Darrell

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Back on the books of Nemesis it’s Darrell.
Here’s just a few from the latest studio session, simple and clean, with just a whiff of mean.

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Kris D wears Kooples



, originally uploaded by bang*.

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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.

Blind Swine | Triptych

Triptych – Blind Swine, originally uploaded by bang*.

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See the rest of the series here – www.flickr.com/photos/bangphoto/sets/72157626960169758/

First of six triptychs shot for The Blind Swine, the soon to be sleaziest (in a good way) place to hang your hat whilst indulging in the finest of eating and drinking pleasure in York.

Shot on “that” camera with it’s shiny new bit of glass on the front. Lighting provided by the big ol’ evening sun reflected and diffused by a stinky, filthy, shameful alleyway.

More to follow through the week if you like that kind of thing.

(C)over boy // Reworked by himself



(C)over boy // Reworked by himself, originally uploaded by bang*.

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Another from last week with Jaime, well I say another it’s the same shot from before but with a little something something. He’s somewhat of a creative man and put this together. I dig it and figured I’d share the love. Check out more of Jaimes stuff here jwandsmurrayillustration.tumblr.com/

Model : Jamie Wands-Murray (Maverick Models)
Photographer : Mark Ivkovic (moi!)
Post Production – Jaime

Leica CL 40mm f2
Kodak Tri X in D76 (standard)

(C)over Boy



(C)over Boy, originally uploaded by bang*.

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Model : Jamie Wands-Murray (Maverick Models)
Photographer : Mark Ivkovic (moi!)

Leica CL 40mm f2
Kodak Tri X in D76 (standard)

Using the film cameras more and more for these shoots. Partly as I’m starting to trust that they still work and partly as I’m still in love with that little difference that the film look has.
I’m still running with the Film26 project, 26 two week periods of the year where we work through the alphabet for subject matter. You may now understand the title of the photo & this post.
I have to say I’m blown away by this little rangefinder. Previous to the CL I’ve used a rare (simply because they’re kinda worthless and mostly broken) Lordomat & a Yashica MG-1 (cheap as chips fixed lens “compact” rangefinder from the 60’s (ish).
Before you all get “I thought you were immune to G.A.S.” this was all early(ish) last year during my long term GAS illness.
Now the Lordomat was my first rangefinder camera and for that I dig it, it is also a thing of beauty. All chrome and metal and heavy. The lens was actually pretty good if slightly dreamy wide open. I just hated the tiny (and I mean tiny) viewfinder. So I started looking for something to replace it with (whilst ignoring the Leicas) I really wanted something handy but also quick to use almost as a snapshot camera. So I headed into the muddy waters of 60’s Compact rangefinders. Compact is a laugh, you’ll see if you ever pick one up. The Olympus 35 SP was my real aim but not for the price they now go for. So I stuck with the Yashica Electro that isn’t a Yashica Electro and only cost me £15. It’s okay, shot plenty of stuff with it but the aperture priority only shooting mode really started to bug me as I had to rely on the meter firstly being right and secondly being accurate.
So to the Leica CL. This is pretty much exactly what I’ve wanted from a rangefinder since I discovered how much I like them. Sure i’ll admit it isn’t a Leica M but it takes M lenses and shoots the same film. It’s lighter, smaller and has a built in meter (which works). Plus if someone asks to see it I’m not going to have to ask them to pay a deposit before I hand it over.
Maybe soon I’ll run through my medium format camera of choice these days. I’ve been trying a few different systems (via a process of begging and borrowing) over the last 6 months or so and I’m now feeling sure that I’ve found my camera.
So more film coming from me in various sizes, type and such. Five rolls went to the lab yesterday and I’m planning on running a good few through the cameras during my shoots this weekend.

Oh happy Valentines and all that too.

Mark

(C)over Boy

(C)ase