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.
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.
Earlier this month, I photographed Indiana University student Zaid Karabatak for a One Day/One Hoosier feature.
Here are a few images from a recent fashion-esque photo shoot at IUPUI. My task was to show new apparel available at the school’s bookstore. I don’t fancy myself as much of a fashion photographer, but I tried to treat this shoot as a miniature version of a fashion shoot. Armed with a couple of Profoto B1s, I shot all the models – student employees at the bookstore – within about a 50-yard radius of the store at the IUPUI Campus Center.