I always set out to introduce an element of fashion into my artwork. With this one, we went with the stockings the model brought into the session. The original version of this photo began with the model placing the mask on her face with a provocative photo balancing out the composition. As we were finishing up, she said, “How about this?” She placed the mask where it is now then I pressed the shutter button. Click.
This print is now on sale for $25 at this LINK.
I got my start in NYC photographing bands for temporarily-defunct The Whiskey Dregs. Free shows. Free music. Cool people and interesting venues — all with various lighting conditions and a sometimes adherence to non-flash photography, which is a bitch when you’re shooting at places like Mercury Lounge with dim moody lighting. I’d take a shot and pause to review it on my tiny LCD screen. Sometimes it’d look sharp and right and others it’d look blurry with light smearing the background. Although unusable, these shots would often become favorites which would be sadly relegated to the un-flagged pile of my digital contact sheets.
I enjoy the abstractions of light, the contours of the human body and how it could be pulled apart like sci-fi film experiment. I rarely ever look at these though I feel that they more accurately portray the feeling of the artists’ music — the mood and the action. A couple years ago, I wanted to make a whole series of these. Blurred portraits of indie bands on the up-and-up but I never pursued it. It might have been a fun project.
To be clear, most of these are happy mistakes.
New York City
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I’m a working photographer based in New York who’d like to photograph your band in one hour or less. There’s no catch. This is a free offer.
My goal is to add more band photography to my portfolio and give you badass pictures for promotional use (crediting me is all I ask). Sessions will be one hour or less. I prefer to go to you or an environment that you feel you own. I’ll bring the lights and camera.
I’m offering this to only 5 artists. My style is moody, surrealist and based in ghost photography, wet plate, and other classic methods. If this fits your style, email me the following: an online link to a site so I can hear your music, short bio and when you’re best available to discuss details.
My schedule is pretty packed the next few weeks but I’ll make sure to reserve some time for you.
My portfolio is http://www.carlosdetres.com/
*Share this if you know someone who’d be interested.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
This should have been included in the first post I made about shooting with GHXST but I think I excluded it because the entire band wasn’t in the frame. Either way, it’s a fine shot. Once again, this is all a repeating flash technique and not Photoshop. I explained how I got this shot HERE.
August 8, 2011
Keep scrolling to find pictures of all of the bands.
This is part of a review I did for The Whiskey Dregs.
A Place to Bury Strangers
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Ok, obviously not Jesus but this guy played the part of a Western Hemisphere rendition of the king of kings himself. I covered the Apocalypse activities, which took place at Union Square, here in New York City. The area was a bedlam and full of eerie imagery. Here’s my favorite shot from yesterday.
You can read the article I wrote and submitted pictures to HERE.
You can skip to the pictures and/or read about how I got the first shot and why I composed the others the way I did.
Here’s an editorial shoot of GHXST I did for The Whiskey Dregs. As soon as I saw the name of the band and heard their music, I thought, “This couldn’t be more perfect if anyone tried.” I wanted to base this shoot on the films Pulse and The Grudge — two innovative films that created creepy atmospheres and used subtle touches to send shivers down your spine. I wanted to do that with GHXST because…it was appropriate.
In order to get that stuttering effect on a single frame, I knew that using the repeating flash technique was the way to go.
I prepped for this shoot by learning everything (trial and error) I could about repeating flash on Nikon’s SB-900 and SB-600, which is difficult because there actually isn’t a lot of info about this technique…probably due to it being a pain in the ass. Who wants to do calculations on a set?
The advantages of using the camera and flashes on manual was that I had set up this shot at my apartment the night before by measuring distance, power, and focal length. This shoot was to take place at the GHXST’s practice studio, which means I would also have control over the lights.
For repeating flash, you should knock out the light as much as possible and compose your subjects in front of a very dark background. This is because the flashes give off so much light that it could easily fudge up a shoot if shot in front of a lighter background. Imagine a club with the strobe lights going off. That’s what it looks like so the camera’s sensor (CMOS) is absorbing ALL OF THIS. Go dark or go intentionally bright.
Once I got to the band’s studio in Williamsburg, I was all ready and set up to go. Put the flashes on stands, set up my camera on a tripod (VERY important for repeating flash technique because you have to keep the shutter open a while), and fired away.
All of this for ONE single shot but ONE single shot that rocks.
Thanks to Carly Sioux for helping me with the lights on this project. Thanks also to Jerome of Desire Records (lovely music). I’ve mentioned this first picture before in a previous post but I’ve gone into much more detail about it in this one.
Here’s the link to the interview with GHXST over HERE.
The five minute editorial became more like 60 seconds but it’s understandable being that it’s….well, Moby. He had just released his new album and photography book, which kept him busy at the gallery opening for his photographs. He was humble, sincere, and he didn’t mind a few pictures with the fashion editor of The Whiskey Dregs and myself. And yes, I did tell him that I’ve been a fan of his since I was 15 back when Everything Is Wrong was newly awesome. Anyway, Clic Bookstore and Gallery, Mute Records, and Maureen of Red Art Projects did a great job putting the whole thing together. Thanks to all.
If you wanna see the rest of the shots and read Alexis Guerra’s account about the exhibit, go HERE.
Okay, I couldn’t wait for this to go to press (online) for the Whiskey Dregs. I’m not a patient artist. Here’s a sneak peek of the interview/photo series that’s coming to the Dregs.
Thanks to GHXST for being fun, generous and nice. I am a hundred times grateful for their collaboration on these photos. A very special thanks to photographer, Carly Sioux for helping with this project and participating in the wonderful creative vibe shared by all.
Some pictures I took of Dum Dum Girls for The Whiskey Dregs.