Yesterday I came across the work of photographer Irina Werning. I've seen people recreate their old family snapshots before but I love the accuracy in Werning's photographs. She writes on her website:
"I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… Two years ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future"
She is currently taking "Back To The Future" to Asia and I can't wait to see more from this amazing project. Check out more on her website, part one and part two.
This week's video from The Trunk Show is about Jen and Jane, the two lovely and awesome ladies behind iamtheeverydaygirl.com and Blouse Vintage Clothing. They take us behind the scenes on what goes into planning a photo shoot for their website and store.
Last week I has the pleasure of working with Jeannine Calia and Paul Pereira of La La Luxe Salon in Providence. They are both fantastic hair stylists but for this shoot Jeannine was in front of the camera. Paul wanted to turn Jeannine into two different classic movie stars with our inspiration being Marlene Dietrich and Hedy Lamarr. This concept was Paul's idea and I couldn't imagine anyone but Paul pulling it off. The second I walked into his home I knew this shoot would be special. His house is beautifully designed, which he has all done himself. His wardrobe is extensive. Plus he made the wigs for this shoot. We did the entire prep and shoot at his house and after a few hours, we were all done. I love how the photos came out. I think we really captured the essence of a classic movie star.
After cleaning out my closet yesterday I found a few vintage cameras to add to my collection. My mother probably gave them to me years ago. She has tons of cameras from throughout the years since her days at RISD. I'm still trying to convince her to give me some more.
1) Kodak Pony 828
2) Kpachorpck -3 16mm film
3) Kodak Duaflex II
4) Kodak Instamatic 414
5) Dejur Eldurado III
6) Kodak Instamatic X-45
7) Argus Seventy Five
8) Yashica Electro 35
9) Canon AE-1 (the only camera out of this collection I actually use)
Haley and I always enjoy shooting with each other. At this point in our relationship with text each other with a million ideas for photos and then we plan a day to shoot. We were a little worried about the weather that day but thankfully my friend Bob was there to let us use his studio and play around with his lights and Mamiya 645 medium format camera. She always brings tons of clothing for us to style so we always end up with a ton of looks, which keeps shooting fun. After the shoot I took Haley to my favorite Chinese restaurant. It's always nice to just hang out after a long but fun shoot.
Another post with the film of Haley I shot will be coming in the near future.
Just a few hours ago Shawn asked if I've heard of the iPhone app that makes video looks like it came from a 8mm film camera. Once I got home from work I downloaded it and immediately made a first impressions video review. Excuse my tired face. It was a long day of nothingness at work.
After watching it I noticed the the audio doesn't match up with the mouth, like the bad dubbing in old kung fu movies. I noted the warning that low memory could cause unsmooth recording but I killed all the apps running in the background and I restarted my phone yet the movement of the mouth and the sound was still out of sync. I think it could be really annoying for vlogs. This app would be much better suited for filming scenery than people. Also don't watch the video in anything larger than 640x480. The quality isn't very good. When uploaded to YouTube, the highest quality available is 320p. This app does not record HD footage.
Here are some screencaps of the interface.
Even though there are some downsides to this app (out of sync audio and no HD recording), I think for $1.99 this is a great buy if you have an iPhone with video recording capabilities. You can click here to buy the app in iTunes. It's made from Nexvio, the same people who brought you the ReelDirector app, which I have reviewed before. You can read that review here.