Paul Belleau is a glass blowing artist who creates lovely and vibrant glass bowl, cups, vases, paperweights, etc. His use of swirling deep colors defines his distinctive style.
Today in studio, we did a bit of Hollywood glamour. My lovely friend, Miss Angel Perez Laflor, stepped in front of my camera to create these fun looks with some very controlled lighting. I haven't seen her in a few years because she moved to Texas. I was glad she stopped by while in town and graced my camera with her fabulousness!
Last night, I saw "The Revenant." Before I get too far into my musings about it, I will let you know that I will not include any spoilers. I hate spoilers. As a matter of fact, I'd call the last trailer for the movie a big spoiler so don't watch that if you don't want the entire movie plot laid out in 60 seconds.
You may wonder why I would blog about a movie. Well, it is visual art and I'm a visual artist. I shoot stills, while movies are "moving pictures." Also, I have blogged about things that inspire me and I will definitely add this movie to the list of inspirational items.
First and foremost, this movie is visually stunning. It's been a long time since a movie has stuck with me like this. The cinematography is some of the best I've seen in a long time. See it in the theatre to experience the full scope. You'll thank me for that piece of advice later.
Another thing that struck me with this movie is the juxtaposition of the beauty and brutality of nature and the beauty and brutality of mankind. I photograph both people and nature. I may get into the complexities of humankind with some of my conceptual fine art portraits, but rarely do I showcase the brutality of nature. I am fully aware of it. I respect nature because if you don't, you'll end up doing something stupid that will lead to injury or death.
If you are a stickler for facts, know that it's taken liberties with the true story that it's based on, but this is not a documentary. It is a dramatized version of the story. There are many sub-themes within the movie. In order to make these points, some variations and stretching of the truth were made. If you want a factual account, there are many books about Hugh Glass. Because a lot is not known about the man, except for his ordeal covered in this movie, creating a fictional backstory seemed appropriate to propel the movie forward.
Before you run off to the theater this weekend, be warned that the violence is graphic. If you can't handle it, you may want to skip this movie. However, considering the scope and reality of nature and humans, for once, violent depictions in a movie belong in the movie. It would not work as well had they softened the violent bits. The vast differences between the sweeping beauty of the landscape and the brutal violence propel this story forward.
Billiard is a dapper 11 year old cat who is in need of a home. He's inquisitive and sweet as can be. His coloring is lovely. He's got a grey frosted tips to his tan/red. It's hard to describe it. You'll have to see it to believe it. Because of his fashionable grey frosted tips, I had to get creative with one of his portraits. The first is a good representational image. The second, I gave him a creative high-fashion treatment. He rocked as a fashion model. He even has that expression and look off camera down to an art form!
If you are interested in adopting Billiard, contact the Rochester Hills Michigan Humane Society and ask for pet ID# 820494.
Today at the Michigan Humane Society, I got to photograph Tiger Lily. Don't let her fierce looks fool you. She is a love bug! Just check out that behind the scenes image of my assistant giving her a chin scratch. She loved my plush blanket and kept kneading it with her paws. She has lovely, manicured paws with long black hairs over each claws. Her markings are absolutely beautiful.
Can you give Tiger Lily a loving home? If interested in her, contact the Rochester Hills Michigan Humane Society and ask for pet ID# 819551.
This was an impromptu food/product shoot. I met a friend for coffee at our favorite local roaster, Chazzano's. We shared two different french press roasts and chatted about photography, while sharing lenses and testing them. I won't bore you with gear talk. That's why I meet with my fellow photographer friends. I will share the test images because while they aren't studio images and they aren't prepped for a proper product and lifestyle shoot, they are great detail images and tell the story off coffee and friendship. They also signify a direction I've been heading in and plan for the new year, product and journalistic style images.
With that, I'd like to ask you, my readers, to assign a theme for me to photograph. Send your comments via email, commenting on this post, or commenting wherever you follow me on social media. I will post the image for the assignment within the week to my blog.