The Untitled Chair Project

Before Digital

November 12, 2011
Before digital cameras we had Polaroid film for our instant photo gratification. Shooting with instant film has reminded me how unforgiving film is but beautiful and tangible at the same time. I spent the day "learning" my new camera rig and the instant film. Here are a few test shots from today.

The Video Explained

November 12, 2011
Shooting the video yesterday with my children (Connor & Lukas) was fun and interesting, I really didn't know what to expect. I approached it unscripted(except for the cards), unrehearsed and with little direction. Initially, I was just going to take shots of Lukas holding the cards and transition the images together to make a "clean" video. But after seeing the final video I felt it needed to stay as is. After I sped it up it needed a soundtrack to slow the pace down, for without music it feels a bit "Benny Hill-ish". With the blessing of singer and songwriter Lindsay Searl Barber I added her beautiful song, "Milk & Cookies". 
Connor is signing,"I love you", when he runs behind his brother Lukas.
This was a happy accident.
Lukas was done here, but with the promise of a fruit smoothie we were able to get back on track.
Connor jumping in front of the camera was completely unscripted.
Lukas was asking "How did I do?"

Diana - The Camera Rig

Initially shunned by pros but embraced by the art community, the plastic toy camera known as the "Diana" is infamous for its beautiful, unpredictable faults. This inexpensive low-tech, plastic camera merges with one of the 20th century's greatest inventions; the Polaroid. This juxtaposition merger creates instant photographs with welcomed vignetting, blurring, and light leaks. The Diana with the instant back attached produces images that measure 6.2cm x 4.6 cm, about the same size as a credit card.
A $45 Diana plastic camera that produces terribly fantastic images instantly with a $75 Polaroid back, in conjunction with a $50 flash, $40 wide angle lens, $20 Nikon flash cord and a reclaimed, re-purposed Carolina Herrera gift ribbon as a camera strap = the beginnings of a new photography project.

Found: One Perfect Chair On Yas Island

September 1, 2011

I found the perfect chair for the project at a small popular Swedish furniture store on Yas Island. The chair, PS Saga is a design by Nike Karlsson.