Friday, January 6, 2012

Cut From...

Marimekko "Unikko" yardage

Marimekko "Sademetsa" yardage.

Today we converted the life drawing room into our photo "studio". After clearing out drawing chairs, tables, easels and chairs (so many chairs) I set up to shoot textiles. I was not prepared for 2 things; 1 actually having to clean the drawing room (don't they have some work study for me to abuse, use?) and 2 shooting large pieces of fabric without a large source of light. It took 2 softboxes, 2 lights strategically bouncing off the ceiling, 2 sheets of foamcore, a text to Maja and a frantic call to West Photo on how to change a modeling light for the Speedatron 202vf (I inherited these lights from the previous dude and have no clue about them. Note: push down and turn past the notch. Thanks guys!).

Out of the 20 or so we shot today these Marimekko pieces were my favorite.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


After spending almost a decade of making objects and people look better than they do in real life, it's hard to switch gears. Working at the Goldstein I sometimes have to be reminded of what I (we) do there. I am documenting and preserving objects. I try to recall my experiences at the M.I.A and how I love to look at the worn spots of certain object and think about how they got there or the person that used to own it. From those experiences I know that the tears, nicks and wear of the objects I photograph are important but in my mind I keep saying "I could make you so beautiful." It's hard to resist the urge to clone a little here and there but I do. I swear I do!