Sunday, February 28, 2010

steampunk in corridor

steampunk in corridor (self portrait) steampunk in corridor

Did this a few weeks ago on location at an old miltary fort. Its actually a pillbox/bunker that is almost completely buried under sand at this time, but there remains an obscure path to both entrances, one of which can be seen behind me.

I had a couple of Canon 580 EXll strobes. One shooting through a small softbox to light subject and another off in the back shooting through a red gel to the wall in back of me.

A vivitar 285HV shooting from the back to light side of subject and hair. There are three rooms off the corridor one of which I placed the two lights shooting out from so as not to be in view of the scene.
It was good fun till the wild dogs decided to come strolling through. . .

20 comments:

Sheila said...

Ahaahaha! Ya goof! You really are quite a mad and artistic genius you know. Love the way you colorized this shot. And I must say, you must be your own greatest model, no?

Julie Magers Soulen said...

I love this caricature of a steampunk man. The lighting effects are wonderful. I especially like the red behind the figure. Scary about the wild dogs!

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography
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-Don said...

Wild dogs would have made my hair stand up like that as well!!! What a great piece of art.

-Don

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Gary, Where do you find these amazing models? Tell me, are they difficult to work with? Do they act like divas? Do you have to provide them with food and drink during the shoot? How co-operative was this one? He looks a little full of himself - guaging by the cock of his head ... Did it require a lot of patience to work with him? Did he get fidgety while you are adjusting your settings?

Just interested in the relationship you have with this guy/subject/model ....

:)

Gary Heller said...

Hey thanks for dropping in and leaving your thoughts.
Bonnie, I bet! I am still trying to figure that out. . . ;)

willow said...

Surreal! I love your fabulous hair. It's just like Marilyn and the updraft! Wish I could get mine to do that.

DJ said...

Wonderful use of color in this piece!
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slommler said...

Great use of your lights!! The costume is terrific. Wild dogs huh? That is scary!
Hugs
SueAnn

kyungmee said...

haha..I love it..crazy! Wonderful work, gary!! You are rreally GOOD!

Daryl said...

GAH .. I am seriously falling in love with these people you become .. so clever .. so talented .. so handsome ...

She Writes said...

Gary, you make me laugh! Who doesn't appreciate someone who can have fun? And this photo is brimming with humor.

Wild dogs?!
xxAmy

Catherine said...

Wonderful results ~ I think you are brave setting up your photo shoot where you did. It looks a little risky ~ ha! But I guess that's what makes your photos so amazing ~ you take risks and try! Love it!

You remind me of Jim Carrey from Lemony Snickets ~ so many different and interesting characters inside of you fighting to get out! :)

Take care,
Catherine

PS ~ you must have a lot of fun 'props'!

Antonio Estevez said...

that red tint on the wall in the background is what really sets this photo off. great work, as usual.

joanne May said...

Gary,
Everytime I visit you, your photo's are getting more and more bizarre and unusual... I think they are great!:)
I especially like your glasses in this image. They look like the ones that Johnny Depp wore in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... You truly look like a made professor in your photo. Hee hee...
Just wonderful!;)
Jo.

diane said...

Stray wild dogs, yikes!! I would have had to throw my underwear away.

This shot is insane. I mean that in a good way.

Shelley said...
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Shelley said...

Gary, Your photography just knocks me out. You have a finely tuned sense of the absurd and your train of thought is off the rails. I'm a total fan, Shelley

angelshair said...

Ha! I love that one, the red background, the glasses, the outfit and the expression on your face. You look like you are coming right from a Tim Burton movie!
You must have fun doing these self portraits!!

Tonya Vollertsen said...

What a quinkydink! I was just reading about Steampunk today. You have surely captured the essence of the Steampunk spirit. They have an installation of Steampunk art at the Smithsonian I think it was. Great photo... and you seem to work so well with yourself.

Beholden-To-Nature (Kenna) said...

Had to stop in and see what you're up to lately... and, as ever, I am so glad I did. Your work is just fascinating, Gary. And inspiring, even educational (if by educational, I mean lets one know how much more they still have to learn in a given field!!). ;) Not for the first time, I wish we were closer so I could tag along on a shoot here or there and come back with my head swirling a whole different set of photo knowledge around! But alas... NY is too far for a day trip.

And anyway, I'm not a big fan of wild dogs... especially the kind that live in cities and are completely undaunted by humans. ;)

(What a way to end that post!)