|Sir Roderick sits patiently as I work through the image.|
|My clients, Richard Wong and Grace Lim with Sir Roderick|
Yesterday I found myself in the home of Sir Roderick Carnegie, a renowned Australian and international business figure. It was yet another shoot for The Asian Executive magazine, a publication that Living in Pictures (that's Tash and me, folks!) has become associated with as photographers. I have photographed my share of national and international celebrities and prominent figures throughout my career but you are nonetheless unsure as to what to expect from each one you meet.
Sir Roderick was a delight to photograph. His friendly manner made it possible for us to feel comfortable in his home and we were made to feel very welcome in terms of the location and nature of the photograph we needed to produce. He let us have the run of the place, as it were. It didn't take long to find the spot.
My brief was exactly that - brief. In reality, there wasn't one until I got there. I had to produce a photograph of Sir Roderick that would coincide with the article that was being written about antique Asian art and his penchant for it. In the image above, the beautiful Japanese screen is almost 200 years old, and I would hesitate before thinking about the other beautiful artworks that adorned his home.
At 83, Sir Roderick is still busy in business, and once again you feel the pressure of time working against you - or should I say - the lack of time working against you. Not that anything was said. Its just that a man of this calibre does not want to sit all day while you slowly bring to fruition the cloudy concept in your mind that must eventuate in a final image. No. It needs to be decided upon and created with little fuss.
While I had brought my portable studio flash heads with me, I decided upon the scene, replete with soft window light and a lovely, but casual symmetry about it. Here was where the image was going to be created...Inshallah. No lights, no reflectors, no softboxes or strobism. Just windowlight. How quaint. My client looked at the test shot (sans Sir Roderick) on the screen of my D800 and loved it. Phew! One down, one to go.
I kindly instructed Sir Roderick to sit in the middle of the couch, and actually modeled the pose for him to make it easy. He was very kind and compliant as I worked through the image, keeping it as simple as possible. In a matter of minutes, it was over.
After a brief conversation as to whether he was related to Andrew and Dale, we left with a handshake and an image in the bag. Client happy. Subject happy. Photographer happy. Sometimes the simple option is the best, sometimes not. In this case I wonder if I had an option. I didn't really test the whole 'can I set up some lights?' idea. In a way, I am glad I didn't.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, I still believe that its wrong to put someone's face smack bang in the centre of the frame....most of the time.
Until next time...
|Me, keeping it simple...|