I recently shot this incredible job for Wired UK.
They sent me to South Korea to cover a story about the hacking that North Korea has done to Sony recently.
These are portraits of North Korean defectors.
I got the cover of Wired UK.
In a photo shoot we always have pressures to produce many portraits in a day, with quality lighting.
The challenge is how do you create that required emotion in a short space of time, under an artificial setup situation.
I decided on this photo shoot to try something different.
First of all I lit the shoot will only tungsten lighting so that there wouldn’t be the constant interruption of the flash.
Secondly I brought in short video clips to set the emotional landscape which the subjects watched.
Thirdly we had a social worker from the hospital talk to the subjects about their experience at the hospital photo shoot.
From there I just subtly directed the subjects once the emotion was there.
This was a personal shoot in my continuing series of portraits working from the shadow.
A few years ago I took a film directors course; in it we discussed the idea of asking the actor to base their performance on a real event that made them feel a certain way to drive the emotional response in a scene.
Having an opportunity to work with an actor that works in film I thought I would work with him using this as a base for the emotions that I wanted him to convey in my portrait.
I recently returned from Northern Ontario where I did a shoot for a new luxury camping venture.
They wanted a more editorial approach.
So these shot with mostly available light.
I was impressed by the richness of the colours.
What was a little different for me was shooting landscape.
As a people photographer the person in the photograph has always been the main frame of reference for me.
Its still about telling the story visually.