Jeff Bridges has been nominated for six Academy Awards and has won once (for 'Crazy Heart'). He can now add another honor to his list of awards. This week at the 29th annual Infinity Awards, he is being nominated for his photography. 'The Dude' has been shooting on-set images of the films he has worked on since 1984, and his work gives us a peek at a world most people never get to see.
Most people shoot the world they live in. Jeff Bridges practically grew up on movie sets, so it was only natural that most of his images would capture them. He shoots on a Widelux - which uses wide, landscape format film. In his book, "Pictures," he talks about his camera.
"The Widelux is a fickle mistress; its viewfinder isn’t accurate, and there’s no manual focus, so it has an arbitrariness to it, a capricious quality. I like that. It’s something I aspire to in all my work — a lack of preciousness that makes things more human and honest, a willingness to receive what’s there in the moment and to let go of the result. Getting out of the way seems to be one of the main tasks for me as an artist."
In 1984, he used his Widelux (a gift from his wife) on the set of the movie 'Starman.' His co-star Karen Allen had the idea to make a special, limited-edition book of the images. He did and has made one for almost every movie he has been a part of since - then he gives the books to the cast and crew.
See more on Jeff Bridges' site.
Via The Verge and The NY Times