Chandra Guthro—Second Year, Term 3 Work
1. What was your motivation for this project/these images?
I was motivated to shoot old Hollywood glamour just as a chance to experiment with something new. I love to shoot in the studio and really play with extensive light setups, and this project certainly allows that. I really wanted to stretch my abilities beyond standard portraits and try to make pictures that can tell a story without becoming too editorial.
2. Describe your technique for making these images. (film or digital, camera used, settings and ISO, tripod or none, alternative process(es), etc.)
My portraits are shot digitally with a Canon 5-D MarkII. I do eveything within the studio, most times using lots of props to recreate sets or specific scenes from certain inspirational pictures. The lighting set-ups are varied. I do use strobes, but I stick to softboxes, gridspots and strong hair-lights to get the desired effect. There is a little post process work in Photoshop. I usually play with adding a little bit of grain and soft lens blur which really adds to the pictures when they’re in print form.
3. What is your intention behind this work/in making this work?
My intention with these pictures is not to completely replicate older portraits but to embody the styling and lighting technique from older time periods. No matter how hard I may try, my own personal style is inevitably going to show through in my work…which I wouldn’t ever want to hide. These portraits not only look wonderful in the end, but the shoots are so much fun for myself and the models. I’ve been shooting this for ten weeks now and couldn’t be happier with the work I’ve gotten.
5. What other artists or art serve(s) as your inspiration?
As a Fine Art—Black & White major, this project certainly fits. My specific inspiration came from looking at photographers like George Hurrell, C.S. Bull, E.R. Richee, Frank Polowny. Not quite as closely related to what I’m doing, I also love the work of Arnold Newman, Sally Mann and Richard Avedon.
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