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Dubai 2011

March 16, 2011
Last year I found out about Gulf Photo Plus and was there in 2010 for an amazing week, joining workshops with JoeyL, Joe McNally and “Strobist” David Hobby. I met wonderful people there and GPP 2011 was of course on my “to-do”-list for this year! 🙂 My best friend Michi booked my plane-ticket (thanks again!) already in September and in January I booked the courses I wanted to attend. This year I decided for “The constructed image” – a three day workshop about fashion/concept-photography with the wonderful CLAIRE ROSEN, a  fashion and fine art photographer living in the USA.
Please have a look at her website: http://www.clairerosenphoto.com/

The second workshop I attended was “On location with Zack Arias”, please have a look at his website too: http://www.zackarias.com/

My programme for photofriday (in the UAE Friday is the “weekend”) was:
“The Apple ipad as a Photographer’s Tool” with Zack Arias and Steve Simon,
“Getting Your Work Out on the Web & Social Media” with David Nightingale, JoeyL, Manny Librodo,
“The Appropriate Response”  with Gregory Heisler,
“Panel: Breaking into Editorial & Documentary Photography” with Farah Nosh and Steve Simon.


Now some more information about the workshops I joined there:

Monday started with “The constructed image” with Claire Rosen. She was very interested in our work and asked questions about ourselves, looked at our portfolios. I think it was a wonderful group, people showed amazing pictures! Then Claire showed us many pictures different fashion photographers had published, then some of her own great work. We talked about finding a concept for a photography project, and we also got some homework to do for the next day. I chose to take a picture/selfportrait inspired by a song of the musical “Rent”: “Will I”, which is actually about a life support group for people with AIDS, but I transferred it to receiving a bad message, being sad about something. As it was already dark outside I had to use my hotelroom, which was not very beautiful (stayed at the Holiday Inn Express because it’s in walking distance to the Conference Center, where all the courses started), but found a good place including light to take that picture. I first tried to take that picture with a letter in my hands, but didn’t like it anymore later, so I chose that photo here.

On the second day of Claire’s workshop (after discussing our homework) she showed us the locations, where we had to shoot our own concept that we had to make on that second day, and also did a Demo-Shoot in the Conference-Center.

Our location for our shoot on Wednesday was an incredible beautiful and very expensive hotel called “Jumeirah Zabeel Saray” which is on the Jumeirah-palm. We could choose between the Voda-Bar (which I had chosen), the restaurant and the Hammam/Spa. Claire told us how to make a concept, showed us how to make a moodboard (which is good to show to customers or the stylists/make-up-artists/models) and gave us time to make our concepts. I was really scared and got stuck at some point, was stressed out about how to find a project/concept in such short time, I’m really not creative. Of course I had a mood in mind after the first impression, after seeing photos of the location, but no idea how to make a concept out of it. Claire is such a sweet person, she helped me a lot with asking questions, and finally I had concept and knew what I wanted! 🙂 In a moodboard you usually put in some photos to show what you plan to do – as these are not mine I can’t publish them here, but here’s my color-board and a short description of my project which was in the moodboard too.

Description:
Location: Bar 

Woman fleeing from an ALIEN place, which is “owned” by white, blurry, scary creatures (black, dark “shadows”)
She’s wearing a purple-pink flowing dress, make-up is very light, white, “young”, rather “natural”, long, open hair which is flying (also the dress) as she is trying to run away from these creatures.
Scary, dark surrounding.
Props: Something big, white for the “ghost”
Colours:
On Wednesday we went to the hotel, and everybody got two hours to shoot his/her own project, we were divided into three groups/locations, one was shooting and the other three were assisting, Claire helped everybody as well as her two assistants Eman and Danny. It was an exciting day with many tears, stressed out people but great results! Unfortunately the location wasn’t the most welcoming (although it looked overwhelming!), one girl of our group couldn’t even shoot her project because we were kicked out of the bar one hour earlier (no one told us that the bar had to open by that time already!). It also looked completely different than I had imagined after we had seen the photos, so my plan didn’t work like I wanted…. here’s the drawing I made for light/ghosts/model. There were no couches in the picture we saw in advance…. :-S


At least I got a really good model, she already worked for Nivea and other big companies, she did her job very well! Thanks! 🙂
Also our stylist Gemma got my perfect dress, that was exactly how I imagined it, thanks! Thanks to Michelle too for doing the make-up and hair!
Danny helped me a lot with the technical stuff and light, and here’s the final photo!!! 🙂 I’m really happy with it!


Here are two additional photos:



I know my concept also included ghosts/creatures, but Claire said it is fine like it is, she would skip photoshopping the creatures in, because that would be too obvious. It’s already scary how it is, so I think it’s better to leave it like this. Anyway, here’s one photo of a “ghost”, I shot it, but haven’t done the photoshopping (I shot ghosts on different places at the bar, so there would have been about three or four), and I would blurr it out even more. Perhaps I’ll try it later, when I feel healthy enough again and post it here!


I’m really happy with my photo and Claire also showed us her favourites of the other photographers in this workshop at the vista bar on Wednesday evening, I think we got phantastic images! Thanks Claire, Eman and Danny! 🙂 Here’s a photo of Saturday evening with Claire, myself, Danny and Niki!


