The Ceiling Aflashed

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 08 2010

Category: self portrait


Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D


Wrapped in Gold

With daylight savings time in full effect there is officially no daylight left for me after work. Not even any golden hour. There’s a good fifteen minutes of dark blue sky before it all goes black. This means I’ll either be doing more sanity questioning images indoors like the one pictured above or I’ll be getting out the’ol tripod for some night action. Only the next six weeks may tell!

This here photo is another byproduct of an uninspired session gone to hell (where some of the best shots are churned out of course). I’m not even sure where to start. I guess it boils down to an experimentally lit self portrait with some of my gear.

What I like is strangeness of it all. If the gear were not pictured it’d be a bit simpler – guy wearing golden shawl looking into some luminous heaven above. But what’s the gear mean? How’s it change the photo?

Also the mass of dead space between the eyes and the light above is great. Your eyes’ll look up to the top because that’s where I’m looking, but to get there they have to pass through the ambiguous abyss of unlit plaster.

More strange.

3 comments on “The Ceiling Aflashed”

  1. Are you wrapped in a reflector?

  2. yes a hoop! that is what I thought although I wouldn’t put it past you to have a coat like this.

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