Not Another 52 Project?!?!?!
A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture
Week 52: Here
All I know is that I’m here
Drifting somewhere in the vast
Somewhere in eternity
And I never want to leave
Holy shiz, another project bites the dust and what better way to say farewell to it than by experimenting with a unique modifier like a black light? I certainly couldn’t think of anything more awesomesauce so that is what I did.
I dug deep, searched high and low, watched amazeballs videos from Lindsay Adler, and began collecting images on a Pinterest board to prepare for this session. I did not have the means to bet a broncolor UV contraption, but I did have the ability to DIY a rig for black light use and control (though not as good as it could have been with one of those pricey pieces).
Anyway, the next hurdle was getting the powders that were black light responsive since I wanted texture and not just color paints or crayons. Those came in the form of gifts for Christmas and damn was I excited (seriously).
With that stuff in place, it was up to me to get the mood, the make-up, and the hair just right. After that, it was simply a matter of capturing the shots I wanted and that is what I did. The really real cool part was that I was able to do all this SOOC because of this modifier and make-up.
The most difficult part, actually because of the texture, was setting my focus.
I plan on working more with this style as we move into the new year, but I don’t think this was such a bad way to close out another 52 project…
So, without further ado, here is my final submission for Week 52 of this project.
The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:
1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.
picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy
My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!