Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Jones Family

I took these photos for my future sister and brother in-law. 

This is Ellis. We were having fun in his Grandmothers backyard. 

Jeannette and Marlowe. 

Chris, Ellis, Jeannette and Marlow. I had a bunch of these photos but this one was the best because no one was paying attention to me (a difficult task at an even quasi formal photo op). 

Yes, Marlowe is cute. 
The perfect Grammy & Grandson photo. Obviously cliche' but totally likable. 
The sun was harsher than I would have liked.  I like the angle on this picture. 
Ring around the rosie from Marlowe's eye level.  Although it's blown out by the sun and I chopped off half of Ellis' head, I think it still works. 


I saw this on Friday night and I couldn't help myself. It is my attempt at a near "phototoon" (an Elliott Erwitt inspired idea).  

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Anthropology Environmental Portraiture

My Anthropology class finally got to go outside to take photographs of one another. It's amazing how must more relaxed everyone was when we got to be outside. Maybe it was the fresh air, the excess of space, the fact that we had spent more time together or maybe it was just that we are all outdoor people, but whatever it was, it was much more fun than sitting in front of hot studio lights and trying your hardest not to let others take that oh so familiar high school year book photograph of you again. There is a lot I can say here. I was focused on framing the picture in a good way and it ended up suggesting something very morbid. The redness on the bark to me looks like blood. I look at this picture and find it almost disturbing a little. The picture to me is not the fun hang from a tree that the moment actually was. Here is an example of how something so simple as red bark has the power to alter the semantics of a picture. 
This is what we all look behind a camera really. 
And this is what we all look like taking a photograph of ourselves. 
Simply a portrait. The blurred background is my effort to stop those menacing branches from stabbing Keith in the face. 
I used a slow shutter speed to highlight the falling aspect of the leaves. It left Lily and Keith's face soft but I think it's worth the affect. 
A happy leaf moment. 

Anthropology Studio

Back in the anthropology studio. 
Here we were experimenting with the strobe. We didn't have a lot of time to play around with it so this was the best that I got. At least his hair is straight up at one point. 
Oh, and this is another ode to Edgerton I suppose. 
There's just one cigarette, it's just moving around a bit.