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28 avril 2009

A few weeks ago, I read about the SoFoBoMo project and I decided it was exactly what I needed to finally have a try at creating a photography book. Although a long-time tempting experience, it always appeared to me as a daunting, almost inachievable task. This project opened my eyes : a limited time-frame (one month), a no-pressure experience (if I can’t finish my book or the result is not of high enough quality to my eyes, I don’t have to show anything), a minimum of 35 photos (low enough to be feasible and high enough to still be a challenge), and finally the motivation to share the experience and the end result with other creative minds.

The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things (Hieronymus Bosch)After many hours of brain-storming, I finally decided on a subject for my book : "The 7 sins". I will try to illustrate this theme through still-lives and portraits, with an absurd, humoristic or surrealist twist. I have convinced one of my friends’ niece, Delphine, to model for my SoFoBoMo project. She is a talented photography student here in Paris, but also likes to be on the other side of the lens, and she has been enchanted by my project and the photo ideas I talked her about. And she will eventually introduce me to some of her friends who would also be willing to model for my project ! This ought to be a quite fun and enjoyable experience because I know Delphine since her early teenage years, and while being a nice, funny and creative person, she’s got a somewhat crazy mindset which nicely suits the mood of the pictures I have in mind (she jokingly defines herself as a psychopath). In a few words, she is a natural artist, and I’m anxiously awaiting to start working with her. I’m leaving Paris on thursday and will be photographing Hong Kong and Macau until May 13th. So I should launch my SoFoBoMo project sometime around the end of May. That will leave me with only one week to finalize the planning of the shooting sessions. The more I think about it, the more I’m wondering whether I’m aiming too high for a one-month project : +/- 35 staged photos with accessories, most of them studio-lit, a few outdoors, having to manage one or more models, and some pictures needing some photoshop compositing… ouch ! And if I have some time left, I’ll try to share a bit of this project with you on this blog.

Well, I still have to get my stuff ready before my departure, so that’s all for today !
 
Categories: Photographie, SoFoBoMo

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27 avril 2009

Je me suis enfin décidé à franchir le pas : de simple explorateur de la blogosphère, je me transforme à mon tour en créateur de contenu. L’idée m’avait effleuré l’esprit fin 2007 pour documenter mon voyage en Inde, mais faute de temps, ce projet était resté dans les cartons. Je vais donc tenter de nouveau l’expérience en commençant par un carnet de voyage à Hong Kong début Mai, puis en documentant l’avancement de mon projet SoFoBoMo que je devrais débuter vers fin Mai.
Au-delà des questions techniques concernant la gestion du blog, un dilemme se pose : français ou anglais ? Etant ma langue maternelle, le français semble être le choix naturel, mais la blogosphère étant à 80% dans langue de Shakespeare, l’anglais semble être le choix qui s’impose pour atteindre un plus large public. En attendant de me décider, je vais utiliser le français pour la grande majorité des articles, et l’anglais pour les articles concernant mon projet SoFoBoMo dont le public cible est par essence international.

I finally decided to take a step forward : being a lurker in the blogosphere until now, it’s my turn to become a content creator. The idea crossed my mind at the end of 2007 to document my trip to India, but due to time constraints, this project never started. So I will try again, starting with a Hong Kong travelogue in early May, then documenting the progress of my SoFoBoMo project that I should launch by the end of May.
Beyond the technical issues concerning the management of the blog, a dilemma arises : french or english? Being my mother language, french seems to be the most natural choice, but the blogosphere being 80% in the language of Shakespeare, english seems to be the obvious choice to reach a wider audience. Until I make a decision, I will use french for most articles, and english for articles about my
SoFoBoMo project whose target audience is essentially international.