Paint it black

Earlier this year I made some self portraits featuring a white background and black paint, and since then I’ve had the idea stuck in my head of making a portrait like this. It’s always interesting to see how an idea in your head transforms when you try to turn it into reality. Victim of choice was Charlotte, who I’ve basically been shooting with since my early photography days (and her early modelling days). Of course Kathleen Van Walle, the only makeup artist who can read my mind, had to be there for the party as well. Another Sunday well spent!

Paint it black

Credits
Model: Charlotte Goyvaerts
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal

Marie on Polaroid

So yesterday I had a shoot with lovely Marie from Flag Models. I haven’t been doing much portraits this year and I thought it was high time to change that. Marie was such an inspiring model, that I even took some polaroids! And with my ever shrinking stash of the stuff, that is saying something. Anyway, I took two polaroids and then bleached the negatives, the results of which you can see here. :)

Rainy days and origami cranes

What do people do on Sunday afternoons? Exactly. Make origami cranes and hang them up on the ceiling and then take pictures with them! Duh. ;)

I don’t know what it is with me and origami. I just get so fascinated by it. Back in the day when I was still young and innocent and working on my first 365 project, I already had a strange love affair with origami birds. I guess it is just one of those things you can’t explain.

Anyhow, after making some digital self portraits with the cranes, I also made a polaroid self portrait. And while doing that, I also made a behind the scenes video! It’s like I’m three people in one! ;) So here’s a little insight into what goes on in my living room when I get a creative rush.

And here is the scanned polaroid. :)

We’re the oil in this machine

If you are a film fan like me, you probably have already heard Fuji is discontinuing one of my favorite polaroid films: fp3000b. Now if you want me and other photographers to be able to shoot it in the future, please head over to this link and sign the petition that might make Fuji reconsider. It’s a long shot but there are a lot of people out there who will miss this film very much. So even if you don’t use it yourself, do all film photographers a big favor and sign the petition! It literally takes two seconds. Thanks to everyone who does so!!! (you know I never asked you anything before, right? :-))

This photo here was of course shot on fp3000b, and I think it really resonates what I feel. We must cherish our beloved film and keep the companies interested in making them. Now go sign that petition! Go I said! Goooo!

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Her white blank page

Renée on polaroid by Els Vanopstal

This day was so much fun, and so exhausting at the same time. I had a shoot planned with the lovely Renée but I didn’t quite know what the concept could be. I was thinking about it for two weeks, going back and forth and about two days before the shoot was due, I decided I was going to do a shoot inspired by the color white. This was one of those things I had been thinking about for quite a long time, but didn’t quite know how to pull it together. I got so excited about the idea though that I forgot my ‘impeccable’ timing and decided to just go for it. So the day before I went to the store, bought some cheap white fabric (one for a tutu, another for a dress), and folded hundreds of white origami flowers. And even though it was a lot of work in very little time, I really enjoyed it. I would quite like to get more into ‘set making’ and things like that. Well, enough talk, here are some polaroids!

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Credits
Model: Renée @ Flag Models
MUA: Kathleen Van Walle
© Els Vanopstal