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the smaller stuff

At some point in recent history it occurred to me that I should make throwing work into this stuff bucket a more habitual thing… There’s a lot of projects that come across my desk that are “quickies”. Though these types of assignments wouldn’t traditionally be considered portfolio pieces – I really paused when considering the sheer volume of these that I’ve moved through my desktop over the old analog portfolio

There’s a discussion topic launch point right there… how this kind of technology has really changed the nature of “portfolio”… Decades ago portfolio pieces *had* to be precious… My perfectly printed samples encased in plastic and slid into that trusty leather binder… the one I’d gripped white-knucked so many times and schlepped into first-time meetings with a potential client or employer.

I just found that old portfolio in this last move. It’s a perfect time capsule from back to about 2003 which was the last time I made an analog presentation.

I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away… that ole piece of cow hide and I went a lot of places together. I can count the fingernail marks on the spine like rings of a tree… “There’s the ones from the Flieshman Hillard portfolio review…. and there’s the one from that one bank…  and there…”

Oh yeah – about the image. ↑

My old colleague Erin (O’Brien) Wright rang me up from her new job and asked if I could massage a ragged bitmap image their company had cannibalized using CAD to show their company locations. The end destination for the graphic is a large conference room window in their office. The solution (which was actually a little more tedious than you’d think to get to) will install on the glass as three layers of vinyl: 2 on the inside of the glass, 1 on the outside.

seeing the light(s)

Click here for a larger version of the above picture.

I didn’t mention this a few weeks back for no apparent reason other than I’ve only just now gotten to mess around with this.

Alise, – my first employer out of college / mentor / friend… (Don’t confuse “A”lise for “E”lise – the goddess of the black bar) – rather out of the blue called me and asked if I’d like to have some of her old lighting equipment…. I said SURE – and asked if I could do anything for her…. She mentioned the postcards I layout for her annually.

I’ve been doing these for her for a decade…. It’s all based on a grid now and doesn’t take long to layout and prep for press at all… soooo… As far as I see it – she basically said “Would you like to take my old strobe kit for free?”…

Just like the old days.. This was the same rig I used when I was her fresh outa school monkey boy assistant.

Balcor… 2400 watts…. 2 heads… Couple of dishes…

Obviously not enough to run out and open a studio… but a nice tool to get reacquainted with.

Serendipity would arrange all this… Alise had no knowledge of my new years resolution to take more pictures this year…

Serendipity? wrong word? maybe it’s a Secret… (*winks at <“ljuser = sarahparah”>*)

Anyway – the lights would sit in my office for damn near a month…

Last week one of my irregular freelance clients called wanting some food pics done. (I’ve done these before for them – but using natural light).

Voila… an excuse to get off my ass and hook the damn things up and start testing.

Kevin built me a clever light tent last night out of PVC and a fitted sheet…

Messed around by sticking the cats in the box and shooting them… (I haven’t gotten any background paper yet… better do that sometime before tomorrow’s shoot… ugh)…

but wait! there’s nothing more tedious photo geek babble…. so I’ll spare you my hand wringing over remembering how to work with the exposures and what-not – and just try to post experiments as I do them. 🙂