Lately, I’ve been feeling uninspired and I think that has to do with feeling confined to always having to include all four dogs in every composite as well as feeling bored with the home interior as the backdrop for nearly every image.
In my last critique we talked about going out to different locations and doing some composites to get me back on track inspiration-wise; like petsmart or restaurant’s that allow dogs outside. I definitely am interested in taking the dogs to new places and doing images that aren’t all inside my home but I think I’m fighting back a little bit on the idea of taking all the dogs to one place. First of all, it would be chaos and I’d need like 109039403 assistants to make it happen. Also I just feel like it’s not authentic because some of our dogs don’t leave our house expect to go to the vet or to my parent’s house (because some of them are nuts…ahem Jack.) I just feel like I would be faking something and I like how obviously I’m “faking” scenarios in my images but everything is authentic in that it would really happen or they are based on something that really happend(s); like the sock thief image. So I’m thinking maybe I’ll play around with more diptych composites where two of the dogs are out somewhere and the other two are at home or something and see where that leads me. That alone, just feels more authentic. Something about having to plan for all four dogs plus Nate in an image just feels so restrictive right now and shuts out a lot of the ideas I think would be really cool but there’s just not space for four dogs to be involved or I can’t come up with four different ideas for what the dogs are doing in the scenes.
I also have an idea for a shoot in the garage where maybe Nate is running on the treadmill and there’s some motion blur in his aspect of the shot and some of the dogs are getting into things etc. like they really would be doing. The space is really narrow so this might have to become a diptych as well. I haven’t done any shoots in my garage yet so that area of the house makes me a little more excited. I’m also toying around with an idea of shooting through the open garage where the car is in the driveway and Nate’s getting some of the dogs out and maybe one is escaping or doing something along those lines.
I’ve also been looking at the work of Gregory Crewdsen a lot. I love his use of lighting and his dark dramatic scenes that feel very cinematic. I really want to play around with doing some shoots in dark environments and setting up my own lighting more than just using natural light. After looking at his work I really want to get some legit lighting set ups at some point. I feel like even doing something along those lines in my house would help me to feel more inspired because it will make the space look and feel differently than it does when I normally do my composites; like during different times of the day.
Here are some examples of his images that I love: