Should have some more images up from this shoot sometime soon, meanwhile here is first image. The goal of this was to get away from the studio and start producing more lifestyle stuff, and since summer finally arrived I figured I would take the bull by the horns and go and set up some shoots.
So waaay back in the Summer of 2012 I was commissioned by Alberta Views to shoot portraits of three women for an article written by Miranda Martini called “Women in Charge” The portraits were of Melanie Léonard conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Sherri Brillon CFO of Encana and Danielle Smith the current leader of the Wildrose Party. Well it was published this month and here are the photographs they published. It was a great experience, the Art Director Beate Wichman trusted my style and allowed me a lot of freedom. And now Photos!
Top ten lists are fan favourites, everyone loves them and typically they come out before the end of the year, but I didn’t have the time between the gift buying and the drinking and the eating and the drinking and the visiting to really sit down to take the time to compile a list of the favourite TEN photos I took in the last year. Yup this is a completely self serving list. I suppose if I were to rationalize it, I could use this list to see how my work evolved over the course of the year. Although its just something to keep this blog going and show my work. Now some of the photos you will have seen and others you wouldn’t have seen, so without further ado….
This is Anouk, she was 5 when I took this, I think she is six now. This was the first shot of a about 20 I took of her, I told her I was just checking the light.
Liz, she is breath of fresh air, always honest and probably one of the wittiest people I have ever met.
I don’t take a lot of landscapes but I really like this one from Fortress Mountain. I was scouting for a car commercial when I shot this, I always will remember it as my favourite ski hill and the windiest until it was shut down. Now it is used for all sorts of movies, commercials, and photo shoots. This is where the final climactic scene in Inception takes place FYI.
Tony Kaye, the acclaimed director was working on a commercial here last January and I had the honour of driving him around. It was a very interesting experience.
This Hatchet is part of a series of hand tools used by my girlfriends father, he passed away a few years ago and I took the series for her family. If you look back at the blog I did some tools in colour, I think the black and white suits these objects more than the colour.
Thats right, its me. How can I not!
This Lorrie Matheson, he is a Calgary singer/ songwriter/ producer and all around good dude. This portrait was taken for a project Vanessa Conely and I are working on called the Recon, so consider this a little teaser.
Moeed is the head of Al Jazeera New Media, I shot a couple of pictures of him at the TEDxYYc event in 2012. It truly is amazing what Twitter and Facebook did during the uprisings in the Middle East.
No other photo I took this year seemed to get as much attention as this one I took of a gentleman at the Millarville Races. His face tells a story like no other and even though he may look very intense in this photo, after I took it, he gave me a huge smile.
And there it is, the top ten pictures I took last year. Lets hope I take better ones this year!!!!
A couple of weeks ago I got a new (used) Camera. It is an 8×10 large format camera. Having never used one in my life it was a bit of a challenge to work with, but after some trial and error and some patience from my lady friend Jolene I was able to get a couple of shots! And Voila! My first 2 paper negatives. For those of you who read my blog and are like “Shaun, I don’t know what you mean when you say, Paper Negative.” Well the short explanation is… back in the days of the darkroom, you would print on paper. So you take that paper and you load it into the camera just as you would do with film. The catch is the sensitivity of the paper is like 4ISO, unlike film which typically ranges from 50 to 800. Therefore you have to have a model who can just sit there super still! And thats when you ask your girlfriend to come and pose for you because she owes you! Then you take that paper out of the camera, develop it in some magic chemical mixture and you end up with a negative image. Anyway enough rambling. Pictures!!!!
I picked up a day driving on an independent film called Drawing Home back in June. My job was to drive supporting actor, Christian Campbell from Canmore, Ab to Okotoks, about an hour and a half drive away. We got a talking, and turns out he is a photography enthusiast and also passionate about the craft. I asked him if he would like to come into my studio and sit for a portrait. I didn’t take very many pictures maybe the equivalent of a roll of 35mm film. This is what we got.