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Men in Monochrome – with Brendan

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Creativity inspires creativity. I firmly believe that. I like to surround myself with the creativity of others when I can. I have a book of nude work by another artist, a book on the paintings of Monet, and another book of the paintings of Rothko on my coffee table, surrounded by plants. We have work by an incredibly talented instagram artist in our bedroom. 

I’ve been thinking about how to cross-pollinate my own creative inclinations. I love to cook. Part of what I’ve been doing since COVID-19 caused us all to rediscover the joys of our homes is work on my cooking skills. For a long time, I’ve been a great follower of recipes; but the problem with that is I could mimic actions without any true understanding of what I was doing. So, I’ve been trying to learn the fundamentals of cooking. By doing that, instead of gathering the list of ingredients a recipe tells me, I can look at what I have and create something of my own with confidence. Conceptually, that seems like a no-brainer. For me, it’s been a learning curve. 

But my creativity in the kitchen has caused me to look and think and try things differently as I shoot. For example, I’ve been shooting some still life images of our houseplants and some flowers I bought. I play with light and backgrounds. I get to experiment and play with techniques and see what I come up with. 

In a lot of my photography of late, I’ve worked with what I have. My goal with Brendan today, for at least part of it, was to play and see what I could create by shaping natural light. I’ve done a lot of that with studio strobes in the past, but I can’t ever remember trying to exert a lot of control over natural light. I bought a couple of v-flat boards that are black on one side and white on the other, and today I started shaping. 

I hope to keep doing this kind of play and experimentation as I push my art and myself forward. I hope to have many more shoots in the next few weeks, so we can see how it goes!

As always, I hope you enjoy the images.

With Love, 

William