Short teaser clip i did for a photoshoot over the winter, using a sony A7ii and 28mm f2 lens.
Model: Kayla Savage
Kayla and I found an abandoned mansion on a hill in the woods, upon entering through the indoor pool room we quickly noticed the house was trashed, further exploration proved fruitful as the bedroom upstairs was coated with wallpaper and a chair and lamp perfectly in a corner provided such a scene. I decided to put a small magnetic flashlight inside the lamp to give it a natural glow and provide depth. After that i picked a floral body suit for Kayla to wear as to mimic the wallpaper and then had her pose near the light. everything below was shot on a Sony A7II using either a Sony 28mm F2 lens or Voigtlander 50mm f1.1
The other day i decided to dust off an old polaroid 600 camera and pick up a pack of the new Polaroid original black and white film. Shot a roll of it over the next few days and here are the results. There is something so pleasing about the tones and feel all of these have. Safe to say ill be picking up some more packs to expereiment with!
Theres something so surreal about being in a city like New Orleans, everything about this french influenced city you felt in your core. On the second day in the city, Halloween, we found ourselves wandering around one of the cemeteries. Ive wanted to see these in person for the longest time, there uniqueness out of necessity has been so intriguing. For those that dont know the coffins and bodies in the city due to the high water table need to be buried above ground, and by doing soon city blocks have been taken up with the grids of old tombs. As you wonder through the grey corridors over cracked slabs of stone there age quickly becomes apparent. Holes, gaps, crumbling rock are no stranger here, the tiny green lizards make any opening an escape route or home. Some gaps big enough to see the coffin tucked in seeing light once again. All of it was macabre but also inspiring. Death has truly been embraced and beautified in the big easy. Most of the photos below were taken on my Kiev 88 using ektar 100 and tri-x
Haven't done studio shots or anything with artificial lighting in what seems like ages. Rainy days are always a good day to practice and play around with both, the lack of window light and warm dry weather outside. I wanted to bring an element of that indoors while also adding some vulnerability that one feels in the rain and then ending with a sense of hope with the inclusion of a flower, intentionally crudely taped to Kayla's back. The model throughout all of this is Kayla Savage
It was a Saturday morning, summer was coming to an end as the sun lazily stretched into the horizon and penetrated the windshield painting our faces and skin and in golden warmth. A two hour drive ahead of us, the destination, a long since abandoned ward turned school in a small forgotten town in PA. A few times a year the owner of the now defunct school lets in artists and muses to explore the wonders inside the concrete and brick walls. The drive was mostly highways and the familiar buzz of the road mixed with conversation kept the trip feeling short, after a while we exited the highway and cruised to a stop at a traffic light, laid before us the town sat waisting away in a valley. Buildings looking as though time stood still lined sidewalks, the people of the town gazed from there porches as we drove through the narrow grid. After moments the school arose on a corner, an impressive structure at four large floors and taking up about half of a standard city block.
A gravel lot in the back welcomed our car, and a friendly man just inside the front door welcomed us and pointed us down a set of stairs so worn from use that permanent indentations had been left from countless years of students hustling class to class, just past the stairs an old classroom sat with chairs, a desk, and refreshments, inside photographer and model alike met and talked shop and plans for the day. After a quick sign in and name tags we proceeded to follow our guide to understand the layout before venturing off on our own. The school was lit with gorgeous natural light flooding in from each dusty window, the auditorium complete with grand piano drenched in blueish green light from a window dressing, while an old gymnasium gave a warm rustic glow with its impressioned glass pains.
We took advantage of the auditorium first, as to beat the rush of other creatives that were sure to food such a mesmerizing location shortly. Kayla adorned a black leotard and contoured her body around and to the grand piano before climbing on stage for some dramatic dancer esq. poses. Once completed we made our way down into the gym, the pattern of the court could be seen in spots fading with age and use, an old leather basketball lay half inflated, the background an old hoop with what was left of a net gripping to it. The day went on like this for hours, exploring each room and creating magic where we wanted. It was late afternoon at this point and the sun was fading as were we, grabbing a few detail shots of rooms and corridors before retreating to the car and heading back home.