realms (the human and the natural), seem to
be absorbing and eating away at each other all
the time, and also fueling each other, mirroring
each other, as if borrowing each other’s clothes.
I wanted to listen in on this dialogue, and to
make pictures that suggest a hidden continuity
beneath all the surface noise—what is the path
that connects these disparate things?”
In Slack’s images, reflections of objects in
windows and mirrors create symmetries and
seem to form portals to other dimensions;
organic and man-made forms arc or cut
straight lines through the frame; dirt, rock,
bits of red plastic and green glass shards
mingle in a circle of light on a broken stone
floor; rust and vents on a metal surface create
a repeating geometric pattern. “There are a
lot of organic and synthetic forms colliding
and sharing space throughout the book (i.e.
Styrofoam plates swirling around with flower
petals), and certain abstract qualities reflecting
and mutating from one context to another
(wave-like and particle-like forms at various
scales),” Slack explains. As we read the images,
we start to recognize a pattern, a sort of sacred
geometry in everything we see.
Continuous Light: Not Just
for Motion Anymore
For Richmond, Virginia’s Ariel Skelley, the world doesn’t stop at 1/250th of a second.
“When people hear the pop, pop of strobes, they pretend they’re posing for a Vogue
cover, which is so not what I need. I let the action go a while. Frankly, it’s a lot better telling
the story in ten seconds. If it’s a kid opening a Christmas present, you get to see what’s
inside the present.” Ariel’s buyers agree.
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Learn All About the Joker at K5600.com
After over two successful decades shooting
stock, Ariel found her stock photo income
was eroding. Her solution was to add
motion to her offerings. To do this, Skelley
needed powerful continuous lights, and not
just for her video capture. The transition into
still + motion led Skelley to swap all of her
flashes for K5600 Jokers.
Ariel selected two recent stills and provided us with the videos that go with them. “We
rolled the lighting cart into the maternity ward and captured little Nora on her birthday…
then turned around the next day and lit the local airport during a monsoon. We prepped
and pre-lit, and had 3 cameras rolling simultaneously…we wrapped in 2 hours and
got all the motion we were after and boatloads of stills –– all at f5.6 1/250 sec.!”