PERSONAL PROJECTS

 

The Movement and Blur Project

The Movement and Blur project is ongoing. I seek people willing to collaborate with me to create a series of fine art photographs that will be eventually be made into a coffee table book. I do not expect anyone to participate in my project without compensation. I provide participants with high resolution copies of the images burned on a DVD for their personal use for a test shoot. I will however, require a signed model release to be provided to me before the model receives their CD of images. Once selected to be the primary model for this project, we will negotiate a suitable monetary compensation for the project. Participating in a test shoot is not a paid shoot.

I usually photograph the person (model) against a plain black cloth background so there is no distraction from the purity of the movement. The audition process is simple. The model can be male or female, young or old, perfect body or not. What I need is a person who can move. They need to be able to feel the light upon their body and move so that the movement captured by the camera turns their body into liquid light. It is important to me that there be enough blur so that the model’s identity can not be recognized. The project is all about the blur and movement rather than being able to recognize whether the model is Gertrude or Joe or Rebeca. I especially appreciate a model who is creative and can contribute to the choreography of the movements. Every consideration and respect will be given to the sensitivity of the model being nude. If the model desires to have a chaperone in attendance or not for the test shoot or later shootings, that is fine with me. I do request that the model remain sober before and during the shoot.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please feel free to contact me at: (313) 804-9266 or send me an email at:  bryce@midwest.photography  I look forward to working with you.

 

 


The Tattoo Project

In 1989, I completed my master’s degree thesis on the topic of portraits of people with tattoos. I needed to select a topic that made a social statement rather than continuing the career of making photos of landscapes, wildlife, and nature. A social statement topic had to be something that had a visual aspect and provided an uplifting morality that society is a better place because these photographs were made.

It took me about a year and a half trying to decide what my project would be before enrolling at Wayne State University. With great introspection, I finally decided upon a topic that I was passionate about: prejudice. Any topic I choose needs to meet the requirements of Wayne State University, but equally important, it needs to meet my requirements allowing me to remain faithful to my beliefs and morality yet still permit the creation of images that are designed to educate people about the evils of prejudice.

The Tattoo project is ongoing. I still seek people with tattoos, exotic body piercings, scarification or branding who are willing to be photographed and interviewed to have the possibility of being included in my coffee table book. I do not expect anyone to participate in my project without compensation. I provide participants with high resolution copies of the images burned on a DVD for their personal use.

I usually photograph the person against a plain black background so there is no distraction from the purity of the tattoo. The interview process boils down to asking the subject one fundamental question: “What are the circumstances that led to your decision to become tattooed, scarred, branded or pierced?” Their answers tend to be very articulate about the symbolism, relevance or meaning of the tattoo. It is this very fusion of photography with text that I hope to enlighten people that may not have a tattoo, that a person who may have one is not less of a person and is completely worthy of our respect and should be free from prejudice due to tattoos, branding, scarification or exotic body piercings.

If you are interested in participating in this project please feel free to contact me at (313) 804-9266 or send me an email at: bryce@midwest.photography.  I look forward to working with you.