Photo of the Week 14 January 2014
Congratulations to Eydis Einarsdottir from Reykjavik, Iceland for her Photo of the Week product image “Knives on Tray and Bowls.” We had the chance to speak with Eydis about her abstract product photo, which is part of her 2012 “Design” series. See more of Eydis’s work at www.studio80s.com and follow her blog, www.studio80s.blogspot.ca, to stay up to date on her latest photography projects.
How did you light your image?
The lighting was simple, one large softbox and a bit of fill from a foam core.
What was this image taken for? (Personal, client etc.)
This series was done for self promotion.
How did you choose the color scheme of the dishes?
I had the whole shoot literally laid out prior to the shoot. I went to a furniture store website and picked out the items I wanted, then the stylist ( Robin Del Pino ) picked up the items I wanted, or very similar props. The color scheme was to be vivid, and red is my logo, so, it was a must to have some red. The colors of the bowls worked great, can’t go wrong with primary colors.
Why did you choose to make this photo a diptych?
I wanted to make 6 shots total, 1 that was a 2 page spread, 4 that made up 2 page spreads and a single. But, unfortunately one prop I wanted was not to be found, so we ended up with 2 singles. The images actually turned out better than my initial layout, which is always a plus.
Who are some photographers that inspire you?
There are lots of photographers that inspire me, old and young. But, when I lived in Brooklyn in the early 2000’s I was definitively influenced by the guys I worked with as a retoucher. Svend lindbaek (still a client), Ilan Rubin, Shu Akashi, Greg Delves are all great commercial photographers, but what they all have in common is minimalism. That is how my brain works as well, simple, to the point. Make whatever you are photographing shine in its greatest glory.
What is your history with photography?
I started photographing when I was pretty young, took a photo/darkroom class when I was 13. When I was 18 I came to America as an exchange student and the high school I attended had a great photography class, which I, of course, took along with photographing for the yearbook. Though, photo journalism was not for me… too shy! I decided that I would come back to America to study, and so I did in 1990. I chose Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara California for my BA, mainly for it’s locations, and it did not disappoint, the school nor the local.
I continued to live in the States until 2005 when I moved countries, now live in Vancouver, Canada, where I have my photo/retouching studio. Studio 80s Photography + Retouching
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
I consider myself, for-most part, a still life/product photographer, however, that description is just too narrow for me. A beauty shot to me is photographed very similar to a product, you sculpt the face, and make it as beautiful as can be. I use the same techniques for both, and yes, I do shoot beauty. I like the final shot to stand out, and be good enough to be hung on a wall…as fine art.
So, as far as what I like to shoot personally and professionally, it is really be the same. However, as we all know, when photographing for a client, your creativity is limited at times, unless you get super lucky. I also do enjoy outdoor photography, be it buildings, or nature or things, but my love is the ocean. Must live by it!
What inspires your photography?
What inspires my photography… not entirely sure, except that, like I said before, the simple things. My mind is already so cluttered, that I need space, lines, and simple compositions for the images to work for me. Perhaps it is from the land I was born in, with its barren landscape and stark contrasts.
Is there anything else you would like to include about this photo?
I wanted the images to look almost more illustrative than photographic, so that the viewer would have to ask themselves what it was.
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