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Portrait of a nude Ben swimming in Palm Springs

I’m still editing images here and there from my trip last month.

So Ben jumps into the pool naked and I decide to make some photographs. I really like how water and color can make subjects less literal.

An aside. Someone asked me at a bar last night why I don’t sell prints. I answered that I really don’t know why I don’t. I think there are somewhere around 5 prints that I’ve made out there. So maybe I’ll experiment with these.  If someone wants 13x10ish prints of these for their pool house or bathroom or bathhouse(?) I might run a short edition. Hit me up in comments or email.

Hope you’re well out there.

Portrait of William in Vegas

A friend of a friend of a friend in Vegas.

You get a curious portrait of yourself and I get to test my new lighting gear.

Ive got a situation with my finger nail.

"I've got a situation with my finger nail."

So here’s the situation. (Speaking of the situation, have you seen the Situation on MTV’s Jersey Shore? Funny guy.) I just invested in some Profoto lighting equipment and I’d like a non-professional model to help me test some things out. In exchange for an hour or two of you sitting around somewhat patiently, I’ll make an image of you at no cost and give you an 8×10 print. It’s win win no?

If you are in my hood, and interested, here are the rules to enter:

  1. Open to folks in the Boulder / Denver metro area.
  2. You have until April 30th to submit your name and some sort of contact information — If you enter by way of Twitter/Facebook I should be able to contact you easily. I will draw a name at random on or about May 1st and we’ll schedule a time.
  3. Maximum of 4 entries per person. Ways to enter: a) Post a comment on my Facebook fan page wall b) Write a reply to @davidmejias on Twitter c) Retweet a tweet about this project on Twitter. d) Post a comment on this blog post.
  4. A model release must be signed.
  5. Final image may not be used by the subject for commercial purposes. Personal use is fine – including Facebook, etc.

I don’t expect a whole lot of entries to this testing affair, so if you take a few seconds to enter, the odds are pretty good.

Thanks for reading and entering.

Photo: ©2009 David Mejias

Adventures in multimedia storytelling. Post #1. I used to make moving pictures.

Back in the olden college days, I dabbled in both still photography as well as film and video. While I liked the stills plenty, video stole my heart. The digital video stuff was new and hip too. I dreamt about becoming a videographer/ cinematographer and made little video projects like this Untitled one from 1995.

As my college dreams met reality, I eventually decided that becoming a still photographer was the way to go. Photography seemed as potentially creative as film while being more practical. That was six years ago.

Fast forward.

Today, it seems that the traditional and once stable(ish) photography world is in a bit of flux. Technology has made it relatively easy for just about anyone to enter the photography space, ad dollars for newspapers and magazines have dried up nicely, and a global recession has encouraged folks to cut back on their creative budgets. All of these factors = not so great for the old school.

The result of all this change is that a lot of still shooters are looking for ways to stay bu$y. Some of my peers are going into CGI, and others are moving into the realm of HD video. The consensus seems to be that old photography budgets and outlets are gone and that we have to get out there and reinvent ourselves as directors, storytellers, and new, more integrated, visual artists.

How do I feel about all this talk of changin’? Well, I’m not exactly sure. There’s a part of me that wants to jump on the fun experimentation bandwagon and there’s another part of me that fears diluting my pretty good competency in photo making by producing alt/new media stuff that may just be confused and mediocre.

So I have no answers right now. Mostly just questions.

Until I get more clarity for myself, I’m going to start dabbling with some HD video and maybe some audio with still photographs on occasion. Just a tiny bit. Just for fun. Here and there.

I may hate it. I may love it. Who knows. I’m both nervous and excited. (Last time I tried a similar exploratory I ended up with three years of this: http://newclimber.com)

Since this blog is a fine forum for experimentation and early stage creative pursuits, I’m going to start writing and posting about my adventures in discovery. Look for the category and tag: AIMS = Adventures in Multimedia Storytelling.

Hopefully we will learn, grow, and have fun together through this. Yes, perhaps?

That’s all for now. Thanks for listening.

The impossibility of photographing babies

A National Geographic photographer I met a few years ago said she refused to photograph babies and puppies. Her argument was that it is all but impossible to make creative and interesting images of the two cutest subjects known to mankind. I think she had a point. (The same can be said of fences. When was the last time you saw an interesting photograph with a fence running through it? If you are a fence photographer, I apologize for my cynicism.)

Yesterday I went over to my friend Jenny’s place in Denver to photograph her newborn baby girl. I knew what I was getting myself into. Doting new parents, an adorable baby, and me looking through my viewfinder struggling to avoid cliches.

While I mostly failed, and while I wholeheartedly embrace said failure, I did manage to capture a few images that I thought were worth posting.

And Jenny, if you are reading this, rest assured that I will share with you all the precious other photos that you should save and send along to your family and friends.