Laundry Day (version 2)
For awhile I’ve wanted to re-shoot Laundry Day partially because the original was super grainy and partially because I wasn’t happy with what some of the dogs were doing in it and a lot of it wasn’t really thought out. (featured below for reference)
I really didn’t like what Lou and Jack were doing in this and there isn’t a much depth as there could be.
I really like how this one turned out. I think the perspective is cool I also really like the lighting throughout it and how there are changes that draw your eye around. I love the warm light coming in under Ghost and through the dryer light and how that contrasts with the cool natural light throughout a lot of the rest of the image. I know I blend in a little bit in the background (believe it or not I did have a neon yellow t-shirt on under the jacket I was wearing) but I like when elements aren’t super noticeable and it forces the viewer to look around and search more and then they notice more details.I also really like the clothing hanging and Luna investigating it. I really love the shadows from the clothes. I love how Lou is looking towards Jack’s shadow on the stairs and how Nate, Ghost and I are all doing something with our hands/paws to the laundry.
I do have a second version where Jack is included in the action and not just via a shadow (i need to blend part of that a little more still) but I like how the shadow suggests Jack and he doesn’t necessarily have to be right in it.
(Here’s the version with Jack in it. Nate hasn’t been added yet obviously but this would be a second option to using Jack’s shadow instead of him.)
I prefer the shadow of Jack that suggests his presence more assuming I can blend it a little better.
H PPY BIRT DAY
Ghost had his 2nd birthday a few weeks ago so I wanted to create a “dog birthday party” scene since we are crazy dog people. I really love Luna in this one. I think I want to get ride of the buffalo painting above her and just make that the solid gray wall. It’s distracting and out of focus and it’s bother me. I really like all the little details meshed into this like the party hat on the floor, the balloon letters falling off, and utilizing the background to create even more depth.
I’m definitely putting a lot more thought into the staging of my scenes and taking more time to find elements and bring them in. The ones with the cut out windows are definitely about twice the work between cutting out the windows and shooting and stitching together a separate composite image for that background.
NARROWING IN FOR THE SHOW
So I’ve been looking into printing my photos on metal for the show because I’m loving the streamlined look they have as well as the fact that they don’t need a frame and they float mount off the wall. I ordered two of them to see how they look and if they are for sure the route I want to go.
I mapped out the gallery space I was assigned and when I was looking into large sizes I think 9 would be the ideal number while still allowing a little room for my work to “breathe” in between pieces. It’s going to be more affordable to print slightly smaller than I would ideally like and then I can do a few more. So the sizes I’m printing for these are 16 x20″ ish and 16 x 24″ ish. I think I’m planning on having 10-12ish for the show and then I can narrow down from there if space becomes an issue.
I went ahead and ordered “Father Hen” and “Lawnscapers” since those are two I know I would ideally like to include.
- Father Hen
These are what I have it narrowed down to as well as including a few pieces I need to still make/ re-make + alter to balance out the series.
3. The Opportunist (needs edits on mirror and brighten shoe a tad)
4. Call of the Wild
5. Tree Trimmers (needs edits in trees to make them appear less symmetrical)
6. Laundry Day
7. Spring Showers (still needs edits)
8. KITCHEN SCENE- I plan on totally re-shooting a kitchen scene with more of a narrative behind it, so it won’t be like this one at all but defintiely want to include something in the kitchen.
9. The Sock Thief (this is the one on my postcard so I feel obligated to include it… I feel like I could go either way on it.. I will probably brighten up some areas if I do use it.)
10. Trash Day (I’m not super attached to this one either but I do like how it shows a different space than I’ve included thus far… would need some edits)
11. H PPY BIRT DAY- I go back on forth on whether this one actually fits in or if it’s a little to “crazy dog people with dogs that are acting like kids and not as much like dogs” if that makes sense lol.
12. Finally I really like the idea of doing a “family portrait” maybe for the image when you first come into the gallery where my work will be. I would like to both take a family portrait that shows the behind the scenes with a “photorapher” taking it, and you can see the camera, the photographer, the lighting etc. and the dogs not cooperating as well as as one that would have been taken by the “photographer” from a portrait perspective where we are with all of the dogs but it’s not necessarily perfect with everyone looking at the camera. Those are next on my list and depending on how those turn out will determine their place in the show or not.