Let me just take this opportunity to talk about this emerging desire in improving one of the things I’m unconsciously fond of: Set Designing + Photography.
I think the root of this all was my huge interest and appreciation to European architecture and interior. Toss it with my OC self, I began being nitpick-y (during personal-fun shoots as my buddies my models) towards present elements and backgrounds during shoot sessions. And then there was and still is this excitement towards discovering new places and venues I find myself in during my trots and travels. “This is such a wonderful place to shoot at,” I’d always exclaim.
(or my usual wonderness, “Pwede kaya magshoot dito?)
With some setback of time and distance (plus the hassle of securing permits and rooms to change clothes and fix make ups) to use existing settings, me and my buddies would always find ourselves more comfortable pulling off shots at my home. That was then I began grabbing available stuff, trinkets, ornaments and whatnot that deemed relevant to my shoots. Thus I realized how I quite enjoy doing these “makeshift” studios at the recesses of my abode.
I think I displayed this “knack” a lot more when I began paying attention to shooting my leather accessories in a much more presentable outputs. Comparing how I did before during years 2008 until 2010, I began wanting to include interesting elements on my photographs — make it quirky, with aesthetic and harmony. I’ve learned through this art and business that my works won’t hold justice if the presentation is poor and with no direction. With photography as one of the many hobbies I find comfort in, more and more do I want to pull off new and interesting things. I’m curious like that. Thereon I have been doing a lot of efforts using available elements here at home and use them for my creative pursuits. That or use existing settings plus bringing even more trinkets at the shoot to add more feel of theme for it.
I study a lot too when I have time. Or even at most random situations on and off the net. I’d look at merchandising displays at malls. I’d look at interiors of restaurants. I’d admire gardens and yards. I’d spazz over facades and more. And by the end of every encounter, I’d wish I have those “settings” closer to me so that I can shoot something and someone with it.
There’s happiness making makeshift venues and studios as it teases my creative mind, challenging myself how to pull off this and that. But it gets exhausting and tiresome if all of these outputs stayed the same for a long time now. (´＿｀。) As of yet I want to change my leatherworks’ setting to a new one now.
And someday, hopefully, I can be granted access to other places – public or private ones – I want to shoot at without any hitches. I promise to bring out nothing but the prettiest output there is! //shakes fist
In my bucket list, I want to hold a creative shoot with the following elements/settings:
- Metropolitan area – both during day and night. The sky-high gray buildings would make a lovely urbanization-industrialization feel to my photographs.
- Old/Abandoned mansions and churches – for my love for Victorian themes.
- Field of flowers, running springs and waterfalls, a majestic forest with shafts of sunlight.
- A grand staircase and fancy cemetery.
- Asian interiors.
- …and a lot more I’m sure I couldn’t remember because they are one too many.
Surely these themed shoots won’t be happening anytime soon. Or even quickly. For now I’d continue on with the makeshift studios and try to acquire more unique trinkets for pending future shoots with me and my buddies. Hee! As usual, my head won’t stop thinking about concepts and ideas and shoots after shoots. *heartily laugh*