Neon Spidweb

The overall idea is to use the LED ropes weaved through the air like a spiderweb to create something of a stage to play within to give physical depth within the photo. This depth will be further enhanced by the use of contrasting colours from the flash units to light the scene.


Musical Inspiration

Inspiration from around the internet


Material and Light

The broad idea for this shoot is to create a series of photos that give off a sense of softness, emptiness and melancholy.  Using elements like a sheer material and very defused lighting to give the feeling of softness. Slightly odd and up close camera angles mixed with the right posing to create the uneasy feeling of emptiness. And using large elements of negative space and darkness to give the feeling of melancholy.

Below are some rough sketches and inspirational photos/music to hopefully give a good idea as to whats floating around in my head.



Musical inspiration

Within nature

Examples of framing and positing within the frame. Using the plants as less of a background and more of a surrounding feature of the photograph. A soft surround of leaves. 

lilla Untitled 2016.9 San Francisco beyond the blur

Examples of colour 


Purely Aesthetic - Obscuring Details

The Basic Idea:
The basic idea is to use long strips of paper to hide parts of a person.
This is done either physically standing behind them or in the shadows.
Working within and with a physical space.

Matching straight lines with curved posing.
B&W. Grain.
The paper will add depth to the image.


Here are some examples from the TV show MrRobot as to how I am going to frame the images. I love the way this show looks and the positioning of the characters within the frame is a major part of it. It really gives an odd feel to the image.

Projector, Colours

Mariè S

Here is a post to give you an idea of what is in my mind.

I have taken photos in the past where I focused simplicity by stripping away a lot of the basic elements of a portrait such as the background, eyes, face, and body in sea of negative space. I also worked with the technically “bad” side of photography such as crushed blacks and huge grain.

With this shoot I want to expand on this but start adding depth to this style. By using the studio space and lighting I can work with the actual physical space to add depth.
I also want to experiment with using a sheet of glass and light reflected on to it to create flare and low contrast to add another layer to the depth.

Here is some examples of using reflections off the glass from my tablet.


possible idea for lighting.


zweifellos mondbetont “untitled” & <3 grain
Grain and more grain



<3 grain

Some more from the color implosion happy that i have another one left :3

Leica M3 I Biogon 35 again



Examples of flare


Short Photography

Working title "short photos"


The idea of "Short Photography" is to create a photo that has minimal visual information
to tell a story of its own.


Pin sharp focus, perfect lighting, textbook composition and processing aren't a requirement when it comes to photography. In fact it is surprising how much can be said with so little actually captured within the frame.


This is something that has actually run through my work over the years but I never reallyput the idea into words until recently when I was presented with short poems. Poems use "aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaestheticssound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning."
Short poems distil these ideas down to a very simple yet idea filled product


It’s a kind of minimalism 



Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic[1][2][3] qualities of language—such as phonaestheticssound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning.


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What is the Shortest Poem?



'Me. We'

Muhammad Ali, 1975


For sale, Baby shoes, Never worn.




Had 'em.

Eric Shackle


"Beautiful Woman"

The spring


her step


turned to


A.R. Ammons

Examples of previous work

LUIS CAMNITZER Untitled, 1968

BRUCE CONNER Book One, 1970-1971

Robert Mapplethorpe Hermes, 1988

Bruno Haumont Asensio

Diario 2014


annalisa ceolin NO new Flickr


( self )


Philipp Eller

zurich covered by fog

view from waid

Rollei 35 SE 40mm 2.8

Fuji Neopan 400

Xtol 1:1

Scan from V600

zurich covered by fog
Grainy look

Ross Caygill

I had this idea of using two exposures and blending with different points of focus to match the mix of acoustic and distorted guitars also the echoy effect at the start of Falling Ash.




1 & 2 roof top carpark
The rest around William Clements St

If we shoot in the early morning or afternoon we'll get some killer light.

Sylph Sia


Photographically representing the overwhelming vulnerability that comes with those feelings of emptiness.

Technical Information

High grain and black or white backgrounds.

Really soft light, strip flash, to balance the high contrast of the film. Use hair lights to separate from background.

Presented as a diptych, with the close ups being shot in vertical and the full body shots horizontal.

Close up examples

The Camera is God - Trent Parke <- I love this series

in the moon
removals, Me

Wide full body shots

Small contorted

Wide, full body shot examples

Fade to black

Fade to black

Simone Luker

Simone Luker


Kathleen Mercado -  pigoletto 

Music and Sound inspiration

Aesthetic examples

I want to take photos that have more emption in them,

Photos that really work with the other sides of the technique of photography.



One major choice that I have made with these photos is to use B&W film and using developing techniques to really exaggerate the grain that is inherent in film.
The point is to use a mix of lighting, exposure and composition techniques to make the image very illusive.  This will hopefully force the  viewer to look hard at the photo and make them decide on what they are seeing. Art should be reflective.

