A continuation of my personal photo project of friends with interesting jobs or past times – Jess de Wahls – again…
I’ve already photographed my friend Jess for this project but as mentioned then – that was for her hair stylist work. This time it’s for her artist side.
Jess has used several different media – including a fair bit of Acrylic on canvas but of late she has moved to using fabrics a lot. A lot of these have been recycled from garments etc in the past. A recent project of hers has been Monsters and Ink where she would make custom made creatures from recycled (or up-cycled) clothing – so that each piece would be unique and tailored to the customer or person donating the clothing. Recently she has moved towards making art pieces to hang but out of fabric and made to be 3D – she calls this process Retex-Sculpting.
Jess has recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign called #BigSwingingOvaries which is “an exhibition, exploring and incorporating art, feminism and recycling“. Her goals and inspiration for the show are:
I want to inspire people to overcome preconceptions about what it means to be a feminist.
I want to open conversation, not just between the genders but with everybody ho still believes that the notion of feminism is redundant.
I want to show, that something valuable can be created from things that others think are worthless
that something valuable can be created from things that others think are worthless
And most importantly,……………
I want to support a remarkable project called #techmums , lead and initiated by my friend Dr. Sue Black. An organisation, empowering women through tech.
Half of the proceeds from the pieces sold at the show will go to the #techmums cause.
In order to produce promotion material for the campaign and exhibition Jess needed some new images of her and her art and knowing I was keen to do a shoot along these lines, gave me a call. So we’ve just done a shoot this Monday and here are some of the results. You may see some on London underground posters soon!
As time was of the essence we had minimal time to plan and do the shoot and so maybe not as diverse a collection of images as we may otherwise have done – but generally happy with them. I had a bit of an issue with flash triggers as I’d only brought one receiver with me – having left the other plugged in at home – however after a bit of fiddling I was able to get the second speedlight to act as a slave/remote to the first with the radio receiver.
Techie bits: Nikon D800, 2x SB-800 on manual, Elinchrom Skyport trigger
Images are below.
Jess’ art websites
Big Swinging Ovaries
Something I’ve found via FStoppers.com.
You can download onOne plugin Perfect Effects 8 for free until the 28th of Jan.
Not used a lot of plugins although I’ve bought Color Effects Pro from Nik/Google – has some good functionality but don’t use it often. But this one is free so might as well give it a go.
Edit: Just noticed they also have some free presets for Camerra Raw, Lightroom and Apple Aperture : http://www.ononesoftware.com/free/
Just found out that another company has taken up the baton of what used to be Focus on Imaging. Was sad when I heard that Focus on Imaging was to end as it was the biggest photography trade fair of it’s type in the UK – so it’s good news to hear it’s actually going to continue.
1st to 4th March at Birmingham NEC – £13/15
From what I’ve heard it should be the same – just run by a different company.
Some details links:
Just received a newsletter email with an offer of magazine subscription – 5 magazines for £5 inc postage!
Love a bargain so I’ve gone for it – and I’m organised enough to cancel it before the end 😉
On the whole Professional Photography magazine isn’t really for me as it contains too much on marketing, business and so on – topics that may well interest a full time pro more. However for £1 an issue – I might as well.
The offer also applies to Photography Monthly and other magazines from subscriptionsave.co.uk
Thought I’d pass on the offer.
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