Another strange month, but at least there was a bit of normality for me towards the end as I did manage to get out and do some kind of mini shoots, but we’ll come onto that.
I’ll start with something where I didn’t get my camera out, but I did see someone post an editing technique which produces a kind of glitchy effect that looked kind of cool. Not being able to go out and shoot some new images to try this effect on, I looked back in the archives for a few photos that I thought would work well and gave it a go. Some came out better than others, and it’s not an editing technique I’ll use on every shoot, but it’s something different and something to do during this time.
Being allowed to go for longer walks now, and a valid reason for being outside is just to be outside, I’ve been on a few more walks, and once again took my camera with me. I was planning on going for a walk towards town and taking a longer and different route than I’ve done on my previous walks over the past few weeks. Still not taking my main camera with me, just a smaller, older camera which is easy to carry around. It’s still mainly a walk, and me stopping to take photos if anything catches my eye, but at least now I can actually stop to compose and take photos unlike before when it was more of a grab a photo and continue walking kind of thing.
Getting back to a few shoots now. Being able to meet up with people from outside your own household, while still maintaining social distancing meant that in my eyes I could get back to shooting, with some restrictions. It’s been on the news about people being allowed to meet up in parks, have picnics and just chat with one person at a time from outside their household. I figured that if I was allowed to meet up with someone, stand around chatting, so long as it was outside, it was only the two of us and we stayed two metres apart, there should be no reason that I then couldn’t take out a camera and grab a few photos.
A few years back I did a project focusing on headshots, with the main points of that project being that I used minimal equipment, we stayed local to wherever the subject was at the time, and the shoot shouldn’t last very long. It seemed like the perfect project to go back to during this time and would fit in nicely with all the rules now in place for being outside.
The first person I worked with was Anna, and we met up somewhere close by for her, walked around for a bit and managed to fit in a few different locations. The shoot would have taken less time, but it was a bit windy when I arrived, so trying to use an umbrella just wasn’t going to happen. Luckily I had a backup plan and with the new setup in place we were good to go.
Next up, and finally for this month, I worked on my headshot project with Charlotte. Another quick shoot, meeting up, walking just down the road to a local park and using a few different locations for the images. I’ve got the equipment I use for this project to what I need it to be and it’s working well. I’m planning on doing a few more shoots for this project, and let’s hope that at some point in the near future we can get back to doing other shoots, however I may stick to location shoots for the time being.
I’ve included the images for my headshot project taken this month below, but the rest of this project can be seen here on my site.