by Ray Anthony
I've been a published-accomplished, commercial stock photographer for nearly a decade and have found great joy and growing passion for doing so. However, work is work and play is play. And we all know, that too much work makes dull boys and girls. Breaking away from photo-editors and art directors demand for “Marketable and aesthetically salable photographs” is an oasis of experimentation for a sometimes pigeon-toed photographer to let off a little steam, as well as diversifying ones portfolio.
My second passion comes in the form of experimental, or, if you will; Avant-Garde photography. Many of my photographic journeys into the realm there of involve difficult shooting environments and or subjects. Most have revolved around the use of artificial light in conjunction with a difficult subject. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment in conjunction with my leisurely photographic pursuits, perhaps.
These photographs were created with the use hard, on-camera flash, some precise timing, smoke rising from a hookah pipe and a lot of thinking outside the box. Regardless of my above mentioned success in commercial stock photography, I've always loathed the use of artificial light and have always sought out, in every assignment, as to how I can create using natural lighting situations and avoid using artificial. What looks like something one time of the day, will most likely look much different at another time of day. I hope to master, and ultimately, embrace the use of artificial light as to broaden my photographic horizons.
I hope you enjoy the slide show. Should one be interested in seeing a piece of my photo-journalistic body of work, you may wish to read my article titled, 'Occupy the Upper Peninsula is born' here. NYC was not the only place the Occupy movement took hold. The movement even took a foothold into the rural and rustic reaches of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If any interest has been spurred in anyone, are available, and you may use my contact information below.