Next step was to figure what I'm going to shoot. The focus distance is only about up to 3ft from the camera so I need to be pretty close to the subject. After a lot of test shots, I came to the conclusion to shoot my friends. Easy to get a hold of, and shouldn't be a problem to shoot. After getting a few shot, I needed to do something to make them stand out. I was using a 70's lens, so why not make the images look like they are from the 70's? So I decided to spilt tone them yellow and blue. If you look are older prints, the chemicals have a color shift after many years. So i figured it fit.
Next came, how am I going to present these? Well I just bought a 24" roll of paper and thought I would be fun to print then huge. I printed one at 20x30 and it was amazing. The amount of detail in the image, and the very narrow focus plane because of the f/2.0 and how sharp the part was, everything just went well together. I for my project I did 6.
Now I'm going into my senior year and I will be working on two huge projects over the entire year. I need to start getting into the "art world" with my photography so I will actually make it. So I thought to myself. "What can I do over the summer to help me out?" Then it clicked. I will continue this series and get 20+ for a collection. Contact a local gallery. There are so many galleries in the area because of my school. (I go to College for Creative Studies in Detroit) So I will get ahold of a gallery and work on getting a show. Hopefully I can get a space to hang a whole bunch of these 20"x30" prints. Then I will have each person that I photographed and have them hand write a paragraph about them selfs and possibly how they know me or came into contact with me. Then I will post an artist statement as well.
One of my teachers is going to be helping me get ahold of a gallery to make this show possible. My goal is to have it my fall (Septemberish). That would give me plenty of time to shoot more, print and make sure it is perfect.
So any thoughts on this? Ideas? Criticism?
Here is one for scale.
Then the six I have so far.