Experiments with Film 2: Ilford Delta 3200

I had been playing with Pete’s dad’s Nikon F a few years back. It’s a beautiful piece of machinery that’s built like a tank. Unfortunately my enthusiasm for taking pictures with the camera did not extend to getting the negatives developed or prints made. I finally dropped the negs off at Hunt’s Photo (I’m a shooter, not a printer). Below are a few of my favorites from that first roll. I edited the 2 of me on my phone to darken them. Compare the results to shots in the same lighting from my DSLR and my iPhone.

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Amanda Palmer at the Columbus Theatre (07/11/2015)

Amanda Palmer in concert at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI on July 11, 2015.

Amanda Palmer in concert at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI on July 11, 2015.

This past weekend, a very pregnant Amanda Palmer brought her fierce fabulousness to the Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI. [Read more…]

Visual Inspiration: Dracula in a Chadoor – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature length film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, is an artfully stylized, precisely composed spaghetti western cum vampire movie in noirish black and white AND in Farsi. Phew, that was a mouthful. I don’t do movie reviews here so I don’t intend to discuss the plot or characterization or provide a glut of spoilers. My interest (on this blog at least) is in the visual delight provided by the cinematography. It’s a movie made by a cinephile presumably for cinephiles. The film is spare and calmly paced, with inspirations ranging from David Lynch’s Wild at Heart to 1990’s Tarantino, from Sergio Leone to Die Antwoord’s Ninja. Even though you can pick out some of the individual visual influences, the amalgam of styles and cultural elements makes something new and intensely pleasurable, particularly if you enjoy genre-bending films. The cinematography isn’t flashy; the camera tends to be very still with the occasional handheld and very rare dolly shot. Each frame, however, is a lovingly crafted photograph meant to be studied and submerged into. From the Margaret Atwood/Madonna hybrid poster in the nameless gamine vampire’s bedroom to the long 3 shot with the cat who looks directly into the camera, it’s a movie you’re meant to put aside your devices for and LOOK at.

Favorite scene (spoilery, but not really). Music: Death by White Lies

Sometimes a soundtrack can perfectly elevate both the scene and the song.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is currently streaming on Netflix.

And if you can’t get enough, there is also a Sin City-esque series of graphic novels.

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Project 365 Day 282: Location Scouting at the Rhode Island State House

Justitia, one of four pendentive murals surrounding the Rhode Island State House dome
Justitia, one of four pendentive murals surrounding the Rhode Island State House dome

With Election 2014 just around the corner, Olivia Rodrigues, Mihaela Hinayon, and I are looking to explore the fashion of female politicos in a “Women in Power”/”Female Leaders” themed shoot. Here I’m scoping out the Rhode Island State House. If you are in Providence, take time to visit this exquisite building. It’s open to the public Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Free tours are offered at 9, 10, 11, 1 and 2. [Read more…]

One Providence Experience: Jorge Elorza Fundraiser and Concert at the Columbus Theatre

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Providence Mayoral Candidate Jorge Elorza with emcees Peter Glantz and CJ Jimenez

12 days away from Election Day 2014, Providence Mayoral Candidate Jorge Elorza held a singular event at the Columbus Theatre meant to introduce/reintroduce him to artists, musicians and other creatives that help make Providence a vibrant city. Five bands performed throughout the evening: Death Vessel, Roz Raskin, Medusah Black, the Low Anthem, and Black Pus.

In between sets, the performers posed questions to Elorza, ranging from his policy for protecting arts and music education in local schools to jobs opportunities for youth and young adults, from whether he was a feminist to the impact of zoning and redevelopment on local artist enclaves. The most lighthearted part of the night occurred when Elorza joined the Low Anthem on stage to sing a verse and take a swipe at his opponent, Buddy Cianci. “Independent Voter vote for me,” he sang. “I’ve never been in jail for a RICO felony.”

Joel Thibodeau of Death Vessel
Joel Thibodeau of Death Vessel

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Music: Chill Playlist I Use to Get Ready for Shoots

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Before I go to a shoot, be it a portrait session or event, I need to get in a particular quiet zone, not too different from the pre-race state of mind when I used to run track. On the track, there was a generalized ritual: two laps, ballistic stretching, static stretching, etc. With photography, I use music to get my head in the game. Here is my current playlist. [Read more…]

Project 365: Day 233, On the Cape

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On the Cape, August 21, 2014.

Project 365: Day 230, Tarot Readings

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Tarot Readings, Providence, RI. August 18, 2014.

Project 365 2014: Day 211, Light and Shadow

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Light and shadow on my wall at home. July 30, 2014.

Project 365: Day 210, A young Appaloosa at C and L Stables

A young Appaloosa from C & L Stables© Cat LaineA young Appaloosa from C & L Stables (Goddard Memorial Park, Warwick, RI)