Congratulations to the winner of the Perspective Challenge John Hook!!
It was a tough challenge, but both Photoboxers turned out some awesome photos really focused on the theme!
You know what’s next, ladies and gents — John gets to pick his next opponent and next theme.
If you registered to compete, remember that you’re not officially registered until you submit your headshot.
John’s entries for “Perspective”
Through the right angles, placement, and proper depth-of-field you can create a photo that fools the viewer into perceiving an image that wouldn’t of been seen on location with the naked eye. Here, I made an image of an ordinary man mowing the lawn, but instead of the lawn it looks like he’s mowing the forest hair off a gorilla man’s chest. And for Jonas, he must be really excited about the picture he’s taking, I’d say he’s got a photoboner! (banana stem in the right place.)
Lux’s entries for “Perspective”
This is mostly slow shutter with a little multiple exposure thrown in. I got to thinking about time’s perspective. How our running around blends in to a kind of meaningless movement river that can be beautiful-the large glowing ovals in the center of the photo are actually dozens of people walking across the street over a few hours. I was fascinated by how their movements fell in to a set pattern.
I used the kitchen sink here-wanted to try to use as many perspective tools as possible in one piece. Skewed ratio, tilt shift, hyper-saturation, HDR, depth of field, bokeh… I also played with the idea of making parts of it look like a photo, painting and drawing depending on your…perspective. ;)
I wanted to throw one in that addressed perspective as an interpersonal concept. The social constraints and expectations imposed on modern girls is a bit of an obsession of mine. I tried to show in one frame some of the alienation and disconnect between how you see yourself vs. what others expect of you. Women’s rights have come a long way but the fundamental biases are unchanged. I see the concept of, “slutty party girl” to be the new scarlet letter. Show a lot of skin. Look sexy all the time for our enjoyment or no one will like you. Then we begin with the labels.
While the Photoboxers are working on their photos for “perspective” challenge, let’s get to know our current champion John Hook.
What was your strategy for the “Eat, Sleep, Shit” series from last challenge?
I think it randomly came to me while I was driving, I kept thinking, “If I lived in Sugar City, what would I do everyday?…” Then I remembered that phrase from my mom, “Eat, sleep, shit.” Perfect, 3 separate photos. From there, I just thought of funny ways to do each action. It helps to have friends willing to do stupid shit for no reason.
Was there ever a moment during shooting that you wanted to give up? How did you overcome that?
Well, I was really worried about time that week. I had weddings all weekend, and my daughters birthday during the week, so I only had a few hours on one evening to get everything done. I think the key was to have photos I was happy with in the end, that way if I lost, the whole process would of still been fun.
How long did it take you to shoot the “eat” shot?
It took about 15 seconds. All of those photos from that series are pretty basic (technically), its just people directly in front of the camera, the 2 other photos used direct flash, and the spitting one was backlit (with one flash behind them). I just had my buddies stand in front of me, did one test to see how bright the flash behind them was, adjusted, and next one had them spit sugar into the others’ open mouth. I actually used the first take (but took 3 other shots after that, cause let’s face it, it’s funny to watch people spitting in each others mouth).
Whose ass did you force us all to stare at in the “shit” shot?
That’s was Chad’s glorious rump (he’s also the same guy that is ”eating” the sugar). What a friend.
You should see the outtakes from that shoot, haha, omg, if you thought that picture was too gross, it’s actually the one that was the least gross, my wife nearly had a heart attack from laughing/ crying / vomiting looking at the other shots.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
hmmm, i kinda liked how the original ideas came out. I think maybe just a little more of everything.. more sugar in the spit, more candy/jizz on the bed, and more chocolate on the butt.
Any hints to what your “perspective” photos will be of?
For this round, I will be taking very basic ‘point-n-shoot’ type looking photos, no tricky lighting, probably no naked ass this time. I wanna take photos that prove that anyone could of done that, and you don’t need fancy cameras or flashes to do it, you just need to have a fun idea and go make it happen, that’s what’s so awesome about photography, it can be simple and fun.
Hopefully people will dig the final concepts.
Thanks, John! I know we’re all excited to see photos from you and your opponent Lux!