Chiaroscuro – aka the importance of knowing light.

Apparently in the Chinese language, the coinage of the characters Shoot, Shadow, and Master form the word Photographer. Light is what will make or break a photograph. So what the bloody hell is Chiaroscuro? well photography hasn’t really been around … Continue reading

#48 Triptych Portrait Series – Seun @ Cliche

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A selection from the full set can be found here – www.bangphoto.co.uk/triptychs.
Currently in the process of setting up a place for the whole (current) set to reside.

Anyone looking back through the triptychs on here will notice missing numbers, worry not they’ve been shot just not everything makes it on here.
The full series as it stands only resides upon my harddrive. One day I’ll be happy enough with it to publish the full thing, until then you’ll have to make do with the odd snippet now and then.

LEica M9, 50mm ‘cron.

Tony | Cliche – Editorial

Tony | Cliche - Editorial by bang*
Tony | Cliche – Editorial, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Tony @ Cliche Model Management

Sorry old blog of mine it seems i’ve been neglecting you a little of late. Lots has been happening, plenty of new material shot, a good few irons in the fire coming up plus I’m starting to form a plan of where the second 50 Triptychs are going to take the project (once I get to 50 that is).
So for now you’re just going to have to make do with lots of beard as I splurge a little from this one. Currently formulation an editorial piece from it so enjoy.

Tony @ Cliche

Tony @ Cliche | Editorial p. 5

Triptych Series #43 | Tony @ Cliche

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A selection from the full set can be found here – www.bangphoto.co.uk/triptychs.
Currently in the process of setting up a place for the whole (current) set to reside.

How could I not shoot a triptych for the series whilst on set for this one?
Props to Cliche Model Management for hooking me up with Tony and thanks to the man and his beard.

Good vibes for the project as I hurtle towards #50.

M9 50mm Summicron (V)

More from the actual shoot in a day or two. Plus maybe one or two from a crazy shoot with the ILoveMCR team and Cliche Models. Which involved me going from 100ft in the air on the tiniest of platform to laying on the ground in a filthy alleyway. Just to prove that despite it looking glamorous the job of a fashion photographer can also be a pretty grubby and smelly affair. I know, poor me right?

Leica on set | JimBagUK SS13 Campaign

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A moment of clarity and calm amidst the hustle and flow of a fashion campaign shoot.

Leica M6TTL
CV 40mm f/1.4
Kodak TMax400 X-Tol 1:1 (Film lovers don’t hate me for the TMax, It was honestly all I had left in the fridge that morning)

Yes the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that the model number of my Leica has lost a couple of integers . . . . .
Bye bye M8.2 hello M6, hello LeicaLove. Only problem with it is it gets really really really cold when shooting outside in minus temps (I guess an all metal body will do that though, small price to pay for the pure pleasure that comes with creating photographs with it)

Triptych Series | JimBagUK

Triptych Series | JimBagUK by bang*
Triptych Series | JimBagUK, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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The first for 2013 as the triptych series continues.
Shot amidst the blizzards and chills of a Spring / Summer ’13 campaign shoot for JimBagUK. Tough Northern boy Gareth showing flesh as all around him the rest of the team are wrapped up in multiple layers, hats, scarves & gloves.

Keep an eye out for JimBag over the next month as the new website is revealed – jim-bag.squarespace.com/

Team –

Model – Gareth S
Grooming – Meg Lindow / Lisa Murray
Producer / Art Director – Kat Towers
Wardrobe Stylists – Anthony Bingham / Kat Towers

Kris D wears Kooples



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Kris D | Nemesis Management wears Kooples.

Photography | Mark Ivkovic

Lighting gubbins –
“Big Beaut” on the Bowens (ie my 28 inch UFO of a Beautydish) positioned camera left to give lovely Loop lighting. Maybe I’ll do some lighting set ups on here one day to explain what I mean by all my Paramount / Rembrandt / Loop / Split light. Or maybe that’ll just get added to my list of things to do for the blog when I finally find some time for them. All good intentions and that.
I’m having a kind of love hate relationship with white seamless at the moment. Nothing inspires me less than looking at that big ol’ expanse of white in the studio and thinking “What the hell different can I do today”. Then If I’m lucky I get a model who gets what it is I want from them and isn’t afraid of cutting loose. I’m pretty sure I never shoot it to be pure white as it bugs me seeing my subject floating in a sea of nothing, I prefer a little density to my background. That expanse of nothing just removes all context and with that makes a meaningful photograph that much more of a struggle. It’s a little like watching a movie but with the whole set being a plain white space (kind of like the bit in the matrix where they’re in the loading program). Then on the flip side I really revel in what that means to my creative process, every little move of camera or light is amplified in effect, there isn’t any room for sloppiness as you can’t rely on an interesting background making up for an oversight or lack of composition. It means I need to get more out of my subject, I need movement or feeling or to really be in the moment. My subject is as an important part of the creative process as anyone else on set. Without connecting with the model in some way your photographs are going to be dead and without interest.
This is your set and the photographs you create come down to how you handle all the aspects of it.

Wow, went off on one then. This was going to be a quick and simple post. Thanks to all those who take the time to comment or simply click the “like” button. It’s appreciated and kind of keeps me popping posts up during these busy times.

Alternate Effects



Alternate Effects, originally uploaded by bang*.

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Yeah my studio playlist really is a little bit of a rollercoaster.
We have Rock ‘n’ Roll Ray Charles on the left and somber, emotive classical with Max Richter on the right.
Got to keep them guessing.

Kris D @ Nemesis Manchester

Mark Ivkovic.

Leica M8.2
40mm f2 Summicron (left f/5.6, right f/2)

LR3, VSCO

Just going to check if folk want to know the tech details of shots or not, If I leave them out I always end up getting email asking how I light stuff but I’m not really sure it helps too much.

Scott – Double Page



Scott – Double Page, originally uploaded by bang*.

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They’re coming thick and fast at the moment.
Another quick teaser from one of the latest.
Scott L @ Nemesis – (www.nemesisagency.co.uk/models/new-faces/men-new-faces/sc…)
Manchester.

Techy stuff –
Canon 1Diii
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
LR3 / VSCO / PS

A rare day off for me tomorrow, so i figured I’d leave you with something to look at over the weekend.
More edits coming next week with another couple of shoots scheduled before I head down to London for the BIG weekend shooting.
Best prepare you RSS readers for blog post overload.