17. March 2012
in the american west
I am a bit lost since a few days – I went to Boise, Idaho (….pronounced: Boy-see …in case you wondered) to join Tanja Schlosser Lippert, Tia Reagan and Ryan Muirhead for a few episodes of FILM on the [FRAMED] Network. I was thrilled to be a part of it – whenever I fantasize about maybe one day photographing professionally, one exciting thought is to travel to far away places and do exciting things…. and this was it! I travel a lot for my normal job, but that is more an airport->hotel->meeting room -> airport routine ….and no photography involved: so a different thing altogether. Being outside my daily routine is a great opportunity to reflect upon oneself, bouncing back and forth with new impressions, people and experiences…. and so I did
The FILM episodes will be available on the FRAMED Network as from May – one per week – 16 in total. Whenever an episode airs that I was part of, I plan on blogging some background info, the pictures I took, some backstage images maybe… for now all I have is one personal shoot I did outside of [FRAMED] while in Boise and thats what you see here…
I was a big fan of Tanja, Tia and Ryan already for some time – it was their images together with images of Jose Villa and alike that got me excited about color film – as I was using predominantly black and white film beforehand. At a certain point Ryan and I became friends on facebook and started having regular chat sessions on facebook – and a few weeks ago he asked if I would be interested to join them on the new FILM Show on the [FRAMED] Network…as much as I loved the idea, I considered it absolutely too-good-to-be true, thinking it would never happen…. after some more talking with Ryan and Melissa of [FRAMED], I finally did board a UNITED Boeing 777 in Brussels last week with final destination Boise, Idaho…
…and I had the most fantastic time! 7 days living in the beautiful [FRAMED] house overlooking Boise with Tia, Tanja and Ryan was nothing short of amazing – we were working almost everyday long hours shooting and doing the different episodes, with excellent support of the [FRAMED] crew and an army of photographers that volunteered to support as assistant producers – all of them were so much fun to work with – their support reached from on-location things, food, transportation, getting people from and to the airport to delivering “groceries” late at night to our house (thanks again!) 😀
Tia, Tanja and Ryan were like family to me – I miss them dearly since I stepped out the door to fly back to Europe. In my life, photography is like a parallel universe – there is my normal life and then there is this other place called photography. On the photography side, I as a person do not really matter, its all about images…. and in a way that feel right as I am so much more comfortable communicating through my pictures than with words or gestures. While in Boise with my three new friends, I felt this was turned upside down a bit – the two worlds collided in a good way – became one. This does probably not make any sense to anyone… anyway.. 🙂
The shooting sessions will be covered later on the show itself, so I will not talk about them…. but I wish you could have witnessed the fun and talk we had around the house.. it is quite something to chat over a glass of wine with such inspiring individuals about photography, different styles of directing, commercial aspects to philosphical and ethical topics while always having loads of fun – I have not laughed that much for a long time. … after this intense week coming back to Brussels was like entering a dark and empty nothing….you start questioning lots of things in your life… feeling slightly out of place.
I would like to share many things that happened, thoughts that crossed my mind …. but that would take way too long…. so I will focus on the pictures and my shoot with Jennifer aka Ryonen aka NarcolepticPidgeon. I am not sure when I first spotted her – I remember it was on DeviantArt and I was amazed by her out-of-this-world-beauty. As she was from the Portland, Orgegon – which is quite a distance from anything in Europe – I never considered it an option to shoot with her – until Melissa and Ryan started talking about the [FRAMED] Show…. so we got in contact and agreed on a date and planned to shoot in Portland, Oregon during one of the days when there was no filming for [FRAMED]. I booked a flight, a location… all was set …just before I departed things changed completely, Jennifer in the meantime had been booked independently through Tanja for one of the [FRAMED] / FILM Episodes…. so I cancelled location and flight to Portland and we planned on shooting at our house in Boise instead… so we were actually shooting 2x times – once for the show and a day later for personal work – which you see here.
Jennifer was around the house for two days before our shoot – and this was quite unusual for me – as absurd as it may sound…. but I think it is a different situation if the model is like an “unknown” – a blank sheet of paper to me that I can “use” to project my story /my images upon. It somehow gets more difficult if this paper is not so blank anymore …but then again that is one of the most exciting things – and the reasons why I love portrait and nude photography more than anything else: there is so much going on – or not going on – between model and photographer, the outcome of the shoot is result of a highly dynamic process with lots of psychology involved which makes each session exciting, unpredictable and unique.
Tia was so kind to get up early in the morning with us to do a quick make-up/hair. I will come back to this point later during the episodes… but Tia is fantastic: you ask her for a certain look and soon afterwards the model and styling look 3x better than you could have imagined… Jennifer is great and so easy to work with – amazingly beautiful – probably one of the most exciting models around and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to shoot with her…. and I hope I will have the chance to be shooting with her again!
I tried to re-create a US suburbian feel from the 50s – the house was just asking for it. I used the Plaubel Makina 67 and a Nikon FM3a with Tri-x – the polaroids are shot with a Polaroid 180 land camera and Polaroid Sepia Film. The colour shots are Portra 400 in 67. The title is from one of Richard Avedons most impressive bodies of work … this is my go at it (not really) 🙂
… unfortunately we only had three hours to shoot as Jennifer’s flight back to Portland was leaving… I could have gone on shooting forever…
I posted again way too many pictures, i.e. duplicates where only the composition changed slightly etc… but I could not decide what to leave out… at the end I included some polaroids.