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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 1902 Series


I wanted to share some images from a personal project I'm working on called 1902. I'm always trying to create things that are a little different and that demonstrate a story. For the series I'm calling 1902 I want to give the viewer the feeling that they found these images in an old shoebox covered in dust in someone's attic.

Let me know what you think...C&C are always welcome!

















Andy



Jul 26, 2012 at 05:55 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 1902 Series


She would have been arrested for public indecency in 1902.

I do like the look and feel of these.



Jul 26, 2012 at 09:20 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 1902 Series



Sounds like a fun concept, but I have a hard time believing that the dress is from 1902.



Jul 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 1902 Series


Thanks for the replies everyone...

@pokemanyz this is probably true!!!

@friscoron I'm just taking these photos while I'm at client shoots of the same scenarios so sometimes the clothes doesn't match...but I still want the mood to be there!



Jul 26, 2012 at 04:03 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 1902 Series



I don't mean to be a jerk, but have you looked at photographs from 1902? The processing does not remind me of 1902, and the environment, such as the clothes, are going to make you or break you. In this case, they're breaking you.



Jul 26, 2012 at 07:59 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 1902 Series


They're not bad. But not great

If you're really looking for the whole finding thing, they need a bit more grain, fading, and cracks.

Also there were no small cameras or fast film back then. So any photo taken in such a dark setting with a moving subject would have to be wide open on a fast lens on a large camera. I.e. way too much dof here...

About the clothes. I do think in private setting some people would dress like this in 1902. And being I'm what seems like a remote setting, it doesn't feel so off.



Jul 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
 



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 1902 Series


In addition to what was said, (1) looks like an off-camera light (and 3 looks like a strobe), which I doubt they had in 1902.

Kudos for trying something different, but I urge you to do research and try again... could be great!


greg



Jul 28, 2012 at 04:46 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 1902 Series


friscoron wrote:
I don't mean to be a jerk, but have you looked at photographs from 1902? The processing does not remind me of 1902, and the environment, such as the clothes, are going to make you or break you. In this case, they're breaking you.

Agreed. Either you have the wrong title for your concept or the wrong concept for your title.

I'm blessed that my family loved photography and that they never threw anything away. I have hundreds of photographs and negatives from the late 19th century through the late '20's, including 5x7 glass plates from around the turn of the century. Therefore, besides seeing photographs from the period in books, I get to see photographs of my great grandparents and great uncles and aunts.

If your intent is to evoke photos you might find in a box, there are some things you can do to help. Shoot with a "normal" lens (eg 50mm on FF). To replicate the fairly shallow DOF from back then, shoot wide open (1.8 or even 1.4). Shoot mostly with the sun over your left shoulder mid morning/late afternoon. If you can't use a slow shutter speed pretend you have to use one. A lot of these photos were shot at 1/50 or thereabouts. Some were photographed (with a tripod) even slower. Pose your subjects as if they had to hold still for a long exposure time. Use period correct clothing. Use only natural light.

I like the concept. Do some more homework if your intent is to approximate the look.



Jul 29, 2012 at 01:37 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 1902 Series


what you have to do to simulate some images from 1902 is very simple. get some chicken grease... rub it on your sensor. then only use shutter speeds less than 1/15 of a sec and underexpose the images and then bring them back in post. perfect!


Jul 29, 2012 at 05:15 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 1902 Series


Thanks everyone for your comments.

The clothing, I completely get, but as I stated in my last post I'm taking these in the middle of client shoots, so it's not something that I setup to shoot. I don't want to mimic 1902 photographs perfectly, I just want them to have the feel...not the exact specs.

I'm always looking to find inspiration from different compositions, ideas and PP looks.

But I appreciate everyone's feedbacks. Maybe I will setup a shoot and mimic it as close as I can in the near future, it really does sound like a fun idea.

Andy



Jul 29, 2012 at 05:35 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 1902 Series


That's the challenge when you give something a name like "1902", people have an idea in their head what "1902" should look like.
I don't know what the client shoots entail (commercial, editorial, ) or if they lend themselves to be designated "1902" or not but when the viewer looks a the image and doesn't make a connection to the title, then the pictures may be seen as less successful than if the title was "Betsy in the woods".

Or you can just say 1902 is a random number to the series and not the year



Jul 29, 2012 at 05:56 PM





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