRED Outfitters was a breeze. Nothing misread about about this shoot:

Thank you again to a great team. Positive vibes..

Till next time,

Monday, June 9, 2014

Tools of the Trade: Film, the Darkroom, and the making of Photographs..

I am so fortunate to have started my photography adventure shooting film. Learning proper exposure, light, and the development process of film is what made me the Photographer I am today. For four years of my life, the darkroom was my getaway, my place of solace.. Just me, my photographs, and some running water. Peaceful.

I haven't been in a darkroom since I had the pleasure of photographing the talented Jazz Photographer, Herb Snitzer, as he made prints in his studio darkroom. That was more than 3 years ago! Here is that photograph:

Legendary Jazz Photographer, Herb Snitzer.

Nowadays, shooting digitally, I spend my "developing" time in Lightroom, sitting in front of a computer. There is no running water in my printing process. I have lost my place of solace.

Recently, a friend of mine had a family friend pass away and he was willed many old photographic tools. He had no personal use for them (and these days, they don't sell for much).. so he called me up and gifted me all of these nostalgic pieces I used to cherish... and still do. I decided to make photographs of these items, which brought me that peace and those great memories of why I fell in love with this artform, the "magic" of making prints in the darkroom. These are the Tools of the Trade:

I hope these bring back some memories for others.. and for those who never used these tools, let this be a lesson on the true craft that this industry is. We take our technology for granted sometimes..

I strive to get images right, in camera, as the tools above were the only "photoshop" you had.. and you couldn't just "fix" it later. Get it right. Right NOW.

Till next time,

Monday, May 19, 2014

It's not you, it's me.

Many years ago, I started a photo project I titled "I'll say it for you", making images of people holding cardboard signs on the streets, displaying messages for all to see. This series is about expression and communication, speaking with images and words, instead of voice. The goal is for the readers of the signs, and viewers of the photographs, to make a connection to something in their own life, in which creates an emotion, sparks an idea, and possibly a change..

It's the thing that needed to be said, so "I'll say it for you"..

"It's not you, it's me", is held by Emily Wehunt.
Emily, thank you for being a part of this project.

Stay tuned for updates on this photo series, including upcoming gallery shows.

Till next time,

Brian James