Brainstorming in a Bathroom Brought New Ideas to Michael Marrero

“A bathroom is private, it’s the most personal space in a home, and every person has their own particular relationship to it,” clarifies commercial photographer Michael Marrero about The Bathroom Series. Locked in a house for six hours and given a confined space to shoot in, he and his team came up with some witty stills. Things did look like they got a bit out of hand during this, and Marrero tells us more about it in this interview.

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Creating the Photograph: James Andrew Ridley’s “Zoe Ziegfeld as a Menorah” (NSFW)

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they conceived an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer James Andrew Ridley and I have known each other for a while now, and like me, he has involvement in the NYC Burlesque community. He’s a serious photographer, not only in the sense of his work, but also from the fact that he understands and values the idea of relationships. He works to develop a rapport with subjects and he keeps their comfort in mind. Sometimes, in order to make a subject more comfortable you’ll need to do things like working one on one. For part of a series that he’s working on, he did just that with burlesquer Zoe Ziegfeld. Then they turned her into a human menorah.

Here’s their story.

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Night Paper: Matt Hill’s Black and White Portraits (NSFW)


All images by Matt Hill. Used with permission.

Photographer Matt Hill has been shooting for many years, and amongst many of the people closely involved to the marketing involved in the photo industry, they know him as a legend. While he’s a top notch marketer and one of the heads of the Night Photography Workshops in National Parks, he’s also an artist. For years he’s had a love of night photography. Art and photography was instilled in him from a young age.

For many involved in the Burlesque community, they’ll know that he is the mastermind behind the Night Paper project. For Matt, the idea was an amalgamation of various ideas from his past and his love of night photography. But on a more personal note, it was his way of coping with a rough divorce.

Matt talked to the site about how he combined his love of night photography with his love of cut paper.

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