Sunday, November 27, 2011

Water Drop

Last week I headed out to The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College to photograph a sculpture by Benjamin Lavender. Benjamin created a piece for a special show there earlier this year and it found a permanent home hanging in the garden. For those that don’t know Benjamin and I are working on a book of his sculptures. The premise is to take these pieces out into the world and photograph them. But some of them have already found homes, like the one at the garden. This makes creating the image easier and harder at the same time. Easier because we don’t have to carry it anywhere and his work can be heavy, harder because I don’t get to choose the location to set the mood/feeling of the photograph. However I am lucky that Benjamin’s work doesn’t need to be in a special setting to be great.
If you want to see the Water Drop take a look at the garden’s website for directions and hours of operation.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Old Man on the Beach

I was up early yesterday morning standing on a foggy beach. Why a foggy beach, well to photograph another creation by sculptor Benjamin Lavender. To be honest I was planning on it being a clear morning and photographing under the pier but Mother Nature said “Nope.” So I did what I could and created these. I couldn't help but feel like I was looking at an old man standing motionlessly on the beach.
I can photograph Benjamin’s sculptures against white or black backdrops and they would look great. In fact I have done that many times. But as a photographer that can get boring. So I approached Benjamin with an idea. The idea was to allow me to take his sculptures out to different places and photograph them. He said yes and we decided to collaborate on the creation of a book feature my photographs of his sculptures. We have a few done now and many more to come. So keep your eyes peeled for the next ones.