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:: Saturday, May 13, 2006 ::

Mandy. through mirror crack'd

Light on the photography this week. More back end stuff. As I hinted at last week, I am working on a project with a model named Jaclyn, and after meeting with her, I thought it would be neat to do an interesting piece of body make-up that will look like a tribal Maori tattoo. As she is slim and fair skinned, a heavy piece like that would really stand out. She has a cool body of work so far - and while my stuff wouldn't be the same or so photoshopped, it is going to be cool and we are both excited.

I emailed a few people and got some ideas about how to do transfers and what sort of theatrical make-up to use for the tattoo. Now, as I have very little in the way of artistic ability when it comes to anything other than a camera, I thought having someone with some experience doing the traces or templates would be a good idea.

Morgan, Jordan, and Jaclyn suggested that I get in touch with a local tattoo artist who might be able to help out. AnthonyVee has done theatre work and temp pieces before and works in town so I emailed him through his myspace and he agreed to help out. We are going to get together soon and talk specifics, but this could be really great I think.

My search for a useful temp space also turned up something good. The Arts Project downtown has studio spaces above the theatre and the gallery. And on the top floor was supposed to be quite cool. Morgan, once again quite helpful, suggested contacting the booker for TAP and I went over on Thursday afternoon. Tall brick walls, big windows, lots of character. The last point, would mean a fixer-upper if it was a real estate ad, but for my purposes it would mean a cool space to take pics. Jaclyn and Mandy for sure, could use it as well as Saf I think. I would need to probably bring in some lights, but the natural light for cool black and white portaits would be sufficient on a lightly cloudy day. Exciting stuff and quite cheap too. :)

And speaking of cloudy, it has been cold and damp all weekend. No good for picture taking. Nothing really turned up. On Friday I was going to shoot some pics of Nicole's new house in 'a before and after' fashion as she renovates, but she was going to be out of town. And she reminded me she still has to model for me too which would be cool. Perhaps in one of the still empty rooms?

On Friday I also wanted to check out the abandoned motel that I found last year. I have an idea for a shot involving either Mandy of Jacklyn and the empty pool. I took Mandy with me and we drove off North to check it out. The pool is full of rain and snow melt water currently, and is no good for the shots I want to do, but Mandy really likes the location and I know we could spend a day there shooting.

I gave her a tour of some of the other buildings and came across one of the two abandoned training barracks buildings I saw previously. One was torn down right to the point the stairwells were the only remaining structure. The other had it's main door breached so we went in for a quick look. Even with Mandy doing a CSI look around with a flashlight, the ground floor was too dark, but gutted nicely. The second floor was perfect. Blown out walls. a huge open space, but an intact cooridor and lots of available light.

Mandy found an empty bathroom with no bits of porcelain left intact. We were not really set up for pictures today. Mandy in regular clothes and not much make-up, but I wanted to get a shot of her in one of the cracked and shattered mirrors. I only took a handful of pics of her and the best one is above. We have a couple of other shots planned out which should be wicked if we can get access to the building again. I imagine we can, but if not then the abandoned motel could be a good back up.

Everyone now is waiting on good weather. Consistently good weather. And waiting is something I don't do well. :)

Carpe Diem

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