The man is in the process of manufacturing multiple paper representation of the model by shining a light on her. The Ben-Day dots depict the human figure’s transition from a portrait, defined by chiaroscuro, into an image that is flat and lifeless. The paper representations are artfully placed along the sides of the image keeping the viewers eye inside the art.
As viewers, we only get to see the final piece by a photographer. What was the actual look of the portion of the setting that wasn’t being photographed? I thought it would be interesting to see images of a director creating a scene that he/she would photograph.
I wanted to show work in progress with visible electrical extension cords, photographic lights, and food scattered around the studio. Showing the remnants of the creative process and leaving the untidy set in the final image seemed unorthodox to me, but I was intrigued by the “behind the scene” aspect. All of these formal elements of our perception are what excited me.
I would position the lights to make shadows that made different abstract forms on the drop cloth, poles and my body. The spotlights would direct the gaze towards the picture’s center, furthermore creating gradients of saturated colors and of black/white. I pulled back the curtain that hides the typically unseen aspects of a photo shoot to demonstrate how a director would set up a shoot.
I had been doing a lot of work with partially nude women and my cohort at school asked why I hadn’t shown men or myself. This is the first time turning the camera on myself to show fair play. This is a behind the scene’s shot of how I set the scene for Serendipity. I added the Roy Lichtenstein bust and a photo of David Haxton’s work to show my inspirations.
Behind the scenes shot of myself setting the light to take the Serendipity photo.
All of the women I worked with as models were very helpful in getting the right shot. In this piece Jen is holding the light with my direction for the photo titled Not Being Photographed.
The behind the scenes look at what models do when not being photographed, and what the artist is doing to get the shot ready.
One of my first photographed sessions. Holding the light that turns herself into paper, looking toward the paper wall that is folding into shapes in a blue color representing fantasy. The paper's folds and color are so enticing to her, she wants to merge with this new dimension.