09 April 13
Posted at 12:47
First off, let me introduce myself. I am Travis. New to Andrew McGibbon Photo, I am the new full time assistant/studio manager. I'll be doing regular blog posts as aprt of my position and this here is the first one so feel free to leave a comment and give some love.
This here is yours truely doing a little dance in the garage of the minister of correctional services... Don't ask.
Its now been a week and a half in the new studio, (We moved into a new studio) the room is steadily gaining furniture and loosing its echo.
We started off week one with a bang, an awesome shoot for the Rhodes Silent Protest. We were comissioned by new kids on the advertising block - DreamCo. In conjuction with the ADR Network South Africa's 'Access to Justice'. After a last Minute model search panic we were lucky enough to come across the lovely Nombuso Ngcobo who was the perfect fit for the look we were after. She was great and still managed to keep a positive attitude even after being stranded in deepest darkest pine town for a good 40 minutes before Andrew and myself flew down Fields hill to rescue her. The set up used was quite simple but effective, it was an overhead Profoto Pro b in a profoto beauty dish with foam reflector under to softly fill the shadows, two black cards on either side of the models face and a snoot aiming up at the backdrop from behind.
The image needed to evoke emotion from its viewers, so over lighting Nombuso would have drawn attention from the true substance of the image. We placed a Strait blade in Nombuso's mouth the symbolize the emotional pain that a rape victim suffers after they speak out about their experiences as well as the pain that comes form being silent. Either way, if you speak out or keep it in, there is pain.
Here is the final product
The Silent Protest is a yearly event held at Rhodes university, where they protest... in silence. It's aim is to bring awarness to the plight of rape victims and gender violence in general. It'll be happening this year on the 19th of April and you can get some info on it here - www.rusilent.com
Here is the basic set-up minus the snoot that you can't see on the floor behind the model.
Our first set-up included the Profoto Giant but after a light test on our stand in, we figured it wasn't right for the job. It was fun setting up though... they don't call it the giant for nothing.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my first blog here, be sure to look out for more to come. If you have any questions just leave a comment below or tweet me at @traviscottrellp - you can also get Andrew on @Drewmcgibbon