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Photoshoot: Trashed

I got this idea over the summer and worked on it with the lovely Sera Rose and Kayla Fenwick, both people I’ve never worked with before.  My friend Jennifer Weightman was my assistant. Kayla was such a fantastic MUA and I really hope to work with her again. Sera was fantastic as well, a great poser and totally wiling to lie in gull poop, go swimming, wear dresses that were falling apart. Jen was hilarious and really helpful. It makes it so much easier when you have an assistant who is also a photographer and knows what you are talking about.

The series focused around recycled fashion and how we (as consumers) can create beautiful products out of materials we use everyday. The black dress is made completely from contractor bags swiped from (empty) construction sites. Took me approximately…..three days, including patterning for the top, a muslin, and finished ruffles/pleating and five contractor bags. The white dress is made from (clean) kitchen trash bags and Target bags. That took me two days. Fairly easy, just started cutting away what I didn’t want and figuring out a shape.

[c] AydensGrace Photography 2011

This was one of the first shots of the day. At this point, only the pleating at the top of the dress was starting to come undone, so it wasn’t too bad. I hadn’t really thought about how the pleats would come apart when I made the dress so it was interesting to see where my craftsmanship was the poorest. The skirt is huge, approximately….four feet of train? I got really inspired by a shot of Kiera Knightly by Vogue in Africa, where they had her in a ruffled linen skirt. So beautiful!

[c] AydensGrace Photography 2011

Towards the end I decided to risk everything and put my precious baby as close to the water as possible without getting wet. O.O So much worry. I used the Live View mode in my camera (thank god) to make sure that the composition was how I wanted it. Thank you Nikon for inventing and then including that on pro-DSLR’s.

This was the second outfit and the shot was done within the first dozen frames or so. Really love Sera in this, she’s so fantastic! It kinda reminds me of a jewelry ad I saw in a magazine once. Meh. I don’t really remember. So much post production in this though. Somehow, between color editing in Lightroom and then moving over to Photoshop for retouching the color profile got screwed up and so I ended up with a very green, very sickly looking image when I finished and tried to put it into JPG format. Four processes later I figured out the problem (sRGB color configuration vs. ProPhoto/Adobe 1998) and now I have this! (Irefusetotouchthisagain)

One of the last images from the day. We lost the sun for an hour or so and this was one of the moments where it was peeking out for .45 seconds. I had Jen on sun spot. She would yell when she saw it, we’d swim over to the point and try to snap some frames in before it dissipated again. Working against light + wrap time + sun = NOT EASY. But it was fun and the image was beautiful. Again, another image that got color corrupted between LR and PS so it took me five edits before I figure out the problem(s) (Two, one with the color profile and one with the working space). Still not exactly sure what went wrong seeing as how I used the same processes for the top two images as these two, but eh, as long as I can fix it I’m happy.

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Questions for Back to School: DeviantArt

So, DeviantArt asked today about going back to school and I figured you guys would be interested in my responses! They have an interview included as well here.

Questions for deviants going back to art school:

  1. How well do you feel that the arts institution in which you are currently enrolled is serving your intended purpose?

This will be my first year at SCAD in Savannah, and I previously attended CSM in Maryland in the past year. While CSM was interesting, it was liberal arts program and not very dedicated to its’ art students. They tried, and had great faculty, but overall it was a disappointment. SCAD SAV however, seems to be right up my alley. They were willing to take me aside the three times I went down and review my portfolio and talk to me. The students were friendly and exciting to be around.

  1. What is your advice to other deviants considering enrollment in an arts school? 

LOOK! Don’t be too swept away by all the hype of people saying their school is better. The school that is best is the one that gets you. I went to SCAD three times before making my decision after looking at Pratt School in NY, Arcadia in Pennsylvania, the Antonelli Institue, Hallmark School of Photography, Art Academy of San Francisco, the Art Institutes and Columbia College Chicago (gosh it doesn’t seem like that many). I got told by a lot of other people that one school was better for this reason, or that reason, but it didn’t matter.

 

 

  1. How much emphasis is placed on the arts as an essential part of any student’s general education in your school?

I graduated from high school two years ago, and I have to say, the Arts were getting the short end of the stick. We had a core student group of maybe nine or ten, and the classes were filled with people who had simply been put into the class, even the Advanced Placement classes. They didn’t do work and often broke things they were supposed to be touching in the first place. We were always short on funding, had a lack of supplies and an overall lack of leadership from the department chair. However, the faculty was wonderful and I really bonded with them.

  1. In your art classes, do you feel you are acquiring the skills and information that could lead to a real career in the arts?

It really depended on the teacher. Two of the four teachers I felt like I was getting real world application, and the rest, not so much.

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