Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Light is interesting


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

As a photographer you become obsessed with light, it doesn't matter if you are full feathered studio animal or never touches strobes and other artificial lighting. I have plowed through my fair share of Physics classes at my university so I can assure you it's not purely philosophical to argue that a photo is nothing but a representation of how the light (or photons) hits the cameras film or sensor. It's all there is to it.

What we photographers do is work with the characteristics of the photons and their final representation, changing their path (using lenses), intensity (working with exposure), wavelength (editing color) etc. etc.


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

It's a dangerous trap however to believe that the technical aspects of photography and lighting etc is the thing that makes a great photograph great. My understanding of light and how to adapt, create and work with it is nothing more than a tool for me to convey stories or messages. If I can't create an emotional response (be it any kind of emotion) to the viewer my images are worthless. At least that's how I feel (but I don't differentiate the viewer, some times I create images only for myself or my family and that's just as important).

It's a couple of weeks ago now that I took the pictures I show here. I was walking around in stockholm with my camera, I was scouting for a fashion project so I didn't really expect to create anything nice. When I left my home for the subway the sky was dark and it was rain in the air so naturally I thought the images were gonna be boring and bad. But, when I arrived and exited the subway I realized the dark sky created a great and almost surreal atmosphere and I put some extra effort to try and capture that.

By telling you this I wish to convince you that even though I say I know a lot of physical and technical things about light and how to work with it I can still be blind to obvious aspects of it from time to time. This time I'm glad I opened my eyes and realized that the weird light created a great atmosphere. So: Remember to keep your eyes open and not try to predict everything.

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

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