Tai Chi Double Exposures

Tai Chi Double Exposures

My new camera is capable of making double exposures, so I began experimenting during my tai chi photo shoot. I have a way to go to get adept at posing my subject to get the right amount of overlap, but I see good potential to make some interesting images of a moving art form.

Tai Chi Double Exposures

Tai Chi Double Exposures

Tai Chi Double Exposures

Tai Chi Double Exposures

Tai Chi Double Exposures

Alan Barnett, NYC portrait photography

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Tai Chi Ribbon

Tai Chi Ribbon

After performing tai chi sword form in our photo shoot (see my previous post), my friend brought out her red silk ribbon, and we played a capturing the flowing fabric in relation to her physical form.

Tai Chi Ribbon

Tai Chi Ribbon

Tai Chi Ribbon

Tai Chi Ribbon

Tai Chi Ribbon

Tai Chi Ribbon

Alan Barnett, NYC portrait photography

Tai Chi Sword Form

I’ve begun an artistic collaboration with a friend who teaches tai chi. She may eventually use some photos to advertise her training, but our real purpose at the moment is to explore the possibilities and see where we can go to make interesting and beautiful images.

We had our first session in my studio where she practiced sword form and later brought out her bright red ribbon, which you’ll see in my next post.

I normally don’t work in black-and-white, but with the dark background, moody lighting, black wardrobe, and metallic sword, any hints of color detracted from the strength of the images. I was much happier with the photos after I made the black-and-white conversion.

In exchange for the photo shoots, my friend will teach me tai chi. I expect this will inform the photography, and I’ll get better at depicting the poses and movements and make my art from an insider’s perspective of understanding.

Stay tuned for more posts on this project as it continues.

Tai Chi Sword Form

Tai Chi Sword Form

Tai Chi Sword Form

Tai Chi Sword Form

Tai Chi Sword Form

Tai Chi Sword Form

Tai Chi Sword Form

Tai Chi Sword Form

Alan Barnett, NYC portrait photography

Candy Samples Goes Solo

My previous post about the poster I made for Braking AIDS Ride features drag performer Candy Samples. She graciously offered to come to the studio an hour before the shoot started so we could set up the lighting. The results of our test shots were great on their own.

Candy Samples

Candy Samples

Candy Samples

Candy Samples

Candy Samples

Beach Blanket Drag Cycling Pinup

Every September I volunteer to photograph Braking AIDS Ride, the 275-mile AIDS ride from Boston to New York to benefit Housing Works. The ride producer had the opportunity donated to make some posters to use along the ride, and in a brainstorming session, we came up with this crazy idea to promote Housing Works’ initiative to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. This poster will be at the first rest stop in New York, and the hope is that riders will take photos and selfies with the poster. I volunteered to do a studio shoot with ride participants as models. It was as fun as it looks and the outtakes prove that.

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Professional Development: Food Photography

Occasionally I like to get out of my comfort zone and photograph things I don’t normally shoot. One evening I got together in my studio with a photographer colleague and we shot some food photos after hunting around Whole Foods for whatever props struck our fancy. The reward was eating the props.

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Style Shots in a Makeshift Studio

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Barbara Viteri, interior design industry personality and the mastermind behind Viteri Style Management, wanted some photos for her new website and promotional materials. She had a clear concept in mind, and while I was perfectly equipped to make it happen in my studio, it was more convenient for her to do it in her home. We discussed the requirements, and she assured me that her living room was the right size and she could clear it of furniture. Everything worked out really well. I packed up everything I needed except for the 9-foot roll of white seamless paper. That wouldn’t fit in the car, so I ordered one to be shipped directly to her home. The fun part was that I left the remainder for her children to spread out and draw on.

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