Coming to the Pointy End

Not exactly the end, maybe a pointy peak in the middle. On Wednesday in class we were apparently told next week we’ll be presenting our concept proposals for our end of term portfolios. This means not only do we have to have our written proposal complete, we apparently also have to create a presentation to outline our concept. I say apparently a lot because I wasn’t in class last week.

According to my classmates we need to provide a minimum of five images by other people supporting our theme. We also need to shoot a minimum of five of our own images to support our theme. They don’t need to be quality they just need to support our portfolio. They may be shots of locations we intend to use, sample shots of concept work. They can also be supported by work in our visual diaries, drawings of shot set-ups.

In the past these have been presented as powerpoint, keynote, PDF etc. Sometimes with props sometimes, as reported by members of my class, as small low-budget motion pictures. I find it nuts that we only hear about this one week out but we get two weeks to work on single shots like a self portrait or a mood lighting shot.

So today I hope to take a little road trip, I’m looking for a wood/forest to support one of my concepts, I have two and haven’t yet ruled either out. My tutor, on hearing my two concepts suggested I could perhaps combine the two. Not sure they would work together.

Our portfolio is also supposed to be “about” something and well to be honest I don’t think either of mine are. They are just fun concepts. Perhaps in working up my documentation I’ll come up with a rational for them.

So I have a busy few days ahead. Wish me luck.

My Casting Calls

When Life Was All About Fun

Hey All,

I’m a student photographer looking to create my portfolio for the end of second semester and I’m looking for models to achieve the desired outcome.

I’m posting two casting calls as I have two concepts I’d like to explore.

This one is “When Life Was All About Fun” and it’s an exploration of adults doing activities usually reserved for children. The activities we give away as we grow up.

The shots will include activities like:

  • Playing hopscotch using a chalk-drawn hopscotch on a road or path.
  • Running through the sprinkler or a hot summer’s day (we’ll have to fake the summer’s day part)
  • Playing knuckles/jacks sitting cross-legged in a circle
  • Having a spacehopper / sack / three-legged race
  • Climbing a tree, hanging from its branches
  • Getting a scrapped knee and a bandaid applied
  • Playing on a Pogostick
  • Playing in a park, on a roundabout (if I can find one these days), a slide, hanging from bars
  • Big birthday cakes with candles and sheer joy on the face of the model
  • Any activity that is viewed as something for kids.

I’ll also try to source clothes with a 70/80s feel to date the concept cause let’s be honest most kid activities these days revolve around a computer of some kind rather than the outdoors.

Prefer to do this as TFCD as I don’t have a huge budget.

There will be street / park locations and I’ll obtain permits where required, I’ll also source clothing but am open to anything models may have that would suit.

Don’t require the same models for all shots so if there is something that interests you we can shoot shots individually.

The long date range is because it will be an ongoing project with some planning and because shots can be taken over time, we don’t have to try and get it all done in one day. Having said that, if I can get a group of about five models we may be able to shoot it all on a single shoot.

If you’re interested or have any questions about the concept please let me know.

A Forest of Fashion

Hey All,

I’m a student photographer looking to create my portfolio for the end of second semester and I’m looking for models to achieve the desired outcome.

I’m posting two casting calls as I have two concepts I’d like to explore.

This one is “A Forest of Fashion” and it’s basically a fashion shoot on the darker side. Shot in a heavy wood where the light heavily filtered by the trees and augmented by low-power strobes to light up the model and clothing.

I’ll try to source clothes once models are worked out, but it would be awesome of the model/s have appropriate clothing.

Prefer to do this as TFCD as I don’t have a huge budget but can chip in for any travel costs.

The locations I’m looking at are Long Forest (north west of Melbourne), Mornington (south), Dandenongs (east), King Lake (north), Ottways (south west), which ever is closest to the models. Long Forest being preferred but can do any dense wooded area.

Would be great if I can get three to four models of mixed gender.

The long date range is because it will be an ongoing project with some planning and because shots can be taken over time, though ideally we’ll knock it out in the one shoot of a few hours.

If you’re interested or have any questions about the concept please let me know.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *