Shadow: a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.
I've been experimenting with filling in the shadows in my portraiture with projected light. This gives me the opportunity to say something about my subjects in a very limited space.
These patterns are made by moving a light behind the subject while the camera shutter is open.
They capture something of the sound that is always missing from still photographs, in the sense that they are etherial, multicoloured, bounce off the environment like an echo, and disappear in a moment. There is also the visual similarity to the lines of a musical score.
José Vitor Assis, trumpeter, Brazil.
Recently I've returned to my roots and started using film again. With the loan of a beautiful Hasselblad 500cm by New Zealand Photographer Michael Willison, I'm also privileged to be exploring medium format photography. The massive 120mm 6x6 negatives have a look to them that is extraordinarily hard to achieve on a digital camera.
On recent shoots I've shot on both digital and film to study the differences.
The greatest philosophers of our time have equated music with flight. Plato wrote "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."
With this in mind I set out to make musicians fly and their instruments levitate, using multiple exposures, composite work, and many assistants.
The Master Painters
I enjoy studying masterworks by great painters, both contemporary and historic. They have masteries of light, colour, and form that present an exciting challenge to recreate.