Photographing the Backs of Sailors’ Heads
It’s 1982 and I’ve got a gig on a Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger. I climb aboard at Coronado Island across the San Diego Bay and get off seven days later in Honolulu, Hawaii. Three or four layers below deck I set up a portable portrait studio: three strobes on stands with a battery pack—two with umbrellas and one to spot the painted backdrop. I have an adjustable posing stool and a Beattie Coleman Portronic camera with a 100-foot roll of 70-millimeter color negative film. The Portronic sits on a roller tripod and has a slot for cards to ID the negatives. Approximately 3,000 men, who for the most part are still just boys, are slated for their yearbook portraits. These lucky sailors will hopefully purchase prints for the proud parents and girls in waiting back home in Dudvillie. I’ve borrowed the equipment from the storeroom of a portrait studio where I worked for a while and somehow ended up with my own key. I’m hoping to make a bundle.
The USS Ranger is a bustling city of men, many of whom live like cave dwellers and go for weeks at a time without seeing natural light. I think they’re all a bunch of idiots, but I can be quick to judge and tend to bristle around people in uniform. Enclosed in gloppy gray gloom, everything is narrow and riveted together. Heavy metal clanks echo from the walls but voices remain stationary. I eat with the officers in the mess hall and I’ve gone exploring and been lost three times by the second day.
LG ha desarrollado una campaña en la que ha convertido un Mini en un proyector ambulante. Y todo ello para promocionar los nuevos proyectores portátiles de LG. Sabemos que este modelo lo habrán construido para la campaña pero nos encantaría tenerlo y despegar con alas y llamas saliendo del coche como si estuviéramos dentro de un videojuego. Parece ciencia ficción pero podría ser perfectamente el futuro de la personalización de los coches. O al menos eso esperamos nosotros!
genio… quiero experimentar con esto…
Emulsion lifts with instant film certainly is one of the ways you can get experimental with analogue photography. While it may take some practice before one perfects the technique, but the results can be rewarding, as we can see in the works of Lio Munoz! - http://bit.ly/1aSSFK6