“The Wastelands” with Tiffany

Tiffany W in canyon, posing

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Tiffany W Dynamic Look
Tiffany W Dynamic Look

For this project, I decided to create a new world using story as a creative (and motivating) force. In this case, I came up with a short story – really just an origin story leading to the character “Danika.” The name means “Morning Star” in Slavic. Morning Star being the representation of beauty via Venus.

The story was pretty basic:

The world has moved on. (Busted: huge fan of the Dark Tower novels and comics – the movie was flat). Violence and chaos have lead to breakdown and decay. Scared, the people have moved from large cities and big problems only to trade them for roving bands of Scavages (scavenging savages). Danika’s family has moved to a mountain region where other humans have found an abandoned hydroelectric plant leaving her to find the fabled Green Lands.

That’s where Danika (our model Tiffany on FB) lives. She’s grown now, but she still fights for her family. She is alone but not forgotten.

This is the world in which I wanted to build a series of model-based photos for my newest project. It’s a Wasteland project that has taken several iterations in the last couple years. It’s always been a Work in-Progress for me. Now, it’s a solid project that is near completion.

My last steps will be to combine all of the existing photos from this project, find enough to develop a solid story, then use my photo-manipulation and Photoshop skills to create a new world for Dani to live.

After I shoot the rest of the photos (only one person left to work with), phase one (photo capture) will be complete and the rest of the project will commence so I can populate this fictional world with more people and make a final, more coherent story.

New Promo Tactics

New Promo Tactics

So I thought I would start going through much of my previous photography work. Along the way, I’ve discovered some photo shoots I though I’d lost ages ago. I found some I didn’t even remember shooting.

For this one, Sarah (model) was over for some video shooting. I was shooting for stock and I wanted some practice. She was fairly paid.

So the videos wound up being mostly a bust because she had tattoos which are a big no-no for stock agencies. I didn’t know that. Why? Tattoos are a work of art and are the copyright of the tattoo artist. No joke. I have to get property releases for every tattoo visible in an image or video. More often than not, this is simply impossible. Imagine tattoo artists from all over just the Southwest (let alone the rest of the world) signing property releases for every single tattoo. Most of the time, the talent doesn’t remember the artist or when they got it. So, basically, I have to cover everything up, fix it in post (forget it), or take the hit and learn the lesson.

This one was a lesson. So, I can still use these for self-promotion so that’s what we’ll do.

When I found this image it was using the Flat Shooting Picture Style. The image had almost no contrast.

I love how it works now.