Check out this cool behind the scenes shot from Dallas’ “Sugar City” shoot from her husband Ed. He says this particular bit of photographic adventuring was inspired by Guy Aroch, who is rumored to put objects in front of his lens to get a dreamy, blurry quality to his photos before post.
This is my entry for this week’s Photoboxing challenge “Sugar City”. I created a sugar version of the famous Times Square New York. It took me over 50 tries and 4 hours to get the lighting and light painting the way I wanted it, but in the end I’m so very pleased with the result.
Did anyone else create photos for this challenge? Let us know!
John’s Entries for “Sugar City”
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“When I was young, I was lazy, mom always said, “John, all you do is eat, sleep, and shit.” Now, the same applies in Sugar City… all you do is “Eat, Sleep, and Shit Sugar”
Dallas’ Entries for “Sugar City”
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“For Sugar City, I was inspired by imagining a dystopian future for Candy Land, where a world isn’t all sweets and fun times anymore. While the styling of the shoot was pre-planned, including buying props, dyeing clothes, and styling my model, I let the narrative grow organically once we were on location and had to work around the weather and light.”
Photo by our friend Kaveh Kardan
I interviewed our current winner Dallas Nagata White about “Sugar City”.
What made you come up with “Sugar City” as the theme?
I was inspired to think of the theme “Sugar City” because I wanted to take the idea of “Candyland” in a new, possibly more mature direction. There are definitely all kinds of ways to interpret the “sugar” part, and adding an urban twist could give it a little edge.
Right now I’ve got saccharine neon colors on my mind, which is perfect for the current fashion throwbacks to the bright kaleidoscopes of the 70s and 90s!
I’m not sure what my opponent, John Hook, will do, but I’m expecting to be blown out of the water by his quirky brand of genius!
Currently, photographer Guy Aroch is one of my biggest creative inspirations for the way his work conveys effortless, spontaneous captures.
My favorite candy to eat is fine dark chocolate raspberry truffles…but it’s not that visually stimulating to me, so I doubt I’ll be using it as inspiration for this project. Maybe it will be my reward for when I’m done! :)
The topic chosen by Dallas was “Sugar City” but what could it mean??
Turns out one artist actually created a city out of sugar: Artist Meschac Gaba imagined a city of sugar, and then built it. Models of some of the world’s most instantly recognisable buildings form part of a exhibition called Port City at the Greenland Street gallery in Liverpool, last summer.
He filled it with instantly recognizable landmarks from around the world, such as the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the London Eye, Petronas Towers, the Reichstag, the Empire State Building, and more. There are 600 buildings in the fantasy city, which measures 30 feet by 20 feet and took two years to build.
While the photoboxers are shooting their entries, let’s get to know our latest challenger JOHN A. HOOK III
His style ranges from the weirdly conceptual to the serendipitous right-place-right-time epic photos. Regardless what his subjects are, he is a proven master of the camera (several cameras, in fact) and he always has a sense of humor in his photos. Whether people agree with that humor is another issue…
Strengths: “Personally: Open-minded, honest, monogamous, patient, ability to lift weights over my head. Photographally: Weddings, long exposures, candids, ability to lift cameras over my head.”
Weaknesses: “Personally: Comparing self to others, cheap, asthma, don’t understand current trends. Photographally: Still-life, large format, “artistic” nudes, dealing with people who are photo ‘gear heads’.”