I'm going to have a bit of a throwback to June 2016 today. Why? Well because I was a dumbass that lost a shitload of photos because I didn't back up properly (always have TWO backups!) but months later I found the raw files from this shoot on the CF card. It's a camera that doesn't get used a lot. 2020 is so boring that I've FINALLY re-edited the photos.
So 2016 was the year I went back to TAFE to study the graduate course and didn't finish. I have this fun thing where I can have severe depression but still think I'm better than everyone where photography is concerned. I didn't go into this course to make friends, which was just as well because one got on her high horse about how she doesn't do "free" work anymore when I mentioned I'd been shooting for Fringe lately. This was a woman who couldn't cover her own ass crack so I wasn't too fazed about her opinion of me. Another class related to the research class in 3rd year - but things had changed a lot since I did it in 2006-2008 that I found it impossible to do. It basically just involved writing an essay on what you did and the artists who inspired you. The problem was there weren't any artists who inspired me and I didn't really see the point of making shit up. My inspiration came from books and Se7en. One class I did mostly attend at least got the creative juices flowing. We would have a workshop with a professional photographer and afterwards we had to write an essay and create a photo that was inspired by something from the workshop. Well I didn't attend this particular workshop. I went to Melbourne. It was also maybe for the best because I don't do mornings and this workshop was going to be in Fremantle. Also if I'm going to be completely honest, I didn't even like this photographer's work. I don't have a poker face and I look completely disinterested even when I'm enjoying myself..it gets worse when I'm not. Some of the people in the class were full gushing about this woman and how amazing her work is and like seriously, anyone can add blur in photoshop. WOW. So inspired! So because I missed the workshop I had to research her online, there was a lot of use of blur in her fashion work and one photo the blur was just a giant block of colour so I decided I'll just put my Lensbaby to use. When I bought this lens everyone (when I say everyone I should say male photographers) would point out "you can just do that in photoshop". I am not a photoshopper. I prefer to do as much in camera as I can.
I decided I wanted to do a witch shoot in the local pine plantation using only the lensbaby. I had a dress I was given that I hadn't used yet and some horns I got on my first trip to Melbourne. Holidays are the only time to buy overpriced crap you don't actually need. When I went to Sydney I bought a Diana camera from a photography gallery. Do you think I've used it though?
I asked Kristie if she'd be my model and found myself a makeup artist. I'm not sure why, I can only presume I didn't want people in my house, but we started the day at Dome cafe doing makeup. This was the 2nd time I've done this. Maybe Dome could sponsor me? I had Patreon at the time and I was trying to be more involved with posting behind-the-scenes photos and gave my followers the following fabulous content..
At the time I did the shoot I only needed one photo for TAFE and I don't really remember sharing many online. One was published in Alternative Revolution magazine #21 so it was cool to give the photos a new edit anyway while staying faithful to the main photo. It was also a good exercise in remembering that an interesting photo doesn't need to be 100% focussed.
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