Burlap, Elastic, and Safety Pins

April 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Burlap

Maybe yours do, but my visions don't always become reality. Occasionally they do, however! This happened last week when I was working with Shannon (who is an amazing model) for the first time.

We received permission to shoot in the abandoned campus of an old mental health hospital. Especially when you've never scouted a location, it's impossible to have a detailed plan. But I did have a general concept I wanted to attempt. Shannon and I both brought assorted wardrobe items and accessories, not knowing how inspiration would strike us as we wandered around the old hospital. Among my items were a strip of elastic, some safety pins, and a 12' roll of burlap that I hoped to fashion into a long skirt. Shannon had a perfect cropped top to complement the burlap. We found an abandoned utility shed that made a great ad-hoc studio for the concept. The back wall of the shed was made of steel sheeting, and the (dirty) floor and walls were wood.

I cut a length of elastic to fit Shannon's waist, doubled-over the burlap, and pinned it to the elastic. We captured an initial pose, and then with great poise and patience (in 40 degree weather), Shannon stood in place as I rotated the burlap strip around her waist. At each increment, I snapped my shutter. Complicating matters, I had conveniently forgotten my tripod (duh), so I did my best to shoot from the same position each time. Other than the ambient light spilling into the room from behind me, my lighting consisted of a single Einstein 640 strobe with a silver beauty dish powered by a Vagabond Mini battery/inverter (Paul C. Buff). I composited and processed the photo in Photoshop CS6 and used the Topaz Adjust plug-in to help create the desaturated, grungy look. The final image is better than I had imagined!

~ Kris

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Model: Shannon Watson

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