let's get weird

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Taking inspiration from the works of Johnathan Zawada, I aimed to recreate the sense of limbo that is present with digital rendering work today. I wished to cultivate a dichotomy between what is fantasy and real within these photographs, to challenge the viewer to inspect and draw their own conclusions. This is all a more scholarly way of saying that for me, a little bit of "weird" goes a long way.

The When:
Winter 2017

The How:
Adobe Photoshop
Capture One
Profoto Studio Lighting
Sony A7rii Mirrorless Camera

The Where:
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

The What:
Studio Lighting
Photography
Photo Editing

Moodboard:
Zawada's art is primarily renderings, a concept not quite so different than setting up a studio shot. Although with renderings the idea is to mimic reality, in this case, the problem was how does one mimic fantasy?

Zawada's art is primarily renderings, a concept not quite so different than setting up a studio shot. Although with renderings the idea is to mimic reality, in this case, the problem was how does one mimic fantasy?

The intention was to craft a photo that gave this otherworldly quality, creating a harsh difference between the organic forms of these plants to man-made materials.

I know, kind of anti-climactic. Four lights were used for this shot: a softbox, a beauty dish, a snoot, and a magnifier for a highlight. The softbox was a fill, and the dish was the main catch light. The snoot was used to color one side of the subject and backdrop, and the magnifier to complete the warm to cool gradient. 

Another goal of mine with all these images was to also evoke a feeling of motion, giving the plant forms movement.

This shot was created with three lights, similar to the previous. I used a softbox for fill and a beauty dish as the main light source, followed by a snoot for the backdrop. The dish allowed me to create the shadows I was looking for in the paint drips I created.
(Some flowers may have been harmed in the making of this project).

ZawadaReferenceImages
ZawadaInspired3
IMG_2208
ZawadaInspired1
IMG_1409 2
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ZawadaReferenceImages

Moodboard:
Zawada's art is primarily renderings, a concept not quite so different than setting up a studio shot. Although with renderings the idea is to mimic reality, in this case, the problem was how does one mimic fantasy?

Zawada's art is primarily renderings, a concept not quite so different than setting up a studio shot. Although with renderings the idea is to mimic reality, in this case, the problem was how does one mimic fantasy?

ZawadaInspired3

The intention was to craft a photo that gave this otherworldly quality, creating a harsh difference between the organic forms of these plants to man-made materials.

IMG_2208

I know, kind of anti-climactic. Four lights were used for this shot: a softbox, a beauty dish, a snoot, and a magnifier for a highlight. The softbox was a fill, and the dish was the main catch light. The snoot was used to color one side of the subject and backdrop, and the magnifier to complete the warm to cool gradient. 

ZawadaInspired1

Another goal of mine with all these images was to also evoke a feeling of motion, giving the plant forms movement.

IMG_1409 2

This shot was created with three lights, similar to the previous. I used a softbox for fill and a beauty dish as the main light source, followed by a snoot for the backdrop. The dish allowed me to create the shadows I was looking for in the paint drips I created.
(Some flowers may have been harmed in the making of this project).

IMG_0396

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