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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Any SAW fans out there?

This piece is titled "Human Nature #1", which in retrospect really has a double meaning.  This is photo 1 of a series I would like to do of people as trees.  Different size people, different sexes, different amounts of appendages will grace my studio for this series.  I got the idea while jogging down Southfield and seeing the rows of trees in the median that twist and turn in such a way they resemble a line of ballet dancers.  Unfortunately for Kandy and Allison, this was a learning curve in many ways.  

I posed the two girls early in because I knew that once they had completed their em"bark"ment we were going to need to move fast.  I did not anticipate the degree of problems that they had, but I figured they would not want to stand still long.

Idiot move #1.  We dressed Kandi's left leg first.  Then I realized that leg wasn't going to be seen...

Sometime after starting Kandi's right leg, she felt a light itching that turned into a burning on the left leg.  We began to remove the bark, and saw very little sign of problems (at this point).  We continued with the right leg.  After Kandi was done we started Allisons legs.  We covered more of Allison because she was in the front.  Through most of the application she felt little more than an itching.  Right before I put them into place the burning began!  

I would like to point out that I am not a sadistic person.  I offered early in to stop if they felt they needed to.  Luckily for me I have two very strong willed and stubborn models that wanted to make sure this got done.  I would also like to point out that I couldn't find any info about rubber cement being an irritant to skin.  What follows are the after effects of not letting the glue dry before you try to stick things together.  

Luckily I had Allison some make shift pasties using ziploc baggie and painters tape.  

Rubber Cement works good...   Sorry again!!!

1 Week later here is Kandi's leg.  The first piece we pulled off took skin.  Last update I got from her the red marks were healing.

Allison seemed to have different reactions one week later.  Things seem to be healing.  I think its been 3 weeks. I should have an update soon.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

See More Photos here!

Master Food Creator Carolyn Huggins Manning has set up a catering kitchen in Highland. The food keeps getting better and better. Earlier this week I dropped by to shoot some treats before she had a tasting, and then I returned to shoot (for more food for me) for an actual catered event. Hope yall enjoy the pics. To learn more about Carolyn, click here for her facebook page.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Wrong Kind of Love - Shoot

This shoot comes from the song by Jim White

Jim White - The Wrong Kind of Love - Listen

My image isnt much of a stretch from the song, but it still is my own take on it.
I had planned on this shoot being a sort of it gets done when it gets done kinda thing. I had made plans with Beka to do it on Saturday afternoon, and silly her she expected it to actually happen on Saturday. It took me two days to dig the hole. First I had to pry up the bricks. Then I had to pick axe through the gravel my shovel wouldnt get through. Red clay was next and then came the tree roots. By the time it was all said and done I was about a foot into the ground.

I had been rushed to get this done and then Beka ran late. I set up all my lights and cords and crawled on the roof to get my angles down. Amanda helped me with light settings and ladder steady-ian. Once Beka got there, she laid into the hole, Amanda rubbed some dirt on her and in less than 30 mins we were done.

Thanks to the girls for helping and being a part of my shoot, especially Amanda who comes and helps out tirelessly.

Above is the composite image I made in preparation of the shoot. The girl is from the web, and the ground shot was taken with my iphone. I hadnt planned on having a naked girl in the dirt, but its hard to find that fetal position with clothes.

It wasnt as dark as the photo implies, just camera magic

I swear I almost got her to try the hole out. It was almost too small for Beka's height.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Late Update

Many of you got bombarded last month with plenty of updates from me announcing the two shows I would be showcasing at. Both nights turned out great, and I met a bunch of new friends and was visited by a bunch of old ones. Here are some pics from my setup.

Above is the layout at the Strange Days under the bridge. It was an awesome show and I met a lot of great artists!

Here I am with friends and my girlfriend Lea who helped me set up at Bistro Byronz.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The cost of clicking.

So my photography business has changed and evolved leaps and bounds these past few months, and I am finally gearing up for my first publicly pushed shows. As I spend money on prints, frames, and an expensive leather case to show off unframed pieces, I realize I am great at spending the cash, but have very little clue as to what to sell my prints for. I know everyone wants to say, what do you feel they are worth, and how much did you pay for prints. Also it has been mentioned how much time did you put into them and what do you want to be paid an hour. While these are all great questions, they are only really useful in a perfect world, a situation where the market will reflect what you feel you deserve.

Anyways, I have put together some pricing and thought I might throw some numbers out and see what the general population has to say about them.

I have two types of prints. 13x19 which fits nicely into a 18x24 frame (matted)
and 20x30 which fit into a 24x36 frame (matted)
Most of my pricing is for the 13x19.

My best prints,
Good news for people who like bad news,
Jager in the water (black and white dog in the water)
Music is the Victim and so am I
These will go for $75 each

Prints I like but dont have quite the market as the ones above I feel will go for 60-65
and i will have a $50-55 tier.

These are unframed.

I want to sell framed pieces as well, but havent worked up a formula for that yet. I may just double the prices.

So what do you think? Let me know of Facebook or on here.

PS I should know about the No Dead Artists show by this time next week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Come support me!

In the next 7 days, there will be two appearances by
me and my portfolio around town. I hope you can make it!
The first one will be the Strange Days in the District featuring
the New Orleans Bingo Show. Click here for the webpage
with details. All other artists who want to apply should hurry
over and fill out a form. It's free! It starts around 6pm and
goes until 11!

The second place you can see me is Thursday July 21st
at Bistro Byronz. They do an artist show one night only
each month. This month is my month. I will have several
framed pieces and prints available. Come have a drink or
have some dinner with me. All proceeds from the sales go
to benefit me and my dark brooding artistic side. Show
hopefully will be up and rockin at 6pm. Thanks ahead of
time for those who will be helping me hang the show.

For artists interested in becoming an artist for a Bistro Byronz
night, contact me and I will put you through to the right people.
Hope to see you out there!

Monday, July 11, 2011

There's a Phonebooth In Heaven that No one is Calling Shoot

This is my first blog as Casey Jones Photography. The site has been here for quite some time, but it was really a mish-mash of material. The site was functional but not everything it could be. I am not saying that now it is everything it could be, but it is a start. I appreciate all of you coming along for the ride.

My friend Monica contacted me and was wanting to do a shoot with me, but I haven't really been feeling the whole themed piece lately. Almost a month ago I was scatter-brained trying to get pieces done/together to submit to the No Dead Artists show at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans. I should know results on July 20, thanks for asking. Back to the story, I was not interested in doing another themed piece but an old Jim White song came on the car radio and got me to thinking. Jim sang, "There's a phonebooth in Heaven that no one is calling." It was here I started my piece.

I planned things out with Monica to come on a Monday afternoon when I was off. While waiting I drug some pieces of lumber in the neighbors trash and created the arch so we wouldnt have to hang strings from the ceiling. My new buddy Amanda came over with daquaris while Jennifer, my roommate did Monica's makeup. All in all it was a fun time and relatively painless.

I released my first version that night which had very little response. Not the result I wanted, so I went back and edited again. After several edits and several uses of other versions of the pose, I submitted to my original instinct and chose a separate head from another shot. Thus the final piece below.