Hm. For me, shoots just sort of happen. Sometimes, I’ll have a specific image in mind, but most of the time, it’s an exercise in figuring out the person in front of the camera and what makes them tick.
Here’s my oxycodone enhanced wishlist, though:
- Models: I spend almost all my free time (no, really – I’m not kidding) talking with Marianna Lane, but we haven’t shot together since August (well, I made a few photos of her at Bunny’s wedding, but those were snapshots). If I only get one shoot for the remainder of the year, she’s getting it.
Location: I’d love to play in some of the amazing industrial sites that the brilliant and talented Sarah R. Bloom uses for her self portraiture.
I’d also love the chance to utilize the American Southwest. The only time I’ve been to Santa Fe, for work, I didn’t capitalize on the opportunity to contact any models (granted, this was back in 2008, before I’d started working seriously, again). I’d love to utilize the landscape that captivated Georgia O’Keeffe and hosted so many talented early and mid century artists.
Light: Eh. I’m not picky. I know photographers who won’t work outside between 9:30am and 4:30pm, or will only work with studio strobes. If I can see by it, I can shoot by it.
Actually, now that I think about it, I want to shoot entirely by starlight. A good friend, Zalmaï, showed me amazing photographs made, in Afghanistan, entirely by starlight with a 5D Mark II. Granted, my 1D Mark III has nowhere near the ISO range of the 5D (II or III), but it’s better than nothing.