Episode 3.0 A Classic Uncovered
For me photoshoots are about expression and pushing the envelope in different ways, experimenting is necessary. The team and I are never afraid to try something new and venture into interesting territory. I've always been a huge fan of the old classic movies and movie star portraits and for me no one nailed this type of photography quite like George Hurrell. I absolutely love that classic-hard-lit-but-carefully-crafted look that he perfected. The contrast was usually so creamy and soft I just couldn't believe he did this with heavy hot studio tungsten lights and not strobes. We've come such a long way. For this shoot we used strobes that weigh about a pound or 2, but back in the 30s and 40s, they had hot continuous lights that weighed 60 and 100 pounds, and these were the small ones. Not that the Torch team wouldn't gladly take on the challenge of getting those bad boys up the studio stairs... #DoYouEvenLiftBro ?
Any-who back to George, even under these conditions he was able to push his craft with a sense of integrity in pursuit of a shot that told the story.
This shoot is styled and inspired by his work and I just wanna say a super thank you to Sarafina Osborne who came out swinging and outdid my dream of making a shoot like this happen (been a long time coming guys). She certainly did not disappoint and was a super easy person to work with. Enjoy the images. Peace (no gang signs)