As you learn the hard way being a photographer, the natural progression that it is, you tend to only show one, perhaps two images from a shoot. You learn to be insanely selective when it comes to what you feel is the best presentation from that body of work. I think over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at this & often during the shoot I’ll know when ‘that’ shutter slams closed which is my frame to keep.
Then you get days where you are fortunate enough to work with a talent that far exceeds your own (this is a lot in the beginning days & you become more demanding of yourself & your shoot as time goes by, so it feels more special later on). I found one of these days while shooting the 2015 KIA campaign at the brink of the new year rolling around. The Artist. Mark Johnson (actors name). Perhaps his occupation for the day resonated with me. The perfect combination of actor, location, light, ambiance, art dept and something clicking (haha literally too) together within me. Shooting with people is something I enjoy more than I give myself credit for. The connection for that brief amount of time is like Neo in The Matrix who learns martial arts in one blistering session of intensity. You spend a few moments with your subject & in that time before you have to start shooting, this person has to go, “hey, I trust you enough to let go”. Forced trust & friendship into an hour or two. It’s magical stuff when it happens organically.
In any case, the point of this blog was to share all MY favourites of The Artist with you. Seldom does ‘everything work’ on a shoot. Actually, it virtually never happens except in these rare moments that give you a body of work that you just cannot whittle down to a mere one or two.
I hope you enjoy these. Leave a comment if you did.
Actor: Mark Johnson
Post Production: Seagram
Client: KIA EU