Project: Post-Apocalyptic Tribal Shaman

I recently had a WONDERFUL shoot with a good friend. The concept was “Tribal Shaman” but ended up way more awesome than I ever had anticipated. Basically a lot of fun with some black (and white) bodypaint, black feathers, contact lenses. Add to this a very beautiful and talented model (Lea) and a skilled and enthusiastic photographer (myself) and the end result turned out amazing!

This is my first published foray into art-nudes territory, and I know that both me and Lea are very proud of it. Most important: we had tons of fun! 99 images and I’ve selected my personal favorites to post here. Some (that aren’t as revealing) have already been published on my Facebook-page.

I decided to publish these photos on a separate page. I’m not bothered or offended by the naked body myself, but apparently there are other people out there who are squeamish about such things. Go there for the full experience. Keep it classy, keep it tasteful.

Here’s a sample:

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High-key self-portrait

Self-portraits are something of an achilles-heel with me. I find it very difficult to be both photographer and subject, and when acting as the subject I get deeply mired in a strange desire to reflect my inner self in some kind of semi-idealized way which further confuses my process.

I try to move away from this, but it’s difficult. I’ve learned that I might manage to take a somewhat decent self-shot when I’m not stressed, but it’s difficult.

Earlier this evening I had an hour with nothing special planned and I decided to attempt some impromptu experimentation with high-key lighting. This is a technique I desire to have at least some grasp of, and so far my attempts have (in my own admittedly very biased opinion) failed miserably. Strobes were already setup so I just slapped my camera on a tripod and used my bedroom door as a white background.

It was surprisingly fun and meditative. I was originally going to just use some inanimate object as a subject but ended up using myself and doing a fair bit of running back-and-forth between the back and the forth of the camera. I opted on using my 35-70 since I just wasn’t in the mood to fiddle about with the manual focus 105 despite it being my preferred lens for this type of business.

End results were better than expected. I learned a bit more on how to not pose myself. I now feel more confident in attempting this style in the future. I learned that my version of Spock-lifting-one-eyebrow looks like crap.

Not bad for just an hour of goofing around with some flashes, a camera and a bedroom door.

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