Meet Tiff and Erwin - two of my favorite people in the world. And since one of them is my roommate and the other is her boyfriend and my best friend (I'll let you guess which one's which), expect to see them a couple more times on this humble blog.
On this particular day I had just received a grid modifier for my lightbox so I thought I'd try it out. These two were enjoying a nice, relaxing day off hanging out in my living room, playing the most violent video game of all time: Mortal Kombat X. Now if you know anything about that game, you'll know that it requires utmost attention to make sure you're the one who disembowels/decapitates/evicerates/squashes/de-limbs/impales your opponent....it's tons of fun. And because they're focus was wholly on the game, I was able to set up my lightstand just camera left, just off of the tv screen. I positioned myself directly underneath the screen and a little to the right, and then just snapped away. The grid worked well. lighting up the subjects without filling the entire room with light.
If I was to pick one word to describe their expressions in these photos...it would have to be smug. I mean look at these smug bastards. Though they have every right to be - defeating your significant other in a video game is wildly satisfying, one of the best feelings you can have, until they defeat you in return.
These are the first two photos in a series called "Why I Like Performers". As an actor and performer myself, I find myself constantly in the company of performers. Erwin is an actor and master ukulele-ist (I exaggerate, but only slightly) who is currently in Kuala Lumpur performing in the play Fifteen with SIFU Productions and Tiff is currently working her butt off, getting ready to bring us some magic in Vision. Like many of my friends who are performers, they are such fun to hang out with, and even more fun to shoot. In fact performers in general are really great to shoot so expect some really fun photos in this series.
Until then, go shoot stuff.