Wes on the War Path
Wes is a university professor and a good friend.
During a recent visit, we had a few hours to kill while his girlfriend ran some errands in town.
"How about an impromptu portrait session?" I asked. Wes readily agreed.
I originally set up an Impact Black/White background and shot some profile shots on black (I've apparently been on a profile view kick lately). One in particular made him look a lot like Steve Jobs. But I didn't want him to look like Jobs; I wanted Wes to look like Wes. Plus, I wanted to add some flair to the image...so out came the Light Blaster.
I flipped the Impact Black/White background so that the Light Blaster wouldn't have to work so hard to create the projected image. We tried a few different slides but a touristy one of the Parthenon (acquired by eBay) turned out to be my favorite.
When I see this image, I interpret it as Wes being a modern day conqueror. It looks like he's just laid waste to the land behind him and he's deciding his next move. I think his gaze helps sell the story.
strobist: 1 Canon 580EX, camera left, diffused by a gridded 24" Glow Collapsible softbox (feathered to keep from striking the background). 1 Lumopro LP180, camera right, diffused by a gridded 24" Lastolite EzyBox (feathered to keep from striking the background). 1 Canon 580EX, slightly camera left, shot through a Light Blaster (with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art attached) creating the image projected onto the Impact 5x7 Collapsible Background. Flashes triggered via Cybersyncs.