She walked in to the studio as I was working on another project and as soon as she sat on the chair I started taking her picture.
Aster is my friend from university and when I asked her if she could sit for my project, she blatantly refused, but with gently persuasion, she agreed for me to take her picture, but not for the project I was working on.
Well, to me this was a moment of triumph as it makes more and more confident in the powers that be, that are needed when photographing people. One may think it is easy to do portrait photography, but I guess like any other forms of photography, it is a skill that takes a lot practice. Getting people to be comfortable just to sit and their have their image digitally immortalised is an art in itself.
I don’t like having my images taken, but I do put myself in front of the camera from time to time, just to feel what sitters like Aster experience and how I can perfect my approach on making future subjects / clients feel more inclined to have their image taken by me.
Well, I have to thank Aster for letting me photograph her and here is to many more like her!
Follow Aster on Instagram and check out her website to see some of her work.
I have done so much in 2015, but it is not reflected here in my blog.
I keep saying to myself that I should change that and I promise I will. Let this be a reminder of that, to at least post once a month.
That is doable, right? 😁
Happy New Year people!
In the meantime…
…the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.
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…to take part in my photography project.
It wasn’t easy as I have a very
weird nervous way of talking to strangers and asking if they would like to take part in my project. I soon realised how important it is to have someone in the sidelines to help you with certain things. Keep you in check and all that.
For the most part, this involved them having bare shoulders and we know how that goes in autumn and you are all layered up. Good thing, the studio I had booked for the shoot was kind of private.
Setting up the H3D Hasselblad
Anyway, I used whatever resources I had at my disposal and went for it. Approached willing participants from around campus. I got quiet a few weird stares, but I managed to get at least 10 students willing to take part. Even I was shocked.
The rest were some of my colleagues.
Rosario sitting for me for lighting test shot
Nicole sitting for me and final set-up for images
I am still shooting the project in the hope to be finished by the end of this month. My determination is fuelled by words I keep uttering to my son, “Please finish it, as you have already started.”
This particular assignment is making me approach total strangers, ask them for something and build some sort of relationship.
After all, if I am to be portrait photographer, I have to keep practising how to talk to people from all walks of life – family and friends excluded – as it is the most daunting thing I would ever do.
This is for the COURAGE & CONFIDENCE to see this project through.
Photographer’s Project Block!!!
Is there such a thing? Where you get stumped on what to photograph?
Well…I am going through such a period with one of my projects, but I have am so determined to finish what I started.
Perhaps, just roll with whatever ideas I have until I finish my project.
At the moment, I am after 10 males and 10 females ( I don’t know why) to
sit model for me, as the number just seems fitting for this project. Maybe or not, I may have edit it down to the best images.
So far I have at least four people who are willing to be photographed with the end result(s) to be exhibited and/or published into a zine. I suppose that is a start and should be glad.
So, if you are reading this, are in London and want to help me out by taking part, email me for more details here:
There is a FREE print in it for you.
Well….wish me luck and keep it hear for future results of said project once completed.