Photo of the Week 8 October 2013
Congratulations to Erika Rech, a freelance photographer based in Deland, Florida for her Photo of the Week winning image “In AnteBellum South.” We had the chance to speak with Erika, who is currently working on her Bachelors of Science in photography from Southeast Center for Photographic Studies about her captivating image. Find out how Erika became involved in photographing Civil War reenactment portraits, and see what other photography projects she enjoys.
What type of camera, gear and equipment did you use to capture the shot? Where was the image taken? How did you plan for the shot?
I photographed “In AnteBellum South” at the studio provided by Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. I set a small Profoto softbox on the right and filled in the shadows with a reflector. I shot the image with my Nikon D7000 and 50mm Nikkor lens.
Who is the individual in this image supposed to represent? What is the story or message that you were trying to convey with the shot?
Sarah Horne-Rone is a professional storyteller and Civil War reenactor (as shown in photo). She hired me last April to update her modeling portfolio. We collaborated on several details, props, costumes, etc. Originally, I set up traditional lighting for Sarah’s modeling composite card, but before our session ended, I wanted to change the lighting and explore the idea of storytelling. I wanted to capture a moment that reflected how a person of color would have felt during the time of the Civil War. Ultimately, I really enjoy the union of human emotion and body language working together here. It makes you question. What is happening in her life? Is she in mid thought or waiting for someone? The character’s outfit gives the viewer an idea of her social status, so it’s up to the viewer to make the interpretation.
What’s your best advice for aspiring photographers ?
Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. I’m still growing as an individual and artist, but the best advice I can offer for any photographer is to be fearless. Keep an open heart and mind to new projects and working with different people. You never know what opportunity is around the corner…
Who are some photographers that inspire you? What type of photography do you enjoy?
First and foremost, my professors, classmates, and the local photography professionals I work with inspire me. Life experiences and emotions inevitably have an influence in my personal projects. Also, I adore the work produced by The Creative Artists Collective, Vine and Light, and Michael Greenburg (Phototerra Studio). Lois Greenfield is another photographer who’s work I enjoy. I would love to work with Lois and Michael one day! I enjoy photographing weddings and conceptual portraits the most.
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