Defying Gravity

Yet another idea for my photo project.  My professor wants me do to more of what I’ve been doing.  Said that I already have a style that is effortlessly dramatic (not always a good thing!) and that there isn’t anything technical that I can improve on.

In otherwords, just be creative.  Don’t worry about the rules, it’s time to break them.  Fun right?  Haha, well I’m pretty straight laced so breaking rules isn’t something that gets me going.

But… what rule is more fun to break than gravity?!  I bring you the pics from last night’s/this morning’s photoshoot.  Big thanks to Ryan and SUPER BIG thanks to Micheal for all of their help.  You will see Micheal a lot in these pics.

I’d love to know what you think!  I plan to take tons more pictures like this.  Not just defying gravity, but time, logic, reality… Just anything that seems not quite right

9 thoughts on “Defying Gravity

  1. My favorite is the second from the top. I like the contrast between light and shadow, and how it’s framed. We look in and can only see the body, but not the head, of a person seemingly floating. There’s a wonderful strangeness about this shot for me.

  2. I feel like the second and third are the strongest.

    The first is cool, but not jaw dropping. The last two seem to break from the theme of “defying gravity.” One guy is standing on a ledge, and the other is invisible… not getting it, I guess.

    But the second and third…stellar. Specifically the second one. Really powerful shot. My only criticism of it is the fact that I don’t like that you can see the arm he is using to hold him there. PS it out and you’ve got gold in my opinion.

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  3. Simply fantastic. I really like the second to last one… it has a very natural human feel to it, but like you said, doesn’t seem “quite” right.

    Good work!

  4. I LOVE THEM! Wonderful shots, and such a good idea!

    I love the first one – beautiful landscape in the background (sweeping evergreen mimicking the swings)! And, the surreal lights between the layers of trees + a SHOOTING START! Geez. It’s got a lot going on in it. 🙂

    It looks great! Glad you found something you’re happy with! A great idea!

  5. I love them all but have my favorites as well.

    I am a sucker for swinging (at the playground, not the other kind, of course) so I really like the first one. It’s nice to feel like the swings can be going either toward or away from each other, and the angle and lighting are both quite nice. The setting sunlight in the background as well as its reflection on the center of the set are beautifully captured.

    I agree with David. The second one is superb but needs to have that supporting arm taken out. The natural framing in the shot is perfect though, and I like that it seems as though he’s floating to defy gravity, not jumping.

    The third shot? Well doesn’t he look like quite the little yogi. I especially enjoy the lighting in this one as well as his drishti being up toward the sky.

    The fourth one is cool, and althougg I get where David is coming from, in that where is the defiance of gravity if he is on a ledge? Well, how did he get up there? That’s the defiance. There aren’t any visible stairs or other aids to place him up on the ledge. This is an extremely cool photo.

    The last shot. Okay, maybe I don’t see defying gravity, but I do see defying reality. I like the ethereal quality of this pic. The disappearing feet make it seem like the figure is not something of the present; however the lighting and the very presence of the cell phone say that he is here and now.

    Great work as always! Missed you at the show last night. That Amos Lee is one cute boy…oh yeah, and I’m a huge fan of his music.

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  6. Wow, do I have to be as pretentious as these other people if I give an opinion?

    I’m a big fan of pics 2 and 4. I applaud you for shooting at night. Really nice clean images. Id like to see more defiance of gravity.

    Suck on that, art fags. “Contrast this, ethereal that, blah blah”

  7. One big massive comment reply. Ready for it? Here goes!

    @David Bickley

    Thanks for your thoughts. The idea for the project isn’t just defying gravity, it’s defiance in general or surreal or… just things that don’t seem right. Though the post does say gravity… haha

    I went through and removed the hand, as you can see now. 🙂 It was pretty easy to do. I couldn’t decide if I liked it there or not, definitely know now that it’s better w/o!

    P.S. Did you get my email last week?


    Looking forward to the concert!


    Yeah there really is a lot going on in that picture! I want to do some more pics like that. I kept looking for a seesaw (teeter-totter) but I couldn’t find one out here! Crazy huh? I had a really cool idea for one of those. Oh well.


    As usual, overflowing with kindness and wonderful, thoughtful comments.

    The swing set picture was actually taken at around midnight! The light appears to be a sunset from the use of an extended exposure. That picture was a three minute exposure!

    Yeah, climbing up to that door was hella scary! There really aren’t any stairs!


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