I thought that this image inspired by Rolling Stones magazine cover of Yoko Ono and John Lennon would fit nicely to my relationship series. It gets quite a lot more macabre with fat piggy lying in the bed and I also wanted to make an image where woman seems to be more interested about the camera and the man is more submissive on the womans side. From a color point of view it also loans something from american beauty poster. I used boom arm to raise the camera to the roof as it worked nicely in previous above the bed shoot too. I then photographed several shots about the sheets alone and used those to enlarge the bed to the king size model.
Xmas time is starting to feel like this. I read this article about using car wind screen reflector as photographic reflector. It was only 3.90€ so I thought I give it a try. Couldn’t get that nice reflections to the eyes since I was taking a self portrait and it was hard to see those but it still worked nicely as a reflector.
I was planning an image about pig staring at the ass when woman is cleaning the house and bends down?. It felt pretty chauvinistic but it seemed to fit in this series. Man is a pig after all. Well I don’t think enjoying watching your wifes arse is bad at all, but maybe you could help her cleaning the house and not reading the paper. This idea circled in my mind some time but then I wanted to change the gender roles in the image and image seemed just funny. Not something that would be offensive at all? Are our roles this polar that one is totally bad and other is just funny. Or is it just me that finds it this way.
Grey background was easier to carry to downstairs than the kitchen table to the upstairs so I photographed these images there. Again there were so many “moving” parts that I constructed these images from several pieces. It’s pretty easy when everything is photographed in the same light. That drawer was pretty wobbly and back plates fell to the floor when moving it back and forth so next project after shots was to give it some glue and care…
“Sometimes action in the studio gets so heated up that strobes are just smoking.” Continuing with the humour images since I didn’t feel like doing anything serious. We found my wife’s baret when cleaning the storage and I saved it for photographic use and I thought it might fit this image quite nicely. This image was photographed in two pieces. First the self-portrait, then the smoke on the strobe. I didn’t have enough room for the back light so I did get some flare but fixed it in post. For the smoke machine I used modified electric cigarette with just the base fluid. It’s more than enough for a small studio. The real smoke machine is just too much for an space like this.
Christmas is coming so it’s time to make some images from Santa Claus. Jake asked me if I would like to take some bad santa themed images and since I already had thought something like that we moved quickly to the planning phase. I took the images in my home studio and it was a bit small for a two people shoot like this but we managed to get the shots. I already had other pictures needed for the backgrounds but I had to photograph one more for the floor texture. I usually don’t like use very saturated colours but in this case I thought this humour needs some good bright reds. And as a Finnish metal fan it’s Bäd Santa. Like Lemmy said about ö in Motörhead “I only put it in there to look mean”.
This image started as a test if I could use melted plastic as a texture in my face. Kind of burned melted face. I used heat gun to melt the plastic over the mannequin head. I photographed the head and my head in the same light. I used little fill for the texture for the black part of the face. I’m not completely happy with the result but at least every image works as a exercise.