While walking around with friends, I saw this tree and red door. I screamed to me to be photographed. I loved it. I mentioned it to my friends and they encouraged me to go ahead an "scratch that itch." So I asked Krista to get in the doorway and I posed her so that she'd mimic the three.
Detroit has a historic are designed by the famed architect Mies Van Der Rohe. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture. He, like Frank Lloyd Wright, blended architecture with nature. Because the cherry blossoms are blooming, I decided to document the architecture and flowers over the weekend.
Below a couple images showcasing the architecture with nature:
And the rest are apple and cherry blossoms. I spent a lot of time on those since they are in bloom for a very short time.
My photography friend getting a closeup of the blossoms. We like to tease each other and call each other (f)artistes.
The following day, I went around my neighborhood looking for more blossoms:
I have posted before about the impact we are having on nature: the disregard for wildlife, trampling delicate ecosystems, litter, etc. I have stated that I proudly follow leave no trace principles and ethics in wildlife photography. I am now a member of Nature First, an alliance for responsible nature photography.
THE NATURE FIRST PRINCIPLES
About a week ago, I shot some portraits, toured, and photographed Detroit's Eastern Market. The Eastern Market area is a historic marketplace in Detroit, MI . It was designated as a historic place in 1974 and received a National historic place and added to the register in 1978. The farmer's market was first opened in 1841. Eastern Market is the largest public market in the United States.
Throughout the district, beautiful murals are painted on the exteriors of buildings. It's hard not to get caught in the phantasmagoric swirl of color that surrounds you.
And some shots of the local buildings and sites:
Julien's paisley jacket inspired me to light the set in a 1960s psychedelic style. I quickly put together a 60s set style using a mod chair, table, and a couple vintage lamps.
At my friend's studio, there is a hallway that is boring. Yet, I was drawn to it. Every time I rented the space or worked in it with my friend, I would think, "I need to do something here." Yesterday, my friend gave me that opportunity. We had a session with Julien scheduled. It was supposed to be on locations, but with the weather being rain all day, every day for a week, we had to change plans. With the shift in location from outdoor to his studio, my friend said, "bring some of your ideas."
When I arrived, I told him the ideas and he was on board. The funny thing about photography and photographers is that there a many ways to achieve the same thing and each photographer has their own way of doing it. I had one idea of how to light the hallway and my friend had another idea. Fortunately, we work well together. We problem solved and came up with solutions in order to get the lighting just as we wanted it.
As always, I am grateful for my friend and the opportunities we've had to collaborate and share ideas, spaces, and models.
Model/Actor: Julien York of the iGroup agency.
Assistant/Second Shooter: My friend (he likes to remain anonymous)
These images with Janette are in a different style and period, but the hat ties it into the look I did last week. It was fun to break out of my comfort zone and try to do a concept that was light and airy instead of dark and moody.
As per usual with my photography work, minimal retouching and effects achieve in camera.
This is a cross between dance and noir. A little Fred Astaire, Bob Fosse, and Humphrey Bogart rolled into one.