Jef HarrisPhotographer Male Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
My Website: Jef HarrisMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/jefharris
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Every artist hits a wall at some point where you stop innovating and fall into a confortable groove. Hitting my wall as a photographer came when I started shying away from some of the more sexually, culturally, and politically ideas I started having. I just wasn’t finding straight up product or fashion doing it for me anymore. The pictures started becoming stale and impersonal. I think this happened in part by working with such professional models. They had a plan. Risk taking could ruin a models chance at being picked up by a large agency.
In order for me to get back to the kind of art where I could comfortably create in a rule free environment I needed to find like-minded models and make-up artists. And let me tell you. Make-up artist to me are the most valuable part of the team.
The main element in getting innovative projects out there is the funding. There are plenty of people who want the best coolest pictures in there portfolios. But what keeps people away is fear of asking others properly for help. Putting TFP or what ever as your main negotiating point is getting a little frustrating and old for me. I learned along time ago that models and photographers need to both equally own the rights and both equally benefit from the work. I have a contract that I came up with called Shared Photography Contract that takes care of that. Both the model and the photographer own the work fifty fifty.
I’m here searching for a partner not a one time TFP.
So to give you an idea of some of the stuff I want to do I’m going to put two ideas I have out there.
Take a box of overly large crayons, have the model grab a hand full of them, them make like she’s jamming the crayons so hard into the side of her head they are melting over the side of her face. Taking it’s shape like a mask. The colors bleeding into her make-up.
The scene is a very dungy hotel room in some anonymous crack town. Through the window we see that gold and orange sunset mist. In the middle of the clean motel room there is a folding card table with a woman sitting at it. She’s wearing the top part of a burqa only covering her face and top. Under the burqa she’s wearing stripper type lingerie and fishnets with crazy high heals. She’s sitting at the card table building pipe bombs. All around the table is the vest and bomb making material.
Many many more challenging fun yet ‘get us in trouble’ ideas are swimming around and need to get out.
My idea is to keep the shoots simple so I can do many with low turn around time.
If you got to the end of this rant and what I’m talking about makes sense and sounds exciting please. Contact me.
I’m jefmharris on skype.