On Thursday I was already feeling really ill, but went on location with Zack Arias. We went to Karama, that’s where poor people in Dubai live. We took some models with us, were divided into some groups and went out to take our photos. Zack gave us the assignment to take photos about “contrast” in Dubai, we should take photos for a magazine and he showed us examples for pictures he took last year. Suddenly we heard that Manny Librodo’s class who was also shooting in Karama had troubles with the police and even secret service, so Zack “evacuated” us to a restaurant and invited us to lunch – thanks Zack! The police wanted to delete all the camera-cards, although we/they got the right permissions to shoot. After a while all the problems were solved and we went to another place to go on with shooting. On the next workshop-day Zack evaluated our work on the bus, our location for Saturday was the Dubai International Financial Centre. I really felt very ill and spent most of the day with watching the others taking photos, but that was fine with me. Back at the classroom Zack showed us which pictures he has taken today and what photoshop-editing he would do with it, that was the most interesting part for me in that workshop. Zack is really good at explaining technical things, that’s why I booked that workshop, it was basic sometimes, but it’s good to have explanations again.

Here are some shots I took on the two days with Zack:


On Saturday evening the “Shoot-out” with Zack Arias and JoeyL was on the schedule. Last year the “show” with David Hobby, Zack Arias and JoeyL was already really funny and I was looking forward to this year. Usually it’s the new teachers that have to do that shoot-out, having 20 min time to shoot someone they don’t know before, without knowing what the other photographer did before and photoshop it. Last year Joey just took a polaroid, sticked it onto the screen and left the room. This year they had a “Derwisch” here who was wearing a colourful dress and did a twirling dance. Gregory Heisler commented everything during the shooting and tried to get Joey out of concentration, which was really funny! 🙂 In the end Gregory had to take a photo himself too, he did really well I think. 😉

Here are some photos of the shoot-out:

On Sunday I slept really long, a hopeless attempt to feel better… :-S As the elevator up the Burj Khalifa was already booked days before I decided to come with my friends I got to know at GPP 2010. It was lots of fun, but I went back to the hotel really exhausted some hours later. Here are some of the photos I took up there!

And here a selfportrait: 🙂
Here are some photos of my friends Joel, Dennis and Rob! And YES, we had lots of fun! 🙂


Some photos from outside the Burj:

I spent a phantastic week there (although I was ill since Wednesday and still am – thanks aircondition…. :-S ) and am already looking forward to next year! I wish GPP would last two weeks. 🙂 I met wonderful people there and had so much fun!!! Thanks to everyone! Thanks to Mohamed and his team for organizing this event, thanks to all my new friends I got to know there and of course thanks to my amazing teacher Claire Rosen, her great assistants Danny and Eman and of course Zack Arias, who is such a patient and phantastic teacher! Thanks to Rob, Dennis, Joel, Tom, Niki for all the fun at the Vista-Bar, at our workshops and our spare-time! Thanks to all the other people at the workshops like Martina, Ivana, Rawan, Wed, Muzna, Michael, Marc, Evgenia, Karim,… it was a pleasure to meet you all!!! See you again next year! 🙂

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Exhibition, new portraits and next Saturday

November 18, 2010

On Saturday, Nov. 13th 2010, five of my photos were part of an exhibition, organized by a group of people (like me) who joined a seminar about fashion photography and the one who taught – Felix Rachor. About thirteen photographers (amateur or professional) showed their work – a project. The title I invented for my own project was “Papergirl & Plasticboy”, and if you scroll down you can see a slideshow with my photos of the exhibition, some extra photos and some “behind the scenes”-pictures of the photoshoot and the exhibition, thanks to Ursula Schmitz (she was also my assistant at the photoshoot) and Günther Schermann! My parents came to help me too, and a photographer-friend from Graz, Joel! It was so cool to see them and some other friends there – thanks for dropping by! And of course thanks to everybody who was part of my project and helped – Birgit Mrozek, Stefan Reil, Martina Bruckner-Nöhrer, Richard Panzenböck, Ursula Schmitz at the shooting and Joel for his printing advice. 😉

And as Joel was here already, we decided to take some photos! 🙂 It was so much fun to work together with another photographer, especially if he’s good at modelling too. 😉 Scroll down to see some the photos we took! Also have a look at his cool website: http://portfolio.joelkernasenko.com/ I like the category “home” most – wonderful pictures!

If you are looking for something  to do on this Saturday – do something good and come to the Ronacher (12:00-16:00) and donate your blood! It will be like an “open house”, there will be make-up-artists who can “transform” you into a Vampire, you can find out how the fake-blood – which is used for “Tanz der Vampire”- tastes, AND the coolest part of it all – you can come to the 2nd floor (Rondeau) and get your portrait taken by me! 🙂 A make-up-artist will be there to put some fake-blood on your neck or next to your mouth, and I’ll take your photo! These pictures will be shown at my website: http://www.isabell-schatz.com/blutistgut.html (and you can order them there) and the Facebook-page of “Tanz der Vampire”: http://www.facebook.com/VampireWien

COME!!!! 🙂

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