Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Past Their Prime

I have to thank the young photographer who chose the sunset light of my corner to shoot portraits of her friend (or client) against the backdrop of the brick buildings across the street. Hearing conversation i peeked out my front door and noticed them working, first against the future Apple Market cater-corner to the my house and then by the side wall of Paris Jewelry. I decided to causally watch them work. Not in a stalker sort of way, mind you, but like any photographer interested in the seeing the way other photographers work. So i thanks them because they drew me out into the best light of the day. At first i noticed the catalpa tree in my yard which is just staring to bloom and the play of light on those fragrant white flowers. I went back inside and grabbed my iPhone to take a quick shot. Since the tree was just starting to bloom i figure the best photos were a couple of days off anyway. But then i noticed the irises, well past their prime, bleached of color, backlit by the sinking sun. This was a job for a macro lens so i quickly ran inside for a real camera before the last rays of sunshine disappeared behind the buildings. 
I didn't photograph these irises in their prime this year as i usually do. Everybody is always looking to capture images of flowers in their peek bloom, but there is a quiet and reserved beauty to these fading blossoms, drained of the dark, vital hues of life and preparing to wither and pass away.  

(please click on images for an enlarged view)

Iris; Irises; Flower; Fading
©David Sorcher 2015

Iris; Irises; Flower; Fading
©David Sorcher 2015

Iris; Irises; Flower; Fading
©David Sorcher 2015

Iris; Irises; Flower; Fading
©David Sorcher 2015

Iris; Irises; Flower; Fading
©David Sorcher 2015

Iris; Irises; Flower; Fading
©David Sorcher 2015

Iris; Irises; Flower; Fading
©David Sorcher 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

Future Fossils Collection

Around the first of the year i made a resolution to find a space to do a physical, real-world showing of my work. I have a number of bodies of work that i believe i could mount a solid show from so i suppose it is a matter of finding the right fit with the right space for the subject. A good first step, i believe, is to gather these images all in one place to take stock of what i have and to see if i can shop these ideas around to any interested parties. By far my preference for a first show would be my Future Fossils project. Of course, i do realize this project will not appeal to everyone. It certainly is not a lowest common denominator subject. I would probably find a larger audience for my Nova Scotian landscapes and nature work...pretty pictures the average person might find nice to look at on their walls. But i really feel most committed to Future Fossils, which might be a tough subject matter for some, but which i believe is some of my best work, especially on a conceptual level.

The Project

This project began back in my college days, a long, long time ago. I was living in Rockaway Beach, Queens, making the most i could out of beach community living. That meant long walks along the shoreline whenever possible. I began finding all manner of deceased animals along the beach and in the vacant lots i walked through on my way there. I've never found my interest in this subject to be particularly morbid having been interested in bones, paleontology and archeology since childhood. It dawned on me one day that these remains held the potential to become "future fossils" and so i chose that name for the project. I was also reading a lot of Buddhist and Earth Worship philosophy at the time and began to recognize these little deaths as merely one phase in a cycle that goes round and round. This point was driven home when i first noticed new plants growing up through old bones on the ground. Life feeds death feeds life again. And so it goes. May the circle be unbroken. 
I adopted the attitude that these small deaths deserved documentation and sometimes even ritualization in remembrance of their passing. Everything that is feeds everything that will be and the sacrifices of the dead, no matter how small, should not be overlooked or forgotten. While i mostly adopt a documentary approach to this project, i do occasionally add to or arrange the subject in a funerary manner to this end.
This may indeed be work you have no desire to view. Death is a tough subject for sure, especially for the Western mind. Still, it is inevitable and can teach us important lessons about life, change, transformation and acceptance if you allow it.   
What i am presenting here is my digital work on the subject. I do have a number of film images from the early days of this project which i would also most likely include in any mounted exhibit, but i have not been able to scan that work to show in virtual space just yet. If anyone knows of a gallery that might be interested in showing this body of work please contact me privately. I also encourage you, as always, to share this post with anyone you think might find it interesting. 

