Amy Walek is a friend of mine who recently started modelling for local photographers. She often helps out at our experimental Töad Meädow Arts Collective and attended our big annual party that we threw in July, 2019.
At the party, we had a fire sculpture that I made way back in 2011. It’s called Untitled Fire and it has rustled some jimmies at various Burning Man-affiliated festivals because some people considered it anti-Christian. Other people objected for other reasons. A lot of people have found a lot of reasons to dislike Untitled Fire, but I think it looks pretty damn metal, if you ask me.
Anyways, Amy was dressed in a killer outfit and looking great, so we did an impromptu photoshoot using the firelight from the sculpture to light the pictures.
I think my favorite among these is the one with her silhouetted against the light from the sculpture. I haven’t posted it to my Instagram because I think it would look shitty on a tiny phone screen, but it looks cool as hell on a computer monitor and I bet would look really good printed on photo paper.
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Back in May, 2018, I got together with Christiana to do a series of pictures to raise awareness about water pollution with a sexy bubble bath twist. These were some other fun pictures we shot that day that do not fit into the rest of the series. So, enjoy these outtakes. I’m just now starting to work on editing the water pollution pictures. I expect that I’ll have them posted in a week or so.
A few months ago, I found some “scrim art” photos on Instagram that really impressed me.
Silhouette-style photos are also nice; the viewer gets to observe the outline of the human form without being distracted by unique details. But silhouette photos are common. I’d even say gimmicky and cliché (usually).
The scrim photography gave the best of both worlds: an appreciation for the overall form and its interplay between light and shadow, as well as a bit more detail of the model to really fuel the imagination.
This was my first experiment with this sort of lighting and I’m happy with the results. I will take many more like this. If you’re interested in modeling for such photos, please contact me. In your message, include a link to your social medias or modeling portfolio if you have one.
Almost a year ago now, I was looking at some pictures that I had taken at night using the light from my propane fire sculptures. I always liked the way the light flattered the face and skin of the subjects.
Christiana Oulette transfixed by the dancing fire on a section of the Flaming Photo Frame. 2018.
The large light source really softens the light and flatters the skin, and the warm color of the light is downright beautiful.
So I got the idea…why not build another piece of fire art, but this time, design it specifically for taking photographs?
So with the help of some friends on the drill press, we threw this together over a couple weekends in the workshop at Töad Meädow.
I designed it with 8 separate propane injection sites to allow me to control lighting ratios. That feature is not working how I want it to yet; the fire comes out pretty evenly all around the frame, but I am constantly upgrading it and hopefully will one day have that feature figured out.
It is also modular. This means I can add or remove sections to make it wide enough for group pictures and shorter if I am photographing shorter models.
It looks scary, but once you see the pictures that come out of it, all your fears will be forgotten.
Is she having second thoughts about the Flaming Photo Frame idea? 2018.
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