Portrait Studio Shoot

The final images for my Photographing Light studio group's portrait series! Now crisper (due to our use of strobes instead of a high ISO) with more angle changes, better dress designs, and slightly less exorcist-y facial expressions. Artist statement below. 

Artist Statement A feeling of helplessness over the control of one’s mind or body can be debilitating, leaving the sufferer vulnerable and exposed. When a person falls victim to their life, a sense of self can appear distorted. These distortions prevent escape as a mind troubles reality. However, as control is reclaimed by its wearer, beauty is recognized in the strength being gained. It is through hope, represented by the gold cloth, that we can locate what originally seemed altogether lost.

Lighting Statement To help convey the concept, dramatic lighting was used with a back light and reflector when needed. In the final shoot, strobes were used to further increase the overall intensity of the mood we were intending to create. The light beautifully illuminates the plastic tarp in a dreamlike, almost fairy tale fashion; but this is offset by the intensity of light to eliminate any idea of fragility and convey strength. 

Collaboration By Marissa Billmeyer, Sara Murillo, Kristen Williams, Kimberly Wronkiewicz

Photography Independent Study Teaser

I spent six hours today in the lighting studio working on my Photographing Light Independent study. It was long, but at the end of the day, I love that I had to make the time to work on this body work.

I'm still figuring out how to present this series since I have a lot of things I want to say with it, but here's a teaser photo for the project from today's shoot. This was my first time playing with long exposure images; I had a blast! I am looking forward to my next shoot.

Touch of Gold

The significance of an object is unique to the hand that touches it. In this series of images, gold paint is used to illuminate the self as reflected in the items we interact with. While such impressions are invisible in every-day life, these depictions draw attention to the energy we transfer into lifeless objects in our environment.

Images are collaborative; by Kristen Williams, Marissa Billmeyer, Sara Murillo, and Kim Wronkiewicz

The objects. when necessary, were suspended with fishing line which was then removed in Photoshop by Kristen. See the original photos and their edits here: wine glass, cigarettes, book