Using Ordinary Objects in the Foreground to Create Interesting Images
During the film era people would often use different tools, such as prisms, to create new and interesting images. Without the use of tools like Lightroom and Photoshop, camera malfunctions, such as light leaks could be very valuable in creating unique art. Perhaps its time to remanufacture these ideas, and use them to help create something truly interesting.
Chicago based photographer, Luke Schneider is doing just that. By using his make up artists mirror, bottles of lotion from his stylists, and other objects found laying around, Luke is able to play with depth of field and focal planes to create interesting and intimate images.
Luke writes — “I often use things in front of part of the lens as foreground blur. I feel that it is an effective way of not only drawing attention to a specific spot in the frame (because the rest of the frame is just a wash of color) but it also adds an intimate feel to the overall image, as if you are kind of peeking around a street lamp or something to observe the subjects of the frame.”
“I saw Patrick Demarchelier’s Spring/Summer 2013 campaign with Cara Delevingne and saw a similar wash effect used, but inside the wash there was also a reflection of something that looked to be either behind the camera or across the street. I’m not really one for extensive photoshop manipulation, I do skin processing, dodge and burn, and I do a lot of toning work to get images where I want them to be but I frankly don’t have the skillset to do much in terms of manipulation and I didn’t really want to deal with double exposures. So I thought I’d try my foreground blur trick (that I usually use colored lotion bottles for), but I thought I’d try it with a mirror in front.”
The new experimenting with foreground objects worked, getting Luke a recent editorial spread in XEX magazine, a fashion and art magazine from New York. Be sure to check the Behind the Scenes video above to get a glimpse into how it was done, and look at the editorial piece for more information regarding the shoot.