Our year long residency at 52 O St. Studios ended last month and it was a huge learning experience for me. It taught me how to work more independently in my craft, put me hands on with the process of running a small photo studio and exposed me to a community of other great artists who often reminded me that this type of work isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time, dedication, focus, and resiliency to name a few in order to be successful. One of the most rewarding parts of working in a studio setting is being able to fully control light. Throughout the year, Othello & I experimented with a ton of different lighting concepts. I later delved into mastering different styles including the stroboscopic effect that I used for this project. The requirements for the environment I created for the subjects were: a fully dark room, a strobe light and an input of their selection of music. The strobe light was fired at the rate of the music tempo that was selected to connect deeper with the subjects movements.
The best part about making these type of photographs with people was adjusting to each persons style and speed. Some people felt comfortable through their music selection, some preferred taking direction while others who were a little shy bravely pushed themselves out of their comfort zone by trying.
Thanks to everyone who shared their energy with me to make this project come to life. You can find some of these amazing people through the links below.