Hey everyone, today started off interesting. Define interesting…
Any of you that know Stacy and me probably know that we are deeply involved in the local roller derby scene. We are a derby marriage. When I met Stacy, she was a skater with the Naptown Roller Girls, and I was just starting to get hooked on the sport by way of photographing the bouts along with a close friend of mine. Long story short – shooting this sport helped me develop my personal photographic style more than anything else I’ve done. Learning to light the skaters on the track taught me TONS about how to control lighting to get the results I wanted. I quickly found myself drawing towards dramatic, dark images with very focused lighting. This same style carried over to my portrait and fashion work.
Fast forward to today…probably most of you are familiar with the sometimes annoying feature on Facebook of pushing you things you posted a number of years before on the same day. I had a rather interesting one of those pop up this morning. It turns out that it just so happened to be an image I created 3 years ago as a part of a modeling development shoot with a young woman that participated in the local jr. roller derby league. This image is one of those moments that happen in shoots…we had gotten a number of great images on regular studio backdrops with different outfits, all the standard edgy model looks. But we both wanted something more personal to her and who she was. She put her skates on with the casual outfit we had finished the model session with and just flopped down on her couch. One light overhead gave me all the punch I needed to create a classic portrait with just enough of a story to make it intriguing.
This really exemplifies the type of portrait that I love to create. A deceptively simple, visual story. This really was an image that I can look back and say, "that's when I really started to get it...my unique style."
I'd be remiss if I didn't give a very special thank you to all the roller derby friends we have made over the years. The Naptown Roller Girls, Indianapolis Junior Roller Derby, Hoosier Bruisers, Race City Rebels, and so many other leagues throughout Indiana, The U.S. and internationally have all been a part of a wonderful extended family. Skate fast!
Have a great day! -David