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Eden – Wet Plate Nude, Series #1

Now that I’ve got all the necessary materials, I can finally green light this project.  I’m going to do a series of nudes on glass negatives and various metals, tin and aluminum.  I’m really enjoying the process, but it’s very strange ending up with only a few plates from each shoot.  The setup + taking each shot is around 30 minutes / plate.  In the first plate, below, we shot it three times to try to get it right.  There goes an hour and a half. 🙂   We shot 6 plates and I ended up with these three that I liked the best.  It certainly makes you take your time before you take the shot.   Here is the lovely, Eden…

Eden I:  In this first shot, I was trying to get it a little sharper, but after 3 attempts, it was just too hard of a position to hold for 10 seconds.  I used a 2k hot light here, which is usually a lot of light for normal film or digital cameras.  In wet plate, which is around 1 ISO, you need a lot of light to record an image.  The shot grows on me the more I look at it though.  I think a lot of these images are going to have a different feel to them due to the process, and it’s one of the things that I’m really enjoying about it.

Eden II

Eden III:  I’m not quite sure what caused the white areas in the top left and right, but they’re in the image.  It can’t be wiped off.  My silver nitrate is new, so I’ve heard of such things happening with that…more mysteries in wet plate land. 🙂

That’s all for now.  Look out for the next one soon…

James

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8×10 Camera Portrait Project

Well, I’ve finally decided to get my 8×10 camera project off the ground.  I’ve got a wonderful Horseman 8×10 camera that I’m going to be taking out in the field, and shooting in the studio.  It’s going to be a mixed media project that will include polaroid(made by polaroid), Fuji Instant Film, and of course, 8″x10″ film.  I think most of it will be black and white, but I will also shoot some color.  The objective of the project is going to be getting a wide range of New Yorkers in front of my lens.  Getting out into the field with this camera is not necessarily easy, but it is do-able.
So I thought I should start with my lovely and mostly patient wife, Maria.  She kept saying, “How long does this take”??  lol…Yes, this process takes longer than your usual portrait.  This will be one of the challenges of getting strangers to pose for it on the streets of New York.


So here’s a photo of the rig I’m using to get the camera around.  Basically, it’s a set cart, a tripod, and the camera.

Here’s a shot I took of myself in the studio.

Here’s Tomaz from New York Models.

So the project begins.  I’m really excited to shoot 8×10 film.  I think that part, and the film processing side is going to be a fun exploration.  I’ll post more as it progresses.

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MOD Fashion

My latest editorial from the fantastic team below. 🙂

Fashion Styling by David Widjaja, introartists.com

Hair by Elsa Canedo, www.elsahair.com
Makeup by Patrycja @ www.halleyresources.com
Model: Veronika Gorczyca @ Women Direct


Elsa had a great idea to use electrical tape to wrap the hair up.  We switched it out once from white to black.  It was a simple and beautiful way to showcase the hair.  This is one of the more interesting dresses I’ve ever seen. It’s got a motor inside it that puts air inside the dress…awesome. 🙂


Always love The Blonds and there’s the star of the show…the Gareth Pugh Cage Corset


Love the Tom Ford, and the Red in the shoes with the lip….

I got inspired by the Gareth Pugh cage corset, so I did a little video at the end of the shoot.  Veronika was amazing!

It was a fantastic day all around, thanks to my team. 🙂

More updates to come if I can but find the time to blog about it…lol.  Til next time… James

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News Flash – Behind the Scenes Video and Shoot



News Flash is a women’s story I did for Florida International Magazine for their September 2008 issue. I thought it would be nice to document the shoot for a behind the scenes look…

The Crew:
James Weber, Photographer
David Widjaja, Stylist
Kim Weber, Makeup
Miki Mori, Hair
Chris Miggles, Assistant/Set Design
Jason Koontz, Video

I’d like to thank Jason Koontz for his work on this piece. http://www.jasonkoontz.com. He did an amazing job videotaping and editing this for me.

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Darkness Reigns

I’ve got a thing for darkness. There’s something different that happens when the sun goes down and the lights turn on. No matter what night you go out, the lights will be different. It’s an ever changing landscape that’s just so rich. Take a look up when you’re walking in the city at night. Look to see the lights in the windows. Each window has it’s own story. I’ll be exploring the city high and low over the next few months for this project. Here’s a few from day 1.One of the problems I thought I would run into going out alone at night is getting approached, or even robbed of my camera. When I was taking this shot, ipod buds in ear, music playing, I hear this, “hello!”. I turn to my right and there’s this older homeless man watching me. He started telling me about when he had a camera, and can he see what I was shooting, etc. It was a mostly harmless encounter which ended well, as I talked to him for a little while, but it could have been much different. You have to keep an eye out, and maybe only use one earbud. 🙂




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