e-schultz asked: I got so excited when I stumbled across your tumblr! So much inspirational work! Just wondering, how do you go about shooting with fire... would you say, shoot the model sat on a chair first and then set fire to it and just layer mask the model back in? Also, take a look at my tumblr if you care to, any feedback would be amazing!
Thank you so much! It really depends on the shot. But for the one you are talking about. Yes. I sat in the chair and took a few shots. Then I burned the chair a few different times and mixed and matched the best images to create the final chair, then masked myself into the chair. I believe on that one I also used a couple speedlights with double CTO filters on them to cast orange light on places where the fire would be.
harvymoon asked: For your self portraits, are you expanding the frame at all?
I usually do, yes. There are some images where I don’t.
merelyawitch asked: your work is beautiful! what do you shoot with?
Thank you! I shoot with a Canon 6D. I maily use 3 lenses: Canon 50mm 1.4, Zeiss ZM f/2, and Contax Zeiss 85mm 1.4/
northernsparrow asked: Your work is phenomenal and congratulations on completing your 365! I'm several weeks behind on my 365 so I'm not sure if I'll make it haha, but yours is truly inspirational to look through. If you don't mind me asking, where in the midwest are you from?
Thank you so much! Don’t worry about getting behind. I was like almost 3 months late when I finished. Just keep going.
I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
365/365 - Passions
One year (and a couple months) ago I had a lot of pent up creative energy that desperately needed an outlet. I decided to try a 365 photo project and through that, I found one.
It has been an incredible journey, one fraught with anxiety, stress, days without sleep, and all the problems that a forgetful mind could muster. This project took a lot from me, took a lot of me. I haven’t read a book in a year, I haven’t watched films like I used to, I haven’t hardly had time to think. It took my blood, it took my sweat, and it took my tears. But, what this project gave me is invaluable, what I found within myself is something that I will never let go of, will never forget, and along with the body of work I now have, that is a gift that makes the entire year worth it. It has brought me new friends, bettered my relationships with old ones, and has created new opportunities for my life that I would never have had otherwise.
This final photo was an amazing moment in my life. I wanted to do it entirely on my own, the same way I started. I was anxious the entire day about it, to the point that I couldn’t even think straight. I was up until 4am the previous night working on the prop, and I felt rushed during the day to ready everything. But while driving out to my field, I felt a tremendous calm come over me. The world slowed down for me and gave me a moment in time that was absolutely right. It was perfect. The air was warm and the sun was diffused by a perfect haze of clouds while it gently settled over the rolling hills. I arrived with enough time to set up the shot and think slow.
Once I had everything I needed I just stood there and felt everything leave: the anxiety, the stress, the entirely of the project lifting off my shoulders, and I breathed a deeply needed sigh of relief. I stood motionless in the field for half an hour as the sun set, and felt as if I was at the center of the wild eddying universe. The long brutal winter had come to a close in stride with my project. I could smell it in the light breeze that ushered out the cold air. The world was new and right and opening itself up wide for me. I felt new ideas come rushing in. I felt warm in my chest. I felt like a new person.
I want to thank all of my friends that helped me get through this project. I am so humbled by your friendships and willingness to give me your time. I couldn’t have done it without you. I want to thank my amazing wife who had to deal with the insanity of this project more than anyone else. Without her, my life and home would be in shambles. And lastly, I want to thank all of you. I never would have completed this project if it weren’t for you encouraging me to give everything I had to this thing. And so, if nothing else, I can say that I gave every damn thing I had to this madness, and I’ll never be the same. Thank you all so much! I can’t wait to continue to make art for you!
Anonymous asked: Is it weird that I can't help but get worried when you don't post for a while...?
haha, you are my favorite.
363/365 - Nightmare
I went to an old abandoned factory today and had 4 concepts I wanted to shoot. Unfortunately, this was the only one I was able to get through, because my portable light battery died after the first test shot. Oh, well. I’ll go back again.
This is for all those out there who work full time and find themselves having nightmares about work, only to wake up and have to go there.