(click on images for an expanded view, especially diptychs and triptychs)
   
Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay, Skeleton
Last Rite ©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay, Skeleton
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Fish; Future Fossils; Decay
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Fish; Future Fossils; Decay
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Deer
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Deer
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Deer
©David Sorcher 2015

©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Deer
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Deer
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Deer; Skull
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Deer
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Seagull; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton;
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bird; Future Fossils; Decay
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; bird; Future Fossils; Decay
After the Fall ©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Bird; Heron
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Future Fossils; Decay; Mouse
Flowers for Algernon©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bird; Future Fossils; Decay
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeletonal; Crab
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bird; Future Fossils; Decay
Hung Bird©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Seagull; Future Fossils; Decay; Bird
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Bird
From Flesh to Bone ©David Sorcher 2015


Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Deer
One Year ©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Crab; Future Fossils; Decay
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Crab; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeletonal
©David Sorcher 2015

Dead; Death; Bones; Future Fossils; Decay; Skeleton; Skull; Key
The Key ©David Sorcher 2015










Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lights, Camera, Action!


Ryan on the rigging crew

I recently finished up a 3 week project shooting production stills for one of the many movies that have been filming here in Ohio lately. I'd been looking for just such an opportunity to work on film sets for some time and my friend Brian Douglas was gracious enough to recommend me for this one, a horror/comedy shot up in Middletown. The pay was low, the hours were long (12-14 hr. nights with an hour drive on each end) and i have rarely worked harder in my life, but the experience i gained was priceless, a rich and rewarding one. 
There are, unfortunately, so many photographs that i just can't share with you at this moment. Images of actors, costuming, make-up or set design that might reveal plot devices or give away gags can't be shown at this time for obvious reasons. This is, as you might imagine, a bit frustration for me as there are quite a few fun shots that i will need to keep under wraps at least until the film is released (coming to theaters near you - October, 2015).
Production stills serve a number of purposes for a film. Photos are needed for promotional purposes and merchandising. They also document the moment, the production as a whole. So along with making images that look like a frame from the film i was also focussing of the behind the scene interactions, preparations and the crew at work. It is with this last aspect that i have the ability to share some of my work with these mostly candid portraits of our outstanding crew. Really, i believe i might have been a bit spoiled by this initial experience. This film set virgin couldn't have asked for a better first crew. They taught me so much is so short a time. And as a total noob to the industry i found myself immediately welcomed and appreciated, a part of the family, even if i was inevitably standing in the wrong place at the wrong time on more than one occasion. 
There is a lot i would like to share with you about the specifics of shooting productions stills. In many ways it is just and extension of a documentary approach, but it has its own nuances and specifications for sure. I think, however, that story would be better served when i am able to post more of the photos from this project. For now let me just introduce you to some of my temporary film family, with a great big thanks to them all for helping me cut my teeth on a new avenue for my photography. Hopefully this will lead to many more opportunities in this industry in the future.          

1st AD Eli and Director Andy

Lucas - Best Boy Electric 

Kyle - Lighting Gaffer 

ACs Bug and Woo

Kyle - Key Set PA 

Director Andy gets the Hitchcock treatment

Director Andy

Director Andy and DOP Filip

Michael - Boom Operator

Ryan - Rigging

Josh - Grip

Anthony - Sound Mixer

Filip, John and Woo

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Brian - Crafty/Set PA

Joseph - Prop Master

Stephonika - Office PA

John - Dolly Grip

 Yan - Key Grip

Bas - 1st AC pulling focus

Bug - 2nd AC 

Ryan and Lucas greet the dawn

 Filip - DOP

David - SFX Makeup Artist 

Bug - 2nd AC 

Kurt - B Cam/Steady Cam Operator 

Katie - Script Supervisor 

 Filip assesses the light on the scene

Eli - 1st AD 

Woo - 1st AC 

 Filip - DOP

Rick - Stunt Coordinator 

Bug - 2nd AC