First in the roll
Hard Grain/Soft Focus
Seattle - Pike Place Market - Lunch

A quick guide to film

The short answer

If you're just getting started shooting film and want to jump straight in I'd recommend Kodak Gold 400 (also called Ultramax). It's fairly cheap, has nice colours, is pretty fast (ISO 400), negative film that you  can get at K-Mart.

To get it developed I'd go to Digital Camera Warehouse as their prices are pretty good. 

Buy it, shoot it, love it. Its great stuff.

If you want to shoot B&W there are a lot more options out there but I would recommend Ilford HP5 its very flexible, reasonably priced and very high quality.
(Its worth pointing out that that link says "Ilford HP5 Plus Black and White 120 Medium Format Film" but it looks like they have the listing wrong and it should be 35mm.)

Again, buy it, shoot it, love it. 



The long answer

First up, things you need to consider when buying film.

With film you have 3 different types;

Colour Slide film. Also called positive or transparency. Traditionally used for projection and developed in E-6 chemicals. This stuff is pretty expensive and sometimes tricky to use so I wouldn't bother with it.

Colour Negative film. Which is what Kodak Gold is. Traditionally used to make prints and developed in chemicals called C-41. If you have any mini-labs (like Big-W or maybe a dry cleaners) they will develop this film. 

Black and white negative. My personal favourite. There are shit loads of different films and developing chemicals still available so I'll talk about this separately. However you'll have to get it processed at a pro-lab because it was less common for people to shoot B&W back in the day.


 Next thing to consider is the ISO rating of film.

The ISO rating is how sensitive the film is to light. ISO 50 and below is considered slow, 100-200 is medium, 400-800 is fast and 1600 and up is very fast. These ratings are exactly the same in the digital cameras.

Lower ISO ratings will give more detailed images with greater dynamic range. However they will need more light for proper exposure.

High ISO ratings will have more grain, reduced dynamic range and colour accuracy may be an issue BUT you can shoot in much lower light.


Why I recommend Kodak Gold.

  1. It seems almost counter intuitive but colour negative film is cheaper to buy and to process than black and white and positive film.
  2. Negative films are very forgiving when it comes to over or under exposure.
  3. You should be able to get it at K-Mart and maybe processed there as well but things are changing quickly these days so who knows.
  4. Its also actually very nice film with great colours, a fast speed of ISO 400 which should be good for both indoor and outdoor photos and it has a decent amount of room for error.

When there's nothing left to care for

The idea behind this shoot revolves around that overwhelming feeling of emptiness, when there are no more emotions to feel when there's nothing left to care for.

Surreal and abstract.

Never looking at each other or the camera directly.


  • Framing Ideas


  • General Aesthetics

Nature and Darkness

These photos show off the over all mood and aesthetic of the photoshoot.

Her hair curves and matches her shoulder/arm and back curve.
The tones go from light to dark very slowly from top to bottom.
A strong sense of disconnected mystery from the model looking completely away from the camera.

Similar ideas as the image above.

Whilst the model is in heavy shadow the shape from her pose is very clear against the sky and above the tree line.

Interesting artifacts from the development process.

An extreme use of heavy darkness with only vague shapes to see.

Ghost in Me by LenaDementieva on DeviantArt

Movement during exposure creates a bit of drama.
Heavy blacks in the hair and clothing create negative space and frame the face.

Although simple looking photo there is quite a lot going on here. 
Blown out highlights to the right.
Crushed blacks down the bottom.
The face, whilst clear is covered with both hair and her arm.

More heavy shadows and shapes define this photo.

Fade to black

Fading into black is a classic lighting technique made famous by the painter Rembrandt. Dropping someone into a sea of black really forces the focus onto them.
Heavy shadows and strong direct lighting is something I love to use to create uncertainty with in the photos.
Mixing these two techniques is something that I've done in the past to great success and I'd love to use it again and print it nice and big.

Some of my previous photos that show these techniques.

I'm going to base this whole shoot around this shot. 


A few examples from around the web.

Movement on the Streets

Movement in photos is something that doesn't tend to happen in photography these days probably due to the fact that "blurry" are seen as technically incorrect and are cast aside. Big cities are a place of constant movement and energy and I'd like to be able to capture that.

Big Face, Big Buttons, New York, Etats-Unis, 1955

Big Face, Big Buttons, New York, Etats-Unis, 1955

Photo by William Klein for Vogue, 1963. Fashion Editor Babs Simpson

Photo by William Klein for Vogue, 1963. Fashion Editor Babs Simpson

William Klein, Piazza di Spagna, Rome (1960)

William Klein, Piazza di Spagna, Rome (1960)



It's a simple idea but may end up being quite tricky to pull off. The idea is to shoot what I'm calling "Moving Portraits". The idea is to film a short collection of shots and cut them together to form a portrait. 

Here are a few examples of this I found on-line:
Moving Portrait: Christina Perri

A Moving Portrait

The next point to make is about the camera I'm going to use. The Lomokino. Its a funny little plastic camera released by Lomography a few years back. You can check out random films people have uploaded here but it tends to be a bit of a mixed bag as to what you get.


Slightly gloomy and melancholy with a big focus on small and directional lighting.