For the last six months I have been shooting for Army&Navy. It’s mostly catalog shots so it’s not always the most exciting photography but every now and then I get to work on a fun project like the posters below that I shot for their head office in Gastown. It’s been great for for my technical skills because I shoot such a wide variety of items on short deadlines. It keeps me sharp shooting twenty-five plus looks on a model in four hours. I’m quite happy there for now, I work with a fun team and I pay my bills with photography. It’s the perfect job at this point in my photography career.
Here are some more Polaroids as promised.
These were take on several strolls through Vancouver’s West End.
Well I’m at it again, I’m shooting another series of photos revolving around facial hair. If you haven’t guessed it already I have a bit of a fascination with facial hair and what people do with it. Last time it was on the ritual of playoff beards. This time it’s just about facial hair in general, I want a sample of different styles on a large demographic of people. The other thing that’s different about this project is that I’m shooting it on medium format film. I’ve photographed two people already and have a session with a gentleman who plays Santa at a mall during Christmas.
If you know anyone who has a great beard let me know, it could be your buddy with the hipster beard, the Hell’s Angel next door with the massive goatee, or your grandpa with his classy mustache. Whoever it is pass them on to me and I’ll take good care of them. The sessions take at the most half an hour and you get a great portrait for free. If you are interested email me a photo of yourself (or your Hell’s Angel neighbour) to info@madhavaphotograph. If you hit “like”, share it on facebook, tweet it or whatever the cool kids are doing theses days. I’m sure with your help I can get a great array of people.
About one year ago I got a Type 100 Polaroid Land camera (pictured below) and it has been a lot of fun. I love the medium, instant but physical, sort of a middle ground between film and digital. Shooting with a very limited number of shots really changes the thought process before you push the button, not that its any better then digital, but as a full time working photographer it’s refreshing to have a different shooting experience once in a while. I find the slowed down shooting process helps me be more methodical, trust my instincts and get where I want faster. It’s a skill that helps me when shooting digital that I don’t think I would have without shooting film and polaroids.
Here are a few of my favorite shots taken on that camera:
There will be more coming soon…
I recently got a mamiya rz 67 and have been running a bit of film through it. I love the whole process of shooting with it.
Here are two portraits I took with it. I can’t wait to shoot some more with it, if your interested in shooting some portraits or collaborating on something get in touch.
I recently got my hands on an old 35mm film camera and have been having a lot of fun shooting with it. It really forces you to think a lot more before each shot and then forget about it because there’s no chimping.
I’ve been shooting mostly Ilford hp5 (Black & White) and a bit of Portra 400. I got a roll of each developed so far and I love it. The whole experience of shooting film is really refreshing and reminds of why I got into photography in the first place.
Here are a few shots from each roll. The black & white ones are of some dancers who hang out at the Robson skating rink every night, I pushed the roll to 800. The colour ones are from an evening out with my wife (our 6th wedding anniversary).
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I love taking photos on my Iphone, my favorite camera app is hipstamatic. These photos were taken on my Iphone yesterday with Hipstamatic (Lens: Libatique 73, Film: Blackeys SuperGrain) I gave the images a bit of a solarised look in post on my computer. I’m really happy with how they turned out, hope u like them too (hit the “Like” button at the bottom if you do). A big thanks to Lorena Banman for modeling.
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My Canada day long weekend was spent out in the middle of nowhere (a valley between Spences Bridge and Cache Creek). I spent my teenage years here and my eldest sister still lives here with her husband and four kids.
Yesterday my daughter (in the pink dress) and two of her cousins put on priencess dresses and were actually willing to have their picture taken (anyone with kids over 2 knows how rare this is). So I pulled out a softbox and speedlight and found a nice spot to take a few pics, and of course the boy didn’t want to be left out so I grabbed a few frames of him too. Their willingness to have their picture taken produced some great shots.
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The Vancouver Canucks had a great season and playoff run, and win or lose it could not have gone any better for my playoff beard project. One of the biggest challenges was trying to shoot everyone in the exact same way two months apart. As soon as Neil walked in I knew it was all worth it, I don’t usually like to play the favorites game, but how could I not…
Thank you to everyone who took part in my project, I’m really happy with how it turned out.
If you want more details on how it was shot check out my post on VPW’s blog
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