Almost every day I will have these ideas for photos pop into my head. Once they are there I can’t wait to try them out. Sometimes it’s a new pose I want to try with a couple. Other times it’s a lighting, camera, or Photoshop technique. But sometimes it’s an emotion, or idea, or contrast I want to convey. I guess that’s what keeps photography so exciting all the time; there are no limits.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about contrasts. Creating images which have things that look cool together but don’t really go together. I’m actually super excited about a big shoot I am putting together on the theme in mid July. But that’s for another post.
Yesterday I created the below image to contrast LEFT brain vs. RIGHT brain. I find it so interesting how God made our brains to work in such weird ways. It’s also fascinating to see the different combinations in people. It’s funny how some people are incredibly talented in one side of the brain and very inept in the other side. The list of examples is endless. For me personally I like my living room, den, and kitchen decorated and kept very clean crisp and clutter free. Just the furniture, lamps, and a little wall art. However, my office the walls are covered with hundreds of photos, I have cool little items from all over the world, interesting props left over from shoots etc. When people come in they usually just wander around looking at things for 5 minutes before talking to me. I LOVE shooting and all the creative energy involved, but I also enjoy (to a lesser degree) the business side of photography involving the finances investments, budgeting etc. All said I wanted to create a photo which showed all that. So here it is.
Let me know what you think on the subject!
For those of you who are interested, this image might look simple but it took me about 17 hours to make. From going out and purchasing props I didn’t have, to finding the ones I wanted to use, to setting up the whole scene. I also used 9 or 10 lights to get all the shadows where I wanted them. Plus it took a lot of photos to get the cat to stand in the right place and look in the right direction. (thanks Jeremy for playing animal trainer on this one). And then finally finishing it off in Photoshop. And thanks to Travis for modeling!
Some people have fun in different ways than others! =)