About a month ago I had the opportunity to photograph some faculty members in the Piano Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. My goal going in was to create a simple and replicable headshot style. I fired one Profoto B1 camera right feathering the light across the subjects’ faces through a 36-inch octa softbox. The texture in the background is a limestone wall about four feet behind the subjects.
Penn State’s Mike Watkins (24) falls to the floor as he looks to pass during a NCAA men’s basketball game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Photo by James Brosher)
Penn State’s Lamar Stevens (11) works against Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis (4) during a NCAA men’s basketball game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Photo by James Brosher)
Twin H Tree Farms President Jeanne Hopwood inspects a Christmas tree at the farm near Bloomington on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (James Brosher/Indiana University)
Christmas trees are pictured in a field at Twin H Tree Farms near Bloomington on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. An Indiana University study highlighted a 40 percent decrease in Indiana Christmas tree farms since 2002. The study found that the decline is likely to continue. (James Brosher/Indiana University)
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do a two-day wet plate collodion workshop with the great Dale Bernstein here in Bloomington at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts. I have always been curious about the process and came into it without really any prior experience. My background was much different than the other folks in the workshop. I walked away with a great respect for everyone who is able to create beautiful images using this process. It’s incredibly hard. Really hard. I made a few images (poorly), but really loved the deliberate thought process that goes into creating each image. It’s something that can easily be lost today with digital cameras. I’d love to give it another shot again soon although it might be hard to convince my wife to keep potassium cyanide around the house with a newborn.