Death

These are what I call character portraits. They are part tests how the character design works, but also images themselves. I take these in studio whether or not I’m planning to use the actual character in studio. Currently I’m planning a series of images where this guy hangs out with death. I’m pretty happy how this character looks and I was pretty excited when I saw it “complete” for the first time. It took four months from idea to the first shoot just to get this death character finished.

This was also a first test of our new camera club studio and it worked really well. It was built with voluntary work from our club to the same air-raid shelter where the old one also was. This part of the cave has much better air (old had some mold in it) so after some building it was really nice to get shooting.

Cross-section of a Man

“Is this who I am. How strongly this defines me?” More food photography this time with back-lit vegetables and fruits. Didn’t have a stand this low so I put some spigots together to a rod. There was some bending in spigots after the shoot and it was not the sturdiest setup but it got the job done.

Heart of Stone

After all the shit he had to come through his heart had turned into a stone. He ripped it out to the open and asked: “Are you happy now?”. The surrounding walls didn’t respond and the agony of silence was all he had.

Studio Boy

I have some unconventional nude images and I wanted to take part of photo competition that has a nude category. You can upload four images to each category and I could find only three. I remembered Mario Testino’s youtube video which has self portrait nude with a studio light. I have a habit to go over board and guess what, it happened again. Now I just have to wait and see if judges have enough humour for these images…

Kalloflex

Although I only photograph in digital I have some old cameras as decorative pieces. I have been looking for this Kalloflex camera for some time. Kallo is skull in Finnish so it goes nicely with my logo. Sides and front of the camera were in bad shape so I ordered A4 sheet of vinyl to renew those. First I disassembled the sides, removed old vinyl pieces and photographed the pieces. Next I traced photographs with Inkscape and printed stencils for the vinyl. I attached the paper stencil to the vinyl with two-sided tape and cut out the pieces. Vinyl had the glue in it so the rest was easy. I blackened the sides of the aluminium with sharpie to hide minor errors in the cut outs.

For the theme “Small”

I got to choose next theme of the month for the local camera club. “Small” came to my mind. I didn’t have any idea what to do for that myself. It proved to be quite challenging theme for me. After a while I managed to do one humour and one conceptual image for the theme. In “Oppression” I used the same character and style as in “life decisions“. This could easily lead to some kind of series about life. Character was photographed in the same setup as the boot, camera was just a bit farther away. I guess I leave explaining the humour image to the viewer…