Something a little. . .or a lot. . .different this time around!
Definitely view this image with the black background! Type “L” right now! ;o)
This is a photo of one of my closest friends, Kirk DeMatas, an author, writer, actor, and dancer who lives in Toronto, Canada. This photo appears in his second compilation of poetry, entitled “Conversations with Skeletons”, recently published and released this summer. Kirk hired me to take all the photos that would appear in the book. Knowing very well how much I love night-time photography and cityscapes, he wanted to challenge my skills, take me out of my comfort zone, and do something different to diversify my portfolio. (Boy, did he ever. . .)
The result was a two-day photo shoot in a magnificent studio and multiple locations around Toronto in September 2011 with Kirk and mutual friends. This was a full-on production -- costumes, cosmetics, filming, and one particular shoot that involved burying Kirk under the ground all the way to his head! This particular shot was taken in an elevator shaft at the photo studio. According to the studio’s owner, this is Toronto’s oldest elevator shaft. It was so grungy and gritty. (It was really, really cool, I must say).
Approximately 4,000 photographs were taken in 48 hours. For the next year, Kirk had the difficult task of narrowing down the less than 20 finalists. It was an incredible collaboration between creative partners, but more importantly, between friends. Kirk’s intent was to promote my work in his book, which he also did in his first release, “Wordspeak” in 2008. However, in “Conversations with Skeletons”, all photographs are exclusively by TIA International Photography, with specific photos to complement the profound and thought-provoking poems he has written over the last four years. Kirk’s book also features a segment where he interviews me about my work. Needless to say, his confidence in my photography has invigorated me, and made me a lot more comfortable photographing people.
This weekend, I’ll be visiting Toronto to co-host Kirk's official book release party! If you would like to see some of the photos that will appear in the book, please click here!
Learn more about “Conversations with Skeletons” at www.kirkdematas.com!
The book is also available for purchase at your favorite online bookstore retailers.