- Photographer: Benjo Arwas
- Model: Maddeline Cook @ NEXT MODELS
- Hair and Makeup: Juanita Lyon @ Celestine
- Styling: Roderick Hawthorne
FACTICE #20 – NO FUTURE – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2013
“WHO STOLE MY CIGARETTE?”
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Photographer: Benjo Arwas
Models: Vera, Miranda, Lisa and Lindsay / Kismet Model Management
Assistant: William Navaro
Styling: Damaris Rosales
Styling Assistant: Maritza Perez
Hair: Carina Tafulu using Joico
Nails: Summer Shoemate using love Laquer design
Makeup: Tomy Rivero using NYX Cosmetics
Makeup Assistants: Damaris Thompson, Jocelyn Lamarque
Photo Retouching: Chris Gomes
Recent story i photographed in Paris with Pierre Poulain @ Major Models, Milan.
Assistant and Behind the scenes footage: Sidney Kraemer (www.sidneykraemer.com)
*Sidney herself got published in this issue! check out her story HERE <-
I am excited to share with the world my most recent hand-made book.
The whole book is based on thick canvas paper, re-photographs, textured papers, film negatives, cellophane and aluminium foil papers, polaroids, drawings and water/acrylai colors, crafts, and many more surprises.
The book is featuring Variety of test shoots, jobs and productions between January-June 2012.
I know online it’s the only way to share with the other side of the world, but everyone are more than welcome to come to my studio in Beverly Hills to view it in person.
Thank you for everyone was being a part of it or future to be a part of my next projects!
During my recent trip to Paris, my girlfriend, Sidney Kraemer (http://www.sidneykraemer.com), took a footage of me shooting around the city as well as behind the scenes pieces and Keith Lancaster (http://www.siignal.com) followed me to document my photography ,my thoughts ,and my journey and put it all together to create this video piece. I wasn’t ready and wasn’t prepared, but the best stuff happens when your’e not ready, right?
So thank you Keith for the great opportunity to visually share my thoughts and thank you Sidney for always being there for me.
Thanks to all the teams, creative people and talents: Michelle Catillon, Davide Pereira Palos, Katia Ren, Raquel Crispim, Marianna Giordana, Christine Aimee, Coppelia Pique, Metropolitan Models, and all the other colleges that help and were around from Brooks Institute. PS- the person that sold me the 4X5 in the US, thanks sooo much!
During my trip to Paris i luckily met a lot of talents and creative people.
One of them was Paolo Wutrich, Original from Brasil (my favorite country), but currently living in Paris and working his way up in the acting scene and commercial modeling.
Michele Catillon, my dear friend and amazing Parisian makeup artist that working at the historical,famous and luxury location called “STUDIO HARCOURT”, introduced him to me and said we must “setup a shoot”. But i don’t like that title “setup a shoot”.
I call it – “Lets meet Paolo, go to drink coffee, hangout in Paris, AND on the way, we will take some pictures.” (PS – just tell him to bring most of his wardrobe 🙂 )
So we met, we had couple of portraits in the studio on 4X5 polaroids that i was inspired by him to create them, because of the moment, the feeling, the vibes and how i saw him as a person.
From the studio, we packed my camera, his clothes and we went up to Sacre-Coeur / Montmartre area the be in an artistic, inspired and great natural light location in Paris.
During our trip we had lots of rain,sun,clouds,wind,sun and more rain. the weird weather of Paris in August. WEIRD.
Of course i couldn’t hold my addiction for film. So i took each outfit on 1 B&W sheet of 4X5 to seal it in my book. Again, just a different way of photography different feeling, and different interaction with the subject. It’s my happy an addiction.
Im glad Michele introduced me to Paolo. we had to talk about lots of things, industry, art, creativity and life. we ended up drinking good Parisian coffee on the corner, to conclude everything, and to call it a day.
See you soon,
Paris was a whole playground and if you remember one of my last posts about the street photography so here is a short reminder.
One day before i left California, in warm June, i decided to buy a new camera. not digital, not expensive, but remarkable, compact and fun (and a bit complicated) to work with – Field Camera – Crown Graphic – 4X5.
It’s what you see used by dapper newspapermen in the 1940s and 1950s. You can get these for a couple of hundred dollars WITH a perfectly fine lens. a 10X10 size box that you can open, pull the bellows out and shoot handheld.
For me the highlights of the trip was to shoot film on that camera, the process, the handling, the thought that im creating like they used to create 100 years ago in the streets of paris. hanging around with monopod, or tripod in heavy shoots and just pulling out film holders, metering and click click click.
i came back with bunch of 4X5 sheets that i just got developed and over 70(!!!) 4X5 polaroids – black and white, colors and transparents. amazing experience shooting people, places, fashion editorials, portraits and some personal work.
After sitting for hours, scanning, examine, processing and “printing” out the negatives – 1 sure thing for all those who keep and telling me that they can get the same with digital photography. i must tell – dont waste your time on trying to copy a technique or to try and do something, where you can get it in a 1/30th shutter release and mark it on a big 4X5 sheets or even better on 8X10. i love medium format as well, but 4X5 is THEE thing.
Dynamic range, clarity, sharpness, fine grain, depth of field that only in your dreams you can get with the top 35mm cameras and lenses, details and of course – just the great feeling that you created the image in your own hands – in camera.
So in this post, bellow, ill attach couple of images i made with ILFORD HP5 400 and Delta 100. (i’m pretty new for ILFORD and used to shoot only Kodak, but as always, im open minded and dont mind to try new things, especially in new places like Paris.)
The shoots were photographed handheld, monopod, or just found a random staircase to place the camera stable on it. enjoy it!
Hope youll enjoy it and stay posted for my upcoming develops which including a whole fashion spread with the Parisian model/actor – Paolo Wutrich, some portraits i took of models and people i love, and of course all my the polaroids i was taking during models tests or fashion editorials.
cheers and happy September sessions.