Last week, Christiane Stolhofer requested a portrait with a brief, “I want to be in amongst the woodpile” well known and excellent sculptor Christiane says the the wood talks to her, in the same way light talks to me, if that makes any sense to you ?!
So what started out as a simple request became quite complex once the scene of the crime was decided, our space was only a meter wide and 3 or so meters in length, the concrete table obstructing us being part of the floor! Our main light, my biggest soft-box, balanced over the camera, all straight forward so far, but now that woodpile background. The old tree pieces were lined up behind and then along the wall giving a 3D effect and a large aperture put the background out of focus whilst keeping the woodpile feel and Christiane sat cross legged on the floor.
In many cases the background is critical to the image working, here I used a defused light from the side of the immoveable concrete table,. A 3rd light was hand held by my assistant Gaone just to help with bringing Christiane out from the woodpile a little bit...
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