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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Impossible made Possible

When I heard of the Impossible Project a while back, I didn't think anything of it. I thought it was a vanity project that would never have legs and that Polaroid was gone forever.

Well, I am now eating humble pie. Gladly.

From what I understand, Polaroid will be back, but slightly altered I imagine. Exploring it will be a total joy.

When I was in NYC, I was lucky enough to meet with Dave and Annie of PolaPremium which is my #1 place to buy Polaroid (and not just 600, they have all these other amazing stocks, like 125i Silk). They are actually the US arm of the Impossible Project as well as wonderful photographers in their own right. She has a beautiful collage she did with this new Fade to Black Polaroid, which is inspiring.

They are also wonderful people to simply chat with.

I don't think I can effectively communicate how impressed (and selfishly thrilled) I am that just a few people did the hard work of figuring out how to resurrect Polaroid and allow the rest of us to enjoy it again.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Greatest #7: Kate Bellm

Last week, I found a few images by Kate Bellm and immediately went to her site. What struck me right away (and left the strongest impression) was her use of flash without the hideous, over-done black shadows that tend to ruin the style for me.

Her work somehow feels cleaner and more thought-out while retaining the immediacy and sexiness the flash creates. As well, her poses are unexpected and exciting, I look forward to seeing her style evolve.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Why Tony De Lucci is amazing

Here is Tony lighting a closet. I worked with him over a three day shoot and he was absolutely indispensable and, oftentimes, a miracle worker.

Plus he is a joy to have on set. Funny, easy-going, smart and has the ability to really, truly get things done.

He is on flickr as well. If you can get him, he is worth every penny.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Wonder that is Helena

I was looking through Model Mayhem, trying to find someone gorgeous who would not have issues posing nude and, after 30 pages, I found Helena. She agreed to work with me and once I started shooting her, I realized how lucky I was. There are very few models I want to shoot again and again, but she is one of them. She has a beautiful face that lends itself to an unexpected androgyny and she is a pleasure to work with.

I have shot with her twice now in about as many months and fully intend to do more.

She is exceptional.