On June 20, 2018, the public library in Olean, New York hosted a “drag queen reads to children” event. A man who claimed to be the “Region 2 Director” for the National Socialist Movement posted on Facebook that he would go to the library to protest along with some other National Socialists (Nazis). “Flo Leeta,” the drag queen, claimed that the library had received death threats and arson threats.
I liked the way the light fell, and the way the extreme cold blanketed the creek with flowing fog.
Until recently, almost all photos that I took only used available light. Then I found David Hobby’s excellent Strobist blog, as well as his 8-hour video course on lighting. Hobby’s work made it apparent that by only shooting in ambient light, I was missing out on a whole other aspect of photography. After some fits and starts with that material, I went to a 1-day studio lighting workshop at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo. After the CEPA class I’ve done some more sessions in my studio.
Here are some of my early efforts with artificial lighting.
I’ve been thinking lately about night shots with the only illumination coming from road flares.
It’s winter here now, with plenty of snow, and the contrast of having a model without little clothing on, in the blowing snow and holding a stick of chemicals burning at 2600° (1425° C) appeals to me. I find it sensual.